The drought continues: We can’t take much more of this.

Good Morning!

• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 85 degrees and a southwest wind 8 to 11 miles per hour. We’re expecting heavy rain and thunderstorms beginning after 3 a.m. tomorrow, with a chance for flooding in areas with poor drainage. It is expected to continue raining through Friday morning, after which it will clear gradually, with a high near 79 degrees. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 77 degrees.

• Wading River Beach in Riverhead Town was closed yesterday to bathing due to the finding of bacteria at levels that exceed New York State standards. Health commissioners are warning that bathing in water contaminated with bacteria can result in gastrointestinal illness, as well as infections of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat. For the latest information on regulated beaches, call the Bathing Beach HOTLINE at 631.852.5822 or visit the website at Suffolk County Beaches.

• Southold Town’s Planning Department and Town Board are sponsoring more hamlet-specific discussions on the future of development within hamlets throughout Southold in the upcoming weeks, as part of the process of compiling the land use chapter of the town’s comprehensive plan update. They’ll be at the Peconic Lane Community Center, 1170 Peconic Lane in Peconic this Saturday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.; at the town Human Resource Center in Mattituck on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and in New Suffolk on Oct. 17.

• Riverhead Republicans are having a packed primary election tomorrow — incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter, who didn’t win the party’s nomination, is forcing a primary against Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who was selected to run for the supervisor’s seat on the Republican line. Our full story about this and other primary contests is online here.

• The Big Duck’s voyage back home to Flanders is the subject of Rose Nigro’s first children’s book, “A Duck’s Tail,” the story of the good that can happen when a community comes together to fight for something it loves. Ms. Nigro will be at The Big Duck tomorrow afternoon for a reading sponsored by the Riverhead Free Library. The Beacon’s full story is online here.

• The Hampton Bays Lions Club hosts their 5th Annual “Over the Bridge” 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk this Saturday, Sept. 12. Pre-registration is over, but you can still register on the day of the race. More information is online here.

• Suffolk County Vector Control is planning to spray the following areas on the East End with methoprene at some point between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m. today: Meadow Lane, Iron Point and North Sea in Southampton Town; Napeague and Accabonac harbors in East Hampton Town and the Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue.


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 editor@eastendbeacon.com

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