11/22/14 12:00pm
11/22/2014 12:00 PM

Southold Town is proposing a code change that would allow builders pay the town a fee rather than replace trees removed during construction.

The code currently requires builders plant a certain amount of trees on a property they are developing. The Planning Board determines the number of required new trees when a site plan is submitted, town officials explained this week. (more…)

11/22/14 10:00am
East End Arts School new director Diane Giardi on the porch of the school last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

East End Arts School new director Diane Giardi on the porch of the school last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

An artist with a holistic approach to lesson planning has been named East End Arts’ newest education director.

Diane Giardi, who began work in the downtown Riverhead office last week, said she’s excited to help teachers prepare curriculums and to build relationships with local artists and community groups.

“One thing I’d like to incorporate is some text in courses — poetry and other aspects of writing and the narrative,” she said. “It would also be nice to bring a little more theater back.”

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11/21/14 2:41pm
Workers at a farm off Sound Avenue in Riverhead in 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Workers at a farm off Sound Avenue in Riverhead in 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Business owners in local sectors long dependent on immigrant labor offered mixed views Friday on President Barack Obama’s executive action that will allow temporary worker status to millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.

While most farmers, winery and restaurant owners interviewed welcomed the policy shift, several had reservations on how it came about. (more…)

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11/21/14 1:20pm

The vote to fill a three-year term on the Mattituck Park District Commissioners isn’t over yet.

The unofficial result of Tuesday’s vote gave incumbent Gerald Goehringer 215 votes and challenger Nicholas Deegan 214 votes, according to district clerk Lydia Tortora.  (more…)

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11/21/14 1:00pm
Stirling Square in Greenport.

Stirling Square in Greenport.

Update: Greenport Village Planning Board members like a proposal to construct an inn at Stirling Square.

The historic plaza’s new owner, Brent Pelton, came before the board Thursday night and got the go-ahead to submit his plans to the village.

He looking to build a five-room inn above the former “Main” restaurant, the plaza’s anchor building. (more…)

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11/21/14 10:10am
(File photo by Jennifer Gustavson)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Police chiefs and other top brass from agencies across the East End met this week to share information with one another on local gang activities during a meeting called by the Suffolk County District Attorney.

The three-hour meeting in Riverside Wednesday follows last month’s gang shooting in a residential area of Southold, after which now five alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete.

That incident, followed by much local and regional media coverage, has brought attention to the growing problem of gangs on the East End. (more…)