Pictured Above: Monday proved a slow start to the Peconic Bay Scallop season, though fresh bay scallops can now be found in local fish markets through early spring.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting a 30 percent chance of showers today, mainly before 8 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 67 and a southwest wind around 14 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 28 mph. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 38. Wednesday will be sunny, with a high near 50, and Thursday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 58 and a 30 percent chance of rain before 2 p.m.

• Polls are open today from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for elections for local offices ranging from Suffolk County Executive to members of the Suffolk County Legislature to individual town offices throughout the East End. Find your polling place online here, read up on the issues in our ongoing Election Coverage, and stay tuned to our X (Twitter) and Threads profiles, and eastendbeacon.com later tonight for live election updates.

• The Suffolk Alliance for Pollinators, a project spearheaded by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Community Horticultural Specialist Roxanne Zimmer this past winter, has inspired community groups throughout Suffolk County to restore ecosystems, with the help of local residents trained through CCE’s Master Gardener program, providing the habitat and nourishment necessary for pollinators to thrive. Read More.

• At the encouragement of State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie recently toured the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreation Center, during which he sat down to play a round of chess with their chess coach, Mr. Ulysses. According to The Center, Mr. Heastie spent time talking with each of the teachers and asking their stories and toured the grounds and enjoyed their organic garden and fields, culminating with a pledge of $250,000 to renovate The Center’s Youth Building for a new Pre-School.

“For our east-end underserved, affordable childcare or just childcare is often hard to find in our community. This funding will allow us to continue our mission of serving our east end marginalized children and families,” said The Center’s Executive Director, Bonnie Michelle Cannon. “Thank you, Speaker Heastie, and a special thank you to Assemblyman Fred Thiele for your continued support. Your commitment to the education and well-being of the children in our community is truly remarkable. The newly refurbished building will provide a safe, nurturing, and inspiring environment where our children can learn and grow.”

• The Hamptons Observatory holds a Virtual Lecture on Next April’s Solar Eclipse this evening, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. with solar eclipse aficionado Dr. Kate Russo. Register at hamtponsobservatory.org.

• Due to Election Day, the Southold Town Board meets on Wednesday, Nov. 8, this week instead of Tuesday. The board is slated to discuss the Hashamomuck Cove Storm Risk Reduction Project, the town’s ongoing zoning updates, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding and other grant projects at its 9 a.m. work session. Hearings on the town’s 2024 budget will be held at 4 p.m. and at the board’s 7 p.m. regular meeting, at which there will also be a hearing on requests for CDBG funding. Here’s the agenda for the work session and the regular meeting, and here’s Zoom login info for all of the meetings. The town has proposed a $57.17 million budget for 2024, an increase of 2.58 percent, and is expecting to levy a .38 increase in property tax to pay for it, using $2.8 million in appropriated fund balance from prior years. Here’s the full preliminary budget.

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

November 7
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:25 a.m., 5:49 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:33 a.m., 4:57 p.m.
Greenport: 6:02 a.m., 6:26 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:39 a.m., 7:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:57 a.m., 6:21 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:24 a.m., 7:48 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:31 a.m., 7:55 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:16 a.m., 4:22 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:25 a.m., 2:31 p.m.

November 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:12 a.m., 6:33 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:20 a.m., 5:41 p.m.
Greenport: 6:49 a.m., 7:10 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:28 a.m., 7:50 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:44 a.m., 7:05 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:11 a.m., 8:32 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:18 a.m., 8:39 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:08 a.m., 5:14 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:17 a.m., 3:23 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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