Three hours into an exhaustive stakeout to document the greatest threat to North Fork life — helicopter noise — I reached an inauspicious conclusion: On this night in Mattituck, the loudest noise was neither helicopter, seaplane, nor any other flying craft that pollutes our precious skies. (more…)
The Southold Town Board approved zoning changes this week that could lead to the building of higher density affordable housing complexes within the town. At least, on paper that could happen. The realities of economics and infrastructure were quickly noted. Specifically, Supervisor Scott Russell pointed out Tuesday that affordable housing complexes are often economically infeasible, even when developers are offered grant money. The town’s lack of sewer systems also poses a roadblock to such projects.
Most of us have felt the sting of rejection during our lifetime and it doesn’t feel good, right? However, feeling rebuffed shouldn’t affect how happy we are. Yet sometimes it does. Our bloated egos get in the way because we take things personally.
We all bond with our pets — some of us even more so than with fellow humans — so it’s difficult to imagine ever giving them up.
But that’s what some North Fork residents — many of whom I’ve had the pleasure of knowing or at least meeting — are doing in order to train service dogs for the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence. And with the bigger picture in mind, they find it a little easier to let go. (more…)
Perhaps it’s my age (68) or maybe it’s just the alignment of the stars, but I can’t seem to be able to write about anything this week other than the passage of time.
Everywhere I look these days, it’s staring me (and us, dear reader) in the face. In short order this summer, we have lost four pillars of the North Fork community. (more…)
There’s a pest problem on the North Fork. The people who live and work here know about it; they live with it its consequences every day. Damaged cars. Replacing devastated plantings and produce. Checking constantly for ticks. Repeated doctor visits. (more…)