05/06/18 5:00am

The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association has been working with students and professors from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse to create a plan for a more walkable, pedestrian-friendly hamlet. 

The group presented its findings Friday at Mattituck Presbyterian Church. About a dozen people attended, according to civic association secretary Jean Schweibish. 

“The people there were very engaged and had a lot of good questions,” she said.  READ

05/05/18 5:00am

Photo caption: A river otter was spotted at Marion Lake in East Marion.  (Carolyn Bunn photo)

In the early morning of April 16, Mike Bottini received a call about a dead animal in the turning lane on Route 58 in Riverhead, between Pulaski Street and Osborn Avenue.

That animal turned out to be a river otter, a species once thought not to inhabit Long Island at all but which has been seen in the area increasingly in recent years.  The dead animal in the road was as good an indication as any that the otters have indeed moved out to the North Fork. READ