Mr. Wickham's peaches.
Mr. Wickham’s peaches.

Good Morning!

• There’s a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 a.m. today, with cloudy skies early, gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 85 degrees and a west wind around 10 miles per hour. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 79. There’s a 30 percent chance of morning showers Friday, but otherwise it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

• They say that no one is born an eclipse-chaser. They become an eclipse-chaser after their first experience with totality. Beacon staff were in North Carolina Monday to witness the big event. Read our account online here.

• The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons is planning a special rally recreating a 1913 East Hampton suffrage rally tomorrow afternoon, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m., meeting at the historic marker at suffragist May Groot Manson’s former house at 117 Main St., in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of women receiving the vote in New York State. All are welcome to attend, and commemorative “Votes for Women” sashes are available for sale for $10 each. For more information, contact Arlene Hinkemeyer at or visit the Facebook page.

• Bruce Colbath of East Hampton recently sent us a letter reminding us of the importance of net neutrality, providing equal access to the internet. The FCC has recently proposed new rules, and is looking for public comment by Aug. 30. Read Bruce’s letter online here, or send us a letter of your own to

• The Beatles tribute band Penny Lane will perform in Southampton’s Agawam Park tonight at 6:30 p.m. and A Night in Rio will perform Brazilian music at Southold’s Silversmith’s Corner tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of several free outdoor summer concert series in parks throughout the East End. Get more details on this summer’s remaining concerts online here.

• The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association will host a special forum titled “How Do We Protect the Heart of Mattituck” at the Mattituck American Legion Hall next Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. More details are online here.

• The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s I FISH NY program and the town of Riverhead will offer a Free Fishing Clinic next Tuesday, August 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Peconic Riverfront Park in downtown Riverhead. Free loaner fishing rods and bait will be supplied by I FISH NY, with fishing lessons by DEC staff. The event will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. with basic how to fishing instruction and fish identification. This event is geared toward ages 10 and up and the DEC encourages families, individuals, beginners, and experts to attend. No fishing license or registration is required.

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

Aug. 23
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:32 a.m., 11:55 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:40 a.m., 11:03 p.m.
Greenport: 12:09 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 12:45 a.m., 1:12 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:04 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:06 a.m., 1:31 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:13 a.m., 1:38 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:04 a.m., 9:18 p.m.

Aug. 24
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:29 a.m., 11:52 p.m.
Greenport: 12:32 a.m., 12:58 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:32 a.m., 1:57 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:27 a.m., 12:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:54 a.m., 2:20 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:01 a.m., 2:27 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:51 a.m., 10:05 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

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