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Grant Parpan

Grant Parpan is the executive editor for Times/Review Newsgroup.

09/16/14 8:00am


The Oki-Do property in East Marion. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A holistic center known as Oki-Do is proposed for this former oyster processing plant in East Marion. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Nearly six years after its draft environmental impact statement was deemed inadequate by the Southold Town Planning Board, the proposed Shizen Hotel Wellness Center and Spa, also known locally as the Oki-Do, is again making waves in East Marion.  (more…)

09/13/14 11:00am

The interior of Times/Review headquarters,’s parent company. (Credit: Gil Amiaga File Photo)

When visitors enter our building on Main Road in Mattituck for the first time, they almost always marvel at what a unique office space we work in.

Built in 1988, and designed to look somewhat like an old potato barn, the building was intended to look different from most any other newsroom — both inside and out. (more…)

09/10/14 11:00am
The community center at the Peconic Landing campus in Greenport. (courtesy)

The community center at the Peconic Landing campus in Greenport. (courtesy)

Peconic Landing officials say they are close to finalizing a new emergency services agreement with the Greenport Fire Department, but neighboring fire districts still have concerns about the lifecare community’s plans for expansion.  (more…)

09/02/14 2:10pm

The first “Wine Country” signs were installed 25 years ago. (Credit: Suffolk Times archive)

25 years ago this week

First ‘Wine Country’ signs erected

It was 25 years ago this week that the North Fork was officially dubbed Long Island Wine country in signs welcoming visitors to the region.

The original Wine Country signs, donated by the Long Island Wine Council, were placed on Main Road in Aquebogue, Southold and Orient and along Sound Avenue in Riverhead, we reported in the Aug. 31 issue of The Suffolk Times.

40 years ago this week

Cafeteria prices on the rise

Mattituck school officials announced that the price of school lunch was being raised 10 percent to 55 cents to cover an increase in food production costs, we reported in the Aug. 29, 1974 issue of The Suffolk Times. A half-pint of Milk was increasing to seven cents, we reported.

The district said it was doing everything it could to keep lunch costs affordable.

60 years ago this week

Eastern Long Island again struck by hurricane

Hurricane Carol struck the North Fork on Aug. 31, 1954, causing more than $10,000 in damages to Greenport’s electrical system. Fifty trees were uprooted in the storm, we reported in that week’s issue of The Suffolk Times.

“Probably the most severe monetary loss was suffered by farmers whose crops took a tremendous beating,” we wrote.

Work begins on East Marion Fire House

Construction began 60 years ago this week on the East Marion firehouse.

“The colonial type building will house up to five pieces of apparatus with an auditorium and kitchen,” we wrote.

75 years ago this week

Greenporter’s model sub at World’s Fair

A model of the original Holland submarine that was designed by then-Southold Town Assessor Kenneth Monsell was receiving “great attention” at the Long Island Exhibition at the 1939 World’s Fair, according to an article in the Aug. 31, 1939 issue of The Suffolk Times.

The 53-foot submarine was the first under-sea boat to run submerged for any considerable distance by self-contained power.

Preliminary trials and the official final tests for the boat had been conducted in New Suffolk before its launch in 1898. It remained in the hamlet through a long period of neglect before it rusted “beyond redemption,” we reported.

‘The Wizard’ comes to Greenport

“The Wizard of Oz” opened at the Greenport theater on Aug. 31, 1939, running for three days. Of the film, The Suffolk Times wrote: “The film has kept the delightful flavor and exact story of the book, and added magnificence, beauty, life, humor and some of the year’s best music.”

90 years ago this week

Local woman wins $5

Miss Ruby Goldin won a $5 prize in a costume contest at Arcade Hall in Southampton this week, we reported in the Aug. 29, 1924 issue of The Suffolk Times. She wore a Wrigley chewing gum dress she designed herself.

08/25/14 4:00pm

RE Roundtable

What is your view of the current local real estate market?

Millie Thomas, Landmark Realty, Wading River: This year our market seems to have gotten a late start with the bad winter conditions. Therefore, the spring selling season was short. I do predict that the local prices will be going up, but slowly.

Thomas Uhlinger, Douglas Elliman, Mattituck: Yeah, it’s on an upswing, but not a fast one. Certain price breaks are moving rapidly. Inventory is building in Southold Township.

Ike Isreal, Richmond Realty, Riverhead: Our market right now is trying to improve. We are definitely stable. Deals are happening every day, buyers are realizing that the market is improving and they are coming off the sidelines into the game. Sellers are seeing more activity and it’s causing properly priced properties to sell very quickly.

Penelope Moore, Saunders & Associates, Shelter Island: The real estate market on Shelter Island has been rising steadily since last summer, with many properties that had been on the market, in some cases since before the downturn having sold. In nearly every category there have been strong sales.

Jerry Cibulski, Century 21 Albertson Realty, Southold: It is very active with homebuyers who are taking notice of the region and are looking within their budgets for homes that fit their taste and lifestyle.