10/23/14 5:00am
10/23/2014 5:00 AM
The site of a proposed 75-unit affordable housing project on Route 25 in Mattituck. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The site of a proposed 75-unit affordable housing project on Route 25 in Mattituck. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

To the editor:

“Share the Burden,” Suffolk Times letters, Oct. 16. I too am a bit dismayed over the line that “none of the other hamlets has yet assumed its share of this burden.” This burden being “affordable housing,” which to me is a misnomer, as the Cottages of Mattituck are “workforce housing,” really, and all of the occupants are gainfully employed and benefit our community as volunteer firemen, teachers, community volunteers, health and hospital workers, caregivers, etc.  (more…)

10/19/14 8:00am
10/19/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

At 6-foot-4 and the Arby’s side of 300 pounds, I get asked a lot about my past life as a football player.

The truth is, I didn’t play much growing up.

I played youth football the summer going into fifth grade until my parents gave me the option of quitting after my coach was arrested on — of all things — a domestic violence charge.  (more…)

10/19/14 7:59am
Billy McAllister carries the ball for the Porters earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Billy McAllister carries the ball for the Porters earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Having just returned from our 50th high school reunion, whence I was reunited with teammates from our undefeated, state championship football team, I am once again ruminating on the relative merits and demerits of the sport. And this rumination is, of course, profoundly influenced by the recent death of Tom Cutinella, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football player who died Oct. 1 following an on-field collision.  (more…)

10/17/14 7:00am
10/17/2014 7:00 AM
State Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Congressman Tim Bishop (right) took turns a podium in Polish Hall to address questions Wednesday night in Riverhead.

State Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Congressman Tim Bishop (right) took turns a podium in Polish Hall to address questions Wednesday night in Riverhead.

The roles at a political debate are simple and well-defined.

The moderator asks the questions. The candidates answer them. The audience reacts respectfully.  (more…)

10/16/14 6:00am
10/16/2014 6:00 AM
Mattituck's new track is officially opened Sept. 26. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Mattituck’s new track is officially opened Sept. 26. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

To the editor:

Being the principal of Mattituck-Cutchogue Junior/Senior High School allows me the privilege of being surrounded by students, families and community members on various occasions throughout the school year. One of my fondest memories will certainly be the homecoming festivities of Friday, Sept. 26. (more…)

10/14/14 5:00am
10/14/2014 5:00 AM
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

I should have been suspicious last month driving into a gas station off the Long Island Expressway to fill up. I’d written a column in May about the effort of Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) to require gas stations to make clearer the difference between the cash and credit prices of the fuel they sell. (more…)

10/10/14 8:00am
10/10/2014 8:00 AM
A flag flies at half-mast at Shoreham-Wading River High School last week following the death of junior Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A flag flies at half-mast at Shoreham-Wading River High School last week following the death of junior Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

When tragedy strikes, it’s only natural to wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it. When a life is lost on the athletic fields at far too young an age, the emotional toll cuts deep to the core of a community.  (more…)