07/24/14 7:00am
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An osprey entangled in a yellow plastic bag near the Goose Creek bridge in Southold. (Credit: Jef Citera)

I did not learn of the meeting addressing the ban on plastic bags until after it already happened. That’s unfortunate, because for some time I have had these pictures (above) and have held on to them waiting for an opportunity to use them in support of this ban.

While walking the beach near the Goose Creek Bridge, my wife and I came upon this osprey entangled in a yellow plastic bag. We guessed that the bird may have mistaken it for prey, went for it and became trapped and drowned, as he was found floating near the shore. We buried it after taking the pictures.

If, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, then here is undeniable proof that these bags are a real environmental hazard. This is only one stark example.

Jef Citera, Southold

07/04/14 7:00am
07/04/2014 7:00 AM

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To the editor:

The decision to make personnel appointments at a special meeting held by members of the Greenport School Board at 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday is suspect at best. Although the second item on the agenda was for public commentary, it was obvious there would be little, if any, input from the community for a meeting at that hour. There were only three board members present at that meeting and the deciding vote was cast by a trustee who is vacating her seat as of July 1.  (more…)

06/20/14 1:46pm
06/20/2014 1:46 PM
This small, antique — and still working — mailbox on Main Street in Greenport is slated to be removed and replaced with a more modern collection box up the road. Some who live in or work in the area aren’t happy about that. (Credit: Paul Squire)

This small, antique — and still working — mailbox on Main Street in Greenport is slated to be removed and replaced with a more modern collection box up the road. Some who live in or work in the area aren’t happy about that. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Thank you for the article on the historic metal mailbox at the foot of Main Street in Greenport.  I hope by calling attention to the unjustifiable elimination of a perfectly functional, fully restored and pleasing reminder of our past we can persuade the powers that be to change their mind and preserve this piece of living history.

I spoke with the postmistress in the Greenport office asking why they would seek to destroy this valuable reminder of another era, and was given these explanations.

To address the thinking that efficiencies will be gained with the elimination of this pickup, I challenge the value of the incremental time gained to mean anything at all.  The box is near a fire hydrant and there is no parking between the hydrant and the mailbox.  It is easily accessed at all times of the year and can take no more than a minute, literally a minute, to pickup this mail by the truck picking up the mail at the boxes along Main Street.  As to the comment that there is not enough mail in the box to warrant a pickup, I would suggest, that like all things in Greenport, it depends on the time of year. On occasions in the summer, that box is fully utilized, in the winter, that comment has some validity.  And true big packages cannot be dropped in the small slot, but so what, most big packages are weighed in the Post Office for proper postage any way.

Not really surprising I suppose, Mr. Cosmo Infantolino, the apparent decision maker, will accept no phone calls or e-mails on this topic, but asks that all interested parties “write him a letter.”  I ask everyone of you reading this to be an interested party.  Send Mr. Infantolino, Manager Consumer Affairs a letter at 65 Maxess Road Melville, NY  11747 and ask him to stop this plan to remove this mailbox.  Thank you.

06/19/14 6:00am
06/19/2014 6:00 AM
The water bill is designed to clean groundwater and prevent pollution and harmful algal blooms in the bays and Long Island Sound. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The water bill is designed to clean groundwater and prevent pollution and harmful algal blooms in the bays and Long Island Sound. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

To the editor:

On behalf of the Suffolk County Water Authority, I’m writing to support New York State Assembly Bill 9788 establishing the Long Island Water Quality Control Act. This legislation will bring vital safeguards for Long Island’s groundwater resources, the sole source of drinking water for all Long Island residents.  (more…)

06/12/14 6:00am
06/12/2014 6:00 AM
Plans to move and expand the Galley Ho restaurant were the subject of a public hearing Monday.(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Plans to move and expand the Galley Ho restaurant were the subject of a public hearing Monday.(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Last week’s coverage and editorial on the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund’s plan to relocate and renovate the Galley Ho restaurant received a large dose of feedback. Here are a sample of two letters to the editor written in response. (more…)

06/05/14 6:00am
06/05/2014 6:00 AM
The former Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund land. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The former Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund land. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Regarding the controversy in New Suffolk about preserving the waterfront and open space versus a commercial project on the water, according to the transcript of the ZBA meeting on Jan. 3, 2013, Barbara Schnitzler, a member of the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund board, said, “I got into this project because I just want to sit at the picnic table, eat a hot dog and look at the water. Simple things are hard to come by and that is simply what we’re trying to do.”

Looks like someone took a detour on the road to hot dogs and a simply beautiful New Suffolk.

Dennis Harkoff, Mattituck

05/29/14 7:00am
05/29/2014 7:00 AM
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The former Galley Ho across the street from Legends and Summer Girl boutique on First Street’s New Suffolk Waterfront Fund land. Plans to move and expand the restaurant have run into resistance from nearby business owners and residents. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

To the editor:

In speaking with many people since the May 17 New Suffolk Waterfront Fund public information meeting, the one thing that has come up every time is concern about another restaurant in New Suffolk. When applying for a permit to renovate the Galley Ho, we were told that the word “restaurant” had to be used. We could not say “cafe.” We could not say “snack bar.”

The town requires the word “restaurant” for any establishment that sells any type of food product! The New Suffolk Waterfront Fund is cognizant of the importance in protecting the image of the waterfront here. We are not demolishing buildings on the site. We are preserving and protecting the structures.

The final usage and intensity is yet to be determined. As a member of the board of directors, I appreciate the input received at the May 17 meeting and look forward to answering the questions received that day and at another community meeting to be held in July.

Lauren Grant, New Suffolk

Ms. Grant serves on the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund Inc. board of directors, is a past president of the New Suffolk Civic Association and a past president of the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Chamber of Commerce.