Good Morning!

• There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, mainly after 5 p.m., with partly sunny skies and a high near 79. The wind will be out of the west at 5 to 13 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this evening, mainly before 7 p.m., with skies clearing overnight and a low around 53. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 81 and Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

• The Alzheimer’s Association’s Long Island Chapter held a two-day online conference for caregivers called “Thriving at Home on the East End” in mid-May, to provide information about the growing number of resources for people living with Alzheimer’s disease here. Read our full story.

• The New York Blood Center holds a community blood drive this afternoon and evening from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Southold Town Recreation Center at 970 Peconic Lane in Peconic. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.

• Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf will be home to an East Enders in Solidarity with Palestine vigil this evening at 6 p.m., at the windmill, where the East End Women in Black met for many years to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss beach policies for the summer, proposed code amendments for conversions of existing space for affordable housing and a town-wide cell phone coverage initiative at their 9 a.m. work session this morning. The board will hold public hearings on weight limits for trucks on local roads and on accessory recreational uses at its 7 p.m. regular meeting. The agenda for both meetings is online here. Here’s the Zoom login for the morning work session and here’s the login for the evening meeting.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss banning the sale of helium balloons, the Georgica Pond algae harvester, the Army Corps FIMP project, amendments to the solar code and legislation for accessory buildings and pool houses at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. The agenda is online here and the meeting can be viewed live on LTV’s YouTube channel.

Suffolk County reported 86 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, May 16, with 1.1 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 124 people hospitalized in the county with the virus, with 30 of them in ICU. There were no new deaths from Covid on Sunday, and the county death toll from the pandemic stands at 3,381 people.

• School Board elections and budget votes will be held throughout the East End today. Don’t forget to get out and vote!

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

May 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:02 a.m., 3:56 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:10 a.m., 3:04 p.m.
Greenport: 3:39 a.m., 4:33 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:20 a.m., 5:07 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:34 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:01 a.m., 5:55 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:08 a.m., 6:02 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:40 a.m., 2:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:53 p.m.

May 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:58 a.m., 4:51 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:06 a.m., 3:59 p.m.
Greenport: 4:35 a.m., 5:28 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 5:16 a.m., 6:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 4:30 a.m., 5:23 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:57 a.m., 6:50 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:04 a.m., 6:57 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:36 a.m., 3:36 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:45 a.m., 1:45 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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