07/19/14 8:00am
07/19/2014 8:00 AM
Migrant farmworkers at a North Fork vineyard. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Migrant farmworkers at a North Fork vineyard. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

It was a sunny August afternoon last year when we at the paper got word of police activity — a possible drug bust — in Mattituck. It turned out a 2-year-old boy had fallen from a second story window, dropping through open Bilco doors and landing in a basement below. He was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center and, miraculously, escaped any major injuries.

Who wouldn’t say Aug. 27, 2013, was a good day for our area?

Well, plenty of people, apparently.

You see, the boy’s name was Javier Cruz. (more…)

07/18/14 7:00am
07/18/2014 7:00 AM

The end of the 631 area code is approaching for some of us here in Suffolk County.

While the arguments surrounding the pros and cons of both possible solutions now being weighed by the North American Numbering Plan Administration may seem trivial, this is actually an important issue that can change how residents in the county are identified.  (more…)

07/17/14 7:00am
07/17/2014 7:00 AM

Rarely is a public meeting held that deals with an issue that in some way, however small, so directly affects the lives of everyone in town. But such an event will happen tonight at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room, where officials will host a community forum to educate people on and receive input about possibly banning Southold retailers from supplying customers with plastic bags.

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07/12/14 8:00am
07/12/2014 8:00 AM
Marco and Ann Marie Borghese purchased their Cutchogue vineyard in 1999. (Credit: Jane Starwood, file)

Marco and Ann Marie Borghese purchased their Cutchogue vineyard in 1999. (Credit: Jane Starwood, file)

The untimely and tragic deaths of Ann Marie and Marco Borghese have me thinking about the passage of time, particularly insofar as the North Fork’s grape-growing/wine industry is concerned. To the best of my knowledge, the Borgheses were the first second-generation owners/winemakers/industry boosters to pass from the scene, which is an indicator, after a fashion, of just how long this industry has been around hereabouts. Their recent deaths have also caused me to reflect on the list of others who passed before them, which, again, is a reflection that a lot of years have gone by since Louisa and Alex Hargrave planted their first grapes here in the early 1970s. But first, a word about the Borgheses.  (more…)

07/11/14 7:00am
07/11/2014 7:00 AM

The demise of traditional industries and the accompanying middle class on the North Fork has been predicted again and again. Think farming, fishing, whaling, shipbuilding, farming …

By now, the doomsayers warned, the only career options left out here — other than teaching, law enforcement, health care or government — would be retail or hotel worker. Not that there’s anything wrong with those jobs, but a healthy economy and thriving middle class need more variety.

In short, the area needs both people who are full of ideas and an environment that encourages action on those ideas.   (more…)