Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly cloudy, with a 40 percent chance of showers before 10 a.m. and a high temperature near 69 degrees, with a northeast wind 15 to 18 miles per hour. It will be partly cloudy overnight, with a low around 47 and a north wind 15 to 18 miles per hour. Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 65 and Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 65.

• The “MAGA-Gras II” car/truck parade in support of President Donald Trump’s re-election is expected to cruise through the North Fork Sunday morning, Sept. 20 — the group, which earlier this month made its way from Copaigue to Shirley, is setting off on Route 25 from Northport at 10 a.m. en route to the old Walmart shopping center (currently anchored by Gala Fresh) in Riverhead, before cruising out to Greenport on the Main Road and then looping back up the North Fork. A “Pro Biden/Harris, Pro Democracy, Justice and Truth Demonstration” is in the works to counter the riders at the corner of Front and Third Streets in Greenport — that group is planning to meet around 12:45 p.m. The MAGA-Gras organizers had originally said they would be stopping at the Jamesport Farm Brewery on the way back, but the brewery responded by saying on Facebook that it “is not politically affiliated with any group or organization. This is our busiest time of the year and especially with state-mandated Covid-19 restrictions, we do not have capacity and staffing for large groups like this as was advertised by this individual and do close our gates once we reach capacity.”

• Suffolk County reported 72 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Thursday, with .9 percent of people tested testing positive. Thirty-seven people are currently hospitalized with the virus here, with nine in ICU. The county reported no new deaths in the past 24 hours, and the county’s death toll remains at 2,011 people. New York State’s school Covid dashboard is also now up and running online here.

• Tomorrow is International Coastal Cleanup Day and the North Fork Environmental Council is celebrating by hosting two beach cleanups, at Iron Pier Beach on the Sound in Northville from 9 to 11 a.m. and at Breakwater Beach Park in Mattituck from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 631.298.8880 or email Southampton Town’s Great East End Cleanup, usually held this weekend, has been rescheduled to the weekend of Oct. 3 and 4.

• The Southampton Arts Center is hosting a film screening of “No Boundaries,” a film about the writer Peter Matthiessen, as a benefit for the new Peter Matthiessen Center at the author’s former home in Bridgehampton, on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Here are more details.

• The Springs Improvement Society has launched a 50/50 raffle to raise some needed funds to support Ashawagh Hall.  The tickets are $10 each and 6/$50.  The drawing will be Monday October 12.  They can be purchased at our table at the Springs Farmers Market every Saturday morning from 9-1 or you may contact Carol at  

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

September 18
Plum Gut Harbor: 10:57 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:05 a.m., 10:29 p.m.
Greenport: 12:11 a.m., 12:36 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 11:29 a.m., 11:53 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 11:29 a.m., 11:53 p.m.
New Suffolk: 12:31 a.m., 12:56 p.m.
South Jamesport: 12:38 a.m., 1:03 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 10:16 a.m., 10:32 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 8:25 a.m., 8:41 p.m.

September 19
Plum Gut Harbor: 11:48 a.m.
Montauk Harbor: 10:56 a.m., 11:21 p.m.
Greenport: 1 a.m., 1:24 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 1 a.m., 1:24 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 12:20 p.m.
New Suffolk: 1:20 a.m., 1:47 p.m.
South Jamesport: 1:27 a.m., 1:54 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 11:05 a.m., 11:23 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 9:14 a.m., 9:32 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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