04/05/15 10:00am
04/05/2015 10:00 AM

Much has been said of late concerning Common Core and its effect on the education of our children, particularly with regard to testing and evaluation. And while I agree with the criticism that the implementation of the curriculum has been unwieldy and uneven, I understand the vision and intent of the Common Core standards.  (more…)

04/04/15 8:00am
04/04/2015 8:00 AM
This photo of the Mattituck baseball team celebrating a come-from-behind win won in the sports feature photo category in the New York Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

This photo of the Mattituck baseball team celebrating a come-from-behind victory won in the sports feature photo category in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Nine years ago, I attended my first New York Press Association convention.

I had just joined Times Review Media Group as a reporter and had no idea what to expect. What I found was a lot of newspaper people scared of the big, bad Internet.

With putting newspapers out each week, we have no way of updating a website, folks said. This is impossible. We will all go out of business.  (more…)

04/03/15 1:26pm
04/03/2015 1:26 PM
Chester shown with a toy after a snow storm this winter. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Chester shown with a toy after a snow storm this winter. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

For all its drawbacks (that’s for another column), social media can sometimes be quite remarkable.

Last night, I came across a Facebook page — “Chester waiting for five years” — featuring Chester, a red-nosed pitbull mix at the North Fork Animal Welfare League’s Southold shelter.

If it were up to my wife, Ashley, we’d take every dog home — including Chester — but with her asleep on the couch, I couldn’t help myself from taking a peek at the page. (more…)

04/03/15 10:00am
Leaders with PBMC Health note that a decade ago the organization would not have been quite as attractive a candidate to merge with a larger health system. But improvements such as the Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery, a $35 million project completed in 2009, have made it a 'juicy piece of fruit,' according to board member George Summers. (Credit: PBMC)

Leaders with PBMC Health note that a decade ago the organization would not have been quite as attractive a candidate to merge with a larger health system. But improvements such as the Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery, a $35 million project completed in 2009, have made it a ‘juicy piece of fruit,’ according to board member George Summers. (Credit: PBMC)

Don’t be alarmed. That’s some sound health advice for anyone concerned about Peconic Bay Medical Center’s pending merger with North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the country’s largest integrated health care systems and the biggest in New York.  (more…)

04/02/15 6:00am
04/02/2015 6:00 AM
Members of the public ringed the Code Committee table at Wednesday night's meeting. The committee will move forward with a code change to address short-term rentals in the village.

Members of the public ringed the Code Committee table at the March 26 meeting. The committee will move forward with a code change to address short-term rentals in the town. (Credit: Paul Squire)

To the editor:

Over the past several years I have frequently visited Southold for long-weekend stays. My family and I enjoy the beaches, restaurants, and many other local attractions. We pick our fall pumpkins and our Christmas trees out on the North Fork and bring them to our permanent residence in southwestern Connecticut. (more…)

03/28/15 10:00am
03/28/2015 10:00 AM
Jeffrey Avilas Ramos, a Mattituck High School junior, competes in eSports called Major League Gaming playing mostly Call of Duty. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jeffrey Avilas Ramos, a Mattituck High School junior, competes in eSports called Major League Gaming playing mostly Call of Duty. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Down a steep wooden staircase, in a small basement room to the right, an RCA TV sits atop a folding table. An Energy Guide sticker cuts off a portion of the TV’s bottom right corner. A cable on the left side dangles down to the floor, where it connects to an XBox One.

Jeffrey Avilas Ramos leans forward in a folding chair, his eyes fixated on the screen. The sounds of gunfire blast from the speakers. Ramos never flinches.  (more…)

03/27/15 11:00am
03/27/2015 11:00 AM

The Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund has never been just about protecting agriculture, farms and open space. At its heart, the program, which took effect in 1999, has always been about protecting a way of life the rest of Long Island lost long ago to intense — and ongoing — suburban sprawl that began after World War II.  (more…)

03/26/15 5:00am
03/26/2015 5:00 AM

To the editor:

Richard Amper should tinker in his own toolbox, not the 2 percent tax fund.

The reason for the land preservation program was to preserve farmland, to keep agriculture viable and, in the process, keep the rural and agricultural character of the five East End towns intact. That goal is still in process, with vast acres of land which could and should still be preserved. Although it is an important goal, preservation of water quality was not the purpose of the legislation.  (more…)