Good Morning!

• We’re expecting showers today, mainly after 8 a.m., with a high temperature near 66 degrees and a southeast wind 8 to 15 miles per hour. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm will continue overnight, with a low around 56. We’re expecting showers and possibly a thunderstorm on Saturday, mainly before 2 p.m., with a high near 64 and new rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half an inch possible. Sunday will be partly sunny and breezy, with a high near 58.

• If you missed the North Fork Civics’ debate between candidates for Southold Town office last night, you can catch up by watching the Beacon’s YouTube livestream. The Civics are planning another debate between Southold candidates at Poquatuck Hall in Orient on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. We’ll be livestreaming that debate on our YouTube channel as well.

• The League of Women Voters’ debate for Shelter Island Town Supervisor and Town Board will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Shelter Island School. The debate will also be able to be viewed later on Shelter Island’s Channel 22 and its YouTube site. The League’s Zoom debates for Southampton Town Board and Supervisor will be held on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Both debates will be aired live on Sea-TV’s YouTube channel

• The North Fork Pollinator Pathway and Group for the East End host a Native Plant and Seed Swap this Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to Noon at Downs Farm Preserve, 23800 Main Road, Cutchogue. All are welcome. The group is also planning a major planting initiative at Custer Preserve, next door to the Custer Institute on Main Bayview Avenue in Southold on Monday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit their Instagram for more information.

• Downtown Riverhead’s annual Halloween Fest, originally scheduled for tomorrow, has been postponed until Oct. 28 due to tomorrow’s forecast for rain. Here’s more info.

• Greenport’s Maritime Festival is on for this weekend. Bring your umbrella to celebrate the village’s nautical history. Here’s more info.

• The Hampton Bays Fire Department, at 106 Ponquogue Avenue in Hampton Bays, hosts a New York Blood Center blood drive tomorrow, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but if you’d like to make an appointment you can do so online here.

• The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival presents “Heroic Beethoven,” a concert of symphonic and chamber works arranged for piano trio at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton on Saturday at 5 p.m. More details are at

• “War of the Worlds: The Panic Broadcast,” a live radio play by Joe Landry recreating the classic Orson Wells broadcast prank will be live at the Southampton Arts Center at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Saturday. Michael Disher directs. More details are at

• Ecologist Carl Safina presents his new book: “Alfie & Me: What Owls Know, What Humans Believe,” a moving account of raising, then freeing, an orphaned screech owl at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street in Sag Harbor on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. More details are at

• On Sunday, Oct. 22, North Fork Author Elizabeth Castellano reads from her debut novel, “Save What’s Left” in a program organized by the North Fork Environmental Council at the Peconic Landing Community Center, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Books will be available from Burton’s Books. More details are at

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

October 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:09 a.m., 2:27 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:17 a.m., 1:35 p.m.
Greenport: 2:46 a.m., 3:04 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:43 a.m., 3:55 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:41 a.m., 2:59 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:08 a.m., 4:26 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:15 a.m., 4:33 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:07 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:39 a.m.

October 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:10 a.m., 3:34 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:18 a.m., 2:42 p.m.
Greenport: 3:47 a.m., 4:11 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:42 a.m., 4:59 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:42 a.m., 4:06 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:09 a.m., 5:33 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:16 a.m., 5:40 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:12 a.m., 2:35 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:21 a.m., 12:44 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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