Ditch Plains

Good Morning!

• Today will be sunny, with a high near 66 degrees and a northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 43 degrees and an east wind 3 to 6 miles per hour. Tomorrow, we’re expecting mostly clouds, with a high near 58 and Friday we’re expecting a slight chance of showers, with a high near 55 degrees. This weekend’s forecast is looking good so far — at this point we’re expecting partly sunny skies and a high near 60 degrees on Saturday, and sunny skies, with a high near 65 degrees, on Sunday.

• The former franchisee of several 7-Eleven on Long Island, including the ones in Sag Harbor, Greenport and Cutchogue, was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison this week, after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud and harboring illegal immigrants at his stores. Farrukh Baig, 58, of Head of the Harbor, hired and housed dozens of illegal immigrants, giving them stolen identities and stealing portions of their wages before he was arrested nearly two years ago. Mr. Baig was ordered by the court to return $2.5 million in stolen wages to his workers.

• Developer Paul Pawlowski will discuss and answer questions about his proposal to develop 20 acres on Route 25 in Mattituck, across from the Old Capital One Building, at tonight’s meeting of the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association, tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattituck Firehouse. More information is online here.

• Watermill Center artist Natacha Mankowski is hosting the second of two open studios for her new project, “The Island,” this afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. Each painting in “The Island” will present an unknown face of the Brooklyn Navy Yard; as part of a larger narrative process, offering her personal vision of this inner ‘island’ that is the Brooklyn Navy Yard. More information is online here.

• Lecturer Marilyn Carminio will give a talk on “The Roaring Twenties” this morning at the Southampton Historical Museum. She’ll take you back to the era of short skirts, prohibition and the newly rich beginning at 11 a.m. More information is online here.

• Wirters Laura Lippman and Daniel Menaker will be the guest speakers at tonight’s Writers Speak Wednesdays at Stony Brook Southampton, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Laura Lippman is the author of six New York Times bestselling novels, including the award-winning “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan series: What the Dead Know, Life Sentences, and I’d Know You Anywhere. Novelist and memoirist Daniel Menaker is a former New Yorker and Random House editor, and the author most recently of My Mistake. More information is online here.

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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