• Today will be sunny, with a high near 76 degrees and a north wind around 8 miles per hour, becoming west in the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 52. Tuesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80, and Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high near 80.
• The East End will be hosting the following commemorations today of the 16th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks:
— The Southold Town Fire Chiefs Council is inviting the public to place flags in remembrance of lives lost that day at Jean Cochran Park on Peconic Lane in Peconic from 5 to 7 p.m., with a ceremony to be held at 6 p.m.
— The Sound Park Heights Civic Association will hold its annual procession from Marine Street in Reeves Park to the 9-11 Memorial on Sound Avenue and Lt. Thomas Kelly Memorial Drive (formerly Park Road) beginning at 6 p.m.
— The Flanders Fire Department will hold its annual memorial service at the Firemen’s Memorial Park on Flanders Road this evening at 6 p.m.
• This past weekend’s day tripping traffic on the North Fork was far more intense than ever, and though it wasn’t helped by an accident and a house fire along the Main Road Saturday, Sunday’s severe traffic proved that the fall traffic season, which usually peaks around Columbus Day, is coming on more intense and earlier this year. No word yet on what any elected officials are considering doing about the problem.
• Greenport Village announced earlier this year that it is a Welcoming Community, committed to diversity, and this past Thursday, Porters echoed that commitment at a rally in Mitchell Park. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Southold Town has joined New York State’s lawsuit filed in August against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the federal agency’s rule allowing the dumping of dredge material in eastern Long Island Sound. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Are kids learning how to learn, or are they learning how to get by in a political system that rewards the most by-the-book teachers and reprimands the most creative for not strictly following the curriculum? That’s the question we ask in this month’s editorial, online here.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 1:53 a.m., 2:22 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:01 a.m., 1:30 p.m.
Greenport: 2:30 a.m., 2:59 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:29 a.m., 3:50 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 2:25 a.m., 2:54 p.m.
New Suffolk: 3:52 a.m., 4:21 p.m.
South Jamesport: 3:59 a.m., 4:28 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:37 a.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:49 a.m., 3:32 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:57 a.m., 2:31 p.m.
Greenport: 3:26 a.m., 4 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:26 a.m., 4:47 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:21 a.m., 3:55 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:48 a.m., 5:22 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:55 a.m., 5:29 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:10 a.m., 12:35 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.