Articles by

Grant Parpan

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

12/19/14 10:00am
A life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus climbing a ladder takes center stage in the winter wonderland that Kevin and Tammy Kruger start working on each November on Mechanic Street in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus climbing a ladder takes center stage in the winter wonderland that Kevin and Tammy Kruger start working on each November on Mechanic Street in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

There are people who love Christmas and then there’s Kevin and Tammy Kruger.

The Krugers, who have been decorating each holiday season for two decades, created a unique setting, using practically every inch of their property at 640 Mechanic St. in Southold. For that, they’ve earned the grand prize in our first Deck the Halls holiday decorating contest, which includes a $1,000 gift certificate courtesy of Riverhead Building Supply.

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12/17/14 5:06pm
Attorney William Keahon outside Southold Town Justice Court following Tuesday's bail hearing. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Defense attorney William Keahon outside Southold Town Justice Court following Tuesday’s bail hearing. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Greenport resident who witnessed the fatal Dec. 5 crash that led to the arrest of local businessman John Costello is disputing a claim by Mr. Costello’s attorney that his client was not at fault.  (more…)

12/16/14 1:26pm
While signs urging residents not to include plastic bags with recyclables are clearly visible at the Southold Town Transfer Station on Cox Lane, residents who use private carters might not be getting this important message. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

While signs urging residents not to include plastic bags with recyclables are clearly visible at the Southold Town Transfer Station on Cox Lane, residents who use private carters might not be getting this important message. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

You’ve probably done it.

Cans, bottles and paper are starting to pile up on the counter, so you stick the items in a plastic bag you received at a grocery store. You then take the bag and dump it, along with all your recyclables, in a garbage bin.

But that’s creating an issue in Southold Town — even in this new era of single-stream recycling.

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12/01/14 10:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO

Picture an entire street decorated as a winter wonderland. Now imagine dozens of them.

This was something I witnessed as an editor at a local newspaper in Santa Clarita, Calif., where the paper hosted an annual Holiday Lights Tour. Individual houses and streets would be evaluated each year by a team of judges from the newspaper staff. We’d determine which were the best, award them prizes and publish a list of the top holiday houses in the valley so our readers could go see them firsthand.

The contest eventually grew so large that the judges were all chauffeured in a limousine, touring the houses for more than eight hours. We’d be greeted with bribes — we actually gave out a prize for best bribe — of food, drinks and trinkets from the contestants. I still have the Homer Simpson-talking Santa figure a producer on “The Simpsons” gave me in hopes I’d choose his house. Though I ultimately voted for the house that fed us the killer tortilla soup.

For the past several winters, we’ve toyed with the idea of bringing such a contest to the North Fork and encouraging each of our readers to find their inner Clark Griswold as we seek to identify the best-decorated house.

This year we’re giving it a try.

We’re going to start out small, by picking one winning house and a handful of honorable mentions.

To participate, you’ll need to fill out the form in the ‘At Home’ section of this week’s paper or email us (gparpan@timesreview.com) the relevant information.KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO

You will also need to be home on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 14, when our judges will make the rounds to decide which home is the best decorated. We will call all contestants several days before our visit to let you know an approximate time we’ll stop by.

We will judge your home based on style and taste, the difficulty of setting up the decorations and the uniqueness of your display.

We will consider interiors, exteriors or both.

The winning houses will be featured on our real estate page in the Dec. 18 issue, and the grand winner will get the perfect gift for homeowners who want to improve their houses even more for next year’s contest: a $1,000 gift certificate to Riverhead Building Supply.

Do you think you have the best-decorated house on the North Fork? Prove it.

Photos credits: Katharine Schroeder