Good Morning!

• We’re expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms this morning, mainly before 1 p.m. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Skies will gradually become mostly sunny, with a high temperature near 83 degrees and a southwest wind 9 to 11 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 61. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80, and Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 86.

• State lawmakers celebrated the reopening of the Montauk Point Lighthouse in an Aug. 16 ceremony, after a two-year-long, $44 million project to protect the site from erosion and renovate the historic lighthouse. Read More.

• After hearing again from a plethora of Hampton Bays residents opposed to a 100-megawatt Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) not far from the Shinnecock Canal on Aug. 8, the Southampton Town Board is slated to vote this Tuesday, Aug. 22, on a six-month moratorium on proposals for BESS systems in the town. Read More.

• The final Alive on 25 of the season in Downtown Riverhead, a street festival with live music on multiple stages, local craft beverages, food trucks, vendors, artisans and family activities, will be held this evening from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is free. Visit downtownriverhead.org for more info.

• The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild holds its first-ever Antiques, Fine Arts & Crafts Fair on the Bay at Veterans Memorial Park, 11280 Peconic Bay Boulevard, Mattituck. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with live music by George Cork Maul. Rain date Aug. 20. Admission is $2. More details are at oldtownartsguild.org.

• The East Marion Community Association hosts a community discussion on seaweed aquaculture this Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. at the East Marion Firehouse, and the Southold-Peconic Civic Association hosts a discussion on Community Housing, also on Aug. 19 at 10 a.m., at the Peconic Lane Recreation Center at 970 Peconic Lane.

• Artists of Shelter Island hosts their annual Open Studio Event, Aug. 19 & 20 from noon to 5 p.m. For more than a decade, a dedicated group of artists who live and work on Shelter Island have opened their studios to welcome visitors of all ages. More info on this free event is at artsi.info.

• Two paddling fundraisers are scheduled for tomorrow on the East End. Exploring Shinnecock Waters with the Niamuck Land Trust and the Peconic Land Trust meets at Raindrop’s Café at 40 Montauk Highway in the Shinnecock Nation at 10 a.m. for this two-hour paddle of the waterways of Shinnecock Land. Tickets are $50 and are available at peconiclandtrust.org. Also on Saturday morning at 8 a.m., the North Fork Environmental Council holds its monthly summer Paddle What’s Left fundraiser at Orient Beach State Park. Meet at the Eagle’s Neck Paddling booth at the park. Tickets are $45 including rental of paddling equipment or $25 if you bring your own. Here’s more info.

• Prudence Peiffer discusses “The Slip: The New York City Street that Changed American Art Forever” at Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor on Saturday at 5 p.m. Admission is free. More details are at caniosbooks.com.

• Kaoru Wantanabe, a Japanese taiko drum and shinobue flute player, performs at Duck Creek Arts Center, 133 Squaw Road, East Hampton on Saturday at 5 p.m. Wantanabe’s work is grounded in traditional Japanese music while drawing on his background in Western classical music and as a jazz flutist and saxophonist. Admission is free. More details are at duckcreekarts.org.

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

August 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:04 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:12 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
Greenport: 12:16 a.m., 12:41 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:04 a.m., 1:28 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:11 a.m., 12:36 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:38 a.m., 2:03 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:45 a.m., 2:10 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:09 a.m., 11:08 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:18 a.m., 9:17 p.m.

August 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:17 a.m., 12:45 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:53 a.m.
Greenport: 12:54 a.m., 1:22 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:40 a.m., 2:03 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:49 a.m., 1:17 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:16 a.m., 2:44 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:23 a.m., 2:51 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:45 a.m., 11:41 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:54 a.m., 9:50 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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