Good Morning!

• We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm today. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. The high temperature will be near 66 degrees, with a northeast wind 6 to 11 miles per hour and new rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Drizzle is expected to continue overnight, with a low around 56. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers Tuesday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 70. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 68 and a 40 percent chance of showers.

• The Suffolk County Supreme Court issued an order Oct. 20 prohibiting the Town of East Hampton from
“deactivating or closing HTO Airport.” The order came in response to a now months-old request by
aviation interests to halt the deactivation of the East Hampton Airport. According to a statement from the town Friday, “the order does not address the years of hard work that town officials devoted to public outreach, stakeholder collaboration, and coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration on establishing a first-of-its kind local airport: the East Hampton Town Airport. Nor does the order mention the overwhelming community consensus in favor of commonsense airport regulations, such as limits on especially noisy aircraft and curfews for late-night and early-morning flights. The Town Board is conferring with its outside counsel to assess any effects of the decision, to maintain the town’s continued compliance with all court orders, and to consider the Town’s legal options, including appeal. The town remains firmly committed to ensuring that its airport best serves the community.”

• The race for the First Congressional District seat being vacated by Lee Zeldin as he runs for governor will be the one to watch on the East End this November, and it carries with it a potentially significant impact on which party will control the U.S. House of Representatives come the new year. Read our coverage of last week’s debate between the candidates, and bookmark this page for our ongoing election coverage.

• There were an average of 327 new cases of Covid-19 per day reported in Suffolk County for the week ending Oct. 23, a 6 percent decrease from the prior week, with 8.9 percent of people tested testing positive, according to data from state and county health departments compiled by the New York Times. There were an average 233 people hospitalized with the virus per day in the county, a 17 percent increase over the prior week, and an average of two deaths per day, an 88 percent increase.

• Tomorrow at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, author Kerriann Flanagan Brosky and medium/paranormal investigatory Joe Giaquinto will discuss “Haunted Long Island Mysteries” at 7 p.m. Admission is free but registration is recommended at quoguewildliferefuge.org.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout 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 24
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:36 a.m., 9:56 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:44 a.m., 9:04 p.m.
Greenport: 10:13 a.m., 10:33 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:05 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:08 a.m., 10:28 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:35 a.m., 11:55 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:42 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:47 a.m., 8:58 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:56 a.m., 7:07 p.m.

October 25
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:12 a.m., 10:35 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:20 a.m., 9:43 p.m.
Greenport: 10:49 a.m., 11:12 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:44 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:44 a.m., 11:07 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:11 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:02 a.m., 12:18 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:24 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:33 a.m., 7:47 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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