Pictured Above: Tucker Tractor, Mattituck High School

Good Morning!

• There’s a 30 percent chance of rain today, mainly before 8 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies, a high near 60 and a northeast wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers before midnight, with mostly cloudy skies overnight and a low around 47. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers after 3 p.m. Wednesday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 55. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers Thursday, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 59.

• A proposed New York State bill that would grant farm workers overtime pay and the ability to engage in collective bargaining is raising the hackles of East End farmers, who say it could severely damage the agriculture industry here. But labor advocates throughout the state see the bill as an attempt at long-overdue restorative justice in an industry that has long relied on the low-paid work of immigrants and people of color. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Southampton Town Board will hold several public hearings at its 6 p.m. meeting this evening, including one on requiring groundwater monitoring for mining activities, allowing non-plastic coffee stirrers to be placed at self-service beverage stations and on several open space deeds of dedication. The full agenda for their meeting is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board has cancelled a public forum to get input on the possibility of allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages at the concession at the town’s South Jamesport Beach originally scheduled for this evening at at the town’s senior center in Aquebogue. The proposal has been roundly criticized at public meetings this spring, and the town board has since withdrawn its consideration of the proposal.

• The Shelter Island Town Board will hold a special meeting on short term rental regulations this Friday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Shelter Island School Auditorium at 33 North Ferry Road.

• KK’s The Farm at 59945 Main Road in Southold is holding its fourth annual Dandelion Festival on Sunday, May 5, as part of a mission to raise awareness of the benefits of the dandelion, and the culinary benefits of its leaf, flower and root. More details are online here.

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

April 30
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:45 a.m., 8:08 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:53 a.m., 7:16 p.m.
Greenport: 8:22 a.m., 8:45 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:05 a.m., 9:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:17 a.m., 8:40 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:44 a.m., 10:07 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:51 a.m., 10:14 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:34 a.m., 7:07 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:43 a.m., 5:16 p.m.

May 1
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:27 a.m., 8:47 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:35 a.m., 7:55 p.m.
Greenport: 9:04 a.m., 9:24 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:52 a.m., 10:11 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:59 a.m., 9:19 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:26 a.m., 10:46 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:33 a.m., 10:53 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:24 a.m., 7:51 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:33 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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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