Good Morning!

• We’re expecting patchy fog before 9 a.m. today, with otherwise mostly sunny skies and a high near 89, with heat index values as high as 97. A heat advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. tonight. We’re expecting mostly cloudy skies overnight, with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a low around 68. Saturday will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 78 and Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 79.

• In response to the tragic community losses due to fentanyl poisoning over the last few weeks, Lutheran Counseling Center, in partnership with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 71305 Main Road in Greenport, will provide an open forum to address issues of grief and loss on Saturday, Aug. 28 at at 1 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet separately with a mental health counselor afterwards. An RSVP to : would be greatly appreciated. Lutheran Counseling Center is bound by a Code of Ethics and NY State laws related to privileged communications and confidentiality. Greenport Village also announced Thursday that Narcan kits are available at Village Hall, and that the names of people who request kits will be held in confidence. Appointments will be scheduled for Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Phone Jeanmarie Oddon at: 631.477.0248, x 218 to schedule an appointment to receive a kit and a brief training session.

Suffolk County reported 676 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, Aug. 25, with 5.4 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 207 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 32 of them in ICU. The county reported three new deaths from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 3,448 people. As of Thursday, Aug. 27, 59.6 percent of Suffolk’s total population had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, with 59.6 percent of county residents having received a complete vaccine series. Of residents ages 18 and up, 79.5 percent of Suffolk’s population had received at least one vaccine dose.

• New York State is currently experiencing a blood shortage emergency. The New York Blood Center is hosting a blood drive this afternoon from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Greenport American Legion Roller Rink, 102 Third Street in Greenport.  Reservations are recommended, online here.

• Tickets are still available for the Cutchogue Fire Department’s famous Chicken Barbecue, which is take-out only tomorrow, Aug. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. Here’s more information.

• The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild at 28265 Main Road, Cutchogue will hold an Opening Reception for “Sources of Inspiration,” a juried exhibition, this evening from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is on view through Sept. 12. Find more info at

• The celebration of the 90th Birthday of The Big Duck continues on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m., with the Ninth Annual Rubber Duckie Race from the lawn of the Flanders Men’s Club, which is down the access road just east of The Big Duck. This family-friendly fundraiser is free and benefits the Friends of The Big Duck, steward of Big Duck Ranch. For a $5 donation (or 5 for $20), you are assigned a number that is on one of the rubber duckies that are launched into Reeves Bay at Noon sharp. Prizes including Big Duckabilia and gift certificates from several local merchants will be awarded for first, second, third and last place. You do not need to be present to win. Mother Goose will also be there to entertain the children. The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 29 at 11 a.m. For more information or to pre-register, visit or call 631.284.3737.

• This weekend is the 40th Annual Old Fashioned Country Fair at Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead. Gates are open. Aug. 28 & 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 50 craft and artisan vendors will be selling locally handmade items. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and $25 for the Family Rate. Learn more at

• Custer Institute at 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold presents “Exploring & Navigating the Autumn Night Sky with artist, lecturer, telescope builder and amateur astronomer Randall DiGiuseppe” tomorrow evening, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids, and admission for members is free. The event will be followed by guided tours of the telescopes on site. Tickets are available online at

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

Aug. 27
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:41 a.m., 2:09 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:49 a.m., 1:17 p.m.
Greenport: 2:18 a.m., 2:46 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:15 a.m., 3:33 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:13 a.m., 2:41 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:40 a.m., 4:08 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:47 a.m., 4:15 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:53 a.m., 1:21 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:30 a.m., 11:49 p.m.

Aug. 28
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:30 a.m., 2:59 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:38 a.m., 2:07 p.m.
Greenport: 3:07 a.m., 3:36 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:02 a.m., 4:19 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:02 a.m., 3:31 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:29 a.m., 4:58 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:36 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:40 a.m., 2:05 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:14 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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