Pictured above: A sure sign of spring.

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 46 degrees and a northwest wind 7 to 9 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 24. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 47. Showers are likely Thursday, mainly after noon, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 48. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible.

• The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has reached a settlement with the Sand Land mine, atop a sensitive part of the South Fork’s largest aquifer in the hills of Noyac, requiring Sand Land to cease mining within a maximum of eight years. State Assemblyman Fred Thiele is unimpressed. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board has a busy agenda at their 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning, including discussions of the Peak Savers incentive, the YMCA in East Hampton Village, beach renourishment in Montauk, a presentation from the human services department, a discussion of water quality improvement projects and finalization of the town’s 2019 capital budget. The board’s full agenda is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will hold public hearings on the extension of a water main on Route 25 in Calverton and on the improvement of the facilities of the Calverton Sewer District at its 2 p.m. meeting this afternoon. The full agenda is online here.

• Where do the artists go in winter? Do they go to the same place where ducks go? Our creative director, George Cork Maul, gives us a glimpse this month into the winter lives of East End artists. Like the rest of us, they are eagerly anticipating spring.

• Beacon contributor Gianna Volpe has been named the morning DJ at 88.3 WPPB, Long Island’s only NPR station, replacing longtime host Bonnie Grice, who is planning to devote more of her energy to her burgeoning Boots on the Ground theater company. Listen to Gianna Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to Noon. We’re wishing both great ladies the best of success!

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

March 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:06 a.m., 9:26 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:14 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
Greenport: 9:43 a.m., 10:03 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:40 a.m., 11:08 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:38 a.m., 9:58 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:05 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:12 a.m., 11:32 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:18 a.m., 8:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:27 a.m., 7 p.m.

March 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:55 a.m., 10:16 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:03 a.m., 9:24 p.m.
Greenport: 10:32 a.m., 10:53 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:33 a.m., 11:58 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:27 a.m., 10:48 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:54 a.m.
South Jamesport: 12:01 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:10 a.m., 9:40 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:19 a.m., 7:49 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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