02/26/15 3:00pm
Southold Town labor counsel attorney Richard Zuckerman, arbitrator Bob Grey and union attorney Paul Leavitt talk after a closed-door arbitration hearing Thursday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold Town labor counsel attorney Richard Zuckerman, arbitrator Bob Grey and union attorney Paul Leavitt talk after a closed-door arbitration hearing Thursday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Hearings to decide whether a former Southold Town justice clerk — who retired last year after being arrested for stealing thousands from the town — should be able to claim retirement health benefits concluded Thursday morning, according to the town’s labor counsel. (more…)

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02/26/15 8:00am
The Long Island Sound shoreline near Soundview Avenue in Southold as it appeared about 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. Just a day before freezing over, large swells as high as 10 feet could be seen in the Sound from the Southold Town beach. (Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)

The Long Island Sound shoreline near Soundview Avenue in Southold as it appeared about 11 a.m. on Feb. 16. Just a day before freezing over, large swells as high as 10 feet could be seen in the Sound from the Southold Town beach. (Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)

You could be forgiven for thinking this February has been colder than usual. It has. But just how much colder — a staggering 10.8 degrees below normal — has surprised even meteorologists, who say the month is on track to become Long Island’s coldest February on record.

The consistent cold snap has caused a rare phenomenon, one not seen for nearly 40 years: Long Island Sound is freezing over, so to speak.

“I’ve never seen it freeze over like this,” said Dominick Mavellia of Southold, whose home overlooks the frozen waters. “It looks like Antarctica … it’s quite beautiful.”  (more…)

02/25/15 4:00pm
Diane O'Neill of Farmingville is led into Riverhead Town Court last month following a fatal accident in Jamesport. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Diane O’Neill of Farmingville is led into Riverhead Town Court last month following a fatal accident in Jamesport. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

The attorney for a former Southold High School math teacher who was arrested on a drunken driving charge in January after fatally striking a pedestrian in Jamesport has asked a Riverhead Town judge to return her client’s driver’s license. (more…)

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02/25/15 2:00pm
(L-R) Candidates at the Meet the Candidates night in East Marion Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

(L-R) Candidates William Swiskey, Doug Roberts, Zuleyha (Julie) Lillis, George Hubbard and David Muarry at the Meet the Candidates night in East Marion Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The North Fork Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Candidates night Tuesday evening marked the first opportunity for the Greenport Village mayoral and trustee candidates to make their pitches in the same room.

Though not a debate, the candidates answered questions on issues posed to them from the audience at Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion — from shoveling snow and keeping the popular ice skating rink open to civility and openness by the Village Board and the future of Mitchell Park.  (more…)

02/24/15 3:47pm
Greenport Mayor David Nyce calls for order at Monday night's Village Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Mayor David Nyce calls for order at Monday night’s Village Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

What started as a discussion about a sewer hookup agreement with Peconic Landing at a Greenport Village Board meeting Monday night ended in arguments between current Greenport Mayor David Nyce and trustee candidate William Swiskey.

The dispute escalated further when an audience member — local property owner Perry Angelson — called out questions about the sewer deal during the meeting. (more…)

02/24/15 10:00am
Greenport Village resident Patt Rudder discusses AirBnB and short-term rentals at Monday evening's Greenport Village board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Village resident Patt Rudder discusses AirBnB.com’s short-term rentals at the Greenport Village Board meeting on Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Village Board, residents and business owners continued discussing concerns over short-term rentals during its meeting Monday night.

Greenport resident Patt Rudder told the Village Board that nearby homes are advertised on the website AirBnB.com as being able to accommodate nearly a dozen guests.

“All of these properties, with the exception of one or two, advertise that the entire house is for rent,” he said. (more…)

02/23/15 6:01pm
An artist's rendering of the proposed Olde Colonial Place commercial building on Pike Street in Mattituck. (Credit: courtesy)

An artist’s rendering of the proposed Olde Colonial Place commercial building on Pike Street in Mattituck. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Months after beginning work on a commercial retail project on Pike Street in Mattituck, a Southampton developer now has plans to knock down a two-story home next door and replace it with a 5,600-square foot commercial building for five new businesses.

Developer Ed Broidy submitted his plan to the Southold Town Planning Board at Monday afternoon’s work session meeting and said the proposed five retail units in the development — called Olde Colonial Place — could be filled with dentist offices, take-out restaurants and art studios, among other possible uses.

The proposed building is slated for a half-acre property next to Mr. Broidy’s other commercial project located across the street from the Mattituck Park District parking lot.

This two-story building would be torn down to make way for the new building. (Credit: Michael White)

This two-story building would be torn down to make way for the new building. (Credit: Michael White)

Some residents opposed that plan when it was first proposed in 2011, according to a previous Suffolk Times report. A set of second-story apartments were scrapped from the project and it was allowed to move forward.

Mr. Broidy’s newest proposal next door includes 21 parking spaces.

Southold Town planner Brian Cummings said the plan falls short of the 38 spaces required for the types of businesses proposed.

After Mr. Broidy said he’s seeking to use municipal lots and street parking to fulfill the extra parking spot requirements, Mr. Cummings said there is “little to no” street parking in that area of Pike Street.

Mr. Broidy then said he believes the parking lot by the train station is adequate and described a waiver of the town’s parking requirement as the “most important thing” for the success of the proposal.

Planning Board chairman Donald Wilcenski said the board would only consider the waiver once the site plan was farther along in the process.

The plan was declared incomplete Monday afternoon because the map Mr. Broidy submitted didn’t have markings for buildings near the project.

If the map is resubmitted, the proposal could potentially be ready for discussion at the board’s next regular meeting on March 9.

psquire@timesreview.com

02/19/15 8:00am
Investigators leave the home of Karen Pollack March 5 — the night her husband, Jack, was killed in a house fire. Nearly a year later, she's still working to get back into the house. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Investigators leave the home of Karen Pollack March 5 — the night her husband, Jack, was killed in a house fire. Nearly a year later, she’s still working to get back into the house. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

From a dining room table in her mother’s Southold house, Karen Pollack is trying to plan out her future. Spread across the tabletop are stacks of papers. In the stacks are window designs, floor plans and other details for her soon-to-be renovated home.

Ms. Pollack has been staying with her mother since a fire swept through her Greenport Village home last March. It’s a warm bed and a roof over her head, Ms. Pollack said, but it’s not the same.

“It’s not your home,” she said.

She’s also trying to pick up the pieces of her life short-handed.

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