04/24/14 7:00am
04/24/2014 7:00 AM

To the editor:

Since her passing on March 3, 2014, I have been watching your paper for an obituary honoring Peggy Gleeson, age 75. She and her husband, Joe, had been coming to the North Fork since the 1950s, inheriting his father’s home in Paradise Cove in Southold, where they raised three children. Before he died in 2005, they remodeled the house and welcomed four grandchildren. They both attended and served at St. Patrick’s in Southold.  (more…)

04/21/14 3:00pm
04/21/2014 3:00 PM
This home on Old Orchard Lane in East Marion has gone into foreclosure.

This house in East Marion after it went into foreclosure in 2011. (Credit: Options Realty, file)

To the Editor:

Swaying in the wind, their presence hides an escalating problem that virtually affects us all.

Once the symbol of upward mobility and a promising future, real estate signs on front lawns in many cases signify another casualty inflicted by the high cost of living on Long Island.

Change is inevitable, we are told. That often overused phrase has more meaning now than ever before. For many, the suburban lifestyle that we have grown accustomed to is slipping away, not by choice but for economic reasons.

Surveys in the past, taken by Nassau and Suffolk residents asking if they planned to continue living here, showed the desire to exit is increasing dramatically. It should come as no surprise that many residents plan to leave the island. The cost of buying a home or renting one on Long Island has become exceedingly high and beyond the reach of many who would continue to live here, if they simply could afford to.

For many, living here is no longer feasible. The cost of owning and maintaining a home has become such a financial burden that the only realistic alternative is to relocate off the island.

Affordable housing has become a serious issue that continues to threaten the demographic profile of both Nassau and Suffolk counties. For many, the dream of owning a home and raising a family here has become just that: a dream.

A growing number of residents in the 18- to 24-year old demographic profile are either moving or are planning to leave the island, primarily for economic reasons. Although this is alarming, the fact remains that little is being done to retain this segment of our population. As a result, the demographic profile of our island will shift in favor of older, established residents, who can somewhat better handle the financial drain of living here.

This precarious situation is quite problematic as the status-quo of our island is undermined as this transition progresses. The void left behind by our newly evolving social landscape will not easily be filled. This is in stark contrast to an island that was a prime destination for countless young adults who wished to stay here and maintained a quality lifestyle.

As more and more residents are forced to vacate their homes, a sense of despair takes hold. Like characters from John Steinbeck’s ‘ Grapes of Wrath’, families are exiting Long Island in search of a better and most importantly, affordable lives.

Jason Hill, RIDGE

04/19/14 7:00am
04/19/2014 7:00 AM
(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

His audience was a group of Cub Scouts. Their motto: Do your best.

And the children did their best to give Riverhead highway patrol officer Dennis Cavanaugh honest answers.

“How many mommies and daddies were on the cellphone as they were driving here today?” asked Officer Cavanaugh, who had volunteered to talk to the kids that day about law enforcement.  (more…)

04/18/14 2:00pm
04/18/2014 2:00 PM
Southold Town Justices Rudolph Bruer, left, and William Price at a swearing in ceremony.

Southold Town Justices Rudolph Bruer, left, and William Price at a swearing in ceremony.

An editorial published in the April 10 issue of The Suffolk Times, which seeks to hold people accountable for the recent revelations with bail accounts and the Southold Town Justice Court, fails to consider several facts. Primarily, it is simply impossible to include facts that are not yet known.

The district attorney is still investigating this issue and it is premature to hold any party accountable until all of the facts are known.  (more…)

04/18/14 10:00am
Residents of Greenport came out for a group photo at Mitchell Park last Sunday that was used for the cover of The Suffolk Times this week. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Residents of Greenport came out for a group photo at Mitchell Park last Sunday that was used for the cover of The Suffolk Times this week. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It isn’t necessarily groundbreaking news that Greenport earned recognition last week as the North Fork’s go-to location. From Forbes to Trip Advisor to The New York Times, Greenport has consistently been touted by national and niche media alike as a “must-see” place, which happens to be right in our little corner of the world.  (more…)

04/14/14 6:00am
04/14/2014 6:00 AM
A farmer plows a field near Sparkling Pointe Vineyard. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

A farmer plows a field near Sparkling Pointe Vineyard. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Absence, they say, makes the heart grow fonder. And so it was as the former Joan Giger Walker and I returned to the North Fork this week after an absence of several months: Fondness abides by the bucketful for this home of ours of nearly 40 years.

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04/13/14 6:00am
04/13/2014 6:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I must admit I was surprised at Bill Toedter’s response to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s commitment to address the damage to the quality of our waters that excess nutrient loading is causing. It is a complex issue and we should be glad to have a politician brave enough to take action.  (more…)

04/12/14 7:00am
04/12/2014 7:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) for nitrogen reduction are being investigated for use in Suffolk County, and while they may have utility in some cases, they are not a panacea to our individual wastewater treatment issues.

Here are some facts that one should consider before installing such a system.  (more…)