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Grant Parpan

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

07/22/14 10:24am
The new Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. tasting room in Peconic is likely to remain open in August, though it still needs site plan approval.

The new Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. tasting room in Peconic is likely to remain open in August, though it still needs site plan approval. (Credit: Vera Chinese, file)

The Southold Town Planning Board has scheduled a special meeting next Monday to grant site plan approval for the new Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. tasting room in Peconic.  (more…)

07/21/14 8:00am
Southold Town trustee candidate Abigail Field, left, of Cutchogue signs a petition to create the Women's Equality Party line. The petition was being circulated by a group of fellow Democrats at the King Kullen in Cutchogue Sunday, including Jennifer Maertz of Rocky Point, center, and local committeewoman Lynn Summers of Southold.

Southold Town trustee candidate Abigail Field, left, of Cutchogue signs a petition to create the Women’s Equality Party line. The petition was being circulated by a group of fellow Democrats at the King Kullen in Cutchogue Sunday, including Jennifer Maertz of Rocky Point, center, and local committeewoman Lynn Summers of Southold.

Days after lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul announced she and Gov. Andrew Cuomo intend to run on a new Women’s Equality Party line, local Democrats were out collecting signatures to make sure the line gets added to the ballot in time for the November election. (more…)

07/18/14 12:27am
A Cole Bros elephant in 2011. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

A Cole Bros elephant in 2011. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

Marilyn Flynn of Cutchogue has been an outspoken critic of the Cole Bros. Circus in recent years, saying the organization promotes cruelty to elephants.

Now the 84-year-old’s opposition to the circus, which visits Greenport each year, has led to her arrest, Southold Town police said.  (more…)

07/14/14 2:28pm
Paul and Barbara Stoutenburgh being interviewed in their Cutchogue home in 2011. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Paul and Barbara Stoutenburgh being interviewed in their Cutchogue home in 2011. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

When Paul Stoutenburgh was a boy roaming the fields of Cutchogue and fishing in its creeks, it would have been impossible to imagine the impact he’d one day have on the region’s precious natural resources.

But given the gift of hindsight last year, at a ceremony renaming Arshamomaque Pond Preserve in Mr. Stoutenburgh’s honor, county Legislator Al Krupski did his part to put it in perspective.

“He helped change the culture of the town,” Mr. Krupski said of the longtime environmentalist. “He really had a vision of the town going into the future.”

Mr. Stoutenburgh, a longtime Cutchogue resident, died at his home Sunday surrounded by family members. He was 92.

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07/13/14 11:50am
Tim Steiskal of Brookhaven was the winner of the Mighty North Fork Triathlon with a time of 46:36. The event was held at Cedar Beach in Southold Sunday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Tim Steiskal of Brookhaven was the winner of the Mighty North Fork Triathlon with a time of 46:36. The event was held at Cedar Beach in Southold Sunday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Tim Steiskal calls one minute, 10 seconds an “eternity” in a triathlon.

Yet that’s how far behind the leader he was when he made the final transition from bicycle to running in Sunday’s Mighty North Fork Triathlon.

“I really had to hunt,” the Brookhaven hamlet resident said. ”I had to push myself to the limits of where you don’t want to have to push too often.”

It was worth it.  (more…)

07/13/14 11:00am
Jennifer Place of Southold leads the women's division during the Bicycle leg of the Mighty North Fork Triathlon Sunday. (Credit: Daniel DeMato)

Jennifer Place of Southold leads the women’s division during the Bicycle leg of the Mighty North Fork Triathlon Sunday. (Credit: Daniel DeMato)

Jennifer Place has always felt at home in Southold.

It’s where she ran her first triathlon, back in 2007.  It’s also long been where her parents have lived. And for the first time this year, the new Southold resident can also say it’s her hometown.

So even after winning the Mighty North Fork Triathlon at Cedar Beach four other times since 2007, the 40-year-old felt a little added pressure Sunday. That didn’t stop her from finishing in her usual first place spot among female athletes.  (more…)

07/04/14 2:00pm
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Jen Becker making hats for newborns and preemies at her home in Southold this week.

At 4 a.m. the morning after my son was born, a nurse ducked into the room as my wife and I were falling asleep and gave him his first bath. When she was done, she swaddled him up tight and placed a red, green and white knit cap on his tiny bald head.

It was two days before Christmas and baby Jackson had his first hat. Even with a dresser drawer full of infant caps, the hospital freebie kept his skull warm long after the holidays.

Perhaps it’s because it was made by hand, or maybe just because it was sturdier than the others, but we loved that darn hat. While we realize he’ll never wear it again, there’s no way we’re tossing it in the garbage any time soon.

It turns out we’re not alone. (more…)

06/29/14 7:14pm
The crew of the Speedie Edie celebrates its victory down the home stretch of the team's heat of the Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Race in downtown Riverhead Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The crew of the Speedie Edie celebrates its victory down the home stretch of the team’s heat of the Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Race in downtown Riverhead Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

With seven kids and two adults on board, it’s hard to imagine the crew of Speedy Edie fitting another person in their boat.

But if you ask the nine passengers what it was that willed them to victory in their heat of the “anything goes” race at the Fifth Annual Carboard Boat Races in downtown Riverhead Sunday, they’ll tell you it was the 10th member of their team: Edie.

Edie Penny of West Islip passed away Saturday. A grandmother to some on the boat, a cousin and friend to others, she was looking forward to the annual Cardboard Boat Race, which her friends and family members, some from Cutchogue, have participated in each of the past three years.  (more…)

06/27/14 10:00am
Michael Kringle takes a break near a field outside Bennettsville, S.C. It was 95 degrees that day. (Credit: Michael Kringle)

Michael Kringle takes a break near a field outside Bennettsville, S.C. It was 95 degrees that day. (Credit: Michael Kringle)

You’ll have to excuse Michael Kringle for failing to make it all the way to the Florida Keys during his recent bicycle excursion from SUNY Binghamton in upstate New York.

Though reaching Florida’s southern limits was his initial goal, the 2010 Riverhead High School graduate called it quits after crossing into Florida and ultimately reaching Jacksonville.

Your initial reaction might be, ‘Why didn’t he just push himself for a few more days?’   (more…)

06/24/14 4:44pm
Laura Courtney with the note and $10 bill left at her house Monday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Laura Courtney with the note and $10 bill left at her house Monday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A Jamesport homeowner said she was a little surprised to find a note and a $10 bill left at her front door when she returned home from a brief excursion to Greenport Monday afternoon.

But she was downright shocked when she realized that, in exchange for the money, the person took a metal table and three stained glass beads from her backyard.

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