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  •     The night was hot and sultry when more than 300 guests attended the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s Diamond in the Rough benefit Saturday, each paying $250 a ticket or more for special seating. A few celebrities were in the mix, but everyone was treated like one as they entered the party through the main doors at the Playhouse and walked somewhat of a red carpet to have their pictures taken.

  •     The Montauk Village Association, the group responsible for beautifying the hamlet with trees and pots of flowers, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and will party down on Friday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Montauk Yacht Club.

  • Birthdays come but once a year, which is a drag because on that one day I’m treated like a queen and even get away with not having to cook dinner. Mine was yesterday, and I’m sure by the time this is published I will be basking in the afterglow of a wonderful day. Do not fret, however, if you missed it, because in my house we have birthday week, which allows me to get away with a lot for the week, except preparing dinner. I will graciously continue to accept gifts, and if you need a hint, I’m still waiting for my Rolex watch, preferably in rose gold.

  •     For several years Carrie Karabelas-Yudelson and Joan Sullivan, both summer residents, have attended the Montauk Playhouse Community Center’s annual benefit party at the Montauk Lake Club. It was a lovely event, they agreed, but it needed to be jazzed up a bit. So they volunteered to jointly lead the party and plan to wow the guests who attend on Saturday night at its new venue on the Playhouse grounds, where a tent will be set up on the north side of the property.

  •      Since the beginning of summer a wide swath at Gin Beach at the end of East Lake Drive in Montauk has been roped off for a piping plover nest, causing many to wonder why, since no birds or a nest were visible.
        Tyler Borsack, an environmental technician for the East Hampton Town Planning Department, said that a nest with four chicks was found by a Suffolk County employee in early June. County land runs adjacent to the town-owned beach and is usually where the nests are established.

  •     A Montauk surfer and a longtime lifeguard will have their day in court on Aug. 22, and the outcome may shake things up or settle them down at Ditch Plain, the popular Montauk surfing beach.
        Jasper Conroy, a 26-year-old surfer, was charged on July 9 with violating the town code by failing to get out of the water when told to do so. The lifeguard, John McGeehan, who also is the town squad’s assistant chief, had called the marine patrol to report that the young man had disobeyed his directive.

  •     Steven Paluba learned how to cook at 14 by watching his mother prepare dinner for the family and was soon adapting her recipes to suit his own tastes. But the one meal he created for Gordon Ramsay, the villain of culinary TV, on the Fox network’s “Hell’s Kitchen” did not meet with Mr. Ramsay’s taste and made the Montauk chef the first contestant to be told to remove his chef’s coat on the show’s July 18 airing.

  •     To stand in the newly renovated Montauk Medical Practice you’d never believe it was the same place. Though the exterior of the building has not changed, the interior seems somehow larger and brighter. The walls are painted a pale blue with wainscoting, the floors are a dark wood, and the 12 chairs in the waiting area are also of a dark wood with a pale blue floral print on the cushions. The reception area is less cluttered and more spacious. The building now has four examination rooms and an urgent-care unit.

  •     A motion by the Town of East Hampton to throw out a case filed against it by the Ellis family over establishing further access to Lake Montauk was dismissed by New York State Supreme Court Justice W. Gerard Asher on June 28.
        Harry Ellis sued after the town attempted to clear a parcel just south of his house on East Lake Drive in Montauk and open it to the public. “I didn’t want to file a suit against the town that would cost the taxpayers money, but the gun was put to my head,” he said.

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  • A good-sized crowd turned out to support Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive who is running for governor on the Republican and Conservative lines, at East by Northeast restaurant in Montauk on Thursday evening.

    Mr. Astorino, a former radio producer who lives in Mount Pleasant, N.Y.,  is making a bid against Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in November. He announced his candidacy in March, and accepted the Republican nomination in May. He is in his second term as Westchester County executive.