Good Morning!

• We’re expecting rain today, mainly before 2 p.m., with a high temperature near 61 degrees and a south wind 9 to 13 miles per hour, becoming east in the afternoon. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch are possible. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 52. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 73 and Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

• FAA Regional Administrator Marie Kennington-Gardiner says that, because of processes already underway in the FAA’s conversion of the East Hampton Airport, its current airport identifier, HTO, will cease to exist today. “This means that pilots cannot use HTO as an origin or destination on a flight plan or file a flight plan to HTO,” she wrote, adding that it would be prudent for the town to use the identifier for the new airport, JPX, to protect public safety. Here’s the latest.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings on water quality grant awards, prohibiting smoking at town beaches and adopting written procedures for meetings of town bodies at its 11 a.m. regular meeting this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting, which is open to the public, can also be viewed live on LTV’s YouTube channel.

• Suffolk County reported 870 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, May 17, with 10 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 228 hospitalized people in the county who had the virus, with 47 percent of them hospitalized due to Covid-19. Twelve patients were in ICU. The county reported one new fatality from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,411 people since March of 2020.

• Hallockville Museum Farm’s annual Fleece and Fiber Fair returns this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with demonstrations, workshops, food and local artisans selling handmade products. Here’s more info.

• East End Arts’ annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is returning to Downtown Riverhead next Sunday, May 29. There’s still time for prospective street painters to book a square — here’s how.

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

May 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:38 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:23 p.m.
Greenport: 1:15 a.m., 1:52 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:10 a.m., 2:51 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:10 a.m., 1:47 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:37 a.m., 3:14 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:44 a.m., 3:21 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:39 a.m., 11 p.m.

May 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:36 a.m., 2:15 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:44 a.m., 1:23 p.m.
Greenport: 2:13 a.m., 2:52 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:07 a.m., 3:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:08 a.m., 2:47 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:35 a.m., 4:14 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:42 a.m., 4:21 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:51 a.m., 1:33 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:42 a.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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