• It will be mostly sunny today, with a high near 36, but wind chill values between 10 and 20 due to a northwest wind of 20 to 23 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 37. Tonight, the wind continues, and we’re expecting a low around 16 with wind chill values between 5 and 10. Tomorrow’s high will be 38 degrees.
• Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell, who has served as Southold’s leader since 2006, announced yesterday that he will seek the Republican nomination for re-election this year. Southold Town employee and former journalist Damon Rallis is seeking the Democratic nomination to unseat Mr. Russell. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The folks behind “One Guitar,” a new double album to benefit Maureen’s Haven featuring 29 songs by local artists, announced this week that they’ve fully funded the production of the CD and are holding a release party at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall on May 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $30 and will include a copy of the CD. The Beacon’s full story about the project is online here.
• Greenport Village residents go to the polls today from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Third Street Firehouse. Deputy Mayor George Hubbard, Jr. and business owner Zuleyha Lillis are running for the mayor’s seat to be vacated by David Nyce, while incumbent David Murray, Greenport High School coach Jack Martilotta, businessman Douglas Roberts and retired village utilities director William Swiskey are competing for two village board seats.
• In the two-and-a-half years since the first Long Island Natural History Conference was held in the fall of 2012, interest in the natural world appears to have taken deep root among Long Islanders, and the conference organizers are expecting record attendance at their third annual conference this weekend. This year’s conference will take place Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21 at Brookhaven National Laboratory, with a third day of field trips and classes scheduled for Sunday, March 22. More information is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board will continue two public hearings at their 7 p.m. meeting tonight, including one on turning the former Riverhead Project into a cabaret and another on the proposed expansion of the Northville fuel terminal. The full agenda for the meeting is online here.
• Here at Beacon Headquarters in Flanders, we managed to go outside sometime between the rain and the wind on St. Patrick’s Day to make sure we got in an early crop of peas. The soil was moist and workable, the daffodil spikes were just beginning to spear the air, and the soggy snowdrops looked like they wished they’d never awakened this spring. Something bored some little holes through last year’s snap peas as they overwintered in our server room, but the snow peas were untouched. Here’s hoping for an early harvest of the first of spring’s vegetable crop.
• Riverside Rediscovered, the group formed to brainstorm new ideas about the blighted Southampton hamlet of Riverside, has one month left to submit their action plan to Southampton Town. They’re looking for the community to vote for their favorite of a series of potential projects in Riverside. They’ll be holding their monthly meet-up at Riverside Rediscovered headquarters tomorrow, March 19 at 6:30, and everyone who votes before then will be entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift card. More information is online here.
• The Peconic Land Trust, Rogers Memorial Library and the Southampton Historical Museum are holding a special forum tomorrow, March 19 at 3 p.m., on options for preservation of historic homes, in light of the ongoing destruction of older houses, particularly on the South Fork, to make way for modern homes. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.