Good Morning!

• It will be mostly sunny today, with a high temperature near 35 degrees but wind chill values between 10 and 20, with a north wind 10 to 14 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 17 and a north wind 9 to 11 miles per hour. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 36 and Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 44.

• Suffolk County reported 1,169 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with 6.8 percent of people tested testing positive. There are currently 512 people hospitalized with the coronavirus in the county, with 82 of them in ICU. The county reported 10 new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 2, 149.

“Yesterday we reached a troubling new level in this ongoing crisis, an 8.2 percent positivity rate for new COVID-19 cases. While we don’t put too much stock into any one day’s numbers, it is clear that we are moving in the wrong direction with new cases and hospitalizations continuing to rise at alarming rates,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “We have all worked incredibly hard over the last 9 months, and because of the efforts of our residents countless lives have been saved. With the vaccine here, now is not the time to take our eye off the ball.”

• New York State’s Covid Rent Relief Program has just reopened for applications, with expanded eligibility criteria in an effort to serve New Yorkers who may have not had the opportunity to initially apply and those who may have been previously ineligible. The state Homes & Community Renewal agency will accept applications from households starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18 through Monday, Feb.1, 2021.Applications are available on the COVID Rent Relief Program portal on website here:

• The New York Blood Center is holding a community blood drive this afternoon from noon to 6 p.m. at the Tanger Outlet, next to the Columbia store. To make an appointment, call 646.739.1827, or sign up online here.

• Douglas Gray, the second lieutenant in the Orient Fire Dept. Rescue Squad, will discuss how to be more prepared in anticipation of dealing with emergencies in the Oysterponds Historical Society’s next “Alone Together” Zoom lecture series tomorrow evening, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. Mr. Gray will discuss how a well-thought-out “Go Bag,” a knapsack or shoulder bag by the door, ready to grab the moment disaster strikes, can bring you peace of mind. Here’s the Zoom link.

• Faced with the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Hampton Theatre Company has come up with a plan to film a socially distanced live performance of the “Lux Radio Theater ‘Miracle on 34th Street’” and make the video available to patrons as part of the company’s traditional end-of-year appeal, beginning this weekend. Here are more details.

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

December 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:01 a.m., 12:23 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:31 a.m.
Greenport: 12:38 a.m., 1 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:36 a.m., 1:54 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:33 a.m., 12:55 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2 a.m., 2:22 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:07 a.m., 2:29 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:38 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:47 a.m., 10:24 p.m.

December 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:56 a.m., 1:17 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:04 a.m., 12:25 p.m.
Greenport: 1:33 a.m., 1:54 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:27 a.m., 2:47 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:28 a.m., 1:49 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:55 a.m., 3:16 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:02 a.m., 3:23 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:15 a.m., 12:31 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:40 a.m., 11:18 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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