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07/29/14 8:00am
Group for the East End's Missy Weiss prepares soil with Victoria Witczak, 9, of Cutchogue, and her sister Julianna, 3, last weekend at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue.

Group for the East End’s Missy Weiss running an educational class at Downs Farm Preserve on rain gardens in April with the help of Victoria Witczak, 9, of Cutchogue, and her sister Julianna, 3. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last week that Southold Town has been awarded a $30,000 grant to cover the costs of damages caused by Hurricane Sandy at Cutchogue’s Downs Farm/Fort Corchaug Preserve.  (more…)

07/27/14 2:00pm
Nicholas Mazard, director of sales and marketing for Koppert Cress USA, explained that natural fiber is used instead of soil to grow  microgreens, enabling the live plant products to arrive at restaurants without bringing 'dirt into their kitchens.' (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Nicholas Mazard, director of sales and marketing for Koppert Cress USA, explained that natural fiber is used instead of soil to grow microgreens, enabling the live plant products to arrive at restaurants without bringing ‘dirt into their kitchens.’ (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Picture a full garden’s worth of flavors: sweet corn, beets, sweet peas, arugula, fresh basil and even crisp green apples.

Now picture all of those varieties tiny enough to be pressed together in your fingertips.

This is happening right now on the North Fork, where Koppert Cress USA of Cutchogue is producing microgreens. Each one is packed full of fresh flavor and boasts more nutrition than varieties grown full size.  (more…)

07/27/14 6:00am
The pool on a property in Southold.

The pool on a property in Southold.

It seems that every summer, amid all the poolside, bayside and oceanside fun being had, you hear about a few startling water accidents no one ever saw coming.

Dr. Maribeth Chitkara, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, took a few minutes to share some tips, and dispel a few myths, that can help ensure that your family plays it safe in the water this summer.  (more…)

07/25/14 2:00pm

The North Fork Preserve in Northville has been called the county’s “last great park.” (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

With plans for Northville’s North Fork Preserve already taking shape, the county Legislature is set to vote Tuesday on the creation of an advisory committee to make recommendations for development and future use of the park.

Because of the park’s 314-acre scale and the number of proposed active uses — which include camping, hiking and horseback riding — the park stands to have “significant” impacts on nearby communities, according to the resolution introduced by Legislator Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue).

The proposed North Fork Preserve Advisory Committee would be made up of 10 members, including representatives from the county and Riverhead Town government, as well as members of local civic group, an environmental group and horseman’s organizations to gather input from the community and make use recommendations, according to Mr. Krupski’s proposal.

The county purchased of the final three acres of the Preserve in February 2013 with a price tag of $702,000, while the bulk of the property, two parcels totaling 314 acres, were purchased in 2011 for $18.3 million, according to prior News-Review coverage.

In an interview Friday morning, Mr. Krupski said he made the recommendation after hearing from residents neighboring the park, who had voiced concerns about use and infrastructure, including drainage for storm water runoff. Last winter, the county decided to borrow $850,000 to fix drainage problems coming from the property which have plagued an abutting Northville neighborhood for years.

He said Friday that the community is also interested in completing and inventory of natural resources on the parcel “to make sure that everything on the parcel is protected.”

Mr. Krupski said local input is very important, as the “people who live nearby, who are probably are going to use it the most, should have some input as to how it is developed.”

Current plans include leaving 133-acres of the northern section undeveloped for uses like hiking or horseback riding, while the southern portion will be used for more active recreation like camping, tennis and basketball.

The three acres most recently purchased contain existing structures on them which will be used by the Suffolk County Parks Department for a check-in station, parks maintenance equipment, a caretaker residence and include a small office area for parks personnel, Mr. Krupski said during prior to its purchase.

“The North Fork Preserve has been called ‘Suffolk’s last great park’ and I agree with that description,” Mr. Krupski said during the final acquisition. “The park, with fishing, hiking, camping and more, will be a highlight of the entire Suffolk County park system.”

Read more about the committee in the proposed legislation:

North Fork Preserve Advisory Committe

07/25/14 11:23am
Friday was the start of the man's three-day journey. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Friday was the start of the man’s three-day journey. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Did you notice a man carrying a cross down Main Road Friday morning?

The man, who identified himself only as Donald, started his morning at Mattituck Presbyterian Church where he had spent the night in preparation of what will be a three-day journey on foot — carrying a three-foot tall cross weighing in about five pounds — throughout his trip, he said during a brief interview on the Main Road sidewalk by in Aquebogue. (more…)

07/18/14 12:00pm
Charles Reichert (right), owner of IGA in Southold and Greenport, was one of few who spoke out  against the ban. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Charles Reichert (right), owner of IGA in Southold and Greenport, was one of few who spoke out against the ban. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

It wasn’t quite the mixed bag of opinions expected at Thursday night’s Southold Town plastic bag ban forum, where the overwhelming majority of attendees spoke in favor of the ban.

The forum, which featured a panel of six representatives from all sides of the debate, came following a pitch to ban plastic bags across the East End started by members of the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association.  (more…)

07/17/14 12:00pm
Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate (center) with Estabon, 16, and Pedro, 14, and their mother Marta Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate (center) with Estabon, 16, and Pedro, 14, and their mother Marta Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A misty Independence Day morning rekindled hope for a Riverhead family that was reunited for the first time in 11 years.

“I’m so happy,” said Marta, a Guatemalan immigrant who did not give her last name, in describing that morning. “Everything is different now.”  (more…)

07/15/14 8:00am
Miriam Moysen with her late husband Bulmaro Dominguez soon after the birth of their first child, Pablo. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Miriam Moysen with her late husband Bulmaro Dominguez soon after the birth of their first child, Pablo, last year. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

She’s a familiar face at the Southold IGA Supermarket, where for seven years she’s helped shoppers from the community find necessities, cash in coupons and bag up their goods.

Her name is Miriam Moysen, 38, and now she is in need of help from the community.  (more…)