Down a steep wooden staircase, in a small basement room to the right, an RCA TV sits atop a folding table. An Energy Guide sticker cuts off a portion of the TV’s bottom right corner. A cable on the left side dangles down to the floor, where it connects to an XBox One.
Jeffrey Avilas Ramos leans forward in a folding chair, his eyes fixated on the screen. The sounds of gunfire blast from the speakers. Ramos never flinches. (more…)
The Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund has never been just about protecting agriculture, farms and open space. At its heart, the program, which took effect in 1999, has always been about protecting a way of life the rest of Long Island lost long ago to intense — and ongoing — suburban sprawl that began after World War II. (more…)
To the editor:
Richard Amper should tinker in his own toolbox, not the 2 percent tax fund.
The reason for the land preservation program was to preserve farmland, to keep agriculture viable and, in the process, keep the rural and agricultural character of the five East End towns intact. That goal is still in process, with vast acres of land which could and should still be preserved. Although it is an important goal, preservation of water quality was not the purpose of the legislation. (more…)
No doubt you have heard the news that public education is in need of reform. Gov. Cuomo has said so. Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown has said so. Even President Obama has said so. And what do all these people have in common? Well, a few things. None of them has taught students a day in their life. All of them have received pay or political contributions from the charter school movement and/or testing companies and all of them have wholly endorsed more charter schools. (more…)
With my wife, Melanie, and my daughter Mairi, I was at the gate waiting for Mairi’s departure to Germany. She had waited for this day for five years and had worked toward it for two or three. Mairi remained calm. My feelings were closer to dread. It was the first time one of my children was moving away, and it didn’t seem natural to me. (more…)
This year alone, three homes have been destroyed by fire, a dozen people displaced and devastated. Now, this week, one of our town’s historic steepled gems, First Universalist Church of Southold, has been lost forever and yet another unfortunate fire victim — in this case, members of an entire congregation — are left with only charred timbers and ashes. (more…)
To the editor:
It is with a heavy heart that I write of the loss of the First Universalist Church. My family, the Terrys and Goldsmiths, were founding members in 1835. It started as a church, then disbanded and became the Lyceum Association in 1863, according to the book “North Fork Nostalgia,” a collection of stories from the scrapbooks of Becky Terry. It gained an enviable reputation putting on plays. The church had a Gothic Palladian window over the front entrance, the only one of its kind. (more…)
On April 2, East Enders will celebrate an important milestone: The Community Preservation Fund will have generated over $1 billion and preserved more than 10,000 acres of open space and farmland. Approved by voters in 1999, the CPF uses a small tax on real estate purchases to preserve land and protect drinking water.
It is arguably the most successful land preservation program in the country. (more…)