03/31/15 8:00am
03/31/2015 8:00 AM
Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

With reports trickling out of Albany that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reached a tentative deal with lawmakers over the state budget and education reforms, local educators are calling for an independent commission to help develop policy moving forward.

According to published reports, Mr. Cuomo has backed off his demand to tie 50 percent of teacher evaluations to state test scores — up from 20 percent — and instead will task the state education department with improving the way teachers are evaluated.

As part of the deal, teacher tenure would increase from three to four years and schools will see big increases in state aid. (more…)

03/30/15 8:26pm
03/30/2015 8:26 PM
Liam Walker drove in five runs on 4-for-4 hitting for Southold in its 20-2 win over Greenport on Monday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Liam Walker drove in five runs on 4-for-4 hitting for Southold in its 20-2 win over Greenport on Monday. (Credit: Garret Meade)

FIRST SETTLERS 20, PORTERS 2

The start to the Southold High School baseball team’s season has been an indisputable hit. One after another after another after another …

And so it went on Monday afternoon. (more…)

03/30/15 1:51pm
The property includes mature vines producing pinot noir, merlot and chardonnay. (Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

The property includes mature vines producing pinot noir, merlot and chardonnay. (Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

One of Long Island’s pioneering wine families has sold nearly 90 acres of waterfront land in Cutchogue to a mystery buyer — including nearly 30 acres of mature vineyards — in an arrangement that will allow the family to retain control of those vines for nearly a decade.

The land in question amounts to just a small parcel of a vast amount of grape-producing acreage controlled by the Damianos family, which owns and operates about 130 vineyard acres for Duckwalk Vineyards as well as 360 acres for Long Island’s largest wine producer, Pindar Vineyards.

The move will not affect wine production, as the Damianos clan will maintain the land and harvest the grapes per a seven-year renewable lease, according to those involved in the deal.

Read more on northforker.com.

03/28/15 3:54pm
03/28/2015 3:54 PM
Carly Unger and the lost baby fox. (Credit: Courtesy of Nicholle Donohue)

Carly Unger and the lost baby fox. (Credit: Courtesy of Nicholle Donohue)

Nicholle Donohue and her daughter Carly Unger were driving on Main Road in Jamesport on Wednesday when they spotted a fur baby trotting along the roadside.

Thinking it was a small feral cat fending for itself in the cold, they decided to stop the car and help.

“We thought we saw a kitten walking on the road,” said Donohue, who lives in Mattituck. “So we pulled over and my daughter, being the animal lover and [savior] she is, jumped out and went to save it.”

Read the full story on northforker.com.

03/28/15 3:51pm
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Credit: Katharine Schroeder Photos

A freak spring snowstorm intensified just as the East End Emerald Society held its second annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Jamesport on Saturday.

Despite the weather, hundreds of happy parade-goers gathered along Main Road as local fire departments, pipers, and other groups marched through the wind and snow.

See more photos on northforker.com.

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…)