Good Morning, and Happy Tumbleweed Tuesday!

• We’re expecting patchy fog before 8 a.m. today but otherwise we’re expecting skies to clear, with a high temperature near 80 degrees and a calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 miles per hour in the afternoon. It will be mostly cloudy overnight, with a low around 63. Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 81 degrees. Thursday will be cloudy, with a high near 82 and a 50 percent chance of showers.

• The Riverhead Central School District was the first to open its doors to students last Thursday, but some classes have already been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, after two students at the Aquebogue Elementary School tested positive for the virus over the weekend. Also over the weekend, two employees in the Southold Union Free School District notified the school they have tested positive for the virus, and the majority of the district’s employees had been instructed by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services to quarantine for 14 days, upending today’s scheduled reopening there. Here’s the latest on local schools and Covid-19.

• The Southampton Town Board is expected to vote this afternoon on several key pieces of legislation aimed at protecting the ancestral graves of members of the Shinnecock Nation. Shinnecock leaders plan to gather outside Southampton Town Hall at noon in advance of the 1 p.m. meeting at which the vote is expected. Here’s the agenda for that meeting.

• The Shinnecock Nation’s annual Labor Day Weekend Powwow was held virtually this year, and the Powwow is continuing to upload videos of the festivities, along with highlights from past Powwows, which you can watch online here.

• There was no chanting and some cheering as a sea of motorcyclists and people wearing t-shirts and American flags emblazoned with thin blue lines, along with those wearing an occasional military uniform, marched quietly through Southampton Village Saturday morning in support of law enforcement. Read our full story.

• They were there in fewer numbers than at the height of the June protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, but a steadfast group of supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets in Southampton Saturday afternoon in response to the Back the Blue rally. Read our full story.

• 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 8
Plum Gut Harbor: 2:34 a.m., 2:59 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 1:42 a.m., 2:07 p.m.
Greenport: 3:11 a.m., 3:36 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 3:55 a.m., 4:07 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:06 a.m., 3:31 p.m.
New Suffolk: 4:33 a.m., 4:58 p.m.
South Jamesport: 4:40 a.m., 5:05 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 1:28 a.m., 1:42 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 11:51 a.m.

September 9
Plum Gut Harbor: 3:26 a.m., 3:52 p.m.
Montauk Harbor: 2:34 a.m., 3 p.m.
Greenport: 4:03 a.m., 4:29 p.m.
Mattituck Inlet: 4:44 a.m., 4:56 p.m.
Sag Harbor: 3:58 a.m., 4:24 p.m.
New Suffolk: 5:25 a.m., 5:51 p.m.
South Jamesport: 5:32 a.m., 5:58 p.m.
Shinn. Bay Entrance: 2:14 a.m., 2:25 p.m.
Shinn. Inlet: 12:23 a.m., 12:34 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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