04/19/15 6:00am

April Fools’ Day was a while back so I’m writing about April Foolishness. If you find anything serious in this, call the authorities.

Blond guy answers the phone, listens and says, “It certainly is” and hangs up. Seconds later the same thing happens: “It certainly is,” he says again. After the third time his wife asks what’s going on. He says, “Someone keeps saying, ‘It’s a long distance from Seattle.’ ”  (more…)

04/18/15 12:00pm
04/18/2015 12:00 PM
Suffolk County historian Peter Fox Cohalan (left) dedicates the Suffolk County Historical Society's new gallery to Noel Gish (right) Thursday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Suffolk County historian Peter Fox Cohalan (left) dedicates the Suffolk County Historical Society’s new gallery to Noel Gish (right) Thursday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Less than a year ago, the Suffolk County Historical Society’s east wing was “nothing but a big closet,” said Bob Barauskas, president of the Riverhead organization’s board of trustees.

Not anymore. On Thursday evening, the newly restored former storage room was dedicated as the Noel J. Gish Sr. Gallery during a ceremony attended by nearly 125 people. (more…)

04/18/15 7:00am

As many of you already know, Kay Zegel, director of Mattituck-Laurel Library for the past 24 years, will retire at the end of this month. This is a bittersweet time for those of us who’ve worked closely with Kay, but also a time to celebrate and wish her well. The good news is that the library board wisely chose reference librarian Jeff Walden as its new director. I could never have finished college as an adult without the many hours of help and guidance Jeff gave me, so I’m very happy for him and for our community. You can stop in to give Kay and Jeff your best wishes during an open house at the library Friday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. (more…)

04/18/15 6:00am

• The Old Town Arts and Crafts Guild in Cutchogue will present the exhibit and sale ‘Historical Art Collection of the North Fork’ from April 18 to 26. The artists whose work is featured are Angela Raso, Joseph Beckwith Hartranft, Larry Waitz, Helen Kroeger, Dorothy Whitehead, Jay Throne, Gertrude Ali, Laura McBride, Stow Wengenroth and Whitney Hubbard.

The show will be open Saturdays, April 18 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, April 19 and 26, noon to 5 p.m. (more…)

04/16/15 10:00am
Michael Brown's sister, Karre Brown, and mother, Denise Wilson, hold a picture of the late Greenport resident from his time in high school. Mr. Brown, who had cerebral palsy, was killed in Northampton when his car was struck by a bus in 2010. A scholarship in his name will now benefit a local student with a disability. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Michael Brown’s sister, Karre Brown, and mother, Denise Wilson, hold a picture of the late Greenport resident from his time in high school. Mr. Brown, who had cerebral palsy, was killed in Northampton when his car was struck by a bus in 2010. A scholarship in his name will now benefit a local student with a disability. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Walking on a treadmill at the gym, Karre Brown recently had a thought about her late brother, Michael.

Each year since his death in February of 2010, family and friends have gathered for a fish fry to raise money toward a scholarship at Greenport High School that’s named after Mr. Brown, who was killed at the age of 21 when his car was broadsided by a bus in Northampton.

Thinking about her younger brother, who lived with cerebral palsy, Ms. Brown realized there was a better way to celebrate his life. (more…)