01/17/15 8:00am
01/17/2015 8:00 AM

This is an open letter to the person responsible for throwing empty Budweiser can after empty Budweiser can on the side of the otherwise pristine Narrow River Road in Orient. We will find you, my friend, if it is the last thing we do. In fact, we have a pretty good idea who you are, based on preliminary DNA samples taken from your saliva on the multitude of empty cans. We also have a blurry, motion-activated game camera image of the last three digits of your license plate. Your pickup truck appears to be blue. Or is it gray? (more…)

01/16/15 10:00am
01/16/2015 10:00 AM
(Credit: Grant Parpan)

(Credit: Grant Parpan)

As you leave the terrace at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., with its sprawling views of the U.S. Capitol, you pass the sign in the above photo. You might encounter this statement — which sums up the importance of a free press and defines the overall theme of the museum — after hours of perusing the many artifacts in the collection that underscore the difficulty and risk inherent in protecting this freedom, both here and around the world.  (more…)

01/09/15 6:00am
01/09/2015 6:00 AM
(Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop. The civic group has been pushing for more bus shelters across Southold Town for three years.

(Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop. The civic group has been pushing for more bus shelters across Southold Town for three years.

Many who commute by car have experienced the uncomfortable feeling of arriving at work having spilled coffee or juice on their pants.

Far fewer, however, have had to deal with the even more uncomfortable situation of getting to their workplaces sopping wet on a regular basis.

But that’s what happens to many who have to take the bus in Southold Town, because for some head-scratching reason, the town’s bus system has few shelters.  (more…)

01/08/15 9:33am
01/08/2015 9:33 AM
Congressman Lee Zeldin addresses his supporters at the Suffolk County GOP gala at Emporium in Patchogue on Election Day. (Credit: John Griffin, file)

Congressman Lee Zeldin addresses his supporters at the Suffolk County GOP gala at Emporium in Patchogue on Election Day. (Credit: John Griffin, file)

Lee Zeldin was given a golden opportunity Sunday.

Appearing on Fox News two days before being sworn in, the freshman Congressman from Shirley was asked about a speech that current House majority whip Steve Scalise had given years earlier to a group of white supremacists in Louisiana, while he was serving in that state’s House of Representatives. Mr. Zeldin, who throughout his campaign described his predecessor as a back-bencher more concerned with advancing the Democratic agenda than progress in the Capitol, had a front-and-center chance to state publicly that one of his Republican colleagues should never have made that appearance.

Instead, he blamed the media.  (more…)

01/04/15 8:30am
01/04/2015 8:30 AM
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard boat into the Mattituck Inlet on the morning Ciro Stellges' body was found in the water. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro, file)

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard boat into the Mattituck Inlet on the morning Ciro Stellges’ body was found in the water. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro, file)

There is a common misconception among the public that the media enjoys reporting bad news.

That’s simply not true. I’ve seen a certain look on enough reporters’ faces when they’re asked to call a loved one for an interview after a tragedy to know it’s never easy.

I saw that look too many times in 2014.  (more…)

01/02/15 8:00am
01/02/2015 8:00 AM
Mattituck soccer players at the high school after retuning home from winning the state championship in November. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Mattituck soccer players at the high school after retuning home from winning the state championship in November. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

ThumbUpMattituck soccer wins it all

Editorial: The disappointment of losing in the state semifinals two years hung over the Mattituck boys soccer team as a senior-laden squad geared up for one last run together this year. The Tuckers entered the season with high expectations and more than delivered on them. The Tuckers’ run to the state championship — the third in program history — was the kind of feel-good story that made a community proud. The players set a goal for themselves and then went out and achieved it.

In two state playoff games in Middletown, N.Y., the Tuckers won by a combined score of 9-0, leaving little doubt as to which team reigned supreme in New York. Afterward, coach Mat Litchhult announced he was resigning as coach and senior Kaan Ilgin was named the state player of the year.

 

ThumbdownDeer cull is a dud

Editorial: In our 2013 “Year in Review issue,” we gave a “focus on deer” a thumbs up after years of deer population growth reached a tipping point and local leaders seemed poised to act on the issue.

As it turned out, however, a tipping point can be one tricky place.

As the cull became less of an idea and more of a reality, pushback intensified. Fierce opposition from two unlikely allies — animal advocates and hunters — basically rendered the cull moot, thanks in large part to a lawsuit that halted the number of permits that could be given out, not that many were filled, anyway.

By the time sharpshooters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture left town, less than 200 deer had been killed — barely a fraction of the county’s estimated 25,000 to 36,000 deer.

Even the cull’s organizer, Long Island Farm Bureau president Joe Gergela, admitted “It didn’t work.”

 

ThumbUpFinal piece of the puzzle

Editorial: This was a historic year for the Peconic Land Trust preservation group. That also means it was a good one for all those who have worked for decades to protect and preserve the town’s and the region’s agricultural heritage and way of life. In March, the land trust acquired the last of 11 parcels that now make up its 98-acre agricultural center in Southold. The center features working farms with educational and mentoring components for younger people looking to get into farming. There’s also a community garden there that attracts a diverse group, from schoolchildren to older people fond of tomatoes to Hispanic immigrants growing chili peppers.

Now, thanks to the Peconic Land Trust, they’ll all get to work together in one place.

 

ThumbdownA bad year in Greenport Village Hall

Editorial: Failed equipment combined with a lack of information coming out of Greenport Village Hall marred some villagers’ confidence in their elected officials in 2014.

The Village Board got off to a rocky start in January, when Mayor David Nyce had to issue a public apology for failing to answer residents’ concerns about a large increase in their December 2013 power bills.

In September, the Village Board once again got beaten up in the court of public opinion. Documents showed the board was requiring an outspoken Greenport commercial fishing captain, Sid Smith, to hold a $2 million insurance policy for his boat, Merit, and telling him he had to leave the railroad dock if he didn’t pay for the coverage. Village records, however, showed that all the other boat owners using that dock were only required to carry $1 million insurance policies.

The misinformation at Greenport Village Hall was concerning this year … to say the least.