07/22/14 8:00am
A sign remains on the front door of the Birchwood, which closed suddenly last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

The Birchwood restaurant in Riverhead closed suddenly last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sheet of paper taped to the glass door of The Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town states the restaurant is closed for renovations.

“We will be Renovating the Restaurant over the next several weeks!!” reads the notice, which was still posted as of Monday and signed “The Owner.”

Although the sign was posted last month, there’s been little sign of construction at the shuttered site.

Andrea Mayer, ex-wife of the restaurant’s previous owner, James Loo, told the News-Review Monday that the restaurant would undergo “cosmetic” changes that wouldn’t require building permits from Riverhead Town.

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07/16/14 11:21am
The front of the plane's fuselage was falling off as the plane was returned to land. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The front of the plane’s fuselage was falling off as the plane was returned to land last Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

An initial federal investigation has revealed the home-built plane that crashed in Long Island Sound last week went down last Sunday night, roughly 14 hours before it was first discovered floating off Mattituck.

The cause of the fatal crash that killed 41-year-old pilot Zubair Khan has not yet been determined, investigators said. (more…)

07/15/14 2:24pm
Guillermo Alvarado Ajcuc was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday morning for the murder of Mirian Yohanna Garcia Mansilla. (Credit: James Carbone, Newsday)

Guillermo Alvarado Ajcuc was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday morning for the murder of Mirian Yohanna Garcia Mansilla. (Credit: James Carbone, Newsday)

The sister and mother of Mirian Yohana Garcia Mansilla each went up to the podium in a Suffolk County courtroom and faced the judge.

As they took their turns speaking, each glanced over at the man standing in a white T-shirt and jeans surrounded by court officers, the man who killed their beloved “Yohana.”

They urged the court to make sure that man spends the rest of his life in prison.  (more…)

07/15/14 10:00am
Heart attack survivor Joseph O'Byrne gives a special pin to Southold volunteer Renee Phelps, who performed CPR on Mr. O'Byrne and helped save his life in May. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Heart attack survivor Joseph O’Byrne gives a special pin to Southold volunteer Renee Phelps, who performed CPR on Mr. O’Byrne and helped save his life in May. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Joseph O’Byrne doesn’t remember what happened on May 21. The 58-year-old man doesn’t remember the heart attack, or being pulled from the passenger seat, or even when the team of medical volunteers performed CPR on him. (more…)

07/11/14 4:10pm

A woman armed with a “small folding knife” entered a Southold house Thursday night and attempted to attack a man there, all while a child was nearby, according to criminal charges filed against her.

The woman — 55-year-old Jeanne Caufield of Southold — has been charged with felony burglary, as well as misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, Southold Town police said. (more…)

07/10/14 6:11pm
Elon Musk at the Tesla Grand Opening in 2008 (Credit: Brian Solis, Creative Commons)

Elon Musk — show here at the Tesla Grand Opening in 2008 — has promised $1 million to a Shoreham-based group hoping to build a museum dedicated to Nikola Tesla. (Credit: Brian Solis, Creative Commons)

In honor of Nikola Tesla’s 158th birthday today, the famed inventor received a very generous birthday present.

Elon Musk, CEO of electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors and aerospace company SpaceX, is donating $1 million to help build a museum where Telsa’s last laboratory was located at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham.

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07/08/14 5:00pm
CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | A proposal to allow outside guests to eat at the Blue Inn in East Marion has local community association members concerned.

A proposal to allow outside guests to eat at the Blue Inn in East Marion has local community association members concerned. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story implied that the owner of the Blue Inn was forbidden to speak at the public hearing. Had he been present, the owner would have been allowed to speak — as those opposed to the Blue Inn were given the same opportunity, planning officials later said. The Planning Board chairman’s instructions on who should speak were a suggestion, not an order.

Monday night’s public hearing on the Blue Inn restaurant in East Marion was supposed to allow residents who didn’t get to speak at last month’s hearing a chance to have their voices heard.

Instead, the same concerns about the proposed expansion of the eatery — voiced by many of the same residents — resurfaced.

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07/08/14 9:50am
(Credit: Paul Squire)

Waterfront Fund executive committee chair Barbara Schnitzler shows a mock-up of the view from the waterfront near the Galley Ho restaurant after the proposed renovations at a public hearing on the project Monday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Last month, the ordinarily tight-knit community in New Suffolk was divided over plans by the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund to relocate and renovate the Galley Ho restaurant. As a contentious public hearing ended, Southold Town Planning Board chairman Donald Wilcenski advised New Suffolk to “come together.”  (more…)