05/29/15 5:00am
05/29/2015 5:00 AM

To the editor:

The New York State Department of Conservation can start killing and mutilating (amputating) wings of healthy wild mute swans if the mute swan bill passed by the state Senate does not get voted on before the Assembly recesses. The DEC’s plan states the swans are non-native and invasive. (more…)

05/25/15 6:00am
05/25/2015 6:00 AM
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO

(Credit: Jo Ann Kirkland)

One morning last week, Glenn Addario left his home in Coram and got to work about 7:45 a.m. His first task of the morning was digging a grave.

At Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, Glenn checked in at maintenance headquarters and picked up a “dig slip” that told him where he’d start his day. The paper had coordinates he’d follow to locate the gravesite within the 365 acres, where more than 346,000 veterans and their close relatives are buried.  (more…)

05/23/15 6:00am
05/23/2015 6:00 AM

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Whether it’s Riverhead’s Cardboard Boat Race, the Shelter Island 10K, a bird’s-eye photo of the Main Road corridor, the Enterprise Park at Calverton or the waterfront in New Suffolk, this media company has employed drone operators on a number of occasions to better tell the stories of our lives and times. Larger news outlets across the U.S. have also used drones to cover breaking news events that are difficult to document on foot or by car, such as floods and mass protests.

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05/20/15 7:00am
05/20/2015 7:00 AM
Lucharitos in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Lucharitos in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The premise was a simple one, I thought. A group of old (and getting older) friends would meet for dinner at the grand reopening of Lucharitos, the trendy Tex-Mex joint on Greenport’s lower Main Street, and then we’d go on a good, old-fashioned pub crawl around the village. You know: a cocktail here, a cocktail there, just like the old days. (more…)

05/18/15 10:00am
05/18/2015 10:00 AM

The students in American classrooms are a heterogeneous bunch. We encourage inclusion classrooms, adapt tests and classwork to students’ abilities and test virtually everyone. There are few homogenous classrooms in the United States. This affects our test scores, yet almost all of our students learn basic English and math skills before entering high school.

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05/14/15 8:00am
05/14/2015 8:00 AM
Shaka Flyboarding owner and operator Brian Carrick explains the details of his new company to the Greenport Planning Board last week. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Shaka Flyboarding owner and operator Brian Carrick explains the details of his new company to the Greenport Planning Board last week. (Credit: Paul Squire)

When we first heard a flyboarding business was being proposed in Greenport, we cringed.

Having just spent months covering a debate about whether to allow the activity in Riverhead, we prepared for another painstaking process to unfold in the village. Then the business, which will operate off Preston’s dock, was quickly approved(more…)

05/13/15 8:00am
05/13/2015 8:00 AM

Cleaves Kuester House

To the Editor:

As the resident owner of Historic Laurel House, home of the first mile marker laid in the Town of Southold, I find the debate about the stones’ origins quite fascinating. But our celebrating the mile stones is not contingent on whether the markers known in Long Island lore as “Ben Franklin milestones” were planted as a result of his mapping the North Fork’s postal route nor on whether they later came to be identified with him as a result of his having served as postmaster, first by British crown appointment and then by Continental Congress appointment.  (more…)