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01/23/15 3:30pm
Peconic Landing CEO Robert Syron (right) hands over a check for $4,000 to Southold Superintendent David Gamberg last Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Peconic Landing CEO Robert Syron (right) hands over a check for $4,000 to Southold Superintendent David Gamberg last Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Southold School Educational Foundation has been raising money with the help of teachers and students to expand on the high school’s fledgling television and film program. As of Tuesday, $2,805 had been raised through a campaign launched in November on gofundme.com, an online donation system. Now, thanks to a $4,000 donation from Peconic Landing last week, the foundation is nearly halfway to its $15,000 goal.  (more…)

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01/23/15 8:00am
Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

As the former Southold Town senior court clerk accused of stealing more than $230,000 in bail funds over the course of an unknown number of years gets ready to serve a six-month jail sentence, the town is preparing to pay back those who posted bail but never saw the money again.  (more…)

01/16/15 8:00am
Tracy Westerlund, who is blind, wants the public to know about the rights of people who use service animals. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Tracy Westerlund, who is blind, wants the public to know about the rights of people who use service animals. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Tracy Westerlund was with a friend last Thursday when they decided to go to a nearby restaurant in Mattituck.

They chose Tony’s Asian Fusion on Main Road.

When they arrived, a worker wouldn’t allow her in because of a no-dogs policy. (more…)

01/13/15 10:00am
North Fork Shack could open at this former machine shop on County Road 48 in Southold. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

North Fork Shack could open at this former machine shop on County Road 48 in Southold. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

“It’s really as straightforward as you see.”

Those were among the few words spoken at a public hearing Monday evening for a proposed 16-seat restaurant in Southold Town.

The only speaker at the Planning Board’s hearing for the North Fork Shack — which would be built in a former machine shop on Route 48 near Sparkling Pointe winery in Southold — was Ray Nemschick, the owner’s architect.

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01/08/15 9:00am
Jeff Heidtmann and the man he rescued, Robert Frey, pose for photos last January, when they were reunited for the first time after Mr. Heidtmann pulled the older man from the icy waters of a canal behind the neighbors’ Southold homes. Mr. Frey has no memory of falling in or being pulled from the canal. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Jeff Heidtmann and the man he rescued, Robert Frey, pose for photos last January, when they were reunited for the first time after Mr. Heidtmann pulled the older man from the icy waters of a canal behind the neighbors’ Southold homes. Mr. Frey has no memory of falling in or being pulled from the canal. (Credit: Paul Squire)

In 2014, Robert Frey celebrated his 85th birthday. He also celebrated his 64th wedding anniversary in October. There were family birthdays, too — those of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He celebrated Christmas and Thanksgiving.

But he would have missed all those celebrations, all those days, if it hadn’t been for Jeff Heidtmann.  (more…)

01/07/15 8:00am

After five-and-a-half years on the job, Southold Town attorney Martin Finnegan has decided to step down.

Mr. Finnegan took over as town attorney in 2009 after his wife, then-town attorney Patricia Finnegan, died. She had suggested he look into taking the position before she died, Mr. Finnegan said, adding the job stability helped him as a single father raising four children.

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01/02/15 12:12pm
(Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop. The civic group has been pushing for more bus shelters across Southold Town for three years.

(Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop. The civic group has been pushing for more bus shelters across Southold Town for three years.

When a group of students from a North Fork church first started “Project Bus Stop,” they figured it’d be a good way to improve their community by advocating for a handful of new bus shelters.

The teenagers would also learn about how government works, said advisor Regan Batuello. (more…)