Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 89 degrees and a calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 miles per hour in the afternoon. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 70 and a south wind 6 to 8 miles per hour. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 87, and a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

• The Riverhead Central School District’s 2020-2021 budget failed for a second time on Tuesday, and the district will now be required by state law to operate under a contingency budget this coming year. Here’s The Beacon’s full story.

• This August marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. In-person celebrations planned by the local League of Women Voters have been scuttled by the pandemic, but one big aspect of the League’s work here will endure beyond this landmark year —the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons is now the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork, expanding its voter services, education and debate services to both Shelter Island and Southold towns. Here’s the full story.

• Southampton Town Attorney James Burke has written to the New York State Health Department in regards to the state’s investigation into a drive-in concert Saturday at which social media posts showed crowds gathered at the front of the stage. Mr. Burke said the town “did not approve any such gathering space” and added that the town asked the organizers to correct the situation and “the Police Department engaging in efforts to orderly disperse the crowds took place.” Here’s the letter.

• 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 this evening at 7 p.m. Here’s some more information about the project. 

• Suffolk County reported 57 new cases of Covid-19 in the county in the 24 hours ending July 28, about on par with the average number of new cases per day in recent weeks, with 1.2 percent of those tested testing positive. There were no new fatalities in the past 24 hours, and the county death toll stands at 1,996. Thirty-eight people were hospitalized with the virus, a decrease of two, with one person in ICU, a decrease of one.

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

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.

July 30
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:53 a.m., 7:22 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:01 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
Greenport: 7:30 a.m., 7:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:23 a.m., 8:45 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:25 a.m., 7:54 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:52 a.m., 9:21 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:59 a.m., 9:28 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 5:49 a.m., 6:26 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:58 a.m., 4:35 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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