09/11/14 5:00am
09/11/2014 5:00 AM

To the editor: 

We’ve heard that flying around Orient Point and across Gardiners Bay would add 60 miles to a commuter helicopter trip. In our Hagstrom map, it appears the distances from the East River to Mattituck Inlet to East Hampton Airport amounts to about 90 miles. From East River to Mattituck Inlet to Orient Point to East Hampton Airport, it’s approximately 111 miles.  (more…)

09/06/14 2:00pm
09/06/2014 2:00 PM
A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

To the editor:

“The natural progress of things is for government to gain ground and liberty to yield,” said Thomas Jefferson. A blanket historic preservation designation from Route 105 east along Main Road is proof that government is not a friend of business. Creating a blanket historic corridor so those individual property owners wishing to apply for preservation credits comes at the cost of including property owners who do not wish to be included.  (more…)

09/04/14 5:00am
09/04/2014 5:00 AM
Two of four buildings that house six numbered apartments at the Cutchogue business property where town officials say people are living illegally. Residents there, who pay more than $1,000 a month, say they can't afford anywhere else.

Two of four buildings that house six numbered apartments at the Cutchogue business property where town officials say people are living illegally. Residents there, who pay more than $1,000 a month, say they can’t afford to live anywhere else in town.

To the editor:

It is indeed important that Southold Town take steps to promote affordable housing. Long Island is in the throes of a serious housing crisis, as a Regional Plan Association report found in 2013. Without affordable rental housing, the report warned, businesses will not stay in the area and the economy will stagnate. (more…)

08/28/14 6:00am
08/28/2014 6:00 AM
Rhode Island lawmakers were moved to act to restore water quality in area bays after thousands of juvenile fish turned up dead in Greenwich Bay on Aug. 20, 2003. Algal blooms were blamed for the kill. (Credit: Tom Ardito)

Rhode Island lawmakers were moved to act to restore water quality in area bays after thousands of juvenile fish turned up dead in Greenwich Bay on Aug. 20, 2003. Algal blooms were blamed for the kill. (Credit: Tom Ardito)

To the editor:

Last week, The Suffolk Times ran a long article on water issues and nitrogen. Thank you.

So what are we waiting for? We have known about this problem for a long time. It isn’t going away and it will only get worse as the years roll by. (more…)

08/16/14 3:00pm
08/16/2014 3:00 PM
Beer being poured at last week's festival. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Beer being poured at last week’s festival. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

To the editor:

We wanted to share some thoughts about the recent festival. It is always a great idea to celebrate, as with the craft beer festival this past weekend. We have lived next door to the Peconic Bay Winery property for 14 years and have never had any negative issues with the numerous events [that have] taken place there.  (more…)

07/31/14 5:00am
07/31/2014 5:00 AM
Protestors outside the Cole Bros. circus in Greenport in 2013. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Protestors outside the Cole Bros. circus in Greenport in 2013. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

To the editor:

I’m writing to thank Marilyn Flynn for her bravery despite the consequences for her protest actions against the Cole Bros. Circus. Since I’ve moved back to the North Fork 16 years ago, I am always dismayed to see posters announcing the circus is back in town. (more…)

07/24/14 7:00am
07/24/2014 7:00 AM
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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