Pictured Above: That spring day, Main Road, Aquebogue.

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 61 degrees and a north wind around 6 miles per hour. We’re expecting increasing clouds this evening, with an overnight low around 39. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers or drizzle Thursday, with cloudy skies and a high near 56. There’s a 60 percent chance of showers Friday, mainly after noon, with a high near 61 degrees.

• A hefty number of new students has joined the Riverhead Youth Coalition this year, joining a peer group of role models for how to live drug and alcohol-free lives in high school. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele announced Tuesday that funding for the Long Island Rail Road’s “Montauk Branch Interlocking and Sidings Extension” — a project that has been years in the making, has been included in the recently adopted New York State budget. More sidings on the South Fork would enable the LIRR to run more frequent trains there.

• The moon isn’t quite full this evening, but the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is getting in the full moon spirit with a sunset hike in the refuge tonight beginning at 7:30 p.m. The South Fork Natural History Museum and the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt are planning a full moon hike in Bridgehampton and the Group for the East End is planning a hike in Cutchogue’s Downs Farm Preserve, both of which will be this Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m.

• The Ecological Culture Initiative is holding a community Earth Day screening of the film “Normal is Over,” about humanity’s wisest response to climate change, species extinction, the depletion of critical natural resources, income inequality and industrial control of our food production, next Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. More details are online here.

• On Saturday, April 27, the Hampton Library in Bridgehampton will host a free active shooter training program for the residents of Bridgehampton and the surrounding areas.  The name of the program is “Run, Hide, Fight: How to Respond to an Active Shooter”.  Lieutenant Todd Spencer from the Southampton Police Department will facilitate the event.  The program starts sharply at 1 p.m. To register, call the library at 631.537.0015.

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

April 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:47 a.m., 9:07 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:55 a.m., 8:15 p.m.
Greenport: 9:24 a.m., 9:44 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:22 a.m., 10:47 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:19 a.m., 9:39 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:46 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:53 a.m., 11:13 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:58 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:07 a.m., 6:40 p.m.

April 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:36 a.m., 9:55 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:44 a.m., 9:03 p.m.
Greenport: 10:13 a.m., 10:32 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:15 a.m., 11:35 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:08 a.m., 10:27 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:35 a.m., 11:54 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:42 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:50 a.m., 9:19 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:59 a.m., 7:28 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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