Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly cloudy, with a high temperature near 66 degrees and rain likely, mainly after noon. We’re expecting rain overnight, with a low around 46. Skies will clear gradually on Saturday, with a high near 60. Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 63.

• Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone signed legislation yesterday to enact new protections for water quality by reducing pollution from outdated cesspools and septic systems. The bill, which was unanimously passed by the County Legislature on Oct. 6, modifies the County’s Sanitary Code to require the use of nitrogen-reducing wastewater technologies in unsewered areas of the county for all new construction and also allows greater flexibility for the use of small sewer plants in downtown business districts. Here’s our full story.

• After hundreds of vehicles ran down the length of the North Fork in late September, the fourth edition of the MAGA-Gras caravan in support of President Donald Trump is heading for Montauk this Sunday. The group is expected to leave the Seaford LIRR station at 10 a.m. and then head east. Here are more details.

• Suffolk County reported 81 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with 1 percent of people tested testing positive. Forty-one people are currently hospitalized with the virus in Suffolk, with nine of them in ICU. The county reported no new deaths and the pandemic death toll here stands at 2,017.

• The Parrish Art Museum’s Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects, Corinne Erni will join artist Scott Bluedorn at 6 p.m. this evening for an illustrated talk, which will also be live-streamed online. Seating in the theater is limited with socially distanced seating. Here are more details.

• The Southampton Arts Center plans to screen the classic office comedy “Office Space” outdoors this evening at 7 p.m., but if it rains as expected, the screen tomorrow night. Tickets are $10. Reserve your seat online here.

• The Second Annual Amagansett Maritime Festival is going virtual tomorrow, with programs celebrating the rich and unique story of the Amagansett community and its relationship to the sea. Find out more on our sister website, The Peconic Bathtub.

• And finally this Friday, here’s the Riverhead High School Jazz Band‘s remote rendition of Birdland, recorded remotely due to the pandemic, which has proved particularly brutal to musicians whose work is propelled by their breath.

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

October 16
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:44 a.m., 10:08 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:52 a.m., 9:16 p.m.
Greenport: 10:21 a.m., 10:45 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:22 a.m., 11:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:16 a.m., 10:40 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:43 a.m.
South Jamesport: 11:50 a.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:05 a.m., 9:23 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:14 a.m., 7:32 p.m.

October 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:32 a.m., 10:58 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:40 a.m., 10:06 p.m.
Greenport: 11:09 a.m., 11:35 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:10 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:04 a.m., 11:30 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:07 a.m., 12:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:14 a.m., 12:38 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:53 a.m., 10:12 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:02 a.m., 8:21 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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