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11/25/14 8:00am
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The new Red Cross Blood smartphone application allows users to schedule an appointment for blood donations and also gives donors the ability track their individual donation to see where the blood is being used to help others. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Like many Long Island residents left without power in the days following Hurricane Sandy, Cutchogue resident Syd Dufton was in search of a live outlet and an Internet connection.

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11/23/14 12:17pm
SCCC, Thankgiving, Culinary Arts School in Riverhead

Culinary students Stacey Green (left) and Chadrick Brittan carving up turkeys at last year’s event. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts Institute wants to make it a bit easier for community members to enjoy their Thanksgiving — especially those who don’t foresee cooking as an option.

Forty students and chefs from the college’s Culinary Arts program are offering up their skills next week to provide meals for long-term patients and homebound seniors across the East End.

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11/23/14 8:00am
The sun rising over Orient Harbor in Orient. (Credit: Tim Kelly file photo)

The sun rising over Orient Harbor in Orient. (Credit: Tim Kelly file photo)

Three clean water initiatives with North Fork ties have been granted some significant federal funding as part of a larger effort to protect the Long Island Sound, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Project proposals from the environmental advocacy groups Peconic Green Growth, the Azuero Earth Project and the American Farmland Trust were among 22 awarded to receive a total of $1.3 million. (more…)

11/21/14 8:00am
County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of Millstone power plant. (Courtesy photo)

County Legislator Jay Schneiderman is calling for a study of Millstone power plant. (Courtesy photo)

Each day, some two billion gallons of water are pumped from Long Island Sound into the Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Conn. — that state’s only nuclear power plant — and used to help cool systems and support the station’s two operating reactors. After it heats up, about 90 percent of that water is discharged back into the Sound at about 20 degrees warmer than when it was taken in, said Ken Holt, a spokesman for Millstone.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) wants to better understand what, if any, impact that heated water is having on the ecology of the Sound and has reached out to researchers at Stony Brook University’s School of Atmospheric Science, hoping they can determine whether Millstone might be “overheating” the Sound’s waters. (more…)

11/19/14 5:13pm
More ice than water could be seen on one Main Road fountain Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

More ice than water could be seen on one Main Road fountain Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The weather is taking North Forkers on a wild ride, as this week saw two consecutive days that each broke recorded weather records.

But there’s hope for some warmer weather to come Monday, weather officials said.

Tuesday brought with it a record low of 24 degrees, surpassing a record of 25 set in 1997, according to daily temperature data taken at the agency’s weather station in Islip, according to the National Weather Service.

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11/19/14 2:04pm
Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Update: Albino Dejesus Medina of Bay Shore, a 20-year-old man arrested last week for his alleged involvement in two separate shootings in Southold and Riverhead towns, has been indicted by a grand jury.

Charges against Mr. Medina filed in Southold Town were dropped Friday, court records show.

Mr. Medina was initially charged in Southold with three counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in relation to a gang-related shooting on South Harbor Road in Southold Oct. 14, authorities said.

Riverhead Police then charged Mr. Medina, an alleged MS-13 member, in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

The indictment will be unsealed during an arraignment for Mr. Medina in country criminal court.

Mr. Medina is due in Suffolk County Court before Judge William Condon on Tuesday, Nov. 25, records show.

Prior coverage: Riverhead Town police say one of the five men in custody following a gang-related shooting in Southold last month is one of the same men responsible for a shooting in Riverhead that occurred just days before.

Albino Dejesus Medina, 20, of Bay Shore was arrested Wednesday in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

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11/14/14 2:00pm

There’s a lot facing the young women of today: peer pressure, relationship troubles and unrealistic body expectations broadcast on television screens and social media sites.

With so much to keep up with, it can be easy for girls to lose their sense of self, and the bigger picture of the woman they hope one day to become.  (more…)

11/14/14 11:19am
Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The fifth suspect arrested following last month’s shooting — said by police to be gang-related — is being held on $250,000 cash bail, awaiting word of a grand jury incitement.

Albino Dejesus Medina, 20, of Bay Shore was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

He had been taken into custody Thursday with the assistance of U.S. Marshals, the NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Riverhead police. He was brought into Southold Town Court for arraignment Thursday morning. He requested a lawyer and the arraignment was pushed back to this morning.

During his arraignment Friday morning, Mr. Medina’s attorney said at the time of the incident, Medina had been living on Third Street in Greenport as he had been working on a landscaping project in the area.

Police allege that Mr. Medina is a member of the MS-13 gang, which according to police, carried out a shooting against rival members of Mara 18, a rival gang, in the middle of October. In the wake of the shooting, Southold Police arrested three people the day after the shooting, and a fourth two days after that.

The first four men arrested were: Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31 of Greenport; Jeremias Nathanael Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue;Freddie Fernando Torres Campos, 16, of Southold and Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport, who all allegedly took part in an attack that left two men shot. They’ve all been indicted and arraigned on violent felony charges of assault and gang assault.

One of those men was shot multiple and also slashed with a machete. One of the alleged assailants, Mr. Vasquez, was also shot by friendly fire, police have said.

Mr. Medina is being held on $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond, and is expected back in court Monday.

11/14/14 10:00am
The start of last year's 5K in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

The start of last year’s 5K in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

This Saturday you can do some running to stay in shape and help kids stay in shape, too.

The Southold Athletic Association is hosting its annual 5K & Fun Run, which has helped fund a number of health and wellness initiatives within the Southold School District over the past few years.  (more…)