09/21/14 2:15pm
09/21/2014 2:15 PM
Pirate Warren Breuer, left, with guest of honor Paul Drum and mermaid Priscilla Kavanagh. (Credit:

Pirate Warren Breuer, left, with Paul Drum and mermaid Priscilla Kavanagh. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

The first annual Paul Drum Character Breakfast was held at Front Street Station in Greenport Sunday morning where mermaids and pirates roamed the dining room while guests enjoyed live music from anti-bullying artist Meredith O’Connor.

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09/20/14 12:00pm
09/20/2014 12:00 PM
Chrystyna Kestler talks about the latest efforts to ensure the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch in New Mexico becomes a reality for active troops, veterans and their families and Gold Star family members who have lost relatives in war. (Credit: JoAnn Kirkland)

Chrystyna Kestler talks about the latest efforts to ensure the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch in New Mexico becomes a reality for active troops, veterans and their families and Gold Star family members who have lost relatives in war. (Credit: JoAnn Kirkland)

When Chrystyna Kestler initially conceived of creating a ranch where active service members, veterans and Gold Star families could fi nd respite and rehabilitation for a week at no cost, she picked land she and her husband owned in Magdalena, New Mexico.

The choice of where to build was an easy one, considering the stunning beauty of the southwestern landscape. (more…)

09/20/14 8:00am
The Brooklyn Bridge. (Credit: freeimages.com)

The Brooklyn Bridge. (Credit: freeimages.com)

Yes, it’s true, I am a full-fledged curmudgeon. (Merriam-Webster definition: “A person [especially an old man] who is easily annoyed or angered and who often complains.”)

Let’s see: A person? Check. An old man? Check. Easily annoyed or angered? Check. Often complains? Check.

The list of my complaints is long and getting longer, but I will limit them to three for the purposes of this column.  (more…)

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09/20/14 12:24am
Greenport/Southold/Mattituck's Dylan Marlborough on a  quarterback keeper late in the game. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s Dylan Marlborough on a quarterback keeper late in the game. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PORTERS 21, BEARS 6

Now people will know who No. 18 is on the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck high school football team.

That wasn’t necessarily the case before Friday night’s game at The Stony Brook School. Not only wasn’t Dominick Panetta’s uniform number listed next to his name on the team roster, but his name was misspelled and he was listed as a sophomore (he is a junior).

Well, based on what he did in his varsity debut, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Panetta should be accorded greater respect in the future. In his first game for the Porters, Panetta caught a touchdown pass, made two interceptions (returning one for a touchdown) and recorded 4 tackles.

Guess who the unquestioned player of the game was in the Porters’ 21-6 win at Buyers Park? (more…)

09/19/14 1:39pm
09/19/2014 1:39 PM
Howard Meinke of Laurel, shown in a headshot that appeared with his guest columns in The Suffolk Times, died Thursday night.

Howard Meinke of Laurel, shown in a headshot that appeared with his occasional guest columns in The Suffolk Times and News-Review, died Thursday night.

The North Fork is a better place today thanks to the work of Howard Meinke, fellow environmental advocates and colleagues say.

He was a tenacious champion for the environment and for the quality of life issues affecting his neighbors. He always educated himself on the problems the North Fork faced before backing a solution.

Pine Barrens Society executive director Richard Amper said the North Fork might have become developed like Brookhaven Town had Mr. Meinke not been around.

“The problem with Brookhaven was that they didn’t have Howard Meinke,” Mr. Amper said. ”I don’t believe [the North Fork] would be the wonderful place that it is without him. He is the model, the consummate community advocate and I don’t know what we’re going to do without him.” (more…)

The newly completed Mattituck High School track features six lanes. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The newly completed Mattituck High School track features six lanes. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck-Cutchogue school board members have officially decided against naming the high school’s new track after former Superintendent James McKenna, but left open the possibility of naming the auditorium after him instead.

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09/19/14 11:00am
Greg Fischer (left) once worked on a campaign with Rent is Too Damn High party candidate Jimmy McMillon. The two, seen here in an undated photo, now share the same party line as Mr. Fischer runs for state comptroller. (Courtesy photo)

Greg Fischer (left) once worked on a campaign with Rent is Too Damn High party candidate Jimmy McMillon. The two, seen here in an undated photo, now share the same party line as Mr. Fischer runs for state comptroller. (Courtesy photo)

It’s September and Calverton resident Greg Fischer is breaking out the campaign signs again.

He used some of them during his unsuccessful run for Riverhead Town supervisor in 2012. A small section of the signs showing the office he ran for then have been cut away.

They’re the same signs he used in campaigns for town tax assessor in 2013 and the Riverhead school board this year. And they’re the same ones he’ll now use to run for New York State comptroller on the Rent is 2 Damn High party line.

Mr. Fischer’s running mate is two-time gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan, the YouTube sensation from New York City who wears black gloves and famously debated Andrew Cuomo in 2010 by answering questions with the response, “The rent is too damn high.”

It’s a race Mr. Fischer fully admits he is destined to lose.

“If you don’t have a major party endorsement, you’re not getting elected,” he told the Riverhead News-Review. “It’s mathematically impossible … I cannot possibly win.”

That won’t stop him. In fact, Mr. Fischer says he’ll never stop running for office. “I’m going to run at least once a year forever,” he vowed.

The goal, he says, is to eventually prove that someone who “refuses to play the game” with political parties can win the public’s vote.

“I’m playing by the real rules,” he said. “[The parties] are not playing by the real rules. They’re playing by some corrupt, under-enforced, secret government game.”

Mr. Fischer is actually surprised he’s made it this far into his most recent campaign. Some of his previous electoral runs were derailed by allegations of improper petition signatures and court decisions against him.

Mr. McMillan, his running mate, said Mr. Fischer was a “breath of fresh air,” though he took issue with Mr. Fischer’s assertion that he could not win.

Mr. Fischer, he said, “needs to understand my issues are not games or jokes.”

According to a biography on his campaign website, Mr. Fischer founded Micro Perfect, a strategy and software consulting firm that has “thousands of clients worldwide,” though he said the company’s website is <z9.940>now defunct and that he operates his company through “word of mouth.”

“I’ve got a backlog that could last me years and years,” he said.

He also ran The Political Patriot, a free newspaper that printed briefly in 2009, though he said he intends to restart the venture soon.

“Most of my days are filled with politics and being a single dad,” Mr. Fischer said.