Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 94 degrees but heat index values as high as 101, with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. We’re under a heat advisory through 8 p.m. today. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 72. Skies will clear throughout the day Wednesday, with a high near 86. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 87.

• Today is the date of the revote on the Riverhead Central School District’s $147.1 million school budget, which failed by 52.7 percent in an all-mail in vote June 9. The district plans to slash athletics, music and elective programming if the budget doesn’t pass. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Here’s our full story.

• Southampton Town is the subject of some controversy this week, after New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker chastised Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman for the town’s issuance of a permit for the Safe & Sound drive-in concert with the band “The Chainsmokers” at Nova’s Ark in Bridgehampton Saturday night. Mr. Scheiderman’s band also performed at the event. “I am at a loss as to how the Town of Southampton could have issued a permit for such an event, how they believed it was legal and not an obvious public health threat,” said Dr. Zucker in a letter to Mr. Schneiderman. Mr. Schneiderman took to Facebook later Monday to post a video of the audience sort-of behaving at the concert. Here’s the tweet from someone who was on stage at the concert that has the state in a tizzy:

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The Chainsmokers had a “Drive-in” concert in the Hamptons last night…looks like social distancing was strongly enforced 🤦🏻‍♂️….when NY gets the inevitable spike just blame these rich selfish white people <br><br>Via IG:adamalpert <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) <a href=””>July 26, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src=”” charset=”utf-8″></script>

• The Peconic Lane Community Center, located at 970 Peconic Lane in Peconic, will be open as a cooling center from noon to 8 p.m. today Social distancing/mask rules must be adhered to. For more information contact the Supervisor’s Office at 631.765.1889. 

• The application period for New York’s Covid-19 Rental Relief Program closes this Thursday. Here are more details.

• Southampton Town is in the midst of a series of virtual public forums designed to get community input on how best to reshape the face of housing in an area that is currently plagued by a crisis in affordability. The next session, focusing on the Shinnecock Hills/Tuckahoe Area, is tomorrow at 7 p.m. Here’s some more information about the project. 

• The Southold Town Board will hold a work session this morning at 9 a.m. and a regular meeting this afternoon at 3 p.m. Here’s the agenda for both meetings.

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

July 28
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:45 a.m., 5:25 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:53 a.m., 4:33 p.m.
Greenport: 5:22 a.m., 6:02 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:17 a.m., 6:46 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:17 a.m., 5:57 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:44 a.m., 7:24 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:51 a.m., 7:31 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:44 a.m., 4:26 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:53 a.m., 2:35 p.m.

July 29
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:51 a.m., 6:26 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:59 a.m., 5:34 p.m.
Greenport: 6:28 a.m., 7:03 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:21 a.m., 7:46 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:23 a.m., 6:58 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:50 a.m., 8:25 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:57 a.m., 8:32 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:44 a.m., 5:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:53 a.m., 3:34 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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