05/22/15 6:00am
Earlier this year developer Nick Paleos of Nickart Realty Corp. in Baldwin said two homes going up along Route 48 near Town Beach in Southold would be finished by July. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Earlier this year developer Nick Paleos of Nickart Realty Corp. in Baldwin said two homes going up along Route 48 near Town Beach in Southold would be finished by July. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

If new housing starts are an indicator of the state of the economy, as economists often claim, then Southold Town’s economy got a small boost last year.

According to statistics from the town building department, the number of permits for new residential construction jumped 25 percent in one year — from 48 in 2013 to 60 in 2014. (more…)

05/14/15 11:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The main building at the  Jededian Hawkins Inn in Jamesport.

The main building at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

An online petition to “Save Jedediah Hawkins Inn” now has more than 900 signatures in support of allowing outdoor events at the historic structure on South Jamesport Avenue.

The Inn, built in 1863, is once again before the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals seeking permission to have outdoor catered events, something it has done annually since 2008. Indoor catered events are permitted, but outdoors events are not, which is why the ZBA variance is needed.  (more…)

05/11/15 12:00pm
Sidney Abbott in a 1992 photo by Robert Giard. (Credit: New York Public Library Collection)

Sidney Abbott in a 1992 photo by Robert Giard taken in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Credit: New York Public Library Collection)

Sidney Abbott was a lot of things to many different people.

To some, she was a noted feminist and lesbian rights activist. To others she was a warm friend and champion for the underdog.

To her nephew, David Abbott, she was his “cool aunt who lived in the Village.”

Friends and family gathered for a memorial service at North Fork United Methodist Church in Cutchogue Saturday to share their stories about Ms. Abbott, who died in an April 15 fire at her Southold home. She was 77.  (more…)

04/27/15 2:45pm
Firefighters expect the car that was leaking fluid on the road just west of Cox Lane on Route 48. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Firefighters expect the car that was leaking fluid on the road just west of Bridge Lane on Route 48. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Cutchogue Fire Department responded to a fuel spill on Route 48 in Cutchogue Monday afternoon.

A westbound Hyundai Elantra hit something in the road that punctured its gas tank, said captain Amos Meringer of the Cutchogue Fire Department. (more…)

04/01/15 2:17pm
Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Jan. 21. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)

Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Jan. 21. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)

New York State’s adopted budget for 2015-16 includes increases in school aid for all of the districts in Riverhead and Southold towns.

The budget increases school aid by 6.2 percent statewide.  (more…)

03/25/15 12:00pm
Residents asked the Southold Town Board Tuesday night to curb short-term rentals. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Residents asked the Southold Town Board Tuesday night to curb short-term rentals. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A number of residents asked the Southold Town Board Tuesday to enact new regulations to curb short-term rentals.

The short-term rentals are gaining an unfair advantage on hotels and bed-and-breakfasts’, which must pay commercial taxes, obtain permits from the town and be subjected to regular inspections, residents said.

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03/11/15 3:00pm
County Legislator Al Krupski spoke about the importance for unity among municipalities in the fight against helicopter noise. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

County Legislator Al Krupski speaking Sunday about the importance for unity among municipalities in the fight against helicopter noise. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

On Saturday, one day after he was indicted on charges that he was paid about $80,000 in salary from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office for work he didn’t do, Suffolk County Conservative Party chairman Edward Walsh was back screening candidates for office.

And one of the candidates who screened with him was local county Legislator Al Krupski, who gave a simple reason why: He wants the nomination and the criminal charges against Mr. Walsh had no bearing on his decision.  (more…)

03/11/15 12:56pm
Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

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

As several family members wept in the courtroom, Christine Stulsky of New Suffolk was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail, followed by five years’ probation, for stealing more than $200,000 in bail funds from the Southold Town Justice Court.

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02/28/15 8:00am
County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county's new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county’s new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A program designed to monitor and reduce recidivism among convicted sex offenders has been very successful in the Suffolk County Police Department’s jurisdiction, officials said Friday.

The program, part of the county’s Community Protection Act, uses retired police officers who work for the nonprofit Parents for Megan’s Law to make in-person visits to sex offenders to ensure that they’re in compliance with residency registration laws and other requirements.

To date, however, none of the five East End town police departments is using that portion of the program, which has been offered to them at no cost, said Laura Ahearn, director of the nonprofit, which works to prevent sex offenses and aid victims of sex crimes. (more…)