Good Morning!

• It will be mostly sunny today, with a high temperature near 46 degrees with wind chill values between 15 and 25 early and a west wind 7 to 10 miles per hour. There’s a slight chance of light rain before 9 p.m. this evening, then a chance of drizzle or light rain after 3 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 38. There’s a chance of drizzle or light rain before 11 a.m. Thursday, then a chance of showers after 5 p.m., with otherwise cloudy skies and a high near 58. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers Friday, mainly before 2 p.m., with skies gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

• Two years on now since the first deadly wave tightened its grip around the East End, the early days of the pandemic are a snowglobe of a memory of empty streets, takeout bags, heart-rending late night phone calls and the bursts of spring flowers that mocked us throughout that initial spring. Read this month’s editorial.

• Save the Sound holds a free, public webinar to see the hidden world of Plum Island’s underwater biodiversity and learn what scientific divers found beneath the surface in “Exploring Plum Island’s Marine Habitats” on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. You can register online here.

• East Hampton Town announced Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has officially issued the new airport identifier “JPX” to the new town airport scheduled to open May 19.

• State Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio is sponsoring a New York Blood Center blood drive hosted by the Hotel Indigo at 1830 West Main Street in Riverhead this afternoon and evening from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Here’s how to make an appointment.

Suffolk County reported 106 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, March 28, with 2.7 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 60 people hospitalized with the virus, with seven of them in ICU. The county reported two new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,361 people since March of 2020.

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

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.

March 31
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:58 a.m., 10:16 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:06 a.m., 9:24 p.m.
Greenport: 10:35 a.m., 10:53 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:38 a.m., 11:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:30 a.m., 10:48 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:57 a.m.
South Jamesport: 12:04 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:13 a.m., 9:38 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:22 a.m., 7:47 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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