Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 41 degrees and a southwest wind 5 to 7 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 29. Tuesday will be sunny, with a high near 43, and Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 46.

• In the 35 years since the Quogue-based Hampton Theatre Company began, they haven’t once produced a musical. It’s an ambitious and quixotic undertaking, requiring space and tech on a scale much larger than what’s needed to produce a straight play. That’s why “Man of La Mancha,” the 1965 Broadway hit about the far-fetched adventures in chivalry of the fictional Spanish nobleman Don Quixote, is the perfect first musical, opening this Thursday, for a theater company long known for its pursuit of great plays. The Beacon’s preview of this new production is online here.

• The Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor announced this weekend that it will be hosting an “All for Alabama” benefit concert on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. to raise funds for families who lost everything in the recent tornadoes in Alabama. More details are online here.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s office and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy, who is running for Mr. Bellone’s seat this election season, are in a bitter imbroglio this week over IRS 1099 tax forms the comptroller’s office sent out to people who received county grants of up to $10,000 last year to pay for the installation of innovative septic treatment systems. These forms would require homeowners to report the grants as income on their 2018 taxes. The county executive’s office maintains that those forms should have been sent to the contractors who did the septic upgrades. Mr. Bellone’s Water Czar, Peter Scully, is demanding the comptroller’s office rescind those tax forms, which were sent to about 60 homeowners, many of whom are on the East End.

• The Hamptons League of Women Voters has announced they will host a special Book-and-Author reception and talk with the former aLong Island Congressman Steve Israel on Thursday, April 4, at Seasons of Southampton. Mr. Israel will speak about and sign copies of his second novel, “Big Guns,” published in 2018, a political satire about the gun lobby set in Washington D.C. and in Asabogue, a mythical village located between Southampton and East Hampton, with the climax of the book taking place at a League of Women Voters candidates’ debate. More details are online here.

• 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:

March 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:15 a.m., 8:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:23 a.m., 7:45 p.m.
Greenport: 8:52 a.m., 9:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:44 a.m., 10:16 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:47 a.m., 9:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:14 a.m., 10:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:21 a.m., 10:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:21 a.m., 7:58 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:30 a.m., 6:07 p.m.

March 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:06 a.m., 9:26 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:14 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
Greenport: 9:43 a.m., 10:03 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:40 a.m., 11:08 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:38 a.m., 9:58 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:05 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:12 a.m., 11:32 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:18 a.m., 8:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:27 a.m., 7 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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