North Fork, Saturday
North Fork, Saturday

Good Morning!

• We’re expecting patchy fog before 9 a.m. today, but otherwise it will be partly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees and a south wind 3 to 7 miles per hour. There’s a 50 percent chance of showers overnight, mainly after 9 p.m., with a low around 71. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are likely Tuesday, as the remains of Hurricane Florence make their way northward. We’re expecting between a half and three quarters of an inch of rain, with a high near 79 degrees. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 74. 

• East End Congressman Lee Zeldin is holding a roundtable discussion on immigration this morning at 10 a.m. in the Montaukett building of the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead. Mr. Zeldin will be joined by House Committee on Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart, Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, the family of Justin Llivicura who was murdered by MS-13, Concerned Citizens of Hampton Bays and the Long Island Farm Bureau. We’ll have more details later today.

• The Beacon sat down last week with new East End Arts Executive Director Shawn Hirst to talk about her vision for the organization. Read our interview.

• The League of Women Voters of the Hamptons will hold a forum titled “Make Your Voice Heard” this afternoon, Sept. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the East Hampton Library. More details are online here

• Southampton Town is inviting members of the Hampton Bays community to an update on the Form-Based Code for the Downtown Overlay District this evening, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Bays Community Center on Ponquogue Avenue. 

• The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the emergence of new toxic cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue–green algae, in Marion Lake in East Marion and Spring Lake in Middle Island.  In addition, cyanobacteria blooms have re-emerged in Maratooka Lake in Mattituck. Ongoing blooms continue in Agawam Lake, Coopers Neck Pond, Little Fresh Pond and Wickapogue Pond in Southampton, Mill Pond in Water Mill and South Merritts Pond in Riverhead. Suffolk County Department of Health officials are asking residents not to use or swim or wade in these waters and to keep their pets and children away from the area. 

• The Beacon’s Week in Review was delivered piping hot to inboxes throughout the East End in the wee hours of Sunday morning. To get your own copy each week, sign up here.

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

September 17
Plum Gut Harbor: 4:36 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 3:44 a.m., 4:13 p.m.
Greenport: 5:13 a.m., 5:42 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 6:01 a.m., 6:22 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 5:08 a.m., 5:37 p.m.
New Suffolk: 6:35 a.m., 7:04 p.m.
South Jamesport: 6:42 a.m., 7:11 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 3:31 a.m., 3:57 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 1:40 a.m., 2:06 p.m.

September 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 5:41 a.m., 6:07 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 4:49 a.m., 5:15 p.m.
Greenport: 6:18 a.m., 6:44 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 7 a.m., 7:21 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 6:13 a.m., 6:39 p.m.
New Suffolk: 7:40 a.m., 8:06 p.m.
South Jamesport: 7:47 a.m., 8:13 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 4:26 a.m., 4:50 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 2:35 a.m., 2:59 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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