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Jennifer Gustavson

Cutchogue East principal Kathleen Devine. (Credit: courtesy photo)

Cutchogue East principal Kathleen Devine. (Credit: courtesy photo)

Cutchogue East Elementary School students will see at least one new face on the first day of school this September.

Kathleen Devine of Bayport, 57, was hired last Thursday to replace Anne Smith, who will step into her own new role as Mattituck-Cutchogue School District superintendent after James McKenna retires July 31.  (more…)

The Mattituck school board failed to elect a president at Thursday's reorganizational meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Mattituck school board failed to elect a president at Thursday’s reorganizational meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Update: Mattituck school board member Sarah Hassildine told The Suffolk Times on Friday that she supports current school board president Jerry Diffley and would have voted for him Thursday if she had been allowed to cast a vote.

She is expected to cast the deciding vote to re-elect him at the next meeting.

Original story: After a heated argument between board members over accusations of breaking the state’s open meetings law, the Mattituck Board of Education failed to elect a president at its annual reorganizational meeting Thursday night.  (more…)

Anne Smith is new superintendent for the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Anne Smith is the new superintendent for the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Mattituck school board approved a contract to hire Anne Smith as the district’s first female superintendent during a special meeting last month, The Suffolk Times has learned.

The seven-member board held the meeting June 26 and unanimously approved a three-year agreement with Ms. Smith at a starting salary of $190,000, school board officials said Wednesday. That’s about $1,000 less than current Superintendent James McKenna was paid for this school year.

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07/08/14 8:00am
Greenport school boards member Heather Wolf, center, and Dan Creedon disagreed Monday over scheduling a June 25 special meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Greenport school boards member Heather Wolf, center, and Dan Creedon, left, are in disagreement over the scheduling of a June 25 special meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Heather Wolf is apologizing for any misconceptions residents may have about the Greenport school board scheduling a 7:30 a.m. special meeting on June 25 to approve two employee contracts.

She’s also defending the decision to hold that meeting with short notice because she said both agreements — a contract to share a plant facilities manager with the Southold School District, and appointing a pre-K principal — were timely.

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07/07/14 5:00am
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Hundreds of people visited Lavender By the Bay over the weekend to see — and smell — the East Marion farm’s French lavender. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

When Lavender By the Bay announced over the Fourth of July weekend its French lavender crop was blooming, the magnificent occurrence — coupled with beautiful weather — is a combination the farmers believed could draw a crowd. (more…)

06/28/14 12:00pm
LeRoy Heyliger, grandfather of Mattituck Junior High student Justin McKinney, reads his grandson's poem "I am" as the event's organizer, Susan Dingle, holds Justin's artwork.

LeRoy Heyliger, grandfather of Mattituck eight-grader Justin McKinney, reads his grandson’s poem “I am” as Poetry Street organizer, Susan Dingle, holds Justin’s artwork. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

When Joseph Milbauer saw an opportunity to snag the top spot to perform at Poetry Street, an open mic session held last Sunday at Blue Duck Bakery and Cafe in Riverhead, he quickly jotted his name down.

This would be the first time Mr. Milbauer, 24, would read his poetry in public.

“I signed up on the list first because I didn’t think I would have to follow anyone,” the Riverhead resident said before reading his poem, “Round One,” a personal tale about his dark past and how he overcame a “year of screw-ups.”

But Mr. Milbauer was actually the second person to read. Not only that, he ended up having to follow poet and community advocate Robert “Bubbie” Brown of Riverside, who kicked off the event and then gave two encores.

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