• Spring is in the air this week. Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 51. We currently have a light south wind, but it’s expected to shift to the southwest and pick up to 9 to 14 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Tuesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 56 and Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 63.
• The Village of Sag Harbor is planning tomorrow night to unveil plans for a waterfront memorial park in honor author John Steinbeck, a longtime Sag Harbor resident. If approved, the park will be just south of the Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge, which connects Sag Harbor to North Haven. That land is being considered for a controversial development into luxury condominiums, but the village is currently preparing to attempt to take the property through eminent domain. The presentation will be held at Sag Harbor Village Hall at 55 Main Street at the village board’s 6 p.m. meeting.
• Saint Patrick’s Day parades on the East End are right around the corner, with parades beginning this coming weekend in Cutchogue and Westhampton. Our lowdown on all the parades is online here.
• The lowly alewife, a member of the herring family, is a critical fish to our marine ecosystem and is prey to many of the local fish that we eat. Every spring, volunteers from throughout Long Island take to the woods near ponds and streams to document the annual trips taken by alewives as they swim upstream to spawn. Volunteers will be trained in Riverhead on March 10. Read more in our sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub, online here.
• Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor has just released its mainstage season schedule, a trio of plays about identity and honesty, beginning May 31. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Alexandra Wisnoski leads a new moon workshop and meditation session at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge this Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. More information is online here. [$15]
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.