04/27/15 9:13pm
This vehicle was involved in an accident near Southold Town Beach on Monday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

This vehicle was involved in an accident near Southold Town Beach on Monday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Three people were injured in a two-car accident Monday night on Route 48 in Southold, police and fire officials at the scene said.

The victims suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment, Southold Fire Department Chief Peggy Killian said.

The vehicles collided near Southold Town Beach after one of the drivers crossed into oncoming traffic at around 8 p.m., officials said.

Police said no charges had been made.

A portion of the road was closed during rescue efforts.

No other details were immediately available.

jnuzzo@timesreview.com

04/24/15 1:45pm
From left, Greenport Village Trustee Doug Roberts, Trustee Julia

From left, Greenport Village Trustee Doug Roberts, Trustee Julia Robins and Mayor George Hubbard at Thursday’s meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

As Greenport Village officials continue talks about cutting their own healthcare benefits provided through the village, the board’s two newest trustees have officially requested to end the practice sooner rather than later.

During Thursday’s Village Board meeting, Trustee Doug Roberts and deputy mayor Jack Martilotta sponsored two separate walk-on resolutions. One would have eliminated health benefits in nine months for board members and the second would have immediately set aside money otherwise used for their own benefits to pay for roadwork and infrastructure repair projects.

Both measures failed by a 3-2 vote without discussion, with Mayor George Hubbard, Trustee Mary Bess Phillips and Trustee Julia Robins voting in opposition.

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04/24/15 10:01am
Former Greenport Village Mayor Dave Kapell, left, and Trustee Julia Robins.

Former Greenport Village Mayor Dave Kapell, left, and Trustee Julia Robins.

The son of former Greenport Village Mayor Dave Kapell is accusing a trustee of making a crass remark about his father.

During the public portion of Thursday’s Village Board meeting, Mr. Kapell’s son, Matthew, said he was in Village Hall March 27 and overheard Trustee Julia Robins and village clerk Sylvia Pirillo discussing village birth and death records.

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The Mattituck school board has adopted a $40.2 million budget carrying a 1.73 percent increase to next year’s tax levy.

Under the state-mandated tax cap, the district could have presented a budget carrying a 2.4 percent increase in the tax levy without needing 60 percent voter approval.

Superintendent Anne Smith said the proposed 2015-16 budget reflects a $159,000 spending increase to maintain current programs and cover a technology infrastructure improvement project, among other expenses.

Due to an estimated decrease in pension costs, coupled with an increase in state aid, Dr. Smith said the district plans to complete long-awaited projects like fixing the roof at Laurel Annex.

The school board unanimously adopted the budget without discussion at Thursday’s meeting. School board president Jerry Diffley and trustee Jeff Smith were absent.

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04/16/15 8:01am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest anti-smoking campaign includes a message about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

This is the first time U.S. health authorities have launched a campaign against e-cigarettes, which don’t have the same advertising restrictions as traditional cigarettes and have been criticized for targeting the devices toward children, according to news reports.

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What are they?

E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes, but most have a battery, a heating element and a reservoir to hold a liquid. The liquid typically contains nicotine, which is the addictive drug in regular cigarettes, as well as chemicals like propylene glycol or glycerin and flavorings such as fruit and chocolate. E-cigarettes are a type of electronic nicotine delivery system, or ENDS. Other ENDS products include e-hookahs, e-cigars, e-pipes and vape pens, among others.

Are they harmful?

E-cigarettes are fairly new and not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration; therefore, there’s no way to know for sure what is in them or how much nicotine they contain. There are unanswered questions about their ingredients and how those ingredients may affect the health of people who use e-cigarettes and bystanders around them, both in the short-term and over time.

Are they helpful?

The Food and Drug Administration has not approved e-cigarettes as a device to help people quit smoking. However, seven medicines have been approved by the FDA to help people quit smoking that have been tested for purity and safety, including forms of nicotine such as inhalers, nasal sprays, patches, gums and lozenges.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

04/16/15 8:00am
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Medical professionals are concerned e-cigarettes have been glamorized and targeted toward young people. (Credit: Getty images stock)

High school students sometimes notice classmates slyly puffing away — in class — behind a book, blowing smoke into their sleeves.

During a fire drill on a brisk day, some brazen students might even sneak a smoke out in the open, believing teachers and principals will mistake the small clouds as exhaled cold air.

Sure, teenagers are still huddling in obvious areas like bathrooms or just off school grounds to light up, but most of them aren’t using a lighter to smoke a butt. They’re “vaping” with electronic cigarettes. And schools are finding that the devices are becoming more popular among students than traditional cigarettes.

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