Good Morning!

• We’re expecting areas of fog before noon today, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 78 degrees and a light southwest wind, becoming south 5 to 9 miles per hour in the afternoon. We’re expecting patchy fog after midnight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 63. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 81 and Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 81.

• As the Covid-19 pandemic reminded us all of the interconnectedness of the world’s ecosystems, other environmental threats are quickly going global. Dr. Christopher Gobler, who this year held his annual State of the Bays address via Zoom meeting May 28, has been following the progress of the fibrous red seaweed Dasysiphonia japonica into Long Island’s bays and harbors. Read more in the Peconic Bathtub.

• Southampton will be the site of a Juneteenth celebration this morning on the anniversary of the date the end of slavery was announced in Texas. The free event, which will begin at Agawam Park at 10 a.m., includes food, speakers and information.

• Also this afternoon, the organizers of the march for justice for George Floyd organized earlier this month in Sag Harbor are holding a Juneteenth peaceful protest and march at Henry Zebrowski Memorial Soccer Field on S. Erie Street in Montauk this afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. Email for more details.

• Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order making Juneteenth a holiday for state employees, and East End Arts in Riverhead and the Riverhead Free Library have announced they will be closed today in honor of the newly recognized holiday.

• Mr. Cuomo also issued an executive order Thursday giving bars and restaurants responsibility for enforcing state liquor laws in the outside areas immediately surrounding their buildings, violations of which could “result in immediate loss of liquor license and shut down order for businesses,” according to the governor’s office.

• Forty people tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in Suffolk County, announced Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in his Thursday afternoon briefing, and the county currently has an infection rate .7 percent, below the state infection rate of .77 percent. The infection rate must stay below 1.1 to not continue to grow exponentially. Covid hospitalizations were down four to 125, with 35 patients in ICU, the same number as the prior day. Fifteen patients had been discharged from Suffolk hospitals in the past 24 hours and three more people had died, bringing the county death toll to 1,958.

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

June 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:28 a.m., 9:40 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:36 a.m., 8:48 p.m.
Greenport: 10:05 a.m., 10:17 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10 a.m., 10:12 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:27 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:34 a.m., 11:46 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:31 a.m., 8:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:40 a.m., 6:51 p.m.

June 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:11 a.m., 10:19 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:19 a.m., 9:27 p.m.
Greenport: 10:48 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:43 a.m., 11:47 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:43 a.m., 10:51 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:10 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:17 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:14 a.m., 9:20 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:23 a.m., 7:29 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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