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03/26/15 5:00pm
03/26/2015 5:00 PM

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The long jump is one of the events Mattituck sophomore Alya Ayoub excels in. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

The long jump is one of the events Mattituck sophomore Alya Ayoub excels in. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

If the athletes on the Mattituck High School girls track and field team have a noticeable bounce in their step these days, it may be because they have a brand new track to run on this year, a blue surface that gives runners some bounce.

The Tuckers recently did away with their old cinder track and have modernized with an all-weather surface. They have already seen the benefits of the new track. For one thing, they have been able to hold some outdoor practices that they might otherwise not have been able to had the cinder track still been in place.

“It’s just a different feeling coming out there than in the past from my experience as well as the girls,” coach Chris Robinson said. “They’re very excited about it. I’m very excited about it. The coaches are very excited about it.” (more…)

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03/26/15 9:56am
Members of the public ringed the Code Committee table at Wednesday night's meeting. The committee will move forward with a code change to address short-term rentals in the village.

Members of the public ringed the Code Committee table at Wednesday night’s meeting. The committee will move forward with a code change to address short-term rentals in the town.

The Southold Town Board seems satisfied with the basics of a proposed code change that would address short-term rentals in town, an issue that’s arisen with the proliferation of short-stay, person-to-person boarding sites like Airbnb.com.

All that remains before the new code can go before a public hearing is figuring out a number: how many days at minimum must short-term renters stay at a location for the deal to be considered legal.

At a packed code committee meeting Wednesday evening, assistant town attorney Stephen Kiely presented a rough draft of the legislation, which would define “transient rental properties” as  single- and two-family residences and townhouses that are up for rent. (more…)

03/26/15 8:00am
PSEG plans to install wooden utility poles treated with a controversial chemical next month. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

PSEG plans to install wooden utility poles treated with a controversial chemical next month. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Despite ongoing related controversy on the South Fork, PSEG Long Island said this week that it would treat utility poles scheduled for installation in Southold with the chemical pentachlorophenol, or “penta,” which is considered toxic and a public health risk.  (more…)

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03/25/15 12:31pm
03/25/2015 12:31 PM
"Captain Joe" Frohnhoefer, founder of Sea Tow Services International, died Tuesday. Services have been scheduled for this weekend. (Credit: courtesy photo)

“Captain Joe” Frohnhoefer, founder of Sea Tow Services International, died Tuesday. Services have been scheduled for this weekend. (Credit: courtesy photo)

A service to celebrate the life of Sea Tow founder and philanthropist Joseph Frohnhoefer has been planned for this Sunday, according to a local funeral home.  (more…)

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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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03/25/15 8:00am
The fish shaped weathervane was beloved by the park district. (Credit: Louis Wirtz)

The fish-shaped weathervane was treasured by park district trustees. (Credit: Louis Wirtz)

A treasured piece of Orient-East Marion Park District memorabilia has been stolen.

The fish-shaped weathervane that has stood perched atop sheds at the Truman’s Beach parking lot for the past 50 years disappeared last week — much to the disappointment of the park district trustees who oversee the property.

“It is sort of iconic for the district,” said the park district chairman, Water Strohmeyer. “It is disheartening.” (more…)