Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 64 degrees and a northeast wind 15 to 17 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 37. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 61 and Friday will be partly sunny, with a high near 69.

• The Suffolk County Supervisors Association, in a joint planning effort with the three Nassau County town supervisors, has released island-wide guidelines to coordinate the opening of town beaches, parks and playgrounds this summer. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• All for the East End’s “Feed the Need” campaign is teaming up with the Sag Harbor American Music Festival in early June for “The Best Jams,” a virtual concert to support “food instability and other emerging needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.” More details are online here.

• Suffolk County is seeking 7,000 small American flags on sticks, either 8X12 inches or 12X18 inches, to place at the gravesides of soldiers buried throughout the county this Saturday, a 25-year-long Memorial Day tradition that has just been given the go-ahead for this year. The county is asking residents to either bring flags to the H. Lee Denison Building at 100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Hauppauge or to call 311 if you have flags but cannot bring them to Hauppauge.

• Southampton Village and Town and the Hampton Bays Schools have teamed up to host a free mask drive through at Hampton Bays High School at 86 Argonne Road East from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This afternoon. Drivers will be asked to drive through, keep their windows up, and volunteers will place a sealed bag of five masks under their windshield wiper.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reported Tuesday there were 497 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the county, a decrease of eight, with 163 people in ICU beds, a decrease of five. Eighteen people in Suffolk had died of the disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the county total to 1,772.

• The North Fork Environmental Council is holding its annual Organic Lawn and Landscaping Workshop virtually this evening at 6:30 p.m. More details are online here.

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

May 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:17 a.m., 9:32 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:25 a.m., 8:40 p.m.
Greenport: 9:54 a.m., 10:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:50 a.m., 11 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:49 a.m., 10:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:16 a.m., 11:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:23 a.m., 11:38 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:20 a.m., 8:39 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:29 a.m., 6:48 p.m.

May 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:58 a.m., 10:09 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:06 a.m., 9:17 p.m.
Greenport: 10:35 a.m., 10:46 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:31 a.m., 11:37 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:30 a.m., 10:41 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:57 a.m.
South Jamesport: 12:04 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:01 a.m., 9:14 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:10 a.m., 7:23 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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