04/19/14 7:00am
04/19/2014 7:00 AM
(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

His audience was a group of Cub Scouts. Their motto: Do your best.

And the children did their best to give Riverhead highway patrol officer Dennis Cavanaugh honest answers.

“How many mommies and daddies were on the cellphone as they were driving here today?” asked Officer Cavanaugh, who had volunteered to talk to the kids that day about law enforcement.  (more…)

04/14/14 6:00am
04/14/2014 6:00 AM
A farmer plows a field near Sparkling Pointe Vineyard. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

A farmer plows a field near Sparkling Pointe Vineyard. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Absence, they say, makes the heart grow fonder. And so it was as the former Joan Giger Walker and I returned to the North Fork this week after an absence of several months: Fondness abides by the bucketful for this home of ours of nearly 40 years.

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04/13/14 6:00am
04/13/2014 6:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I must admit I was surprised at Bill Toedter’s response to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s commitment to address the damage to the quality of our waters that excess nutrient loading is causing. It is a complex issue and we should be glad to have a politician brave enough to take action.  (more…)

04/12/14 7:00am
04/12/2014 7:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) for nitrogen reduction are being investigated for use in Suffolk County, and while they may have utility in some cases, they are not a panacea to our individual wastewater treatment issues.

Here are some facts that one should consider before installing such a system.  (more…)

04/06/14 12:00pm
04/06/2014 12:00 PM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Students in Ms. Salmaggi's class work with iPads Tuesday morning at Southold High School.

Students in Ms. Salmaggi’s class work with iPads in 2012 at Southold High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Just as the SAT exam is not new, neither are educational standards. In a Guest Spot piece titled “SAT, Common Core don’t match up,” published in the News-Review newspaper and website, as well as on suffolktimes.com, Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen brings changes to the SAT exam to readers’ attention.

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04/05/14 12:00pm
04/05/2014 12:00 PM
Former taxi driver Charlie, homeless since September, sits outside the Riverhead Free Library one recent afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Former taxi driver Charlie, homeless since September, sits outside the Riverhead Free Library one recent afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

John’s Place and Maureen’s Haven are programs whose main objectives are to help the homeless. In the winter months, these nonprofits work with various churches across the East End to provide dinner, a place to shower, a safe environment to sleep in overnight and a place to receive a bagged lunch for the next day.

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03/23/14 8:30am
03/23/2014 8:30 AM

Testing

We’ve heard a lot recently about the “new” SAT, the national standardized test created and marketed by the private, not-for-profit College Board and used by many colleges and universities as the most important part of their admissions process. It is in the news because of the fear it instills in almost every high school student in America: the underlying message is “Blow the SAT and forget about your future.” (more…)

03/22/14 9:00am
03/22/2014 9:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | A view of Peconic Bay from Mattituck Beach.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | A view of Peconic Bay from Mattituck Beach.

This is the time for action. Recently, I announced the single most important initiative of my administration and what should be the single most important goal for all Long Islanders: curbing decades of nitrogen pollution we have been inflicting on our ground and surface waters here in Suffolk County. (more…)