Pictured Above: Long Wharf excursion, Sag Harbor

Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 89 degees and a light west wind, with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 71. Friday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 84 degrees and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m.

• Historians focusing on African American history on the East End are teaming up with the East Hampton Star newspaper for a project they’re hoping will give names and dignity to people who had historically been enslaved here. The Arts Center at Duck Creek is kicking off a lecture series on the program this Saturday. Read our full story.

• Riverhead Town announced Wednesday that it had begun to crack down on illegal housing, issuing citations for the owners of 554 Raynor Ave. in Polish Town, where code enforcement officers said they found five people living in a camper and three more living in a detached garage on site. The town is planning to “pursue any and all action necessary to immediately ban the use of the RV and detached garage as living areas.”

• East Hampton Town announced Wednesday that it is participating in the South Fork Peak Savers Load Relief Program, which was developed in response to an initiative by LIPA and PSEG-LI, to reduce electrical demand on the South Fork by 8 megawatts. When the utility predicts a “peak demand event” – such as during a heat wave – the town is given the option to take some of its buildings off the grid for a designated four-hour period, powering them instead with propane-powered generators. The buildings selected for the program are The Parks Department, police garage, and food pantry buildings at the main Town Hall campus and the East Hampton Town Senior Center are participating in the program, which has been enacted during four peak demand events called by the utility so far this summer. For each event, the town is able to shed approximately 100 kilowatts of demand from the grid. At the end of the summer season, the town will calculate the total amount of load shed, and will receive a payment from LIPA/PSEG-LI of $110 per kW saved, plus a fuel stipend payment.

• This evening is the second installment of the Riverhead Business Improvement District’s “Dine on 25,” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., in which downtown Riverhead will be shut down to vehicle traffic to encourage dining in the streets. Here are some more details. The program continues on two more Thursdays in August.

• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss plans for a four-story apartment building at 331 East Main Street, and SEQRA coordination for the proposed Island Water Park in Calverton at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda, and the meeting is slated to be broadcast here.

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

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.

July 31
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:49 a.m., 8:14 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:57 a.m., 7:22 p.m.
Greenport: 8:26 a.m., 8:51 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 9:23 a.m., 9:42 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 8:21 a.m., 8:46 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:48 a.m., 10:13 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:55 a.m., 10:20 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 6:54 a.m., 7:24 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 5:03 a.m., 5:33 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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