Good Morning!

• We’re expecting sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 87 degrees and a north wind around 6 miles per hour, becoming west in the afternoon. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 71. Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 91 and heat index values as high as 95. Friday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 90 degrees and a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.

• The Suffolk County Water Authority has declared a State 1 Water Emergency for the towns of Southold, Shelter Island, East Hampton and Southampton, asking residents to stop all irrigation between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m., refrain from all non-essential water usage, reduce shower times and embrace other water-saving measures indoors. Read More.

• The Riverhead County Center at 300 Center Drive in Riverhead hosts a New York Blood Center blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, amid a statewide blood shortage. Appointments are recommended and can be made online here.

• Francisco Roldan on guitar and Danny Mallon on percussion perform a free concert, “Instruments of the People” this evening at 7 p.m. at the Montauk Library, 871 Montauk Highway, Montauk. More information is at

• The John Fogarty Project performs a free outdoor concert at Southampton Village’s Agawam Park this evening at 6:30 p.m. Darcy & The Jazz Edge performs at the Summer Showcase Concert Series at Silversmith’s Corner, Main Road & Youngs Ave. in Southold this evening at 7:30 p.m. In case of rain, the Southold concert will be held at the Southold Town Recreation Center at 970 Peconic Lane. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to take in either concert.

• Friends of The Big Duck are holding their Tenth Annual Rubber Duckie Race on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. (raindate August 7). The family-friendly event is free. Enjoy a great view of the competition on Reeves Bay from the lawn of the Flanders Men’s Club, which is down the access road just east of The Big Duck. There will be games and giveaways for children. For a $5 donation (or 5 for $20), you can enter the race. You are assigned a number that is on one of the rubber duckies that are launched into Reeves Bay at Noon sharp. Prize baskets that include BigDuckabilia, children’s books 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. For more information or to pre-register, visit Friends of The Big Duck Facebook page, e-mail or call 631-284-3737.

• Suffolk County reported 381 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, Aug. 1, with 9 percent of people tested testing positive. There were 217 people hospitalized with the virus in the county, with 47 percent of them hospitalized due to Covid and 20 of them in ICU. The county reported two new fatalities from the virus, bringing the death toll here to 4,520 people since March of 2020.

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

August 3
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:06 a.m., 2:44 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:14 a.m., 1:52 p.m.
Greenport: 2:43 a.m., 3:21 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:35 a.m., 4:02 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:38 a.m., 3:16 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:05 a.m., 4:43 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:12 a.m., 4:50 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:54 a.m., 1:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:51 a.m., 11:52 p.m.

August 4
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:50 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:58 a.m., 2:38 p.m.
Greenport: 3:27 a.m., 4:07 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:23 a.m., 4:49 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:22 a.m., 4:02 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:49 a.m., 5:29 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:56 a.m., 5:36 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:43 a.m., 2:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:38 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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