Good Morning!

• A chance of showers will increase throughout the day today, with possibly a thunderstorm after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce small hail and gusty winds. The high temperature will be near 57 degrees, with a south wind 11 to 20 miles per hour, gusting as high as 38. Showers are likely this evening, with mostly cloudy skies gradually becoming mostly clear overnight, with a low around 30. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 51. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain after 3 p.m. Thursday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 53.

• Suffolk County residents will be included in New York State’s initial antibody testing survey for the new coronavirus, County Executive Steve Bellone confirmed Monday. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• All for the East End, known as AFTEE, has been working for years to support non-profits on the East End, and this spring they’ve pulled out all the stops, raising more than $450,000 to date in an effort to provide food for the needy throughout the East End. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is putting together a summer planning work group consisting of town supervisors and village mayors throughout the county, to coordinate guidelines and recommendations for safe outdoor recreation this summer amidst the coronavirus pandemic, he said at his Monday afternoon press briefing.

• The number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 in Suffolk County dropped by 30 in the past 24 hours, and now stands at 1,411, said Mr. Bellone, who added that 506 people are in intensive care with the disease at hospitals throughout the county. Mr. Bellone said 34 more people have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the county total to 859 lives lost, and 90 people had been released from the hospital since Sunday.

• As of Tuesday morning, there were 28,243 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Suffolk County. There were 445 cases in Southampton Town, 279 in Riverhead, 268 in Southold, 122 in East Hampton and seven on Shelter Island. By comparison, Islip is the hardest hit town, with 7,876 cases, followed by Brookhaven, with 5,666.

• South Fork Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming will be hosting a Zoom meeting tomorrow, April 22, from 1 to 2 p.m .with Bernard Ryba, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University. The hour-long session will include an overview of federal relief programs available to small businesses, cultural organizations and not-for-profits to aid them in coping with and recovering from the business impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses are encouraged to begin the process of submitting applications immediately through their regular bank, rather than wait until after the meeting, and to bring any questions they may have to the meeting. To receive a Zoom invitation, email Legislative Aide Vanessa Rojano at or call 631.852.8400.

• The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is tomorrow, and while it’s a stretch for many of us to express gratitude now for a planet that seems indifferent to the fate of the humans trapped here, Earth Day has never had more true resonance than now. Here’s an update on what local environmental organizations are doing to commemorate this milestone.

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

April 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:47 a.m., 10:02 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:55 a.m., 9:10 p.m.
Greenport: 10:24 a.m., 10:39 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:22 a.m., 11:34 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:19 a.m., 10:34 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:46 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:53 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:53 a.m., 9:13 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:02 a.m., 7:22 p.m.

April 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:26 a.m., 10:39 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:34 a.m., 9:47 p.m.
Greenport: 11:03 a.m., 11:16 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: Noon
Sag Harbor: 10:58 a.m., 11:11 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:01 a.m., 12:25 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:08 a.m., 12:32 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:31 a.m., 9:47 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:40 a.m., 7:56 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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