Good Morning!

• We’re expecting areas of fog before 8 a.m. today, but otherwise partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 70, with a light southeast wind increasing to 5 to 10 miles per hour in the morning. There’s a 30 percent chance of overnight showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 61. Skies will clear on Saturday, with a high near 80 degrees, and Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

• Riverhead Town has a number of of active civic associations galvanized by issues facing their communities, but until now there hasn’t been a civic association for people who live and work downtown, in the heart of Riverhead. That changed this week when several dozen residents of downtown Riverhead gathered in the basement of the Riverhead Free Library May 14 to brainstorm issues facing the rapidly changing downtown that they’d like to tackle. Read More.

• The North Fork Community Theatre has rescheduled this weekend’s performances of “The Producers” due to concerns about the widespread local transmission of Covid-19. The May 19 performance has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 2, the May 20 performance has been rescheduled to Friday June 3, the May 21 performance has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 29 at 8 p.m. and the May 22 performance has been rescheduled to Monday, May 30 at 2:30 p.m. An additional performance has been added on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30 p.m. The original show dates on May 26 through May 29 will continue. Here’s more info.

Suffolk County reported 975 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, May 18, with 9.4 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 214 people hospitalized who had the virus, with 49 percent of them hospitalized due to Covid. Seven of the hospitalized patients were in ICU. The county reported one new fatality from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,412 people since March of 2020.

• Tomorrow is World Turtle Day, and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is celebrating with a chance to meet a variety of live turtles and tortoises at 10 a.m. Participants will learn all about Long Island’s turtles through a short power point presentation, then meet some turtles and learn about ways to help local species. There is a $5 per person registration fee for this program, which is for adults and families. Register online here.

• Hamptons Jazz Fest presents Jon Irabagon for an evening of jazz and cocktails this evening at 6 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center. Here’s more info. Also at SAC on Sunday, artist Christine Sciulli will discuss her installation, which melds projected light and geometry, during a 3 p.m. immersive viewing experience as part of SAC’s current “Techspressionism” exhibition.

• Beacon Editor Beth Young joins a panel of local journalists discussing this week’s news on “Behind the Headlines” this Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and again on Sunday at 1 p.m. on 88.3 WLIW-FM. Tune in on the radio, or stream the episode after it is broadcast online here.

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

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.

May 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:37 a.m., 3:18 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:45 a.m., 2:26 p.m.
Greenport: 3:14 a.m., 3:55 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:08 a.m., 4:50 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:09 a.m., 3:50 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:36 a.m., 5:17 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:43 a.m., 5:24 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:52 a.m., 2:35 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:01 a.m., 12:44 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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