Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 65 degrees, with a northwest wind 16 to 22 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 37 and a northwest wind 8 to 14 miles per hour. Tuesday will be sunny, with a high near 63 and Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

• It’s decision-making time, and as we make these backyard decisions we’re also playing a foundational role in the health of the world around us. When we choose to work with nature, we’re the winners, and so are our children, and their children. Read this month’s editorial, Your Backyard Web.

• It’s also International Dark Sky Week, and the North Fork Environmental Council will host a Zoom presentation to learn about the benefits of a dark sky and what you can do to prevent light pollution this evening at 6:30 p.m. Organizations that are members of the North Fork Dark Sky Coalition will also discuss their initiatives to prevent light pollution and provide information how you can get involved. To register, email and include NFDS Zoom in the subject line.

• Southold Town and a consortium of North Fork civic associations are holding a virtual forum on affordable housing on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. Panelists, including representatives from Southold Town and prospective affordable housing developers, will discuss some of the setbacks that have faced the development of affordable housing in the past, and what the public can do to help facilitate affordable housing in the future. Here’s the login link.

Suffolk County reported 700 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, with 4.4 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 345 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 78 of them in ICU and 30 percent of hospital beds available. The county reported seven new fatalities, bringing the death toll here to 3,270 people.

• A total of 488,762 people, or 33 percent of Suffolk’s population, had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine as of Saturday, with 278,568 people, or 18.8 percent of the population, having received a complete dose sequence. New York State received 819,800 first doses of vaccines for the week ending Saturday.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

April 5
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:17 a.m., 5:57 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:25 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
Greenport: 5:54 a.m., 6:34 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:37 a.m., 7:20 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:49 a.m., 6:29 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:16 a.m., 7:56 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:23 a.m., 8:03 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:12 a.m., 4:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:21 a.m., 3 p.m.

April 6
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:27 a.m., 7 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:35 a.m., 6:08 p.m.
Greenport: 7:04 a.m., 7:37 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:46 a.m., 8:24 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:59 a.m., 7:32 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:26 a.m., 8:59 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:33 a.m., 9:06 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:16 a.m., 5:56 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:25 a.m., 4:05 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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