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11/25/14 2:00pm

Update (Nov. 25): New exterior security cameras will soon be installed on village properties.

During Monday’s board meeting, members awarded a nearly $40,000 contract to Hampton and North Fork Technology Professionals of Mattituck. The measure passed unanimously.

The exact cost of the cameras is $39,410.

Original story (Nov. 18): The Greenport Village Board is expected to vote on a nearly $35,000 security system contract next week.  (more…)

11/22/14 10:00am
East End Arts School new director Diane Giardi on the porch of the school last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

East End Arts School new director Diane Giardi on the porch of the school last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

An artist with a holistic approach to lesson planning has been named East End Arts’ newest education director.

Diane Giardi, who began work in the downtown Riverhead office last week, said she’s excited to help teachers prepare curriculums and to build relationships with local artists and community groups.

“One thing I’d like to incorporate is some text in courses — poetry and other aspects of writing and the narrative,” she said. “It would also be nice to bring a little more theater back.”

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The Mattituck school board voted Thursday against a proposal to allow 11 students to participate in winter track at Riverhead. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck school board voted Thursday against a proposal to allow 11 students to participate in winter track at Riverhead. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck School Board rejected a proposal to allow nearly a dozen students to practice and compete with Riverhead’s winter track team this season.

The board voted against the proposal, 4-3. The dissenters argued that the entire student body hadn’t been informed of the option to join Riverhead’s team this winter.

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11/18/14 10:30am
The Greenport Village Board during Monday night's work session. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Greenport Village Board during Monday night’s work session. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Greenport Village Board has approved a nearly $55,000 study to review the village’s electrical plant that faulted in August and left some residents with without power for more than 11 hours.

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11/17/14 10:00am
This shot was found shot with an arrow in July 2011 in Riverhead. It was treated and released back into the wild that September.

This swan was found shot with an arrow in Riverhead in July 2011. It was treated and released back into the wild that September. The person who shot it was never found.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a new hotline for the public to report wildlife and environmental crimes.

The toll-free number is 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267). The 24-hour hotline connects callers to a DEC police dispatcher, according to a press release.

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11/16/14 7:30pm
Mattituck soccer players at the high school Sunday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Mattituck soccer players at the high school Sunday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

There were several reasons why Tuckers goalkeeper Ben Knowles had tears in his eyes Sunday night.

First and foremost, his Mattituck boys soccer team had clinched the third state title in school history earlier in the day. Secondly, the team bus was escorted by local police and fire department personnel from the town line to Mattituck High School. The soccer players were also greeted by community members as Queen’s “We are the Champions” blasted outside the school.  (more…)

11/14/14 8:00am
TK TK (Credit: Hermione Voyage's Facebook page)

The Hermione is scheduled to visit Greenport on July 6. (Credit: Hermione Voyage’s Facebook page)

The Hermione, a handmade replica of French general Marquis de Lafayette’s 18th century frigate, is expected to draw international attention at this summer’s Tall Ships event as it sails its maiden voyage from France to the United States.

And one of ship’s stops this Fourth of July weekend is Greenport.

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11/13/14 8:00am
Brandon Boardman (at piano) and his teacher, Billy Johnson, perform at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 23. Mr. Boardman, a Riverhead resident who has Asperger's syndrome, received a standing ovation following the performance. (Credit: Long Island Music Hall of Fame photos)

Brandon Boardman (at piano) and his teacher, Billy Johnson, perform at the Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 23. Mr. Boardman, a Riverhead resident who has Asperger’s syndrome, received a standing ovation following the performance. (Credit: Long Island Music Hall of Fame photos)

You won’t see Brandon Boardman using sheet music when he plays piano. That’s because the 20-year-old Riverhead musician can bang out an entire tune — mistake-free — after hearing it just once.

Mr. Boardman, who has Asperger Syndrome, was one of just a handful of performers to receive a standing ovation during last month’s Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala at The Paramount in Huntington. (more…)