07/15/15 11:19pm
07/15/2015 11:19 PM

North Fork Osprey Bobby Honeyman bats in the first inning of Wednesday's all-star game. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Eddie Haus posed for a picture alongside Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League president Brett Mauser when a woman came rushing toward the field, camera in hand.

Haus, an outfielder for the Shelter Island Bucks, turned and smiled wide as the woman steadied her camera for a shot of her own.

It was his mother.  READ

07/15/15 2:11pm
Decapitated goats and fruits and vegetables were discovered dumped in Calverton (courtesy photo)

Decapitated goats and fruits and vegetables were discovered dumped in Calverton last month (Credit: SPCA courtesy photo)

After a series of gruesome animal deaths believed to be “ritual killings,” The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals asking for volunteers to help investigate cases of animal cruelty.

In a news release, SPCA Chief Roy Gross said more investigators are needed due to the upsurge in animal cruelty cases, including the killings discovered in Riverhead and Calverton.

The first killing was discovered last month when three decapitated goats were found in Calverton. Then last Thursday, a Riverhead Town employee found three mutilated chickens on the railroad tracks near Hubbard Avenue.

Both the SPCA and the New York State Humane Society have offered thousands in rewards for information about the killings.

“We do believe it’s a ritualistic killing from some of these religious groups that think it’s OK to slaughter animals unjustifiably,” Mr. Gross said last week. “All too often this has been happening and it’s time to put a stop to it. We’re not in the dark ages any more.”

The SPCA is also conducting a joint investigation with Southold police into a duffel bag containing seven dead cats that was left on a beach in Orient last Thursday evening.

Volunteer investigators must pass a background check and have a valid drivers license. They will receive training on a variety of topics, including animal cruelty laws, criminal justice procedures, report writing and courtroom testimony.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722 for more information and an application or go to the agency’s website to download an application.

07/15/15 1:37pm
The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Mattituck Park District says it must either sell this parking lot off Pike Street or develop it as parkland. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Mattituck Park District residents overwhelmingly approved a proposal to sell the Pike Street parking lot in Mattituck to Southold Town in a referendum last Tuesday.

The vote was 95 to 7 in favor of selling the land for $230,000.

The park district acquired the lot for $2,500 in 1948 pursuant to a special park district referendum, but the 1941 state legislation that created the district requires that it either develop a park on the .75-acre parcel “or divest itself of the parcel,” according to park district attorney David Prokop.

Since the land was never developed as a park, the district decided to sell it.

“We really had no business ever being in the parking lot business, so it’s very refreshing that the people of Mattituck allowed us to do the transfer,” said park district commissioner Jerry Goehringer, co-chair of the three-member commission.

The next step is for the town and the district to close the sale, he said.

The park district owns and manages several parks and beaches in Mattituck and Laurel.

Southold Town already authorized the sale and issued a $250,000 bond, which includes costs like title searches and surveys, and that bond was not challenged in a 30-day permissive referendum, according to town attorney Bill Duffy.

“We have received the contract,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said by email after the vote. “If everything goes well, we would hope to be able to close 30 to 45 days from the signing.”

tgannon@timesreview.com

Mattituck farmer Douglas Cooper in May, 2015, shortly before he was elected to an eighth term on the Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Mattituck farmer Douglas Cooper in May, 2015, shortly before he was elected to an eighth term on the Mattituck-Cutchogue Board of Education. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

Douglas Cooper said the number of cashbox thefts at his Mattituck farm stand had grown significantly in the summer of 1995.

“It got to the point where it wasn’t once a week,” he told The Suffolk Times in an article published on Aug. 3 of that year. “It was every day.”  (more…)

07/09/15 7:45pm
07/09/2015 7:45 PM

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One month from Thursday, July 16, will mark the 110th anniversary of the Eastern Long Island Hospital Association’s first meeting. An all-volunteer organization at the time, the precursor to the hospital’s current board of directors gathered in 1905 to establish the building blocks of a community hospital.

At the time, various committees were formed, including one tasked with exploring how to convert the hospital — originally housed in a former residence — into a place where people could come for health care services.

More than a century later, Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport is on the verge of joining one of Long Island’s largest health care systems. Its board of directors voted unanimously July 9 to begin the process of affiliating with  Stony Brook University Hospital, merging the small, rural facility with an organization that boasts a $1.1 billion annual budget and hosts Suffolk County’s only level-one trauma center and academic medical center.

“It was not a tough call to make,” said ELIH board chairman Thomas Murray. “At least, in the final weeks it wasn’t.”

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07/03/2015 4:00 PM
Ian Husak with the Vietnamese flag on a fishing boat in Ha Long Bay. (Credit: Ian Husak courtesy photos)

Ian Husak with the Vietnamese flag on a fishing boat in Ha Long Bay. (Credit: Ian Husak courtesy photos)

When Ian Husak first arrived in Vietnam, he didn’t have the benefit of international data on his phone. There was no GPS in his pocket to direct the Mattituck High School graduate from Ho Chi Minh City to Mui Ne, a journey of more than 130 miles on a motorcycle across foreign terrain.

“I had no map,” he recalled. “I spent the whole day wondering, ‘Am I going the right way?’ ” (more…)

07/03/15 3:44pm

A 57-year-old man was arrested Friday on a drunken driving charge in Greenport, Southold Town police said.

Richard True of Orient was driving on Route 25 and was pulled over shortly before 12:30 a.m. after failing to signal during a lane change and driving over the double-yellow line, police said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and held for an arraignment, officials said.