The track at Mattituck High School. (Cyndi Murray)

The track at Mattituck High School. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The color gold will appear on Mattituck-Cutchogue School District’s new track, but it won’t be in the form of stripes. And as for naming the new facility after recently retired superintendent James McKenna, the school board has had a change of heart. (more…)

08/21/14 11:56pm
The accident scene at Empire Gas in Mattituck Thursday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson photos)

The accident scene at Empire Gas in Mattituck Thursday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson photos)

Update 7:15 a.m.: Southold Town police say the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a gas pump in Mattituck late Thursday told officers that he had fallen asleep just before the crash, according to a police report.

Police said the 55-year-old driver was headed west on Route 25 in Mattituck when it crossed into the eastbound lane, left the road and smashed into a gas pump at the Empire Gas station about 11:25 p.m.

The crash managed to knock the gas station from its base, causing the canopy to fall onto the truck as well as a “minor gasoline leak,” according to the report; however, an emergency shutoff valve prevented the pump from spilling more gas, police said.

Southold Town Police and Mattituck Fire Department officials were on the scene shortly after the crash occurred. The driver was treated by Mattituck Rescue Squad and taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital for further treatment of minor injuries, police said.

No arrests were reported by police.

Check back for an update.

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08/21/14 12:00pm
Joseph Tsaveras. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Joseph Tsaveras, the principal for both the pre-K and kindergarten programs, speaks at Tuesday’s board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Greenport school board approved several new hires for the district’s new pre-kindergarten program.

Jenellen Skuggevik and Heather Petretti will serve as the school’s pre-K school’s teachers. Both appointments were unanimously approved during the school board’s meeting Tuesday night.  (more…)

08/20/14 12:00pm
Robert Feeney. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Robert Feeney will serve as interim secondary school principal at Greenport. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Greenport school board has hired an interim secondary school principal to replace Leonard Skuggevik.

Retired school administrator Robert Feeney of Centereach, who serves on the Middle Country school board, will serve as Greenport High School principal for an undetermined length of time while the district conducts a search for a permanent replacement.  (more…)

08/17/14 3:01pm
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The dining room at Lori Guyer’s former home in Southold. The neutral colors that make the flowers and accessories pop are one detail that helps sell a home. (Credit: Corcoran courtesy)

When Lori Guyer was selling her Southold home earlier this year, she placed a large bowl of green apples on the counter in her neutral-colored kitchen and scattered books about the North Fork throughout the house.

She then removed all evidence of clutter, made sure the windows sparkled and staged each room to look as bright and open as possible. Small pops of color in the form of accessories like small throw pillows and picture frames were peppered strategically. Fresh flowers and an herb planter also adorned the home.

When the house sold, she left behind the North Fork books, including Southold PTA cookbooks, as a housewarming gift for the new owners.

Ms. Guyer, who owns White Flower Farmhouse, a home furnishing and antique store in Southold, said she believes staging a home simply helps buyers envision themselves in the space more easily.   (more…)

08/17/14 10:00am
Alexandra Conloan, Our Lady of Mercy's new principal, worked as an art and Spanish teacher as St. Isidore's in Riverhead for over 13 years. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Alexandra Conloan, Our Lady of Mercy’s new principal, worked as an art and Spanish teacher as St. Isidore’s in Riverhead for over 13 years. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Our Lady of Mercy Regional School has a new principal.

Alexandra Conlan of Riverhead, 54, has been hired to replace Lorraine Delgenio, who recently retired from the post she’s held since 2008 at the parochial school.  (more…)

Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio (right) entering the federal courthouse in Central Islip in October 2012 with his attorney, Frank Blangiardo. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Former Mattituck teacher Anthony Claudio (right) entering the federal courthouse in Central Islip in October 2012 with his attorney, Frank Blangiardo. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

A federal judge has ruled that the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District must pay reinstated teacher Anthony Claudio $20,000 more in salary — raising his earnings to where they would be if the district has not fired him in 2009.  (more…)

08/13/14 2:00pm
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The New Suffolk School District has partially closed an unanticipated deficit, officials said Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

New Suffolk school officials say they’ve found a way to partially close an unanticipated $150,000 deficit caused by a unique situation — one in which a special assignment teacher has decided to return to the district — and will mostly likely have to finance the remaining portion of the budget gap.  (more…)

08/03/14 12:00pm
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (right) at a Common Core forum last year in Eastport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (right) at a Common Core forum last year in Eastport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

There may be another party line on the November ballot for state office seekers.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP challenger facing Governor Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming election, has launched a petition effort to establish a Stop Common Core party line focused on capturing voters unhappy with the controversial Common Core State Standards initiative.  (more…)

A new track is under construction at Mattituck High School. The school board decided Thursday to name the track after James McKenna. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

A new track is under construction at Mattituck High School. The school board decided Thursday to name the track after James McKenna. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education has re-elected its president and decided to name the high school’s new track after James McKenna, who officially retired Thursday as the district’s superintendent.

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