Good Morning!

• We’re expecting showers today, mainly before 5 p.m., with a high temperature near 64 degrees and a light south wind, increasing to 8 to 13 miles per hour in the morning. There’s a 50 percent chance of overnight showers, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 49. Showers will continue Tuesday, mainly before 11 a.m., with skies gradually clearing and a high near 59. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 58.

• There were record numbers of fish kills, dead zones and toxic tides, intensified by summer heat, in Long Island’s estuaries in 2022, according to this year’s assessment of water quality by the Gobler Lab at Stony Brook University. Read More.

• Zoom debates between candidates for the East End’s State Senate and Assembly seats will be held this evening beginning at 7 p.m. by the League of Women Voters of The Hamptons, Shelter Island and the North Fork. Here’s more info.

• Suffolk County reported an average of 333 new Covid-19 cases per day in the seven days ending Oct. 16, a 16 percent drop from the previous week, according to data compiled by the New York Times from state and county health departments. The positivity rate was unchanged at 8.7 percent. An average of 221 people were hospitalized in the past week, a five percent increase, and there were an average of two deaths per day — a 150 percent jump from the week prior.

• This Friday, Oct. 21, is the deadline to buy bird seed in the Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s annual fundraiser. Pickup will be on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here’s more info.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes across the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

October 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:11 a.m., 4:39 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:19 a.m., 3:47 p.m.
Greenport: 4:48 a.m., 5:16 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:29 a.m., 5:44 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:43 a.m., 5:11 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:10 a.m., 6:38 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:17 a.m., 6:45 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:09 a.m., 3:12 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:18 a.m., 1:21 p.m.

October 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:16 a.m., 5:43 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:24 a.m., 4:51 p.m.
Greenport: 5:53 a.m., 6:20 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:27 a.m., 6:45 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:48 a.m., 6:15 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:15 a.m., 7:42 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:22 a.m., 7:49 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:03 a.m., 4:07 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:12 a.m., 2:16 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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