Good Morning!

• It will be partly sunny today, with a high temperature near 82 degrees and a south wind 6 to 15 miles per hour. There’s a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 68. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 85 degrees and a west wind 6 to 10 miles per hour. Thursday will be partly sunny, with a high near 79.

• We’ve never been ones to threaten to abandon the American experiment and move to another country. The freedoms we have here are worth fighting for, and we proudly pledge allegiance to upholding them this Independence Day and every day throughout the year. Right now, all hands are needed in this fight, in our neighborhoods, in our schools and civic institutions. All that’s necessary is civility and a true, humane moral compass. Read this month’s editorial.

• The Southold Town Board will discuss the proposed house size legislation, the town police policy manual, and an update on the town’s Youth Bureau at its morning work session this morning — the work session begins at 9 a.m. with a closed-door executive session involving labor issues, followed by the public work session. The public hearing on the change of zone for the Cutchogue Woods affordable housing development continues at the board’s 7 p.m. meeting. Here’s the agenda for both meetings, here’s the Zoom login for the work session, and here’s the Zoom login for the regular meeting.

• The East Hampton Town Board will discuss the Amagansett Life Saving Station at its 11 a.m. work session this morning. Here’s the agenda.

• Southold Town Councilman Brian Mealy will hold virtual office hours tomorrow morning from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and on Thursday, July 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Here’s how to sign up.

• The annual blue-green algae bloom has returned to Maratooka Lake in Mattituck and the Suffolk County Health Department is reminding members of the public not to swim or wade in the waters and keep their pets away from the lake — this algae is toxic. Here’s more info.

Suffolk County reported 369 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, July 3, with 8.6 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 180 people hospitalized with the virus, with 46 percent of them hospitalized due to Covid. Twelve of the patients were in ICU. The county reported no new fatalities from the virus, and the death toll stood at 4,483 people since March of 2020.

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

July 5
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:41 a.m.,3:29 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:49 a.m., 2:37 p.m.
Greenport: 3:18 a.m., 4:06 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:03 a.m., 4:38 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:13 a.m., 4:01 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:40 a.m., 5:28 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:47 a.m., 5:35 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:25 a.m., 2:21 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:30 p.m.

July 6
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:27 a.m., 4:15 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:35 a.m., 3:23 p.m.
Greenport: 4:04 a.m., 4:52 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:53 a.m., 5:25 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:59 a.m., 4:47 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:26 a.m., 6:14 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:33 a.m., 6:21 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:12 a.m., 3:05 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:21 a.m., 1:14 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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