Good Morning, and Happy Juneteenth!

• The heat wave is now looking to top out over the next two days, with showers and thunderstorms entering the picture as we move closer to the weekend. Today and tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high in the high 80s, slightly cooler farther east on the forks, with a southwest wind 7 to 11 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight tonight, with a low around 66. Friday will be partly sunny, with a high in the low 80s and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.

• The Southold Town Board unanimously enacted a one-year moratorium on processing of applications for new hotels, motels and resorts Tuesday evening, overriding the Suffolk County Planning Commission’s recommendation that the town instead enact a six-month moratorium. Read More.

• Keenly aware of its potential to rival the Hamptons as a second-home destination for the super-rich, Southold Town is also working to limit some of those extravagances, including excessive irrigation and oversized houses on small lots. Read More.

• We are still in the midst of a Blood Shortage Emergency, and the Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard at 2114 Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow is doing something about it by hosting a New York Blood Center blood drive today Noon to 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can also be made online here.

Today is a federal holiday marking Juneteenth, celebrating this nation’s freedom from its founding sin of racial enslavement. Here are some local highlights:

• The Butterfly Effect Project is partnering with Riverhead’s First Baptist Church at 1018 Northville Turnpike for “Juneteenth: A Celebration of Community” from noon to 3 p.m. today. Here’s More Info.

• Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island hosts a gathering at the Afro-Indigenous Burial Ground on the former plantation at 1 p.m. this afternoon for a reading of the names of the people of color who are buried there. All are welcome. Here’s More Information.

• LTV in Wainscott will play host to a Juneteenth Jubilee White Party this evening at 6 p.m. in partnership with the Eastville Community Historical Society and LTV’s World Voices. All proceeds will benefit the Eastville Community Historical Society. Here’s More Information.

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

June 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 8:47 a.m., 8:57 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 7:55 a.m., 8:05 p.m.
Greenport: 9:24 a.m., 9:34 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 10:15 a.m., 10:22 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 9:19 a.m., 9:29 p.m.
New Suffolk: 10:46 a.m., 10:56 p.m.
South Jamesport: 10:53 a.m., 11:03 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 7:40 a.m., 8:02 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:49 a.m., 6:11 p.m.

June 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 9:30 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 8:38 a.m., 8:45 p.m.
Greenport: 10:07 a.m., 10:14 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:01 a.m., 11:06 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 10:02 a.m., 10:09 p.m.
New Suffolk: 11:29 a.m., 11:36 p.m.
South Jamesport: 11:36 a.m., 11:43 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 8:28 a.m., 8:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 6:37 a.m., 6:53 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

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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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