• Today will become sunnier throughout the day, but it will be cold and windy. We’re expecting a high near 40 degrees but wind chill values between 15 and 25, with a north wind 17 to 22 miles per hour. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 17. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 44. We’re expecting showers on Thursday, with a high near 57 degrees.
• This past year was one filled with bad news for our local waterways. From turtle kills to fish kills to toxic red and blue-green algae blooms, it seemed not a week went past without bad water news. But the silver lining in that bad news is that both government and the general public have awakened to the problems facing our local waters, says Dr. Christopher Gobler of Stony Brook University, who gave his annual “State of the Bays” address at Stony Brook Southampton Friday night. The full story is in our sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub, online here.
• Congressman Lee Zeldin honored Tech Sergeant Reggie Peterson, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient from WWII, at his church, First Baptist, in Greenport on Saturday. Mr. Peterson, of East Marion, who served in the 10th Armored Infantry and 20th Battalion of General Patton’s 3rd Army, is one of the last living World War II veterans on Long Island.
• State Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele announced Monday that they have secured $175,000 in the final 2016-17 State Budget to expand the ongoing South Fork Behavioral Health Initiative, which provides school-based mental health services for kids in the South Fork in partnership with the Family Service League and other mental health care providers. The initiative came about after an East Hampton student committed suicide. Mr. Thiele will discuss the initiative in his keynote address at the annual East End Mental Health Awareness Day at Southampton High School April 16. The senator and assemblyman also announced Monday that they have secured $200,000 in funding for the Peconic Estuary Program.
• The Southold Town Board will discuss the town’s tick committee’s final report, affordable housing inclusionary zones, the police department phone system upgrades and a Relay For Life event request at their 9 a.m. work session this morning. Their afternoon meeting is at 4:30 p.m. and no public hearings are scheduled. The full agenda for both meetings is online here.
• The Riverhead Town Board meets at 2 p.m. today. They’ll be holding public hearings on a 12-year term limit proposal for town board members and the town supervisor, on changing the town supervisor term to four years, and on the town’s Cablevision contract.
• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss a benefit for the town’s shellfish hatchery and aquaculture leases at their 10 a.m. work session this morning at town hall. Their full agenda is online here.
• JDTLab at Guild Hall in East Hampton presents a free staged reading of “What Would Nora Say?” written by Miriam Hipsh, Ted Sod and Elle Tyler, tonight at 7:30 p.m. The play follows two women who’ve been friends for 50 years and their thoughts about what their role model, Nora Eprhon, would have to say about their lives. [Free]
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.