03/03/14 8:00am
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CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | An audible street signal intended to help the blind cross the street is too loud for neighbors.

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | An audible street signal intended to help the blind cross the street is too loud for neighbors.

The constant beeping of an audible street signal installed to help  the visually impaired cross safely at the intersection of Youngs Avenue and Route 25 in Southold is causing headaches for neighbors and business owners. (more…)

11/27/13 8:25am
11/27/2013 8:25 AM


About two dozen educators as well as students took to a podium at Tuesday night’s Common Core forum in Manorville to, for the most part, poke holes in the state’s rollout of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Click on the video below to see what they, and state education commissioner John King, had to say.

10/20/13 5:20pm
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TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009.

TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009.

New Suffolk attorney Regina Calcaterra was one of several subjects featured in a CBS Sunday Morning cover story on human resiliency and the “science of survival,” which first aired this morning.

Ms. Calcaterra, an aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, was interviewed by CBS news correspondent Susan Spencer about how she overcame a difficult childhood with an abusive mother and years spent living in foster homes. Her childhood is the subject of Ms. Calcaterra’s recently released memoir “Etched in Sand.” (She sat down with The Suffolk Times for an interview on the day the book was released.)

Asked if she believes she’s resilient, Ms. Calcaterra said, ”Yes, absolutely, I do. If I’m pinged or knocked down, I get up very quickly and just move forward, and I always have.”

“Do you get annoyed at people when they get all upset about life’s little issues?” Spencer asks later in the interview.

“Absolutely, I do,” laughed Calcaterra. “I actually think that it’s good that they get upset about the small things, because then they didn’t experience such pain and suffering. So then they’ve had a good life, if the little things set them off.”

Editor’s Note: Ms. Calcaterra first appears at the 3:54 mark of the video.

09/21/13 8:00am
09/21/2013 8:00 AM

SOUTHOLD HISTORICAL SOCIETY COURTESY PHOTO | Written on this Charles Meredith photo, dated Sept. 22, 1938: ‘John Dyer, “Seven Gables,” Orient, L.I.’

The Hurricane of 1938, which made landfall 75 years ago today, was responsible fore approximately 700 deaths in the United States. The 500-mile wide storm was nicknamed the ‘Long Island Express’ and ‘Yankee Clipper.’

Special Report: Remembering the ‘L.I. Express hurricane of 1938′

See a video below of what it was like when the storm hit.

08/31/13 3:00pm
08/31/2013 3:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Katie Tardif (left) with fellow cast members from “The Vineyard.”

As the premier season of ABC Family’s “The Vineyard“ winds down, Cutchogue native Katie Tardif finds herself as a central character in the drama that comes with reality television.

In the latest episode, Ms. Tardif, 25, finds herself torn between her boyfriend Matt and fellow cast member Luis D’Agostino.

Ms. Tardif, who lives in New York City and has worked for the past year as a merchandise manager at the David Glazer Showroom in Manhattan, traveled in May to Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod notable for its affluence. The eight-episode series follows a group of seven women and four men – some of them Martha’s Vineyard locals and others, like Ms. Tardif, island transplants – living and working together for the summer.

If you missed the latest episode, it’s available online.

There are two episodes left in the season. The show airs at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays on ABC Family.

08/12/13 9:00am
08/12/2013 9:00 AM
CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | A classic car show fundraiser was held in Southold Sunday to benefit the Sweeney family of Laurel.

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | A classic car show fundraiser was held in Southold Sunday to benefit the Sweeney family of Laurel.

More than 400 local residents attended a classic car show in Southold Sunday to support Mattituck fireman Michael Sweeney and his family.

The Sweeney home in Laurel was badly damaged in a fire just two weeks ago.

The benefit classic car and motorcycle show at the American Legion Hall was organized by a group of Mr. Sweeney’s oldest friends. You can read more about how the fundraiser came to be by clicking here.

08/11/13 4:30pm
08/11/2013 4:30 PM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Michael Sarlo and his organ, Celebration, at the Greenport Carousel in Mitchell Park Saturday.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Michael Falco and his organ, Celebration, at the Greenport Carousel in Mitchell Park Saturday.

The carousel at Mitchell Park in Greenport felt a little more festive Saturday, as it was accompanied by a 1919 Wurlitzer 105 Military Band Organ that played carousel music courtesy of Michael Falco.

Four years ago, Mr. Falco, an engineer from Shirley,  stumbled across an old trade magazine called ” Wurlitzer Building Plans and Voicing Tips, Model 104/105,” written in 1978 by a man named R. M. Stanoszek.

It showed hand-drawn figures and dimensions for how to rebuild a Wurlitzer 105 Band Organ, which piqued Mr. Falco’s interest.

“It’s not something where I woke up one morning and I thought to myself, ‘What am I going to do today? I know, I’m going to build a band organ!,’” he joked. “I had come across handwritten notes, dimensions, drawings all done by hand in a binder. And since I am an engineer by profession, I was looking at this and thinking that whoever did this put a lot of effort into documenting these things.”

Back in the 1910s, the marketing for these type of band organs also was pretty interesting, Mr. Falco said.

“They would suggest things like ‘Now you can replace all of your band members. No longer will you have to worry about salaries or band members coming in drunk,’” he said.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | The back of Celebration at the Greenport Carousel in Mitchell Park Saturday.

All these decades later, and four years after Mr. Falco’s discovery, the band organ is ready for prime time and it even has a name, Celebration.

Saturday’s performance at the Greenport carousel was only it’s second time performing in public.

The band organ, located in a trailer that Mr. Falco uses to transport it, has organ pipes, two drums and a cymbal that all play themselves. Mr. Falco says he has about 430 songs for it.

“Right now, I have it set up to play carousel music, but it also has “Mary Poppins” medleys, for example, as well as a 1952 and a 1953 modern hits medley.”

There are still people that write music for these types of organs, he said.

The most modern song in its arsenal is a version of The Beatles’ “Back in the USSR,” Mr. Falco said.

“It’s really dreadful,” he added.

Arlene Klein, a member of the Greenport Village Carousel Committee, said her organization didn’t have to find Mr. Falco, he found them.

“He made an appointment and played it for us, and he said he wanted to do this gratis,” Ms. Klein said. “When somebody says they want to do something just for the fun of it, it’s an offer you can’t refuse.”

Mr. Falco said bringing the band organ to Greenport was an obvious choice.

“Everyone knows you have this wonderful carousel,” he said.

Ms. Klein said the reaction to the band organ was almost entirely positive.

“I like it a lot,” she said. “I like the music … it’s a joy. It’s what a carousel should sound like, and it adds a dimension we didn’t have before.”

So far, Mr. Falco was only scheduled to bring his band organ for the one day, but he’s put some of the music on compact discs, which Ms. Klein says could be played at the carousel in the future.


06/29/13 3:38pm
06/29/2013 3:38 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Times/Review reporters Cyndi Murray (left) and Carrie Miller compete in the fourth annual Cardboard Boat Race Saturday.

Long Islanders gathered Saturday in downtown Riverhead to watch paddlers compete against each other in the fourth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront.

The popular event was organized by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and hundreds of people lined the riverfront, enjoying a day of fun, food and friendly competition.

Times/Review reporters Carrie Miller and Cyndi Murray competed in the Grand National Regatta race. With a video camera strapped to the front of their boat, the duo recorded their race as they tried navigating through the water among more than a dozen boats.

Click on the video below for a first-person view of the race.

See more photos at northforker.com.

05/24/13 12:00pm
05/24/2013 12:00 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck freshman Darius Brew cleared 6 feet in the high jump to place second in the Division III Championship Thursday.


As the wind whipped all around him, Mattituck freshman Darius Brew stared straight ahead at the high jump bar, focusing before making his final attempt at 6 feet. A pair of pants flew into his path, breaking his concentration for a second as he tossed them to the side.

Brew quickly regained his focus. He sprinted toward the bar, leaped off his right foot and glided over the bar, landing safely on his back.

“I was thinking, ‘this is it,’ ” Brew said as he prepared for the jump.

The 6-foot jump at Thursday’s Division III Championship at Connetquot High School matched a personal best for Brew, who finished second in the competition behind Miller Place junior Jordan Sullivan.

After Sullivan cleared 6 feet on his third attempt, it was up to Brew to match him and have the competition continue. Sullivan ultimately cleared twice more to win the competition at 6-2.

Brew, who competed at the state qualifier last year as an eighth-grader, has his sights set on making it to states this year in Division II. His biggest competition will be Jack Flood of Bayport-Blue Point. Flood cleared 5-10 Thursday.

While Brew was disappointed in a second-place finish, his coach, Peter Hansen, encouraged him by telling him it’s best to peak next week when the stakes are higher.

Getting to states would be a huge accomplishment for the freshman.

“I really want to go to states,” Brew said. “Last year I lost by one place, so this year I’m coming back for redemption.”

Brew started off Thursday at 5-8. A stiff wind made for some difficult jumping conditions.

“It made it a little tough,” Brew said. “Everyone was missing and I thought maybe the same thing would happen to me.”

On the first day of the competition Tuesday, Brew jumped 41-2 1/2 in the triple for sixth place. Brew accounted for all of Mattituck’s nine points in the championship.