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03/06/15 8:00am
Ian Toy, at age 13 of Southold, in front of the house near Cedar Beach where Helen Keller may have spent the summer of 1936. (Credit: Suffolk Times, file)

Ian Toy, at age 13 in 2010, in front of the house near Cedar Beach where Helen Keller may have spent the summer of 1936. (Credit: Suffolk Times, file)

It wasn’t known as the Helen Keller house when Maryann Sewell’s family lived there.

Her parents, Hans and Elizabeth Strauss, purchased the Bavarian-style home for $5,000 plus $1 for all the furnishings inside sometime in the early 1940s when she was about 3 or 4 years old. Located just north of Cornell Cooperative Marine Research Center at Cedar Beach in Southold, it was built in the 1920s as part of a subdivision that never fully developed due to the Great Depression.

Helen Keller — who went on to become the first deaf-blind person to earn a college degree and eventually became one of the most famous, admired and celebrated figures in history — and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, may have summered at the house in 1936. It’s the same time and place where the companions, later made famous by the play “The Miracle Worker,” shared time together before Ms. Sullivan died.

Nearly 80 years later, Suffolk County is one permit away from razing the house.

And Ms. Sewell has come to terms with saying goodbye to the place she once called home.

“I think it’s time,” she said in an interview Wednesday. “There’s no way of resurrecting it at this point.”

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03/05/15 4:26pm

The National Weather Service is reporting between five to seven inches of snow accumulated on the North Fork during Thursday’s storm.

Here are the latest snowfall totals posted at 4:48 p.m.:

• Mattituck had 7 inches of snow as of 4 p.m.
• Riverhead had 6.9 inches of snow as of 3:39 p.m.
• Wading River had 6.5 inches of snow as of 3 p.m.
• Jamesport had 5.3 inches of snow as of 2:15 p.m.

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03/04/15 5:00pm
From left: Mattituck Best Buddies chapter president Chris Massey, vice president Michael Goodale, director Nick Mele, Ben Hinsch and treasurer Ryan Shuford. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

From left: Mattituck Best Buddies chapter president Chris Massey, vice president Michael Goodale, director Nick Mele, Ben Hinsch and treasurer Ryan Shuford. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When Mattituck High School senior Nick Mele came across an article about a disabled boy from Washington State who had made a public birthday wish for cards and stickers, he knew who could help make the youngster’s day special.

Nineteen-year-old Nick, who has cerebral palsy, decided he wanted to recruit as many classmates as possible to sign a huge birthday card for Bubby Everson, who turned 9 last month.  (more…)

03/03/15 8:00am
PSEG held a public meeting Thursday at the Riverhead Free Library to discuss a rate increase plan. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The state Department of Public Service held a public meeting Monday at the Riverhead Free Library to discuss PSEG’s rate increase plan. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Long Islanders are blasting PSEG Long Island’s proposed rate increase plan and say current utility costs are already too high.

About 85 people attended an informational session Monday night at the Riverhead Free Library to discuss PSEG’s three-year rate plan, which was followed by a hearing for public comment.

The proposed rate hike to the delivery charge portion of an average residential customer’s bill is a 3.8 percent increase in 2016, or $3.25 per month, according to a PSEG press release. In 2017 and 2018, the proposed increase is 3.9 percent, or $3.30 per month.

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02/26/15 10:00am
The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association held its first meeting Wednesday. From left, civic vice president John Carter, (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association held its first meeting Wednesday. From left, civic vice president John Carter, treasurer Valerie Kilbridge, president Mary Eisenstein and vice president Julie Amper. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Mattituck resident Julie Amper fears her community is becoming overdeveloped and turning into “the armpit of the North Fork.”

On Wednesday, she decided to join the newly formed Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association in order to help protect the character of the place she calls home.

“It’s like we’re going to be the buffer and become Riverhead just to protect the rest of the North Fork from development,” she said. “This is why I joined this organization — to stop it.”

Ms. Amper attended the civic’s first meeting at the Mattituck-Laurel Library where she and a group of about 25 residents gathered to officially form the association.

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02/24/15 8:00am
Volunteer firefighters practicing ice rescues in Mattituck. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A volunteer firefighter giving a hand signal to rescue workers on shore during an ice rescue drill Monday night in Mattituck. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

The Jamesport and Mattituck fire departments ran an ice rescue drill Monday night at the southern end of Mattituck Inlet, where volunteers practiced pulling victims out of a frigid pool of ice dug into the creek.

Mattituck Fire Department Chief Steve Libretto said this winter’s historically cold temperatures have created very thick ice on waterways, making for ideal conditions for these types of drills. (more…)

02/23/15 10:00am

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell is giving his sixth annual State of the Town address Thursday night.

The speech is expected to focus on the town’s accomplishments in 2014, as well as its goals for 2015 and beyond.

Mr. Russell also plans go over the town’s fiscal status and discuss how the state’s property tax cap and unfunded mandates has impacted the budget.

Legislative updates, environmental and planning initiatives, and an evaluation of town facilities, assets and capital needs are other topics included in the supervisor’s speech.

Written reports of town departments will be available for distribution.

The public meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room.

jnuzzo@timesreview.com

02/22/15 3:00pm
Today's sunshine and warmer temps melted some snow here on Main Road. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Today’s sunshine and warmer temps melted some snow here on Main Road. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Don’t let Sunday afternoon’s sunshine fool you into thinking winter weather has passed.

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures are going to drop below freezing tonight with a low at around 15 degrees.

And with Sunday’s sunny skies at a high near 38 degrees, some melted snow could cause black ice conditions.

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