Good Morning!

• We’re expecting patchy fog before 9 a.m., gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 71 degrees and a calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. The low tonight will be around 53. There’s a slight chance of drizzle and patchy fog early Wednesday, with mostly cloudy skies throughout the day and a high near 73. Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 72 and patchy fog before 10 a.m.

• Suffolk County’s 911 emergency call system went down as of early Tuesday morning, and though the county says its backup system is working while the problem is solved, East End police departments have also been affected. Police in Riverhead are asking anyone in their jurisdiction to call 631.727.4500, extension 602 or 352 with an emergency. Police in Southampton Town are asking residents to call 631.728.3400. The Southold Police are asking residents of both Southold and Shelter Island to call 631.765.2562 and the East Hampton Town Police Department number is 631.537.7575. The county does say that it will route the calls back to East End police departments if they come in through their backup 911 system.

• Suffolk County is on target to begin the phased-in opening of its economy tomorrow, May 27, with construction, manufacturing and curbside pickup for retail now allowed. County Executive Steve Bellone reported Monday that just 343 people are now hospitalized in the county with Covid-19, with 111 people in intensive care. In the prior 24 hours, 38 Covid patients had been released from hospitals in Suffolk, and six more had died, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,840.

• When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs didn’t let Suffolk County’s scouts place flags at Calverton National Cemetery this Memorial Day weekend, the scouts instead fanned out to local cemeteries across the county to honor those who have served. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• As Greenport is about to enter a summer season rife with unknowns, this little downtown destination is a microcosm of the East End’s small towns. Local family-owned businesses are going to need incredible resolve if they are to last through to a better year. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

May 26
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:46 a.m., 1:32 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:40 p.m.
Greenport: 1:23 a.m., 2:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:13 a.m., 2:56 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:18 a.m., 2:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:45 a.m., 3:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:52 a.m., 3:38 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:39 a.m., 10:33 p.m.

May 27
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:31 a.m., 2:20 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:39 a.m., 1:28 p.m.
Greenport: 2:08 a.m., 2:57 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2 a.m., 3:45 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:03 a.m., 2:52 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:30 a.m., 4:19 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:37 a.m., 4:26 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:24 a.m., 1:23 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:32 a.m., 11:29 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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