Good Morning!

• We’re under a freeze watch from 10 p.m. tonight until 10 a.m. tomorrow, and we’re also under a coastal flood advisory today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., as today’s storm collides with the full moon to produce high tides about a half foot above normal.

• We’re expecting rain today, mainly before 2 p.m., with a high temperature near 45 degrees and a north wind 18 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 38 mph. It will be mostly cloudy this, with skies clearing overnight and a low temperature of a freezing 28 degrees. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 50 degrees but wind chill values between 20 and 30 early. Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 61 and a 30 percent chance of rain after noon.

• Monday is opening day for Peconic Bay scallop season, but things aren’t looking good this year after last year’s disastrous die-off. Here are more details.

• Partisans on all sides of a number of issues have attempted to call The Beacon out in surprising ways this year for giving ink to their opponents’ views, as if we should be ashamed here to give a voice and a face to someone with whom they disagree. Here’s our response.

•  Our Peconic Dish columnist, Alison Boyd, bring the warmth of the Eastern Mediterranean to East End kitchens in October, with this great recipe for Spiced Chicken with Honey Thyme Butter and Roasted Carrots. Read more on our sister website, The Peconic Dish.

• Early voting continues today from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be NO early voting on Monday, Nov. 2, but all 338 regular polling places in Suffolk County will be open on Election Day. Here are more details.

• Suffolk County reported 200 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with 1.5 percent of people tested testing positive. Thirty-five people are currently hospitalized with the virus in the county, with two in ICU. The county reported two new deaths from the virus Thursday, bringing the death toll here to 2,021.

• The Greenport Business Improvement District is hosting A Trick or Treat through the village tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 31 from noon to 3 p.m. at participating merchants. A Scavenger Hunt along with walking costumed creatures from the Greenport High School Drama Club will keep the kids and parents entertained. Restaurants will also be participating, with Halloween-themed food and drink specials, and businesses are creating spaces for selfies and family photos. Virtual spooky readings and ‘how to” demonstrations will be posted on the Greenport BID’s Instagram. Hashtag your photos to #GrenportBIDHalloween.

• Here are some more innovative ways arts and cultural organizations throughout the East End have found to celebrate Halloween this year.

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

October 30
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:42 a.m., 10:03 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:50 a.m., 9:11 p.m.
Greenport: 10:19 a.m., 10:40 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:15 a.m., 11:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:14 a.m., 10:35 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:41 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:48 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:57 a.m., 9:13 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:06 a.m., 7:22 p.m.

October 31
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:20 a.m., 10:43 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:28 a.m., 9:51 p.m.
Greenport: 10:57 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:51 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:52 a.m., 11:15 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:02 a.m., 12:19 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:09 a.m., 12:26 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:31 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:40 a.m., 7:59 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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