Good Morning!

• Light rain is likely early this morning, with a slight chance of showers continuing after 9 a.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 76 degrees, with a north wind 8 to 11 miles per hour. We’re expecting mostly cloudy skies overnight, with a low around 61 and a 20 percent chance of showers before 11 p.m. Thursday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 83 and Friday will be sunny, with a high near 85.

• Southampton Town’s oldest and least-used senior center on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike is nearing the end of its useful life, but the town is considering replacing it with a new project that could offer great synergies with the neighboring community. Read More.

• The Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program, Sylvester Manor Farm, the Town of Shelter Island and local restaurants have teamed up to build an oyster reef and shell recycling program on Shelter Island. Read more in our sister publication, The Peconic Bathtub.

• The new Heart of Riverhead Civic Association will meet this evening from 6:30 to 7:30 at Riverhead Library, where members will brainstorm about their goals and visions for the organization. All who care about downtown Riverhead are welcome, and attendees are asked to bring a friend.

• The Lone Sharks perform a free concert at Southampton Village’s Coopers Beach this evening at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or beach chairs.

• It will be a busy day this Saturday on Shelter Island — The Shelter Island Green Expo will be held at the Shelter Island American Legion at the corner of Bateman Road and School Street on Shelter Island from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be educational games and activities offered by local nature organizations, a street fair and food trucks. Across the street at the Shelter Island School will be the island’s Art Show & Crafts Fair, also on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Suffolk County reported 292 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, Aug. 15, with 7.5 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 212 hospitalized people who had the virus in the county, with 46 percent of them hospitalized due to Covid. The county reported three new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,537 people since March of 2020.

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

August 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:19 a.m., 2:52 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:27 a.m., 2 p.m.
Greenport: 2:56 a.m., 3:29 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:56 a.m., 4:20 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:51 a.m., 3:24 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:18 a.m., 4:51 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:25 a.m., 4:58 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:35 a.m., 2:07 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:16 p.m.

August 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:13 A.M., 3:49 P.M.
Montauk Harbor: 2:21 a.m., 2:57 p.m.
Greenport: 3:50 a.m., 4:26 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:50 a.m., 5:12 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:45 a.m., 4:21 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:12 a.m., 5:48 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:19 a.m., 5:55 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:25 a.m., 2:55 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:34 a.m., 1:04 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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