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08/20/14 10:00am
08/20/2014 10:00 AM
The Fishers Island High School sports teams are known as the Vikings. The school does not participate in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, playing against schools from Connecticut instead. (Grant Parpan photo)

The Fishers Island High School sports teams are known as the Vikings. The school does not participate in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, playing against schools from Connecticut instead. (Grant Parpan photo)

Located just 11 miles east off the tip of Long Island, the remote Fishers Island could be considered Southold Town’s forgotten hamlet.

The island has 236 year-round residents, who live 2 1/2 hours by boat from the New York mainland and are served by their own school system, police station, utility company and ferry district. And soon, Fishers Island may become Long Island’s easternmost village, supplanting East Hampton Village. (more…)

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08/20/14 8:00am
A teen skates near a no-skateboarding sign in Mitchel Park Monday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A teen skates near a no-skateboarding sign in Mitchell Park Monday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Don’t worry, Greenport skaters. There may be signs around the village warning you to stay away, but there’s nothing on the books to actually back them up.

Village officials said they are now considering adding a section to the village code that would prohibit skateboarding, since the signs themselves are “unenforceable.”  (more…)

08/18/14 12:01pm
08/18/2014 12:01 PM
More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out last Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out last Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The hundreds of East End residents planning to protest helicopter noise during the East Hampton Town Board’s next regular meeting on Thursday are being asked to wait another week to voice their concerns.  (more…)

08/18/14 10:00am
A prankster erected a smurf crossing sign after blue paint split on the roadway. (Credit: Cyndi Murrayphoto)

A prankster erected a smurf crossing sign after blue paint spilled on Route 48 in Cutchogue. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

It wasn’t a Smurf attempting to cross Route 48 in Cutchogue after all.

Southold Town was forced to pay out more than $7,000 to three drivers who had their vehicles damaged after a bucket of blue paint spilled off a town highway department truck on July 1 and splattered onto the road in Cutchogue, records show. (more…)

08/17/14 8:00am
08/17/2014 8:00 AM
JULIE LANE PHOTO | The Plum Island Lighthouse, built in 1869, is in disrepair with no government money to restore it. Stories persist that it’s haunted.

The Plum Island Lighthouse, built in 1869, is in disrepair with no government money to restore it. Stories persist that it’s haunted. (Credit: Julie Lane)

Tell people you’re visiting Plum Island and be prepared for a litany of the perils in store for you. You’ll be reminded of persistent rumors springing from dire biological experiments that have taken place there and that still might be going on.

Just one,“How interesting” would have been nice. (more…)

08/15/14 10:00am
08/15/2014 10:00 AM
Clerk

Christine Stulsky, center, after she was released on a $10,000 bond in March.

The former Southold Town Justice Court clerk accused of stealing more than $50,000 from the town’s bail account has filed a breach of contract claim against the town in an attempt to receive retiree health insurance benefits and other payments, according to a notice of claim filed in June.  (more…)

08/15/14 6:00am
John Mangieri (Credit: Rachel Young)

Gian Mangieri, owner of Laurel Creek Landscape Nursery in Laurel, expressing his concerns about a historic designation along Main Road. (Credit: Rachel Young)

The mood was downright pleasant when a meeting commenced Thursday evening at Jamesport Meeting House to discuss a proposal to create a National Register Historic District on six miles of Main Road stretching from Aquebogue to Laurel.

Residents at the meeting, which included several Riverhead and Southold Town politicians, listened from the building’s historic pews as Richard Wines, chair of Riverhead’s landmarks preservation committee, presented a short slideshow featuring photos of well-known historic properties, like Modern Snack Bar in Aquebogue. He explained that being listed with the National Register provides certain economic incentives, namely a 20 percent tax credit to homeowners doing restoration work on their properties.

Kathleen LaFrank and Jennifer Betsworth of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation gave an overview of the Register, which was founded in 1966 and is the official list of historic properties that have been recognized as significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.

After the presentations were given, the floor was opened for questions.

And that’s when Gian Mangieri of Laurel stood up.

Mr. Mangieri, owner of Laurel Creek Landscape Nursery in Laurel, told the crowd he didn’t have any problem with the law itself. But the small-business owner expressed anger at the prospect of further government involvement with his property.

He said he believes creating a historic district could pave the way for new legislation on the local level restricting residents’ abilities to do work on their properties.

Homeowners, he fears, could end up having to go before organizations like the landmarks preservation committee to get approval before any construction begins.

“This is he carrot, but the stick is coming,” he said. “I think it’s very important to ask questions not only about this law but the consequences that follow,” he said. “I feel restricted enough in what I can do with my property that I don’t need more restrictions on top of that.”

Mr. Wines said the only way such a restriction could be placed on property owners is if members of the Riverhead or Southold Town Boards voted for it.

Riverhead Town Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said that “just being on the national district does not give you any restrictions.”

Ms. Giglio and Ms. LaFrank both pointed out that once something becomes part of the National Register, property owners still have the right to bulldoze their houses or paint them bright purple, should they so choose.

According to a National Register handout presented at the meeting, “When private or local funds are used, and a project does not require state of federal permits or SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act), listing on the National Register does not in any way interfere with a property owner’s right to remodel, alter, manage, sell or even demolish a property.”

However, it states, “If state or federal funding is used or a project requires a state or federal permit, project developers are required to consult with SHPO staff regarding the plans.”

Some residents said they hadn’t received letters notifying them of Thursday’s meeting. Ms. LaFrank, who said addresses were obtained from tax bills and that some information may be outdated, promised to correct the situation.

Some residents, like Diane Schwartz of Jamesport, was in favor of creating a National Register Historic District.

“I don’t understand the opposition,” she told Mr. Mangieri. “If you live on Main Road and are proud of your house and your property, why would you not want to be able to take advantage of that [tax] credit and make your home better?”

When it comes down to it, Ms. Betsworth said, the National Register Historic District will only come to fruition if that’s what property owners want.

“We are here to serve you,” Ms. Betsworth said. “And if serving you means not having a National Register, that’s fine.”

Mr. Wines said the reason for Thursday’s meeting was to gain feedback from the community.

“In a public meeting like this, sometimes it comes down to who yells the loudest,” he said. “If you do oppose it — if you don’t want your neighbors or yourself to get these benefits — send in those objection letters. And if we sense there’s a strong opposition, we won’t want to do it.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

08/14/14 1:00pm
More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Residents from three East End communities voted with their feet Monday and Tuesday, when more than 500 people attended three public meetings to stop low-flying aircraft from buzzing over their homes.

In Southold Monday night, 200 people chastised Federal Aviation Administration officials about the barrage of noise this summer — up more than 40 percent over last year, according to several reports. On Tuesday afternoon, the Shelter Island Town Board held a standing-room-only work session to hear audience members complain bitterly about the racket they’ve been forced to endure.  (more…)