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First Light

Good Morning!

• Today is expected to be sunny, with a high near 74 degrees and Friday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 72 degrees. The weekend is expected to be partly sunny both days, with highs in the low 70s.

Saxitoxin Meetinghouse Creek
Meetinghouse Creek has been closed to shellfishing due to toxic algae.

• The state Department of Environmental Conservation has found elevated saxitoxin levels in mussel samples from Meetinghouse Creek, and has implemented a temporary emergency closure of Terry and Meetinghouse Creeks in Aquebogue effective immediately on May 6. This designation includes the taking of shellfish as well as carnivorous gastropods. Saxitoxin is made by the toxic dinoflagellate, Alexandrium, and can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.

• Home prices are edging higher on the East End, and inventory of houses on the market continues to shrink as the pace of sales exceeds the rate that houses are listed on the market — a prime case of lack of supply that could continue to push prices higher. The Beacon’s full report on real estate’s first quarter on the East End is online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings clarifying fines for violations at the airport, changing the effective date of the Indian Wells Beach alcohol ban and on several CPF acquisitions at their 6:30 p.m. regular meeting tonight. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss the RFP for EPCAL, Hallockville, brewery legislation and a veteran’s discount card at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Southampton Town Board will discuss highway department paving, equipment and funding issues at their 11 a.m. work session today. Their full agenda is online here.

• Looking for something unique to do with your mom this weekend? Here’s our list of the top five unique Mother’s Day events on the East End this weekend:

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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