Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high temperature near 84 degrees and a west wind 9 to 14 miles per hour. It will be mostly clear overnight, with a low around 59. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 77. Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

• All of Suffolk County’s 338 polling places will be open on Nov. 3, Democratic Suffolk County Elections Commissioner Anita Katz told members of the county’s Ways & Means Committee at its Sept. 3 meeting. Also, as of this week, New York voters can now apply for an absentee ballot online, instead of through the mail. Ms. Katz said the portal “is going to revolutionize absentee voting,” and added that the County Board of Elections received about 9,300 applications through the portal in the first three days it was online. Here’s our full story.

• Two rallies are being planned for downtown Southampton on Saturday. The first, called “Back the Blue,” is a rally and march from Agawam Park through downtown in support of law enforcement at 11 a.m. Our colleague Tayler Vecsey at talked to organizer Kenny Oliver of North Sea last week about his goals for the rally. The second, “Black Lives Still Matter,” will be held at 4 p.m., also at Agawam Park. “While outsiders will be coming into our community bringing their hate under the guise of supporting law enforcement, WE will gather and stand united like we do,” says organizer Lisa Votino.

• Suffolk County reported 66 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Sept. 3, with 1.1 percent of people tested testing positive. Thirty-five people were hospitalized with the virus, with five in ICU. The county reported two new deaths, bringing the death toll here to 2,005 people.

• It may be autumn, but the Rites of Spring Music Festival springs eternal when it returns to the Custer Institute Observatory in Southold on Saturday, Sept. 5 for a performance under the stars. The 7 p.m. concert, titled “Counterpoint,” presents a range of pieces for solo cello and electronics. Tickets to the in-person event are sold out, but virtual tickets are still available. Here are more details.

• The Parrish Art Museum and the Hamptons Doc Fest will present an outdoor film: “Leaning into the Wind — Andy Goldsworthy” at the museum in Water Mill next Friday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets to in-real-life events, which have a lower capacity than in the pre-Covid days, have been selling out early all season, so if you’re planning to go, register early. Here’s more info.

• The New York League of Conservation Voters will hold a Zoom forum with New York State Senate candidates Anthony Palumbo (R) and Laura Ahearn (D) on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. Mr. Palumbo is currently the North Fork’s State Assemblyman and Ms. Ahearn is a founder and Executive Director of the Crime Victims Center. Both are running for the seat to be vacated by veteran State Senator Kenneth LaValle. Here’s more information on how to register.

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

September 4
Plum Gut Harbor: Noon
Montauk Harbor: 11:08 a.m., 11:27 p.m.
Greenport: 12:14 a.m., 12:37 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:11 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:09 a.m., 12:32 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:36 a.m., 1:59 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:43 a.m., 2:06 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:11 a.m., 11:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:20 a.m., 9:34 p.m.

September 5
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:19 a.m., 12:43 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 11:51 a.m.
Greenport: 12:56 a.m., 1:20 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1:50 a.m., 2:07 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:51 a.m., 1:15 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:18 a.m., 2:42 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:25 a.m., 2:49 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:49 a.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:58 a.m., 10:13 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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