Pictured Above: Southampton Elementary School kindergartners created colorful artwork to decorate donation boxes for a collection drive to help Ukraine. 

Good Morning, & Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

• Rain is likely today, mainly after 11 a.m., with patchy fog, cloudy skies and a high temperature near 54 degrees, with a calm wind becoming east around 6 miles per hour There’s a 40 percent chance of rain before 11 p.m. this evening, with patchy fog and a low around 42. Friday will be sunny, with a high near 62. We’re expecting showers on Saturday, mainly after 8 a.m., with a high near 54 and a southeast wind 8 to 13 miles per hour.

• Southampton Elementary School students are doing their part to help war-torn Ukraine through a collection drive. The drive is being sponsored by the elementary Opening Act Rotary Club in collaboration with Southampton resident and parent Natalie Massa and her nonprofit dedicated to the cause. It kicked off with Tracey Koszalka’s kindergarten class coloring paper hearts with the colors of the Ukrainian flag to decorate collection boxes at the elementary school. The kindergartners colored the hearts while meeting with Ms. Massa, who is from Ukraine and has several family members and friends who have been affected by the war. Ms. Massa also spoke to the students in her daughter’s class about spreading support, love and kindness to the people of her country.  The Opening Act Rotary Club members, led by adviser Nick Epley, are collecting items — which include clothes, blankets, toys, diapers, toiletries and first aid supplies — at the school on an ongoing basis. All donations will be delivered to Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church and other local churches that are collecting and shipping to Ukraine. 

• Beacon columnist Dave Davis shares insights he’s gained from his recent guided meditation sessions on Choosing Harmony in this month’s Dave’s Desk@Ditch.

• The East HamptonTown Board will hold public hearings on changes to the town’s rental registry code and on the improvement of part of Fort Pond Road and Tuthill Road in Montauk at its 11 a.m. meeting this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on LTV’s YouTube channel.

• The Southampton Town Board will hold a special work session this morning at 10 a.m. to discuss a tax line for the Town Trustees, who are charged with protecting the waterways and access to waterways throughout the town. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

Suffolk County reported 100 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, March 15, with 2.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 74 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with seven of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll here stands at 4,355 people.

The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:

March 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:11 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:19 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Greenport: 10:48 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:39 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:43 a.m., 11:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:10 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:17 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:11 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:20 a.m., 7:47 p.m.

March 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:49 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:57 a.m., 10:14 p.m.
Greenport: 11:26 a.m., 11:43 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: Midnight, 12:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:21 a.m., 11:38 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:28 a.m., 12:48 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:35 a.m., 12:55 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:48 a.m., 10:15 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:57 a.m., 8:24 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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