The Mattituck school board Thursday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Mattituck school board Thursday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

School property tax relief is coming to veterans living within the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District next school year.

The school board voted 6-0 without discussion at Tuesday’s meeting to approve a “basic maximum” exemption, which is expected to increase property taxes for all other district residents by about $17 annually. Board vice president Charlie Anderson was absent.


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(Credit: AJ Ryan, Stringer News Service)

Police say this pickup truck was involved in Saturday night’s fatal crash in Greenport. (Credit: AJ Ryan, Stringer News Service)

Update 5:30 p.m. Sunday: John Costello Sr., who was charged Saturday with DWI stemming from a fatal car crash in Greenport, has posted $250 bail and remains at Stony Brook Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, Southold Town police said.

A hospital spokesperson said Mr. Costello was listed in fair condition Monday afternoon. He is expected to be arraigned on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge at a later date.

The driver of the other vehicle, Oseas Ramirez, was charged with driving without a license, police said.


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Superintendent David Gamberg speaking about standardized test scores in 2011.

Superintendent David Gamberg at a Southold school board meeting in 2011. (Credit: file)

Some courses offered at up-island BOCES campuses could be coming to the North Fork.

David Gamberg, superintendent of the Southold and Greenport school districts, says he’s had preliminary discussions with officials at Eastern Long Island Hospital and Peconic Landing to develop a local nursing assistant program.

In addition to the planned student communications center in Southold, which nearby school districts would share, Mr. Gamberg said he’s exploring the feasibility of creating other courses to help students become college- or career-ready upon graduating from high school.

A nursing assistant program for students could be established by the 2016-17 school year, he estimates. (more…)

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Southold High School student Kimiko Fujita records a student newscast Monday at the school. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Southold High School student Kimiko Fujita records a student newscast Monday at the school. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

There’s a section of Southold High School’s tech shop that’s starting to look a lot like a communications center — complete with a television studio and radio station.

A news anchor’s desk and green screen were recently added.

Over in the next room is an open space slated to become a control room where newscasts, documentaries and public service announcements would be edited. But that equipment will cost money, and the students don’t want to wait for the district to secure funding to finish furnishing the proposed communications center. So they’ve partnered with the Southold School Educational Foundation, a nonprofit group that acts like a booster club to provide enhanced learning opportunities in the district, and launched a “SOHO TV, Film and All Things Media” campaign this month to raise money to purchase standard equipment used in broadcasting, like Apple computers with Final Cut software, a teleprompter and microphones. (more…)

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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…)