Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high temperature near 46 degrees and a west wind 8 to 15 miles per hour, becoming south in the afternoon. It will be partly cloudy, overnight with a low around 33. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 42 and Friday will be sunny, with a high near 41.

• As The Beacon’s March edition was going to press in late February, the sorry state of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout on the East End was still the topic of top concern on the minds of residents here, with a new wrinkle of frustration: the lack of public information regarding the few pop-up vaccination events that have come and gone here in the past month. Here’s the latest.

• New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced Tuesday, that in an effort to fix some of the issues related to the Covid vaccine rollout, he has co-sponsored legislation introduced by Assembly Member Kenneth P. Zebrowski, to establish a vaccine prioritization appointment process for individuals over the age of seventy-five (75). This cohort of individuals, who are some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers, were given only one day of prioritization before the State opened up the eligibility list to millions of additional New Yorkers.

Suffolk County reported 554 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, Feb. 22, with 5.3 percent of people tested testing positive for the virus. There were 484 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 106 of them in ICU and 30 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported eight new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,043 people.

• Riverhead’s Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge at 51 Madison Street is hosting a New York Blood Center blood drive today from noon to 6 p.m. There is currently an urgent need for blood. Appointments can be made online here.

• Shelter Island’s Comprehensive Plan Task Force is looking for public feedback on its proposed “Shelter Island 2030” Comprehensive Plan, through a survey posted on the town’s website (, and will be holding two virtual public visioning sessions on March 18 and April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. They’re looking to find out “what Islanders like about life on the Island, what’s important to Islanders now and in the future and what changes would create a more desirable future.”

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

February 24
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:40 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:48 a.m., 7:10 p.m.
Greenport: 8:17 a.m., 8:39 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:57 a.m., 9:30 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:12 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:39 a.m., 10:01 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:46 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:30 a.m., 7:06 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:39 a.m., 5:15 p.m.

February 25
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:21 a.m., 8:41 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:29 a.m., 7:49 p.m.
Greenport: 8:58 a.m., 9:18 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:44 a.m., 10:14 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:53 a.m., 9:13 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:20 a.m., 10:40 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:27 a.m., 10:47 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:18 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:27 a.m., 6 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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