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(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

Eighth grade marks the first time Mattituck students are allowed any input about their class schedules: It’s when they get to choose whether to take French or Spanish as part of their four-year foreign language requirement.

Beginning this fall, however, students will no longer have a choice. They’ll all be placed in Spanish classes as Mattituck High School begins phasing out its French language program.  (more…)

08/24/14 8:00am
Tricia Wright, right, with Clay IV - the dog she raised as a puppy - and Fernando, the service dog’s new owner. (Credit: Courtesy)

Tricia Wright, right, with Clay IV – the dog she raised as a puppy – and Fernando, the service dog’s new owner. (Credit: Courtesy)

We all bond with our pets — some of us even more so than with fellow humans — so it’s difficult to imagine ever giving them up.

But that’s what some North Fork residents — many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing or at least meeting — are doing in order to train service dogs for the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence. And with the bigger picture in mind, they find it a little easier to let go.  (more…)

08/19/14 4:00pm
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LIRR riders board an eastbound train out of Riverhead last summer. (Credit: Steve Rossin, file)

Due to construction projects and track repairs, buses will be replacing Long Island Rail Road trains running between Ronkonkoma and Greenport beginning Sept. 2 and ending Nov. 16, the MTA announced.

The buses will replace four weekday trains — two eastbound and two westbound — between the two train stops while ties are replaced and grade crossings are restored.  (more…)

08/19/14 8:00am
The Southold Historical Society's youth education committee chairperson Peggy Murphy, Board of Trustees president Herb Adler, and volunteer Jill Wilson in front of the old schoolhouse. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

The Southold Historical Society’s youth education committee chairperson Peggy Murphy, Board of Trustees president Herb Adler, and volunteer Jill Wilson in front of the old schoolhouse. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

Last week, the Southold Historical Society hosted an evening barbecue on its grounds to recognize the volunteer work of the members who’ve been helping the organization with its efforts to educate area youth about local history. (more…)

08/09/14 12:00pm
George Sullivan on his front porch in Southold Tuesday morning. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

George Sullivan on his front porch in Southold Tuesday morning. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

George Sullivan of Southold is a veteran who served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the country’s second-highest military decoration for valor, the Navy Cross, when he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps at 23 years old.  (more…)

08/04/14 4:00pm
Joyce Culver and her Senegal parrot, LuLu.

Joyce Culver and her Senegal parrot, LuLu.

Lulu, the beloved parrot of Joyce Culver of Greenport who went missing last Saturday, was spotted this past weekend in East Marion.

Ms. Culver said that Lulu was seen perched on a clothesline in the backyard of a resident of Pebble Beach Farms, a private community in East Marion. It was on Friday around 6 p.m. (more…)

08/04/14 10:00am
A screen shot of the music video created to honor a Peconic Landing employee. (Credit: Youtube)

A screen shot of the music video created to honor a Peconic Landing employee. (Credit: Youtube)

Patricia Lutzky of Peconic Landing was recently awarded LeadingAge New York’s “Professional of the Year” award, and staff members and residents couldn’t be more pleased.

In fact, to show their sheer delight with Ms. Lutzky’s win, everyone at the retirement community came together to create a congratulatory video to the Pharrell Williams’ pop hit “Happy.” (more…)

07/31/14 2:34pm
Joyce Culver and her Senegal parrot, LuLu.

Joyce Culver and her Senegal parrot, LuLu.

Her best friend has flown off and she needs your help.

Lulu, a Senegal parrot that Greenport summer resident Joyce Culver has owned for over 17 years, flew out of the Culver home on Saturday, July 26. Ms. Culver said she usually lets Lulu fly around the house and when a friend opened the door for just a second, the bird flew out.

She immediately went out to look for Lulu, but hasn’t seen her since.

“She’s very friendly and isn’t afraid of humans,” Ms. Culver said. “She could come to a person’s hand or sit on their shoulder. After five days I’m getting very worried.” (more…)

07/30/14 10:00am
The owner of Flowers' Edge says she likes to keep her flowers out front, instead of in a back cooler. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

The owner of Flowers’ Edge says she likes to keep her flowers out front, instead of in a back cooler. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

Did you know Ecuador has the best roses? Or that if you’re looking to “Buy USA,” California roses are the second-best choice? These are just a few pieces of flower trivia you can learn from Noa Rotem, owner of the North Fork’s newest floral shop, Flowers’ Edge in Cutchogue.

Ms. Rotem has managed several flower shops in Manhattan and western Long Island over the years.

This is her first time operating her own store.

“I’ve been a designer for a long time and I just decided that it was time for me to do it on my own,” she said. (more…)