On the Waterfront
On the Waterfront

Good Morning, and Happy First Day of Spring!

• Unfortunately, it’s not going to feel too much like spring over the next couple days. We’re expecting partly sunny skies today, with a high near 37 degrees but wind chill values between 15 and 25, with a northeast wind 6 to 14 miles per hour. We’re expecting rain, snow and sleet this evening, changing to snow in the wee hours, then back to rain and sleet Wednesday morning, before settling into snow after 2 p.m. By the time it’s done snowing around midnight Wednesday, we’re expecting to have between four and eight inches of snow on the ground. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high near 43.

• The Riverhead Town Board closed the second of two marathon qualified and eligible hearings on the proposed sale of much of the EPCAL property after taking more than four hours of testimony Monday evening, and has held the hearing open for written comment until April 6 at 5 p.m. Our full story is online here.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed legislation this past weekend to authorize an agreement with the Village of Westhampton Beach to connect its business district and two condominium complexes to the county’s wastewater treatment plant at Gabreski Airport. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss Suffolk Community College grant-funded programs, the town’s capital budget, the town shellfish hatchery’s annual report, seasonal housing, the pavilion at Boys Harbor and a pilot program for take-out food dining in the right-of-way in Montauk at their 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Southampton Fire Department at 470 Hampton Road in Southampton will host a New York Blood Center Blood Drive from noon to 7:15 p.m. today. Prospective blood donors should bring IDs and Schmidt’s Market will provide clam chowder.

• The Shelter Island Town Board holds a work session at 1 p.m. this afternoon. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will hold public hearings at its 7 p.m. meeting tonight on several stop and yield signs, off-street parking for residential buildings and on non-emergency traffic bans during states of emergency and regulations concerning sidewalk obstruction requirements during snow events. The full agenda for the meeting is online here and the text of the public hearings is online here.

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

March 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:19 a.m., 12:44 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:52 a.m.
Greenport: 12:56 a.m., 1:21 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:48 a.m., 2:16 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:51 a.m., 1:16 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:18 a.m., 2:43 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:25 a.m., 2:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:54 a.m., 10:10 p.m.

March 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 1 a.m., 1:28 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:08 a.m., 12:36 p.m.
Greenport: 1:37 a.m., 2:05 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:30 a.m., 3:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:32 a.m., 2 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:59 a.m., 3:27 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:06 a.m., 3:34 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:43 a.m., 10:59 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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