Good Morning!

• We’re expecting patchy fog before 8 a.m. today, with otherwise partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 81 degrees, with a south wind 7 to 16 miles per hour. There’s a 30 percent chance of overnight showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 66. A chance of showers increases throughout the day Tuesday, with partly sunny skies and a high near 79. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 78.

• Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22 is Primary Day in New York State, and locally the biggest contest here is a battle between East Hampton Democrats over who will represent their party in the Nov. 2 General Election. Read our coverage.

• Out on the bluffs down by the Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays on June 11, you’d be forgiven if you were shocked to see a bandstand in the parking lot or hear the squawks of speakers and the guitar and drum licks of a sound check wafting over the dunes. After all, it’s been a pretty silent year. See our photos of this year’s Battle of the Bands.

• The Southampton Arts Center presents “Using Art to Advance the Case for Life On Earth” in person this Thursday, June 24 at 6 p.m. Panelists including Safina Center Founding President Dr. Carl Safina, photographer and educator Patricia Paladines, award-winning writer Paul Greenberg, writer and artist Erica Cirino, and medical anthropologist and scientific illustrator Kate Thompson will discuss inspiration, conservation, preservation of both nature and human communities, and more. Here’s how to register for this free program.

Suffolk County reported 25 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, June 19, with 0.4 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 52 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with eight of them in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll here stands at 3,400 people. As of Sunday, June 20, 70.9 percent of Suffolk residents over the age of 18 had received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine, with 58.3 percent of the total population having received at least one dose. In total, 52.3 percent of the county population had received a complete vaccine series.

• 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:

June 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:17 a.m., 7:44 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:25 a.m., 6:52 p.m.
Greenport: 7:54 a.m., 8:21 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:49 a.m., 9:10 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:49 a.m., 8:16 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:16 a.m., 9:43 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:23 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:14 a.m., 6:55 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:23 a.m., 5:04 p.m.

June 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:10 a.m., 8:34 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:18 a.m., 7:42 p.m.
Greenport: 8:47 a.m., 9:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:47 a.m., 10:05 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:42 a.m., 9:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:09 a.m., 10:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:16 a.m., 10:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:18 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:27 a.m., 6 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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