Good Morning!

• We’re expecting showers and thunderstorms today, mostly early, with a high temperature near 77 degrees and an east wind 8 to 10 miles per hour. There’s a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 69. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday, mainly before noon, with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 82. Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 85.

• Southampton Town announced Thursday that residential brush disposal fees will be waived through Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at its yard waste facilities in Westhampton, Hampton Bays and North Sea to allow residents time to clean up from Tropical Storm Isaias. Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell also reminded residents that brush disposal fees at the Cutchogue facility have already been waived through Sept. 1. Riverhead Town has authorized its highway department to collect brush placed curbside next Monday through Friday, Aug. 10 through Aug. 15. Fees will be waived for people who want to take brush in themselves at Riverhead’s yard waste facility on Osborn Avenue through Aug. 17.

• Donald Trump, Jr. and a cadre of boaters are planning a Trumpstock flotilla of his father’s supporters from Noyac Bay Orient Point to Montauk Point this Friday beginning at 1 p.m., in anticipation of the president’s fundraising visit to the South Fork this weekend. Here’s some more information. If you’re traveling through Southampton on Saturday, expect the usual presidential visit circus.

• In lieu of the traditional Fisherman’s Fair that it’s held every August for 81 years at Ashawagh Hall, The Springs Improvement Society will be hosting several tables at the Springs Farmers Market, also on the grounds of Ashawagh Hall, tomorrow, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., selling merchandise, their Artists Invitational Poster and kicking off a 50/50 cash raffle to raise funds for the upkeep of the hall. The raffle will run through October 12. Email for raffle tickets. 

• Suffolk County’s new Covid-19 cases were slightly above average in the 24 hours ending Aug. 6, with 77 new cases reported and 1.1 percent of people tested testing positive. Forty-two people are hospitalized in Suffolk with the disease, an increase of four, with 12 patients in ICU, an increase of one, and six new hospital admissions. The county reported one new fatality, brining the death toll here to 1,998 people.

• Our creative director, George Cork Maul, talks about the challenges and promise of teaching during a pandemic in this month’s Composer’s Notes column.

• Greenport’s VSOP Gallery is teaming up with Treiber Farms in Peconic for a weekend celebrating the work of Courtenay Pollock, a tie-dye artist whose work was intertwined with the career of The Grateful Dead. Here are more details.

• The Ecological Culture Initiative in Hampton Bays is giving 90-minute family guided tours of its Heritage Farm at St. Joseph’s Villa on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here are more details.

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

August 7
Plum Gut Harbor: 12:49 a.m., 1:19 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:27 p.m.
Greenport: 1:26 a.m., 1:56 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 2:20 a.m., 2:44 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 1:21 a.m., 1:51 p.m.
New Suffolk: 2:48 a.m., 3:18 p.m.
South Jamesport: 2:55 a.m., 3:25 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:30 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 10:39 a.m., 10:50 p.m.

August 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:34 a.m., 205 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 12:42 a.m., 1:13 p.m.
Greenport: 2:11 a.m., 2:42 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:02 a.m., 3:25 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:06 a.m., 2:37 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:33 a.m., 4:04 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:40 a.m., 4:11 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 12:41 a.m., 1:13 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:22 a.m., 11:34 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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