07/24/14 8:00am
07/24/2014 8:00 AM
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)

It’s a stretch of road where Benjamin Franklin placed mile markers and early 20th-century car racers ran the road ragged, hitting speeds up to 70 miles per hour at a time when horses were the dominant mode of travel.

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07/23/14 3:38pm
07/23/2014 3:38 PM
The post that once held the Greenport post office box was left behind after workers removed the historic box Tuesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The thin, cement post that once held a cast-iron Greenport mailbox was left behind after workers removed the historic box Tuesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport business owners and residents wrote letters and called the U.S. Postal Service, demanding that the historic, deep blue cast-iron mailbox bolted to the cement pole in front of Claudio’s restaurant be kept where it is.

But their efforts weren’t enough.  (more…)

07/23/14 3:00pm
The menu at Goldberg's Famous Bagels in Mattituck, which opens Thursday, July 24, features a variety of breakfast foods, sandwiches and salads. (Credit: Rachel Young)

The menu at Goldberg’s Famous Bagels in Mattituck, which opens Thursday, features a variety of breakfast foods, sandwiches and salads. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Breakfast sandwich enthusiasts, tomorrow is the day you’ve been waiting for: Goldberg’s Famous Bagels will open its doors at 6 a.m. Thursday at Mattituck Plaza, the franchise’s owner said. (more…)

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07/23/14 12:55pm
TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009.

Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009. (Credit: Tim Kelly, file)

In mid-September, the three co-chairs of a high-powered commission aimed at rooting out corruption in state politics arranged for a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who set up the commission last summer. In the governor’s mid-town office, William Fitzpatrick, a district attorney from Syracuse, raised concerns he felt were hampering the commission’s effort, the New York Times reported today .

At the center of those concerns were alleged roadblocks  planted by Regina Calcaterra, a New Suffolk attorney who had been appointed the commission’s executive director. The commissioners threatened to quit, alleging that Ms. Calcaterra was running interference on investigations that pointed back to the governor’s office.

Lawrence Schwartz, the secretary to the governor, responded by saying of Ms. Calcaterra: “She is not going anywhere.”

These bombshell revelations were detailed by a three-month New York Times investigation published today.  (more…)

07/18/14 8:00am
07/18/2014 8:00 AM
Joan Archard of Patchogue holds up her wetsuit Tuesday near Great South Bay, where she's been practicing for this weekend's swim from Greenport to Shelter Island (and maybe back). (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Joan Archard of Patchogue holds up her wetsuit Tuesday near Great South Bay, where she’s been practicing for this weekend’s swim from Greenport to Shelter Island (and maybe back). (Credit: Courtesy photo)

The matriarch of the family — good old granny — always leaves a certain legacy behind. Whether it’s her perfect chocolate-chip cookie recipe or the slightly off-kilter jokes she made, grandmas are known to pass down fond memories.

This summer, Joan Archard of Patchogue is paying homage to her own grandmother’s less conventional achievements through a feat of athleticism to be attempted in Greenport.

Well, off Greenport.  (more…)

07/18/14 12:27am
A Cole Bros elephant in 2011. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

A Cole Bros elephant in 2011. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

Marilyn Flynn of Cutchogue has been an outspoken critic of the Cole Bros. Circus in recent years, saying the organization promotes cruelty to elephants.

Now the 84-year-old’s opposition to the circus, which visits Greenport each year, has led to her arrest, Southold Town police said.  (more…)

07/17/14 3:00pm
07/17/2014 3:00 PM
Paul Stoutenburgh once wrote in his 'Focus on Nature' column that standing beneath the Great Arches of Utah made him feel 'humble and proud of this great country of ours.'

Paul Stoutenburgh once wrote in his ‘Focus on Nature’ column that standing beneath the Great Arches of Utah made him feel ‘humble and proud of this great country of ours.’

For those who never visited the East End of Long Island half a century ago, imagine two arms of verdant rolling hills jutting into the Atlantic, embracing islands, inlets and marshes teeming with crabs, clams, fish and birds. At least that’s the East End local wildlife expert Paul Stoutenburgh described when he began writing his weekly newspaper column, “Focus on Nature,” for The Suffolk Times and Riverhead News-Review.  (more…)