Spinnakers at the start, Wednesday night in Cutchogue Harbor.
Spinnakers at the start, Wednesday night in Cutchogue Harbor.

Good Morning!

• There’s a 30 percent chance of showers today, mainly before noon, but otherwise it will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 84 and a calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 miles per hour in the morning. There’s a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms overnight, with a low around 68. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 86, and Saturday is expected to be sunny, with a high near 85.

• Congressman Lee Zeldin will brief members of the public on the next phase of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Fire Island to Montauk Point project this morning, Aug. 18, at 11:30 a.m. at Westhampton Beach Village Hall, 165 Mill Road, Westhampton Beach. The Beacon’s full story on the public input process of the Army Corps plan is online here.

• The Montauk Observatory is getting close to having its new observatory completed at The Ross School in East Hampton, and is hosting two special lectures tonight and next Thursday. Read more in our chat with their new executive director, Donna McCormick, online here.

Governments Get to Work:

• The Southampton Town Board will discuss findings of a microgrid study and plans for commercial property improvements at their 10 a.m. work session at town hall this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

• The East Hampton Town Board will hold public hearings on CPF acquisitions and a grant of a scenic and conservation easement at their 6:30 p.m. meeting tonight. Their full agenda is online here.

• The Riverhead Town Board will discuss The Highlands in Aquebogue’s Homeowners Association and the town’s Transfer of Development Rights program at their 10 a.m. work session this morning. Their full agenda is online here.

Out & About:

• Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan has toured the world making up beats, soundscapes, and jokes, and he’s bringing his show to the Southampton Arts Center this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. More information is online here. [Free]

• The Southampton Arts Center also hosts a free screening of “Racing Extinction,” the story of a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction, tonight at 6 p.m. More information is online here. [Free]

• Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Caroll will close out the Watermill Center’s Scaler Lecture Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a discussion on the use social and government infrastructure in the creation of art. More information is online here.

• Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island hosts a discussion and screening of the film “A Place at the Table,” about hunger in American, tonight at 7 p.m. More information is online here. [$10]

• The Hoodoo Loungers, Mamalee Rose & Friends and Lilly Ann Merat will perform a special show of great local music at Guild Hall tonight at 8 p.m. More information is online here. [$25-$40]

• Tonight is the full moon, and several East End nature organizations are celebrating. The Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosts a full moon hike tonight at 8 p.m.[$5-$10],  the South Fork Natural History Museum and the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt host a full moon hike tonight at 8:30 p.m. [Free] and Group for the East End hosts a sunset paddle and barbecue on Napeague Harbor at 5:30 p.m. [$35]

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

August 18
MTK Hbr: 9:35 a.m., 9:51 p.m.
Orient: 10:36 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
GPT: 11:04 a.m., 11:20 p.m.
Sag Hbr: 10:59 a.m., 11:15 p.m.
S. JPT: 12:07 a.m., 12:33 p.m.
Shinn. In.: 7:43 a.m., 8 p.m.

August 19
MTK Hbr: 10:19 a.m., 10:36 p.m.
Orient: 11:20 a.m., 11:37 p.m.
GPT: 11:48 a.m.
Sag Hbr: 11:43 a.m.
S. JPT: 12:49 a.m., 1:17 p.m.
Shinn. In.: 8:26 a.m., 8:45 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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