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Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 60 degrees and a west wind 7 to 9 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 44. we’re expecting increasing clouds throughout the day on Friday, with a 50 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m. and a high temperature near 56. Saturday will be partly sunny and windy, with a high near 49 and a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon.

• New York State passed the threshold of 20,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Wednesday, as the stubborn hundreds of new patients arriving at hospitals each day say they are staying at home. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• New York State is reporting 1,522 Suffolk County residents have died from Covid-19 as of Thursday morning. This is a significant jump from yesterday’s reported death toll of 1,296. The state has just begun reporting “presumed Covid deaths” at nursing homes and adult care facilities, adding 233 people to the death toll yesterday, in addition to confirmed Covid deaths at these facilities, which stand at 432 in Suffolk. We’ve been reporting throughout this crisis that a large percentage of Suffolk’s deaths have been in nursing homes and adult care facilities, and with these presumed deaths figured in, 43 percent of the county’s deaths are in these facilities.

• The deadline for filing a petition to become a school board candidate in the June 9 mail-in election is this coming Monday, May 11. The new date for local school board and budget votes was set by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo over the weekend, and local districts are scrambling to get materials ready for this vote.

• Blaze Church at 50 Bell Avenue in Flanders will be distributing non-perishable items and other supplies for the next three Thursdays 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 blazechurch.org/serve.

• Southold Town lucked out when it purchased the former Capital One bank building on the corner of Youngs Avenue and the Main Road — it can now use the former bank drive-through to collect property taxes and sell resident beach and boat ramp permits. The drive-up will open tomorrow, and will process property taxes on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will open on weekends to process beach and boat ramp permits from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning Saturday, May 16.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone reported Wednesday that Covid-19 hospitalizations in the county are again on the decline, after rising for two days. In total, 773 people were now hospitalized in the county yesterday, 62 fewer than the day before, with 295 of those patients in ICU beds.

• Suffolk County has instituted a special phone number, 631.852.SCAM for residents who believe they may have been the victim of a scam. Scammers have taken full advantage of the pandemic to practice their devious craft, says Mr. Bellone.

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

May 7
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:19 a.m., 10:39 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:27 a.m., 9:47 p.m.
Greenport: 10:56 a.m., 11:16 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: Noon
Sag Harbor: 10:51 a.m., 11:11 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:18 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:25 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:33 a.m., 10 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:42 a.m., 8:09 p.m.

May 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:10 a.m., 11:30 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:18 a.m., 10:38 p.m.
Greenport: 11:47 a.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:16 a.m., 12:50 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:42 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:38 a.m., 1:09 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:45 a.m., 1:16 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:24 a.m., 10:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:33 a.m., 8:57 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

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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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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