Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 62 degrees and a south wind 3 to 7 miles per hour, with partly cloudy skies and a low around 45. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 66. We’re expecting showers on Saturday, mainly before noon, with cloudy skies and a high near 67.

• New York State is still hiring and training a team of staff working remotely to support the NYS Department of Health and local health departments to perform Covid-19 contact tracing in communities across the state. The responsibility of a contact tracer is to reach out to the contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess symptoms, ensure compliance with quarantine, and determine social support needs.  Applications are also available for the role of Team Supervisor, to lead a team of 20 Contact Tracers, who are working remotely using digital tools; as well as for Community Support Specialists, to work with the team to address the support needs of those who are contacts, especially those who are under isolation or quarantine. For more information, visit the New York State Department of Health website, here, or visit  

• Suffolk County is submitting a request to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign an executive order to allow residents economically impacted by the pandemic to delay property tax payments due June 1 to July 15. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Greenport Village Board’s May Work Session Meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. this evening, and can be accessed online at Public comment can be provided during the meeting by emailing

• Blaze Church at 50 Bell Avenue in Flanders will be distributing non-perishable items and other supplies this afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. Guests can follow the signs marked “Free Groceries.” Upon arriving, a volunteer will place two bags of groceries in the trunk or back seat of the vehicle. All volunteers will be wearing personal protective equipment. Supplies will be distributed first come first serve basis. Walk ups are welcomed too but are required to maintain proper CDC mandates for social distancing and face coverings. For more information, visit

• The Southampton Arts Center quickly sold out a drive-in movie showing of the Spielberg classic “Raiders of the Lost Ark” this Saturday at Coopers Beach, but the organizers say they’re now planning to make drive-in movies a regular feature of this summer season, after New York State ok’d drive in movies last week. Stay tuned.

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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