The Southampton Town Youth Bureau’s Battle of the Bands returned for the 19th year to Ponquogue Beach in Hampton Bays Friday evening, with local high school bands competing before a crowd of their fans and friends.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, with partly sunny skies and a high temperature near 83, with a west wind around 8 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 62. Tuesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80 and Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

• Just on the other side of the upcoming summer season is a mad dash to Election Day, when voters will make their voices heard on a measure that could dramatically change the fabric of our community in the years ahead. Read this month’s editorial, All Hands on Housing.

• The new Heart of Riverhead Civic Association will hold its second-ever meeting, featuring a special “Trash Talk” panel, this Wednesday, June 15 at the Riverhead Free Library. They’ll begin at 6:30 p.m. with updates, current issues and suggestions, followed by a guest panel — Town of Riverhead Engineer Drew Dillingham, Highway Superintendent Mike Zaleski and Riverhead Litter Committee’s Jeanne Fallot — who will answer questions and make a plan to work together cleaning up the town.

Suffolk County reported 497 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, June 10, the last day for which data is currently available, with 7.4 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 157 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, though just 42 percent of them were hospitalized due to Covid. The county reported three new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,458 people since March of 2020.

• This week on Behind The Headlines on WLIW-FM, Beacon Editor Beth Young joined a panel discussing the congressional hearings on the January 6 insurrection; new gun control laws in New York State; developments in the application to build a shooting range in Riverhead; and Bog Grisnik, owner of Southrifty Drugs in Southampton. Listen in.

• 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 13
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:21 a.m., 9:40 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:29 a.m., 8:48 p.m.
Greenport: 9:58 a.m., 10:17 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:02 a.m., 11:15 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:53 a.m., 10:12 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:20 a.m., 11:39 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:27 a.m., 11:46 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:33 a.m., 8:58 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:42 a.m., 7:07 p.m.

June 14
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:12 a.m., 10:32 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 9:20 a.m., 9:40 p.m.
Greenport: 10:49 a.m., 11:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:55 a.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:44 a.m., 11:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:11 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:18 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:27 a.m., 9:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 7:36 a.m., 7:59 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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