Good Morning!

• We’re expecting areas of drizzle and fog this morning, with skies gradually clearing to mostly sunny, with a high near 66 degrees and an east wind around 7 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 53. Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 68 and Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 57.

• Attempts to comply with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative are underway on the East End. East Hampton and Southold towns are holding listening sessions with the community in upcoming weeks, and Riverhead Town Supervisor Yvette Aguiar unveiled the members of Riverhead’s Law Enforcement Advisory Panel on Oct. 15. Here’s our full story.

Suffolk County reported 74 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with .9 percent of people tested testing positive. Thirty-two people are currently hospitalized with the virus in the county, with four of them in ICU. The county reported no new deaths, and the death toll here stands at 2,019 people.

• Maybe it’s the morbid spirit brought on by living with a global pandemic for the past seven months, or maybe its the need for a last outdoor hurrah when faced with the prospect of spending months more huddled indoors, but Halloween is far from canceled this year. From spine-chilling stories to haunted museums of curios, trunk-or-treating to a jack-o-lantern patch to drive-in scary movies, community groups from one end of the East End to the other are putting together unique Halloween festivities in the upcoming week. Here are some highlights.

• In tandem with its current installation, Red, Gold, and You, Guild Hall in East Hampton will host a blood drive in partnership with the New York Blood Center  today from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Red, Gold, and You consists of cellular patterns of red paper and gold tape woven through the trees and shrubbery while a team of mindful artists alter and gradually redesign the piece, embracing the beauty of impermanence and chance.  Here’s some more information.

• Jenifer Maxson will bring her new one-woman show “Skin in the Game” to the Jamesport Meeting House this evening at 7:30 p.m.  This performance is free, but seating is very limited to allow social distancing. Here’s more information.

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

October 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:52 a.m., 4:22 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Greenport: 4:29 a.m., 4:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:22 a.m., 5:46 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:24 a.m., 4:54 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:51 a.m., 6:21 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:58 a.m., 6:28 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:01 a.m., 3:23 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:10 a.m., 1:32 p.m.

October 24
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:04 a.m., 5:32 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:12 a.m., 4:40 p.m.
Greenport: 5:41 a.m., 6:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:26 a.m., 6:51 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:36 a.m., 6:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:03 a.m., 7:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:10 a.m., 7:38 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:01 a.m., 4:21 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:10 a.m., 2:30 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

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