Good Morning!

• There’s a 50 percent chance of showers today, with thunderstorms also possible after 3 p.m., mostly sunny skies and a high temperature near 75 degrees, with a southwest wind 9 to 11 miles per hour. We’re expecting showers and thunderstorms to continue overnight, with a low around 59. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers early Saturday, with skies clearing throughout the day and a high near 68. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 59 and a 30 percent chance of showers after 2 p.m.

• While hospitals on Long Island cannot yet resume elective surgeries as Covid-19 admissions slowly decline here, local hospitals are reaching out to let the public know that it is safe to seek medical care for emergencies, and that some services, like diagnostic radiological testing and detox and rehabilitation centers, are returning. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Suffolk County reported a decrease of 10 overall hospitalizations on May 13, along with a decrease of 31 ICU patients, with 31 percent of its overall hospital beds available and 33 percent of ICU beds available, with 239 more positive cases recorded in the county in the past 24 hours, along with 17 additional deaths.

• New York Governor Andrew Cuomo extended the New York “On Pause” order from today to May 28, though five upstate regions that have met the metrics for reopening can proceed with Phase 1 of reopening. As other regions meet those benchmarks, they will also be allowed to reopen, according to the governor. Long Island is currently meeting four of seven benchmarks.

• Despite the fact that Suffolk County is not able to reopen its economy today, landscaping and gardening businesses, outdoor recreation businesses and drive-in movie theaters can reopen statewide today. Though we don’t have drive-in movie theater on the East End, the Cedars Golf Club and Movies in the Moonlight are teaming up on Wednesday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. to show the classic film “The Goonies” at the Strawberry Fields Fairgrounds in Mattituck. This is a free event, but the organizers are asking attendees to make a donation to Community Action Southold Town.

• Cutchogue’s Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild has extended the deadline for entries for its spring juried exhibition, Another Moment in Time, to June 5, and is planning to hold the exhibition from July 3 through July 12. It had originally been scheduled for early May. Here are some details on how to enter.

• Looking for artistic inspiration? Take a virtual tour of Greenport’s VSOP Gallery, Sip & Sing via Zoom tonight at 5 with Kyle Barisich, sponsored by Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor or take part in a virtual staged reading of “Portrait of Tennessee Williams,” sponsored by East Hampton’s Guild Hall, starring Tedra Millan, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Mercedes Ruehl, and Harris Yulin. Tickets are free but donations to Guild Hall are appreciated, online here.

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

May 15
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:16 a.m., 5:55 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:24 a.m., 5:03 p.m.
Greenport: 5:53 a.m., 6:32 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:38 a.m., 7:12 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:48 a.m., 6:27 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:15 a.m., 7:54 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:22 a.m., 8:01 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:08 a.m., 4:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:17 a.m., 2:57 p.m.

May 16
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:16 a.m., 6:48 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:24 a.m., 5:56 p.m.
Greenport: 6:53 a.m., 7:25 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:37 a.m., 8:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:48 a.m., 7:20 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:15 a.m., 8:47 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:22 a.m., 8:54 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:01 a.m., 5:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:10 a.m., 3:51 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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