Good Morning!

• We’re expecting cloudy skies today, with a 20 percent slight chance of light rain after 3 p.m., with wind chill values between 25 and 35 and a northeast wind 15 to 18 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 28 mph. There’s a 40 percent chance of overnight drizzle, with cloudy skies and a low around 22. We’re expecting drizzle and fog during the day Wednesday, with cloudy skies and a high near 52. We’re expecting rain on Thursday, with a high near 52.

• Louise Harrison of Save the Sound and Bob DeLuca of Group for the East End will give an update on the progress on preserving Plum Island at the Southold Town Board’s 9 a.m. work session this morning, followed by discussions on improvements to Orient’s Old Schoolhouse Park, a presentation on zoning priorities from Town Planning Director Heather Lanza and a representative from ZoneCo, a proposed Peace Pole and a discussion of merging the town’s Shellfish Advisory and Agricultural Advisory Committees. Here’s the agenda, and here’s the Zoom login.

• The Southold Town Board will also hold public hearings at its 4:30 p.m. meeting this afternoon on extending a one-year moratorium on Battery Energy Storage Systems due to expire in April for one more year, after New York State recently released new code guidelines for siting and safety of these facilities; on a development rights easement for McCall Family Holdings Limited Partnership, LLP in Cutchogue; and on changes to the town code regarding subdivisions. Here’s the agenda, and here’s the Zoom login.

• The Southampton Town Board continues its public hearing on establishing a sewer district in Riverside at its 6 p.m. meeting this evening. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live on Sea-TV’s YouTube channel.

• Ubergeek Brewing Company at 400 Hallett Avenue in Riverhead hosts a New York Blood Center blood drive this afternoon and evening from 1 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can also be made online here.

• Today is the last day to subscribe to the East End Beacon’s print edition in time to have our April edition delivered via U.S. Mail. You’ll read much of our coverage in print before you find it online here, and our print edition supports much of the work we do. Subscribe online here.

The ospreys are finally arriving, a bit late for their usual St. Patrick’s Day ETA. We’ve caught sight of two members of this seasonal avian crew checking on the status of their nests on the North Fork over the past two days, though they were too busy to sit still for photos. Stay tuned!

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

March 26
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:34 a.m., 11:46 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:42 a.m., 10:54 p.m.
Greenport: 12:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:39 a.m., 1:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:09 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:16 a.m., 1:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:30 a.m., 10:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:39 a.m., 9 p.m.

March 27
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:12 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:20 a.m., 11:30 p.m.
Greenport: 12:23 a.m., 12:49 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:12 a.m., 1:38 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:18 a.m., 12:44 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:45 a.m., 2:11 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:52 a.m., 2:18 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:03 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:12 a.m., 9:30 p.m.

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

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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

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