North Fork anglers are always restless in the winter. Tautog and sea bass are memories, winter flounder are virtually extinct and fluke are at least four months away. If you are lucky like one of our Southold friends who heads far enough south, you can contemplate sunny skies and good snook fishing, but what about Long Island cod fishing? READ
Like many residents in the Village of Greenport, Anna Evenhouse and her husband Sten own an older home. With its vintage charm comes an inherent risk: the possibility of lead-based paint.
The couple began thinking recently about the effects lead could have in their home as well as its prevalence in the village and what steps could be taken to combat it. READ
The early January nor’easter that battered the North Fork not only ate away at Long Island Sound beaches, but ripped up waterfront structures, including as a $50,000 staircase along the bluff in Peconic that had stood for only 90 days. (more…)
If you’re a senior, you may well be seeing more doctors now in a single year than you did during all the previous years of your life combined.
Many seniors develop more health issues and take more medication as age increases and area doctors see that not just as an inevitability of the body breaking down, but as the result of no longer maintaining an active lifestyle. READ
Suffolk County will offer another free influenza clinic for residents at the Riverhead Library on Saturday.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency earlier this month and provided additional funding to increase access to flu vaccines. READ
With the flu running rampant, Suffolk County will offer free influenza immunizations at Riverhead Free Library on Tuesday and is urging all residents who have not already gotten the shot to get one. READ
Longtime Mattituck beekeeper Chris Kelly discovered late last month that eight hive stands at his bee yards in Aquebogue had been knocked over, likely by vandals, splitting up bee clusters, exposing them to winter elements and killing them. He was stunned to silence and wondered, “What should I do?” READ
The last time Peconic Bay scallops were this plentiful was the winter of 2015, just before six weeks of hard weather put what should have been a five-month harvest on hold. Back then, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation responded by extending the season for commercial scalloping in state waters by a month to make up for lost time, but this year, the season will end in March, right on schedule. READ
People aren’t the only living species wanting to crawl into a warm space on a cold winter day.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has discovered that northern long-eared bats on the East End and on Nantucket in Massachusetts have been riding out the winter in crawl spaces of residences. READ
This year’s harsh flu season, with a significant increase in reported cases nationwide over previous years, has not spared the North Fork. READ