Fiddler Crab Grounds
On the Fiddler Crab Grounds

Good Morning!

• Showers are likely, along with a thunderstorm, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. today, with the chance of rain tapering off later in the day. Some of the rain could be heavy. Otherwise, it will be cloudy, with a high near 78 degrees and a southeast wind 6 to 8 miles per hour. Tonight, the likelihood of showers tapers off further and the low temperature will be around 65 degrees. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 82 degrees and a 20 percent chance of showers and Sunday will be mostly cloudy, with a 40 percent chance of showers and a high near 81 degrees.

• Riverhead has recently appeared on a nationwide list of “sanctuary cities,” cities decried by anti-immigration groups for purportedly providing safe harbor for illegal immigrants, and members of immigrant rights groups are trying to educate both town board members and the public on the truth about immigrant rights. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the first day of the 1995 Sunrise wildfires, which burned more than 7,000 acres and caused 400 people to be evacuated from their homes — at the time, 1995 had been the driest year in the pine barrens since 1924, going 17 days without rain before the first fire broke out.

• Great Pond at the Peconic Dunes Summer Camp in Southold has again been closed to swimming due to high bacteria levels, after it was closed on Aug. 12 and reopened Aug.17. Camp staff, who are accustomed to regular closure of the pond, have taken to having campers swim in the Long Island Sound nearby.

• Poet L.B. Thompson will be at the Floyd Memorial Library in Greenport this morning at 10:30 a.m. for Brunch Poems. Today, she’ll be reading from and discussing the work of Theodore Roethke.

• The Jamesport Fire Department’s 17th Annual Sound to Bay 10K and 5K Run has been scheduled for Sun., Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. More information is online here.

• The sight of the large white tent on the firehouse grounds in Cutchogue can mean only one thing. It’s time for the annual Cutchogue Fire Department Chicken Barbecue. Limited tickets are still available to this year’s barbecue and are available by contacting the firehouse at 631.734.6907. More information is online here.

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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