• We’re expecting patchy fog before 8 a.m. today, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 79 degrees and a south wind 5 to 7 miles per hour. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 63 and patchy fog after 11 p.m. Saturday will be partly sunny, with a high near 76, and Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
• The Suffolk County Health Department and the Suffolk County Water Authority have spent more than $5 million over the past year to ensure safe drinking water for neighbors of Gabreski Airport in Westhampton, with the assurance that money would be repaid by the U.S. Department of Defense. But now, it’s looking like the costs may instead be borne by Long Island taxpayers and ratepayers. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• Meanwhile, the Hampton Bays Water District has also shut down three wells in its downtown well field due to contamination from the same chemical, PFOS, as in Westhampton, and is planning to install carbon filtration to treat the problem there. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
• The Montauk Observatory will hold a lecture titled “Astronomy of the Milky Way” this evening at 7 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum, 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike. Dr. Mike Inglis will discuss many facets of the Milky Way, starting with the first attempts to measure its size, how and when it was formed, and its location in the universe. More details are online here. [Free]
• Southold Town Democrats will host a breakfast meeting titled “DACA: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help” tomorrow, Sept. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion. Tickets are $20 and include a full breakfast. More details are online here.
• The North Fork Environmental Council is participating in International Coastal Clean Up Day tomorrow, Sept. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. You can join in and help at Truman’s Beach in East Marion, Bailie Beach Park in Mattituck or Iron Pier Beach in Riverhead.
• National Estuaries Week begins this Saturday, Sept. 16, and the Peconic Estuary Program is celebrating with a salt marsh restoration at Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Marine Program headquarters at Cedar Beach in Southold on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. More details are online here.
• The Hampton Bays Fire Department will host an open house at its Main Street firehouse tomorrow, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
• The Mattituck Fire Department will hold its 4th Annual Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park on Peconic Bay Boulevard in Mattituck. Admission is $5 per person for walk-ins and $15 for cars and motorcycles. Children under 12 are free. Food and beverages will be available, and there will be music by “Who Are Those Guys.” All proceeds will go to the Mattituck Fire Department Scholarship Fund. More details are online here.
• There’s plenty to do on the East End this weekend, and in the weeks ahead. Stay in the know by staying tuned to our Events Calendar.
The high tides on the East End for the next two days are as follows:
Plum Gut Harbor: 6:07 a.m., 6:42 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 5:15 a.m., 5:50 p.m.
Greenport: 6:44 a.m., 7:19 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7:37 a.m., 8:01 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:39 a.m., 7:14 p.m.
New Suffolk: 8:06 a.m., 8:41 p.m.
South Jamesport: 8:13 a.m., 8:48 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 3:19 a.m., 3:44 p.m.
Plum Gut Harbor: 7:07 a.m., 7:38 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 6:15 a.m., 6:46 p.m.
Greenport: 7:44 a.m., 8:15 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 8:39 a.m., 9:03 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 7:39 a.m., 8:10 p.m.
New Suffolk: 9:06 a.m., 9:37 p.m.
South Jamesport: 9:13 a.m., 9:44 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 4:25 a.m., 4:48 p.m.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.