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04/23/14 12:39pm
From left, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley in January with this year's Officer of the Year award honorees Rory Flatley and Richard Jernick Jr. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

From left, Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley in January with this year’s Officer of the Year award honorees Rory Flatley and Richard Jernick Jr. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

A Southold cop who was named the department’s Officer of the Year now has one more accolade under his belt: one of Suffolk County’s top DWI cops.

Rory Flatley was among 23 officers from across the county recognized for their DWI arrests in 2013. Mr. Flatley — who is Chief Martin Flatley’s son — was also honored in January for helping to save a drunk driver’s life after a Laurel crash last year.  (more…)

04/18/14 8:00am
Brewer Yacht Yard & Marina worker Eric Scharpf applies varnish to a Cape Dory-brand sailboat in the Greenport yard's maintenance area. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Brewer Yacht Yard & Marina worker Eric Scharpf applies varnish to a Cape Dory-brand sailboat in the Greenport yard’s maintenance area. (Credit: Paul Squire)

About two weeks before the Greenport fishing season begins to ramp up, the docks downtown remain quiet, save for the whipping wind and driving rain.

On Tuesday, dockhands were preparing to wrap tires with canvas to use as bumpers for the docks at Claudio’s Marina. “It’s a little cold to do anything else,” said owner Jerry Tuthill. But come May 1, when the docks open for business, Greenport’s historic working waterfront will be bustling again. It’s a part of Greenport’s identity that shows no sign of drifting away.  (more…)

04/11/14 8:00am
Christine Stulsky, center, walks out of court after being released on bond last month. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Christine Stulsky, center, walks out of court after being released on bond last month. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Two weeks after a Southold Town court clerk was charged with stealing more than $50,000 in bail money over several years from the justice court’s funds, town and state authorities say liability for any stolen funds falls on the elected justices who run the courts. (more…)

04/10/14 9:57am
Superintendent Michael Comanda presents to the Greenport school board at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Superintendent Michael Comanda presents to the Greenport school board at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Greenport school board unanimously approved a proposed $16.39 million budget for next school year, which comes in exactly $1 under the allowable state tax levy cap, at its meeting Wednesday night.  (more…)

04/10/14 8:00am

Southold Fire Department’s second assistant chief Craig Goldsmith (from left), first assistant chief James Rich, and Chief Peggy Killian during Sunday’s swearing-in ceremony at Giorgio’s in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

She’s been a Southold EMT, a rescue squad leader, a lieutenant in the fire department, then captain, then assistant chief.

But Peggy Killian was quick to downplay her own accomplishments, saying she’s simply honored to be a member of the close-knit department.  (more…)

04/09/14 8:00am
 Tonight's Oysterponds school board meeting is at 7:30 p.m.

The Oysterponds school board held its regular meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Oysterponds Elementary School officials are describing a recent state audit of the district’s finances as a positive experience. The new report found the district has maintained an excessive fund balance over the last four fiscal years.

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04/07/14 3:11pm
Southold Fire Department Chief Peggy Killian during Sunday night's annual awards and installation dinner. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Southold Fire Department Chief Peggy Killian during Sunday night’s awards and installation dinner. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

For the first time in the Southold Fire Department’s 128-year history, a woman will lead its ranks.

Peggy Killian was elected as the department’s fire chief Thursday night, marking just the second time in North Fork history that a woman has been named the head chief of a fire department. She was sworn in at Southold Fire Department’s annual dinner on Sunday. (more…)

04/02/14 2:48pm
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota holds up a bag of heroin seized during a drug raid that busted an alleged heroin network. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota holds up a bag of heroin seized during a drug raid that busted an alleged heroin network during a press conference Wednesday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead woman is one of 14 people accused of dealing heroin in a network of drug rings that pumped about $3.6 million worth of drugs into Suffolk County, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

“This is probably one of the most prolific operations [we] have seen in many, many a year,” Mr. Spota said at a press conference Wednesday morning. (more…)