02/26/15 5:00pm
02/26/2015 5:00 PM
Guadelupe Mendoza (left) and her sister, Giselle (right), are comforted by their cousin Luz Contrearas of Brooklyn. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Guadelupe Mendoza (left) and her sister, Giselle (right), are comforted by their cousin Luz Contrearas of Brooklyn. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A homeless man who died last week while sleeping in an unheated garage was remembered by relatives on Wednesday as a hardworking family man who had been battling a drinking problem. (more…)

02/26/15 3:00pm
Southold Town labor counsel attorney Richard Zuckerman, arbitrator Bob Grey and union attorney Paul Leavitt talk after a closed-door arbitration hearing Thursday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold Town labor counsel attorney Richard Zuckerman, arbitrator Bob Grey and union attorney Paul Leavitt talk after a closed-door arbitration hearing Thursday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Hearings to decide whether a former Southold Town justice clerk — who retired last year after being arrested for stealing thousands from the town — should be able to claim retirement health benefits concluded Thursday morning, according to the town’s labor counsel. (more…)

02/26/15 2:00pm
The view inside Times Union Center for the 2013 state tournament. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

The view inside Times Union Center for the 2013 state tournament. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

Right around the time I spotted a condom on the bathroom floor of my shady motel room, I began to seriously question the wisdom behind driving to Albany in a snowstorm.

This couldn’t possibly be worth it, I thought.

It was February 2010. For the fourth straight year, I was bound for the New York State Wrestling Championships, a dizzying two-day marathon of hundreds of matches contested across eight mats on the Times Union Center floor.  (more…)

02/25/15 4:00pm
02/25/2015 4:00 PM
Diane O'Neill of Farmingville is led into Riverhead Town Court last month following a fatal accident in Jamesport. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Diane O’Neill of Farmingville is led into Riverhead Town Court last month following a fatal accident in Jamesport. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

The attorney for a former Southold High School math teacher who was arrested on a drunken driving charge in January after fatally striking a pedestrian in Jamesport has asked a Riverhead Town judge to return her client’s driver’s license. (more…)

02/24/15 3:47pm
02/24/2015 3:47 PM
Greenport Mayor David Nyce calls for order at Monday night's Village Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Mayor David Nyce calls for order at Monday night’s Village Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

What started as a discussion about a sewer hookup agreement with Peconic Landing at a Greenport Village Board meeting Monday night ended in arguments between current Greenport Mayor David Nyce and trustee candidate William Swiskey.

The dispute escalated further when an audience member — local property owner Perry Angelson — called out questions about the sewer deal during the meeting. (more…)

02/24/15 3:00pm
Two ice fishermen hard at work, drilling holes in the ice atop Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Two ice fishermen hard at work, drilling holes in the ice atop Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

In the year of the big freeze, Long Island’s East End presents myriad opportunities for a so-called third season, fishing what is known as “hard water.”

For those who venture out onto area ponds and small lakes, some basic tackle and a little common sense can produce excellent winter table fare and a way to get out of the doldrums. (more…)

02/24/15 12:00pm

Poetry at Poquatuck, an annual event of poetry readings, a pop-up gallery and “poetic pairings,” is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Orient’s historic Poquatuck Hall.

The evening will feature readings by poets Miranda Beeson, David Berson, Vivian Eyre, Suffolk Times columnist Pierre Gazarian, Billy Hands, Jason Hefter and Yvonne Lieblein, as well as Suffolk County poet laureate Pramila Venkaetswaran and former county poets laureate Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan and Ed Steve.

Artists will include Emily Bosworth, Morgan Gildersleeve, Gail Horton, Kristian Iglesias, Holly Mastrangelo, Estefany Molina, Cindy Pease Roe, Nadira Vlaun, William Steeple Davis artist-in-residence Sarah Prescott and former Steeple Davis artist Alan Bull.
Each poet has been paired with an artist and each reading will include one poem inspired by a work by the poet’s corresponding artist.

Admission is $10 at the door. Guests are welcome to provide their own beverages. Proceeds benefit Poquatuck Hall’s preservation efforts.

02/24/15 10:00am
Greenport Village resident Patt Rudder discusses AirBnB and short-term rentals at Monday evening's Greenport Village board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Village resident Patt Rudder discusses AirBnB.com’s short-term rentals at the Greenport Village Board meeting on Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Village Board, residents and business owners continued discussing concerns over short-term rentals during its meeting Monday night.

Greenport resident Patt Rudder told the Village Board that nearby homes are advertised on the website AirBnB.com as being able to accommodate nearly a dozen guests.

“All of these properties, with the exception of one or two, advertise that the entire house is for rent,” he said. (more…)

02/24/15 8:00am
Volunteer firefighters practicing ice rescues in Mattituck. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A volunteer firefighter giving a hand signal to rescue workers on shore during an ice rescue drill Monday night in Mattituck. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

The Jamesport and Mattituck fire departments ran an ice rescue drill Monday night at the southern end of Mattituck Inlet, where volunteers practiced pulling victims out of a frigid pool of ice dug into the creek.

Mattituck Fire Department Chief Steve Libretto said this winter’s historically cold temperatures have created very thick ice on waterways, making for ideal conditions for these types of drills. (more…)