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10/29/14 12:15pm
Eastern Long Island Hospital's Paul Connor, president and CEO  and Dr. Anthony Mitarotondo, chief of radiology  at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Eastern Long Island Hospital president and CEO Paul Connor and Dr. Anthony Mitarotondo, chief of radiology at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

In what might be the most unique capital campaign kickoff in Eastern Long Island Hospital history, two officials have trekked to the top of Africa’s highest peak — Mount Kilimanjaro — in hopes of getting others to take up their campaign challenge.

On Oct. 20, hospital president and CEO Paul Connor and Dr. Anthony Mitarotondo, the Greenport hospital’s chief of radiology, began the 19,341-foot climb, making it to the top and back in just six days.

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10/29/14 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.

Missy Weiss running an educational class at Downs Farm Preserve in April with the help of Victoria Witczak, 9, of Cutchogue, and her sister Julianna, 3. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Group for the East End appears poised to receive funding from Southold Town that will support educational programs at Downs Farm Preserve, a town-owned park in Cutchogue.

As of now, $20,000 is included in the town’s preliminary 2015 budget for the nonprofit, which runs the programs.

“It is a nature preserve and the goal is to use it,” Supervisor Scott Russell said during last Tuesday’s Town Board work session. “This use is completely consistent with the intentions of acquiring properties like this that showcase Southold Town’s natural assets.” (more…)

10/27/14 3:00pm
Senator LaValle presented L.I. Farm Bureau executive director Joe Gergela with the Paul Stoutenburgh Leadership Award.

State Sen. Ken LaValle presented L.I. Farm Bureau executive director Joe Gergela with the Paul Stoutenburgh Leadership Award.

North Fork Environmental Council advocacy volunteers Friday celebrated the 2014 Paul Stoutenburgh Leadership Award winner, the first since the recent death of the council’s notable co-founder.

Long-time Long Island Farm Bureau executive director Joseph Gergela — who is retiring after 26 years in the role — received the award, a decision that came as a surprise to some, considering the fact that relationships between farmers and environmentalists can sometimes be seen as at-odds.

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10/27/14 12:00pm
Rust tide in Flanders Bay Sept. 12, 2014 (Credit: Courtesy SBU)

Rust tide in Flanders Bay Sept. 12, 2014 (Credit: Stony Brook University )

Researchers from Stony Brook University and The Nature Conservancy released a map last week that depicts the location and breadth of water quality problems, such as brown tide and hypoxia, that cropped up around Long Island this past year.

While the experts noted the cool summer helped ward off the potential for widespread algal blooms, the blooms weren’t the only cause for concern in 2014.

And, the issues were widespread, ranging Long Island Sound waters near the Bronx and Queens, to Mattituck and Montauk.

The map highlights the presence of rust tides in the western Peconics, paralytic shellfish poisoning in Meetinghouse Creek in Aquebogue, and toxic blue-green algae in Mattituck’s Lake Marratooka, among others.

(Credit: Courtesy SBU SoMAS)

(Credit: Courtesy SBU SoMAS)

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10/26/14 10:00am
An electronic cigarette. (Credit: Lindsay Fox/ecigarettereviewed.com)

An electronic cigarette. (Credit: Lindsay Fox/ecigarettereviewed.com)

What was intended as a smoking cessation aid is the new smoking trend among Long Island’s youth, say health experts and local school officials, who are seeing an uptick in the number of students using electronic cigarettes.

Mattituck High School principal Shawn Petretti said he has recently seen firsthand an increase in the number of students using e-cigarettes.  (more…)

10/23/14 4:08pm
Credit: Katharine Schroeder file

Eastern Long Island Hospital (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Officials from Stony Brook Medical Center and North Shore-LIJ medical care systems confirmed reports Thursday that they are in affiliation talks with both Peconic Bay Medical Center and Eastern Long Island Hospital.

The news comes two years after Southampton Hospital announced that it’s been in talks with Stony Brook. (more…)

10/23/14 8:00am
Southold land preservation coordinator Melissa Spiro thanked the Sinatra Family of East Marion for their donation during Tuesday's board meeting. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southold land preservation coordinator Melissa Spiro thanked the Sinatra Family of East Marion for their donation during Tuesday’s board meeting. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The Southold Town Board voted unanimously to move forward with preserving two parcels as open space, one of which is being donated to the town for conservation.

Richard and Camille Sinatra of East Marion have offered the town a 10-acre property off Kayleigh’s Court that is currently zoned for residential housing. (more…)

10/22/14 8:00am
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It’s no Mega Millions, but 19 Suffolk County homeowners will soon hit the lottery in a county drawing to test new wastewater treatment systems.

Suffolk County officials are seeking homeowners willing to offer their properties as testing sites for advanced wastewater treatment systems, in hopes of finding a system suitable for use in individual homes.  (more…)