09/06/18 6:00am
09/06/2018 6:00 AM

How Tara Scully ended up on the Democratic Party primary ballot for Suffolk County Surrogate Court is a far more important issue than who will next serve on that bench.

In late June, Ms. Scully, an attorney and registered Republican, answered what amounted to a “help wanted” ad posted by Newsday’s editorial board. This remarkable editorial called for someone to run for Surrogate Court who was not handpicked by party bosses in a backroom deal that put forward an approved candidate to be rubber-stamped on Election Day by voters who don’t know any better. READ

08/16/18 7:00pm
08/16/2018 7:00 PM

We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier reports happened somewhere else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.

— from the Pennsylvania attorney general’s grand jury report READ

08/12/18 5:49am
08/12/2018 5:49 AM

They were married in a small ceremony in New Jersey. The groom, a 25-year-old dentist, and the bride, a 24-year-old nurse, had met just a year earlier, quickly fell in love and were joined together as a couple on an early August day before a small gathering of friends and family.

Irv Pitman wore his Army uniform and his wife, Sue, wore a knee-length white dress. It was nothing fancy, an “everyday” dress, but even after all these years Irv reflects on it fondly, with boyish enthusiasm. READ

08/05/18 5:59am
08/05/2018 5:59 AM

I’ve had the privilege of growing up on the East End and I am sad to say that I no longer recognize my home. Over the course of my life, the East End has become an increasingly popular tourist destination. While I am aware this trend has been beneficial for local businesses, I believe we are reaching a tipping point. These past two years I have been away at college and the shock wave that hits me each time I come home for the summer has left me wondering what happened. READ

07/22/18 6:04am

Our nation is in troubling times and we are seeing daily attacks on our fundamental rights and values. Our daughters and granddaughters are now faced with the threat of having rights we have had protected for over 40 years stripped away from them. Women’s rights are under attack and the state Senate Republicans have refused to protect New York women from these assaults. The fight for women’s health care impacts millions of New Yorkers and it is one that we must win. READ

07/15/18 6:00am

Four centuries after explorer Adriaen Block sailed the East River into Long Island Sound, mapping the area and discovering that Manhattan and Long Island are separate islands, Greenport documentarian Thomas Halaczinsky has retraced the journey.

He explored about 70 islands in his travels from New York Harbor to Fishers Island Sound aboard his sailboat, Sojourn, and documented the experience for his new book, “Archipelago New York.”  READ