Good Morning!

• It will be sunny today, with a high temperature near 38 degrees but wind chill values between 10 and 20, with a northwest wind 14 to 18 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 19. We’re expecting increasing clouds on Wednesday, with a 20 percent chance of rain after 3 p.m. Thursday will be cloudy, with a high near 65 degrees and a chance of showers before 9 a.m. and after 3 p.m.

• According to North Fork community leader Sarah Benjamin, Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Barbara Mercier (retired local pediatrician and nurse from Mattituck) recently went to Poland to serve and support refugees, and they are now in Ukraine and are running a pediatric hospital where 140 people are living. The hospital recently faced an outbreak of gastroenteritis, which has since subsided. People have asked how to help, said Ms. Benjamin, and the response from the Merciers’ daughter, Nicole, is they can support Crisis Response International/Ukraine and Arise!Ukraine, which is currently doing much in the way of getting supplies to the people of the Ukraine.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss beach permit residency requirements and enforcement guidelines, an update on the request for proposals for the town’s Comprehensive Plan implementation and an update on dark sky requests at its 9 a.m. meeting this morning. There are no public hearings scheduled for their 4:30 p.m. meeting this afternoon. Here’s the agenda for both meetings. Here’s the Zoom login for the morning work session, and here’s the login for the afternoon meeting.

• The Shelter Island Town Board will discuss oyster reefs, the baymen’s association and the Klenawicus Airfield at its 1 p.m. work session this afternoon. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

Suffolk County reported 105 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, March 27, with 2.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 59 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with nine of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll here stands at 4,359 people since March of 2020.

• Today is the last day to subscribe to receive The Beacon’s April print edition through the U.S. Mail. You’ll read many of these stories in print before you find them here, and our print edition supports much of the work we do. Subscribe online here.

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

March 29
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:27 a.m., 8:48 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:35 a.m., 7:56 p.m.
Greenport: 9:04 a.m., 9:25 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10 a.m., 10:27 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:59 a.m., 9:20 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:26 a.m., 10:47 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:33 a.m., 10:54 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:37 a.m., 8:08 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:46 a.m., 6:17 p.m.

March 30
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:14 a.m., 9:33 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:22 a.m., 8:41 p.m.
Greenport: 9:51 a.m., 10:10 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:51 a.m., 11:14 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:46 a.m., 10:05 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:13 a.m., 11:32 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:20 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:28 a.m., 8:55 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:37 a.m., 7:04 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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