Pictured above: The North Sea Fire Department leads the grand finale of the Jamesport Firemen’s Parade Wednesday evening.

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting isolated showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. today, with sunny skies and a high near 88, but heat index values as high as 98, with a south wind 6 to 11 miles per hour, increasing to 12 to 17 miles per hour in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 20 percent. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 72, a southwest wind 6 to 11 miles per hour and scattered showers and thunderstorms before 9 p.m. Friday will be sunny, with a high near 91, and Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 90.

• The Southold Town community cooling center at the Peconic Lane Community Center, 1170 Peconic Lane Peconic, will continue through this Friday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for anyone looking for respite from the high heat and humidity. For more info, call Town Supervisor Scott Russell’s office at 631.765.1889. Riverhead Town’s cooling center remains open today from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the town senior center at 60 Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hold several public hearings on Community Preservation Fund acquisitions and grants of Scenic and Conservation Easements at its 11 a.m. regular meeting this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss the upcoming Town Square project at its 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting can be viewed live here.

• The North Fork Community Theatre’s Youth on Stage production of “Rent” opens this evening at 8 p.m. and runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 7. Tickets are available online at nfct.com.

• The Montauk Observatory hosts a Virtual Lecture: “Simultaneous Major Meteor Impacts in Antarctica” with Professor Alan Rice this evening at 7 p.m. Registration is required for this free event at hamptonsobservatory.org.

• Nancy Atlas performs a free outdoor concert at Good Ground Park, 9A Squiretown Road in Hampton Bays this evening at 7 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs.

• The Shelter Island Ambulance Corps at 12 Manwaring Road on Shelter Island hosts a New York Blood Center blood drive this afternoon and evening from 1 to 7 p.m. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.

Suffolk County reported 665 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, July 19, with 9.2 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 235 hospitalized people who had the virus, with 47 percent of them hospitalized due to Covid, and 27 Covid patients were in ICU. The county reported four new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,500 since March of 2020.

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

July 21
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:48 a.m., 5:28 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:56 a.m., 4:36 p.m.
Greenport: 5:25 a.m., 6:05 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:21 a.m., 6:46 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:20 a.m., 6 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:47 a.m., 7:27 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:54 a.m., 7:34 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:48 a.m., 4:23 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:57 a.m., 2:32 p.m.

July 22
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:51 a.m., 6:25 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:59 a.m., 5:33 p.m.
Greenport: 6:28 a.m., 7:02 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:20 a.m., 7:41 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:23 a.m., 6:57 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:50 a.m., 8:24 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:57 a.m., 8:31 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:40 a.m., 5:14 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:49 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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