Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny and windy, with a high temperature near 66 and a west wind 17 to 22 miles per hour, increasing to 27 to 32 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 47 mph. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers after 3 a.m. overnight, with increasing clouds and a low around 41. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 63 and Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 70.

• Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor will hold a public forum on its plans to build a new theater adjacent to the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park tomorrow, May 1 at 4 p.m. Attendees can participate in person or via livestream. Here are more details.

• The East Hampton Lions Club is sponsoring a community blood drive from 11:45 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. today at the Amagansett American Legion. Appointments are recommended, online here, to preserve social distancing.

Suffolk County reported 271 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, with 1.7 percent of people tested testing positive — this is the first time the infection rate has fallen below 2 percent in months. There were 217 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 58 of them in ICU. The county reported six new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,347 people.

• Beacon Editor Beth Young reflects this month on mothering, gardening and making every May day Earth Day. Also, catch Beth in discussion on all the latest East End news on WLIW-FM’s “Behind the Headlines” on Saturday morning, May 1 at 10 a.m. on the radio at 88.3 FM or streaming at wliw.org/radio.

• Guild Hall presents “Met Under Moonlight: Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess — Live in HD Encore” a drive-in screening at East Hampton’s Main Beach, 104 Ocean Ave, this evening at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $80 per car. James Robinson’s vibrant production of America’s favorite opera was the smash hit of the Met’s 2019-20 season. Bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue star in the title roles. Tickets are available online at guildhall.org.

• The Beacon’s May print edition is on these newsstands throughout the East End this morning. Pick up a copy today! Our print edition supports much of the work we do.

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

April 30
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:40 a.m., 1:16 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:24 p.m.
Greenport: 1:17 a.m., 1:53 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:13 a.m., 2:51 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:12 a.m., 1:48 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:39 a.m., 3:15 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:46 a.m., 3:22 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:39 a.m., 11:02 p.m.

May 1
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:38 a.m., 2:14 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:46 a.m., 1:22 p.m.
Greenport: 2:15 a.m., 2:51 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:08 a.m., 3:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:10 a.m., 2:46 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:37 a.m., 4:13 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:44 a.m., 4:20 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:53 a.m., 1:32 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:41 a.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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