John Aldridge | Coast Guard photo
John Aldridge | Coast Guard photo

Good morning!

Variety is reporting that Harvey Weinstein has won the rights to Paul Tough’s story of the survival and rescue of Montauk fisherman John Aldridge last summer, which was the cover story of last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.

The entertainment trade magazine said one of Mr. Weinstein’s producers, Rachel Horovitz, was in East Hampton while the Coast Guard was searching for Mr. Aldridge, and partnered with another Weinstein producer, Jason Blum, to bid for the rights.

Mr. Weinstein told Variety “Paul’s piece in The Times magazine last weekend was one of those that instantly struck us as film that had to be made. Rachael and Jason are some of the best in the business, and seeing this amazing story come to life is going to be a wild ride.”

There was no mention in the story of the amount of money involved in the transaction.

• In case you haven’t heard, if you get some weird email from PSEG asking for all sorts of personal information in order to pay your new electric bill, it may very well be a scam. PSEG Long Island says no one will be asked for any personal information until they log in to their account. LIPA customers who had online accounts were automatically ported over to PSEG with their existing log-in information at the beginning of the year. If you receive a suspicious email, contact PSEG  at 1-800-490-0025 or visit a PSEG Long Island Customer Service Center. They’re are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with locations listed on customer bills and online.

• All you hunters and fishermen out there who’ve been having trouble getting your permits from the DEC over the past few weeks are in luck. The DEC announced Friday that its online permit system is now working, after data was transferred from their old record system, whatever that might have been.

• Today you could brush up on your winter botany skills with North Fork Audubon, learn about wine at Guild Hall, brush up on the Hollywood Songbook at the Amagansett Library or go see seals in Montauk. Or you could just lounge around the house. It’s up to you. Here’s The Beacon’s event calendar for more fun things to do.

• Our letters to the editor mailbox is open. If you want to sound off on any topic, please send a letter to Letters received by midnight Tuesday will be compiled for publication Thursday mornings.
• Here’s a fun video that might make you want to stand-up paddleboard to Block Island, so long as you’re not a lobsterman who spent a day waiting to be rescued in the cold open sea.

BLOCK CHALLENGE 2013 from Nate Best Studios on Vimeo.

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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