02/27/15 9:59am
02/27/2015 9:59 AM

Words such as “crisis” and “urgent” often lose their currency when public officials spend them as freely as sailors on sprees.

But credit Shelter Island Supervisor Jim Dougherty — chairman of the East End Supervisors and Mayors Association — for pursuing an end to a fully realized crisis confronting the region’s future in the form of polluted groundwater and the waters that surround us(more…)

02/20/15 7:00am
02/20/2015 7:00 AM
Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Jan. 21. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)

Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Jan. 21. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)

The rushed rollout of the Common Core State Standards under Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the 2012-13 school year set off alarm bells in school hallways and living rooms across the state. All of a sudden, teachers and parents in New York were being told that well over half of the student population had failed to make the grade based on the new Common Core-aligned math and ELA state assessments.  (more…)

02/19/15 7:00am
02/19/2015 7:00 AM
The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

To the editor:

Hooray for Leslie Weisman, chair of the Southold Town Board of Zoning, for attempting to protect our historic churches. I never drive by the Methodist church in Cutchogue without reflecting on its exquisite proportions. I feel equally passionate over the town’s other houses of worship, especially the Presbyterian churches in Southold and Mattituck; big, bold Ostrabrama; Our Lady of Good Counsel, which looks more like an Anglican church in the Cotswolds than anything Roman Catholic. (more…)

02/17/15 6:00am
02/17/2015 6:00 AM

Located on the harbor waterfront in the center of Greenport Village, the carousel is the focal point of Mitchell Park. The Village of Greenport is continuing the restoration of the vintage 1920 Alan Herschel/Spillman Engineering wooden carousel. For this phase of the important project, more artists are being sought to paint the 14 rounding board panels that comprise the circular rim above the horses. Selected panel imagery will portray North Fork subjects such as Native American whaling, square-riggers, gaff-rigged sailing sloops, ice boating, windmills, lighthouses, bucolic country life and other moments from eastern Long Island’s rich culture and history. (more…)

02/16/15 10:00am
02/16/2015 10:00 AM

Twenty months ago, I lost my husband to cancer. Although I knew his diagnosis was terminal, one is never prepared for the loss.

Over the decades of losing parents, siblings and friends, the loss brought sadness, but life for me still went on. You learn to make adjustments and get on with your life, while longing, remembering and praying for those who have moved on.

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02/15/15 7:00am
02/15/2015 7:00 AM

The advantages (or disadvantages) of social media include experiencing the sentiments of people in places where you once lived. I’m in Maine now, but in the last month I’ve experienced the devastation of my former friends and family back home on the North Fork. The feelings on the above-average snowfall have turned from fleeting enjoyment to abject horror. I’ve watched and listened with a particular interest as a person to whom several feet of snow has become not only normal, but a source of pure enjoyment. (more…)

02/14/15 10:00am
02/14/2015 10:00 AM
George and John Giannaris at the renovated bar last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

George and John Giannaris at the renovated bar last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Friday, Jan. 30, was an important date in the life of the North Fork. No, it wasn’t Groundhog Day, and it wasn’t the date of another Big Snow Storm. It was the seasonal reopening of the Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion, and the former Joan Giger Walker and I were privileged to be there for the occasion.

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