Good Morning and Happy Earth Day!

• Today will be mostly sunny and breezy, with a high temperature near 51 degrees but wind chill values between 25 and 35 early. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 37. Friday will be sunny and breezy, with a high near 60 and Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 65 and a southwest wind 8 to 13 miles per hour.

• Since New York State legalized recreational marijuana on March 31, it is now legal for people over the age of 21 to carry up to 3 ounces of pot with them and to smoke it in any public place where you can smoke cigarettes. But local governments will have some say in where marijuana dispensaries can open. Here’s our full story.

• The Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, along with Sonomi Obinata from KK’s The Farm in Southold, are presenting a virtual Dandelion Celebration and Sharing this evening at 7 p.m., via Zoom. KK’s The Farm will not be holding its annual Dandelion Festival this April, but Ms. Obinata is encouraging everyone to think about the powerful properties of this oft-overlooked flower. Tickets are $15, here’s more.

• The North Fork Environmental Council will hold its annual Earth Day 5K at the Calverton Memorial Park this Sunday at 9 a.m. The event raises money for the group’s scholarship program. Here are more details.

Suffolk County reported 303 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, April 20, with 2.4 percent of people tested testing positive. there were 283 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 67 of them in ICU and 23 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported one new fatality from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,323 people.

• The Southampton Town Board holds a special meeting this morning at 10 a.m. to approve a request for proposals for mobile concessions at Mecox Beach, followed by a 10:30 a.m. work session at which the board is slated to discuss the Pyrrhus Concer House in Southampton Village, an organic garden proposal at 7-Eleven and billing for false fire alarms. The meetings can be viewed live here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss a possible partnership with Bird Scooters to provide scooter rental through an app, illegal dumping downtown and the town’s March police report at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. The meeting can be viewed live here.

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

April 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:42 a.m., 7:11 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:50 a.m., 6:19 p.m.
Greenport: 7:19 a.m., 7:48 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:51 a.m., 8:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:14 a.m., 7:43 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:41 a.m., 9:10 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:48 a.m., 9:17 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:10 a.m., 6:03 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:19 a.m., 4:12 p.m.

April 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:30 a.m., 7:54 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:38 a.m., 7:02 p.m.
Greenport: 8:07 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:49 a.m., 9:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:02 a.m., 8:26 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:29 a.m., 9:53 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:36 a.m., 10 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:14 a.m., 6:59 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:23 a.m., 5:08 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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