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…)

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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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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…)

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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.

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A 36-year-old man was arrested Thursday in Mattituck and charged with stealing someone’s wallet and lottery tickets, Southold Town police said.

Dominic Lando, who police say is undomiciled, was “passed out on a porch” on Bay Avenue shortly before 8:30 p.m. and found to be in possession of the stolen items, officials said.

Mr. Lando was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property and held for an arraignment, police said.

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Next in our series is Mattituck’s top students. Read more about Courtney Murphy and Christian Van Cleef, the Class of 2015’s Valedictorian and Salutatorian, below. 





GPA: 101.2450 (weighted), 99.0980 (unweighted)

College plans: Villanova University

Major: business

Team player: Courtney played varsity soccer, varsity basketball, travel soccer and summer league soccer and basketball. She earned several honors including All League Soccer, Academic All County Soccer, All League Basketball and Academic All County Basketball. She also won several sports awards, including For the Love of the Game Booster Club Award, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award and Suffolk Zone Award.

All business: Courtney earned third- and fifth-place awards in the Distributive Education Club of America’s regional competition. She was named an Advanced Placement Scholar With Distinction and Student of the Month for history and foreign language. She won a New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence first-place award and is a Rube Goldberg contest winner. She also landed on the High Honor Roll every quarter since seventh grade.

Giving back: Courtney participated in several community groups, including serving as president of the Leo Club, and she volunteered for Maureen’s Haven, the Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival, Relay for Life and Letters to Soldiers. She was also a tutor for Spanish, algebra and trigonometry.

Parting words: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my high school career and my experiences at Mattituck have surely helped shape me as a person. So many great memories have been created here and I’m thankful for having grown up in such a wonderful community.”




GPA: 99.09 (weighted), 97.69 (unweighted)

College plans: Brandeis University

Major: international relations/philosophy

Helping hands: Daniel volunteered for San Simeon by the Sound and the China Conservation and Research Center. He also helped with a fundraising effort at North Fork Reform Synagogue in Cutchogue.

Team player: As a varsity soccer player, Daniel earned several honors, including this year’s state championships and the Scholar Athlete Award. He also played with Mattituck Alliance and the Brookhaven Summer Soccer League.

A little bit of everything: Daniel was president of the World Language Club and participated in several groups: the Leo Club, student council, executive student council, Math League, National Honor Society and DECA.

Internships: During high school, Daniel held internships at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, Good News Planet and Copal Partners-London (Copal Amba).

Parting words: “I’m glad I at least had the foresight to learn out of passion rather than out of necessity, but whether that’ll be valuable to me or not depends on what’s yet to come. I’ve learned to be less rigid as a person and to take greater and more frequent risks. I believe that you learn more from what you do poorly in high school than what you do well. I hope that I learn no lesson in vain.”