Good Morning!

• There’s a 20 chance of drizzle or light rain before 3 p.m. today, then a slight chance of showers after 3 p.m., with areas of fog before noon and a high temperature near 67 degrees. The wind will be out of the east at 5 to 7 miles per hour. There’s a 20 percent chance of overnight showers, with areas of fog after 9 p.m. and a low around 54. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers Saturday, mainly after 3 p.m., with cloudy skies and a high near 70. We’re expecting rain early Sunday, with skies beginning to clear after 9 a.m. and a high near 69 degrees.

• Aircraft operators who wish to apply for permission to use special use instrument landing procedures at the new East Hampton Town Airport after its May 19 opening are invited to attend a Question and Answer session regarding the process to be held virtually, on Zoom, this afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. Representatives of Flight Tech Engineering, which developed the special procedures for the town, and of the Federal Aviation Administration, which processes applications and would issue the required permission, and the East Hampton Town Airport manager, Jim Brundige, will be on hand. The current East Hampton Airport (HTO) will be deactivated as of 11:59 p.m. on May 17, and the new airport (East Hampton Town Airport, or JPX) will open at 9 a.m. on May 19, under East Hampton Town regulation and a prior permission required framework. Here’s the Zoom login.

• The new Heart of Riverhead Civic Association, which plans to serve to give a voice to local residents and businesses in sharing concerns, shaping the future and strengthening the community, will hold its inaugural meeting tomorrow, May 14 at 11 a.m. at the Riverhead Free Library, 300 Court Street in Riverhead. All are welcome to attend.

• Supporters of a woman’s right to choose whether to have an abortion will hold a “Bans Off Our Bodies” rally at the Suffolk County Supreme Court tomorrow, May 14 from noon to 2 p.m. Here are more details.

• There is currently a blood shortage emergency in effect, and the Rogers Memorial Library at 91 Coopers Farm Road in Southampton will hold a New York Blood Center blood drive tomorrow, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are recommended, and can be made online here.

• The South Fork Natural History Museum will present a discussion on Tick-Borne diseases on Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 5 p.m., with Scott Campbell, a medical entomologist and the Chief of the Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Here are more details on this event, and on Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Tick-Borne Disease Symposium to be held next weekend at the height of Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Month.

• May is filled with migratory birding events, and this weekend is the height of what birders call “May-gration.” Group for the East End celebrates World Migratory Bird Day with a birdwatching walk at Downs Farm Preserve, 23800 Main Rd, Cutchogue from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Register for this free event by emailing Veteran Birdwatcher, Naturalist and Local  Historian John Holzapfel discusses “May is Bird Migration Month” at the East Marion Community Association’s annual meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Marion Firehouse, 9245 Main Road, East Marion, and also via Zoom.

• The New Suffolk Waterfront Fund’s plant sale originally scheduled for last weekend will be held on Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to noon. Here are more details.

Suffolk County reported 980 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, May 11, with 9.3 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 182 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 16 of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll here stands at 4,397 people since March of 2020.

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

May 13
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:20 a.m., 8:38 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:28 a.m., 7:46 p.m.
Greenport: 8:57 a.m., 9:15 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:48 a.m., 10:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:52 a.m., 9:10 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:19 a.m., 10:37 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:26 a.m., 10:44 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:14 a.m., 7:49 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:23 a.m., 5:58 p.m.

May 14
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:03 a.m., 9:18 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:11 a.m., 8:26 p.m.
Greenport: 9:40 a.m., 9:55 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:37 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:35 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:02 a.m., 11:17 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:09 a.m., 11:24 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:06 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:15 a.m., 6:43 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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