09/18/14 3:00pm
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Several farmers who were previously unable to receive deer damage permits to hunt on their property offseason now have the green light to do so.

Arising as an unintended consequence from a lawsuit aimed at a controversial deer cull, a state Supreme Court judge put a halt to new DDPs this March but temporarily lifted the order against the state Department of Environmental Conservation last week.  (more…)

09/13/14 8:00am
Randy Clement (left) and Mile Weber Jr. of Clement Carpentry of Jamesport working on the Witch's Hat restoration Thursday morning.

Randy Clement (left) and Mike Weber Jr. of Clement Carpentry of Jamesport working on the Witch’s Hat restoration Thursday morning.

The curiously shaped “Witch’s Hat” in Aquebogue is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to donations from area businesses and volunteers.

Spearheaded by the Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Commission, along with the Save Main Road preservation advocacy group, the roadside structure — named an official town landmark in 1987 — will be restored back to its original specifications.

The stand was built in 1926 by Henry and Lena Flemming, and used to sell gas, candy, cigarettes, and eventually ice cream to motorists from the 1930’s to 1970.  (more…)

09/12/14 8:00am
A buffalo calf feeds at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead Tuesday. Owner Ed Tuccio said the dry summer season decreased the newborn mortality rate. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A buffalo calf feeds at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead Tuesday. Owner Ed Tuccio said the dry summer season decreased the newborn mortality rate. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The dog days of summer weren’t very dogged this year, at least not in terms of 90-plus degree days. That, combined with a lack of rain, created some ideal conditions for local produce and livestock farmers.

“Overall it has been tremendous for growing,” said Joe Gergela, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau. “The quality of produce and fruit is unbelievable, actually. Just really magnificent crops.”  (more…)

09/06/14 12:00pm
Credit: Clip art/Microsoft Images

Credit: Clip art/Microsoft Images

It’s a constant struggle during the teenage years. The kids fall asleep late at night, then struggle to wake up hours later, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with minimal time to catch the bus.

Experts agree that it might be time to allow teenagers more time to sleep.  (more…)

09/04/14 10:00am
New instructors and new lessons, as well as a longer school day, will mark some changes for 2014-2015 in New Suffolk. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

New instructors and new lessons, as well as a longer school day, will mark some changes for 2014-2015 in New Suffolk. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Returning New Suffolk students are being met with, well, restructuring this school year. The arrival of two new instructors and the return of a special assignment teacher has forced the tiny three-classroom district to change how classes were being taught.  (more…)

09/02/14 10:00am
Nightly Mattituck rentals listed through airbnb.com.

Nightly Mattituck rentals listed through airbnb.com.

It seems like a win-win, renting out that rarely used summer home, or even your own home, to make a few extra bucks.

But residents across the East End, irked by an influx of short-term renters popping up in their otherwise close-knit neighborhoods, are questioning the trend, and saying it is compromising their quality of life.

Some of them gathered at Southold Town Hall last Tuesday asking the Town Board to address what they say is a trending new industry.  (more…)

08/31/14 2:00pm
The palcohol.com homepage.

The palcohol.com homepage.

An expanding selection of powdered products is opening up some dangerous doors, according to federal officials who are warning consumers not to get caught up in the novelty.

The Suffolk County health department, too, is urging buyers to stay away from one product in particular: powdered pure caffeine.

A single teaspoon of the powder is roughly equivalent to the amount of caffeine in 25 cups of coffee, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued a warning following the death of a teenager who used the product in July. (more…)