This Morning’s Bulletin — 8.19.20

Good Morning!

• Today will be partly sunny, with a high temperature near 81 degrees and light and variable winds, becoming southwest 5 to 8 miles per hour in the afternoon. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 55. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 79 and Friday will be cloudy through mid-morning, then clearing, with a high near 82.

• When Suffolk County rolled out its bikesharing pilot program in Hampton Bays, Patchogue and Babylon last fall, it contracted with a big national company, Zagster, to provide the bikes and infrastructure, with the logic that such a company would have staying power. Now, nearly six months into a global pandemic, Zagster has folded and a local, Southampton-based company, PedalShare, is slated to take over its county contract. Read our full story.

• Suffolk County hit a grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, when the county reported its two-thousandth death from the virus. The county had been hovering just short of 2,000 deaths for weeks, with long stretches of time in which no one here died of the virus. The county reported 50 new Covid cases in the 24 hours ending Aug. 18, with 1.1 percent of people tested testing positive. Here’s our full story.

• The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, was officially ratified by Congress on Aug. 18, 1920, and The League of Women Voters is celebrating the centennial with a Zoom lecture on the struggle for women’s votes by Martha Potter on the Rogers Memorial Library’s website. Here’s some more information about this month-long Centennial celebration.

• Village elections throughout New York were postponed this spring to Sept. 15, and candidates for East Hampton Village Mayor will debate each other this evening via a Zoom debate sponsored by the East Hampton Group for Good Government, which will be available live on LTV at 8 p.m. Barbara Borsack of the Elms Party, Arthur “Tiger” Graham of the Fish Hooks Party and Jerry Larsen of the New Town Party are in the running.

• The Riverhead Central School District is in the midst of a series of school-specific parent meetings about the district’s plans for reopening this fall. Here are the details.

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

August 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:38 a.m., 10:57 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:38 a.m., 10:57 p.m.
Greenport: 11:15 a.m., 11:34 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:17 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:10 a.m., 11:29 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:10 a.m., 12:37 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:17 a.m., 12:44 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 9:53 a.m., 10:05 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:02 a.m., 8:14 p.m.

August 20
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:26 a.m., 11:45 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:26 a.m., 11:45 p.m.
Greenport: 12:03 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:33 a.m., 1:03 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:58 a.m.
New Suffolk: 12:56 a.m., 1:25 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:03 a.m., 1:32 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:40 a.m., 10:52 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:49 a.m., 9:01 p.m.

And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, 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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