Good Morning!

• We’re expecting showers early today, with skies gradually clearing and a high near 52, with a northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 37 and a 20 percent chance of showers. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high near 50 and Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 51 and a 40 percent of afternoon showers.

• About half of Suffolk County’s Covid-19 fatalities were in nursing homes and adult care facilities, according to data released Tuesday by New York State. Our full story is online here.

• New York has also now mandated facemasks be worn by essential workers “when in direct contact with customers or members of the public” as of this evening at 8 p.m. This executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo is slated to be enforced by local police.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reported 40 additional Covid-19 deaths in the county Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths to 618. As of Wednesday morning, there were 23,225 confirmed cases of the virus in Suffolk County, with 332 in Southampton Town, 242 in Southold, 232 in Riverhead, 105 in East Hampton and six on Shelter Island.

• If you haven’t gotten your $1,200 U.S. Treasury stimulus direct deposit by today, the Internal Revenue Service is scheduled to have a portal on its website today to allow everyone to get their money direct deposited, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told the American people Monday night. Here’s where the portal is supposed to be. Income tax payments are now due July 15 due to Covid-19. Here are more details on the IRS’s response to the crisis.

• The need for food for families and seniors in distress on the East End is still very real. Here’s the latest.

• The Beacon has joined with NoFo Community Cares as a non-perishable food drop-off spot at our newsstand at the New Suffolk Post Office at 375 First Street in New Suffolk. Please contribute if you can!

• The North Fork Environmental Council has postponed its annual Earth Day 5K run and walk due to Covid-19, but the environmental organization is asking residents to take a walk and email them a photo and a description at They will post the photos received on Facebook as a tribute to the North Fork environment, and later this spring will be asking residents to contribute $10 toward their scholarship fund, which is usually supported by the 5K.

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

April 15
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:47 a.m., 5:28 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:55 a.m., 4:36 p.m.
Greenport: 5:24 a.m., 6:05 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:09 a.m., 6:50 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:19 a.m., 6 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:46 a.m., 7:27 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:53 a.m., 7:34 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:44 a.m., 4:22 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:53 a.m., 2:31 p.m.

April 16
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:56 a.m., 6:32 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:04 a.m., 5:40 p.m.
Greenport: 6:33 a.m., 7:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:14 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:28 a.m., 7:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:55 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:02 a.m., 8:38 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:42 a.m., 5:22 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:51 a.m., 3:31 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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