08/30/14 8:00am
08/30/2014 8:00 AM
A seaplane flies over Mattituck Aug. 22, one of several aircraft observed over a three-hour period. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

A seaplane flies over Mattituck Aug. 22, one of several aircraft observed over a three-hour period that night. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

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…)

08/24/14 8:00am
08/24/2014 8:00 AM
Tricia Wright, right, with Clay IV - the dog she raised as a puppy - and Fernando, the service dog’s new owner. (Credit: Courtesy)

Tricia Wright, right, with Clay IV – the dog she raised as a puppy – and Fernando, the service dog’s new owner. (Credit: Courtesy)

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…)

08/23/14 8:00am
08/23/2014 8:00 AM
Pindar Vineyards proprietor “Dr. Dan” Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Pindar Vineyards proprietor “Dr. Dan” Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

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…)

08/16/14 8:00am
08/16/2014 8:00 AM
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (right) and Senator Ken LaValle at a Common Core forum last year in Eastport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (right) and Senator Ken LaValle at a Common Core forum last year in Eastport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Common Core is a federal government power grab disguised as a “revamping” of our nation’s educational system — an educational system that, with all its flaws, managed to produce people who put a man on the moon and gave the world the Internet.  (more…)

08/15/14 12:00pm
08/15/2014 12:00 PM
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Ezra Fife re-enacts finding a note on his work pickup telling him that a good Samaritan found something he dropped before meeting his wife Cori and son York to see a movie. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

What would you do if you found $800 underneath a pickup truck parked at a shopping center?

That’s the dilemma 15-year-old Matti Gibson faced on Sunday afternoon outside the Rite Aid store in the Mattituck Plaza. (more…)

08/12/14 2:14pm
08/12/2014 2:14 PM
Photographer Jim Lennon said of this photo: 'We only had a few minutes between takes with Robin. Jeff strolled with him and chatted a bit. When I asked if it was OK to take his photo, he said 'how's this?' as he turned his head, hands in pocket, striking a pose while looking off to Fishers Island Sound. In a moment the crew was calling for him on set and off he went.  It was a very brief. but memorable moment with Robin Williams that I have always treasured.' (Credit: Jim Lennon)

Photographer Jim Lennon said of this never before published May 1981 photo he took of Robin Williams while shooting for The Suffolk Times: ‘We only had a few minutes between takes with Robin. Jeff strolled with him and chatted a bit. When I asked if it was OK to take his photo, he said ‘how’s this?’ as he turned his head, hands in pocket, striking a pose while looking off to Fishers Island Sound. In a moment the crew was calling for him on set and off he went. It was a very brief, but memorable moment with Robin Williams that I have always treasured.’ (Credit: Jim Lennon)

This column was published in the May 28, 1981 issue of The Suffolk Times:

In a Southold Town planning Board meeting two weeks ago, I overheard a board member mention that a movie called “The World According to Garp” was being filmed on Fishers Island.  (more…)

08/10/14 8:00am
08/10/2014 8:00 AM
Chris Ujkic won his eighth straight men's singles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Chris Ujkic won his eighth straight men’s singles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament this summer. (Credit: Garret Meade)

All things must pass
All things must pass away.
George Harrison

It is with profound regret that I announce the demise of the Bob Wall Memorial Summer Tennis Tournament. It has been a staple of North Fork summers for more than 35 years now, but time and the grayification (that’s not a real word, is it?) of our community have finally taken their toll.  (more…)

08/09/14 2:00pm
08/09/2014 2:00 PM

As has now been obvious for too long, we have a serious problem with tick-borne diseases on eastern Long Island. These can be challenging to diagnose and treat and sometimes progress to debilitating chronic or even fatal illnesses. More effective methods to control our excessive tick populations and prevent human infections are sorely needed.  (more…)