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The Riverhead Foundation counted nearly 700 seals on Long Island beaches in an aerial survey yesterday | Riverhead Foundation photo

Good Morning, and happy May!

• Today is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 59 degrees and a northeast wind around 10 miles per hour, while tonight will be mostly cloudy and calm, with a low around 38 degrees. Temperatures are expected to improve over the next four days: Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 62 degrees, Sunday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 67 degrees, and Monday and Tuesday are expected to be sunny, with temperatures in the low 70s.

• The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Preservation and Research counted 697 seals in an aerial survey of Long Island’s beaches yesterday. This time of year, many seals that winter on Long Island begin to head north, but some are stranded on beaches here due to injury or disease.  The Riverhead Foundation received a few calls over the past couple days about seals in East Hampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, but all of them were left on the beach for monitoring. They’re urging anyone who spots a seal in distress to call 631.369.9829, and asking the public to keep at least 150 feet away from all seals on the beaches.

• The South Fork is swimming in gallery openings this weekend, including  a new exhibit of Dinah Maxwell Smith’s work at the Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, the Springs Mystery Art Sale at Ashawagh Hall and a compendium of local artists curated by Paton Miller at the Southampton Arts Center titled “East End Collected.” The Beacon’s full art listings are online here.

• The Children’s Museum of the East End is hosting nature groups from all over the East End tomorrow for their sixth annual Peconic Family Fun Day, More information is online here.

• The Peconic Estuary Program is looking for helpers during next Tuesday’s lunch break to remove trash from the banks of the Peconic River and Little River to Woodhull Dam. Volunteers will meet at noon at the Peconic Paddler at 89 Peconic Avenue in Riverhead. Please bring gloves and comfortable shoes. To register please contact More information online here.

• The evacuation of Saigon at the end of the Vietnam War was 40 years ago yesterday. The Hamptons International Film Festival has just shared this YouTube video of their discussion at last year’s festival of the film “Last Days in Vietnam.”

• Don’t forget to plan your week ahead with The Beacon’s events calendar.

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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