07/07/15 9:00am
07/07/2015 9:00 AM
See the Tall Ships from a unique vantage point. (Credit: LePre Media/Andrew LePre)

See the Tall Ships from a unique vantage point. (Credit: LePre Media/Andrew LePre)

One by one we lined up this week to see the Tall Ships in Greenport. Many of us even had the privilege to see them from the water.

But to see them from the sky is an opportunity afforded to very few. Until now.  (more…)

05/15/15 10:00am
05/15/2015 10:00 AM

Fishermen Chuck Purificato and Chris James spent each frigid day this winter in a shed off Main Road in Southold, hunched over work tables and warmed only by their heavy coats and the kerosene heater that would spit choking smoke back into the room.

“No water, no nothing,” Mr. Purificato boasts. “All winter! And it was cold this winter, boy.”

He laughs in short, gravelly bursts.

Their goal behind the madness? To craft Long Island’s best bucktail fishing lures.

Over the decades, Mr. Purificato, 65, has run several tackle shops across Suffolk County, but the other businesses dried up. A store in Ridge was open for years, but closed in 1994. He relocated to do business in Freeport before shutting that down, too.

“Things happened,” Mr. Purificato said. “I got sick — just life in general. It’s the whole nine yards of growing up on Long Island.”

Mr. Purificato holds a new bucktail lure in his hand. The bucktails only take about a minute to make each. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Mr. Purificato holds a new bucktail lure in his hand. The bucktails only take about a minute to make each. (Credit: Paul Squire)

He worked on the side a bit, making lures for friends, and Mr. James, now 48 years old, helped as an apprentice of sorts. Now, the longtime friends have decided to give it one more go and open up another shop.

“I said to Chris, ‘Let’s make a last stand,” Mr. Purificato said. “Let’s make it happen.”

Their newest storefront in Southold, a tiny set of rooms set into an former antique shop, is that last-ditch effort.

“We did it,” Mr. Purificato jokes. “We weathered the storm.”

The pair met, unsurprisingly, while fishing. Mr. James was fishing the Shinnecock Canal when he ran into Mr. Purificato. The two began chatting and Mr. James mentioned that he’d recently purchased a set of lures called Chucks Bucks.

He had no idea that it had been Mr. Purificato who made them.

“That was it,” Mr. James said. “We exchanged numbers, starting talking. We fished every day for, like, the next year.”

Between them, the two have more than 100 years of fishing experience. They joke that they are pirates born hundreds of years too late.

“You take that knowledge and put it into this stuff? It’s a winner,” Mr. James said. “With the amount of knowledge he has, I’m always learning something new.”

“We don’t want to sit in bars,” Mr. Purificato said. “We don’t want to get in trouble. We want to go fishing!”

Mr. Purificato focuses on the task at hand: finishing another lure. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Mr. Purificato focuses on the task at hand: finishing another lure. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Two desks are set up on opposite sides of the small Southold shop. One each one are small clamps and scissors and piles of dyed deer hair. This is what they’ll use to make the bucktails and other lures. Mr. Purificato said it’s the twisting motion he uses when wrapping the hair to the lure that makes his special.

The pair like fishing for fluke, but make bucktails of all sizes.

“We make the big stuff because people need it, but we prefer the smaller stuff,” he said.

Mr. James points to the “most important” decorations on the walls.

One is a sculpture of a bald eagle head perched over the door frame, representing America. The other is an old crucifix, flanked by bucktails hanging from the wall.

Mr. Purificato is a spiritual man himself. He burns sage in an ashtray — it keeps away the evil spirits, he says — and the smoke trails up past his wall of tools.

The men admit they have a way to go to get their shop up and running. But they’ve already churned out hundreds of lures and plan to offer new ones in the future. This fall, they’ll host classes to teach local fishermen how to tie bucktails themselves.

“You’ve gotta start somewhere,” Mr. Purificato said. “We decided to start from the very bottom and build it back up again.”

psquire@timesreview.com

05/02/15 8:00am
05/02/2015 8:00 AM
Trainer Gina Lepine  and Maddalena Mineo, 17, places treats on the agility plank to encourage Coco, 2 1/2, to walk down the incline Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Trainer Gina Lepine and Maddalena Mineo, 17, places treats on the agility plank to encourage Coco, 2 1/2, to walk down the incline Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

With a skip and a jump, two-year-old shelter dog Coco followed the trail of treats lined on a new agility plank at the Southold Town Animal Shelter with laser focus Thursday afternoon.

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03/24/15 10:00am
03/24/2015 10:00 AM
Baby owls were recused Monday at same home another owl was saved last week. (Credit: Joseph DiVello)

These two baby owls were recused Monday at same house where another owl was saved last week. (Credit: Joseph DiVello)

Baby owls are having a tough time staying in their nest at one Southold property.

Four days after a local real estate agent and animal rescue crews helped a juvenile great horned owl back into its tree after it had fallen, two babies found themselves in a similar situation Sunday. (more…)

03/17/15 12:00pm

As you entered the hamlet of Southold, heading east around the bend at Tuckers Lane, a familiar site always greeted you: First Universalist Church.

This has been true not just for the current generation of North Forkers, but for generations past.

The historic landmark — with its clear glass windows and iconic steeple — was lost late Saturday night to a fast-moving blaze that drew about 150 firefighters to the Main Road property.   (more…)

09/22/14 10:15am
09/22/2014 10:15 AM
Credit: YouTube

Credit: YouTube

By now, you may have heard, that the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck football squad notched their first win of the season on Friday night, beating The Stony Brook School by a score of 21-6.

And if you weren’t able to make it to the game, perhaps you checked out our photos from there.

But even for those who were there — including the players — one thing you probably weren’t able to do is watch the game in 45 seconds. That’s what The Stony Brook School made possible with a time lapse video it put up.

Watch it below:

08/04/14 10:00am
08/04/2014 10:00 AM
A screen shot of the music video created to honor a Peconic Landing employee. (Credit: Youtube)

A screen shot of the music video created to honor a Peconic Landing employee. (Credit: Youtube)

Patricia Lutzky of Peconic Landing was recently awarded LeadingAge New York’s “Professional of the Year” award, and staff members and residents couldn’t be more pleased.

In fact, to show their sheer delight with Ms. Lutzky’s win, everyone at the retirement community came together to create a congratulatory video to the Pharrell Williams’ pop hit “Happy.” (more…)

07/20/14 9:00am
07/20/2014 9:00 AM
Andrew James Productions in Mattituck used a drone to capture this unique view of the Wednesday night sailboat races around Robins Island.

Andrew James Productions in Mattituck used a drone to capture this unique view of the Wednesday night sailboat races around Robins Island.

You may have seen the sailboats racing around Robins Island on a Wednesday evening in the past. You’ve never seen them from this vantage point.

Watch the video at northforker.com