10/23/14 4:08pm
10/23/2014 4:08 PM
Credit: Katharine Schroeder file

Eastern Long Island Hospital (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Officials from Stony Brook Medical Center and North Shore-LIJ medical care systems confirmed reports Thursday that they are in affiliation talks with both Peconic Bay Medical Center and Eastern Long Island Hospital.

The news comes two years after Southampton Hospital announced that it’s been in talks with Stony Brook. (more…)

10/23/14 3:28pm
A six-mile stretch of Main Road would be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A six-mile stretch of Main Road is being pitched for an historic district. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

The National Register Historic District proposed for Main Road in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel has already been rejected by the Riverhead Town Board — and it appears to be one heading that way with the Southold Town Board as well.

“The Town Board had decided that the fate of the proposed district in Southold would be left to the will of the property owners who own land included in the proposed district,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said. “We have had 19 owners raise objections and only four show support. Southold cannot support the proposed district moving forward based on those figures.” (more…)

10/23/14 1:48pm
Captain Sid Smith stands at the bow of the Merit in Greenport this summer. Mr. Smith and his two crew were dubbed heroes after they rescued four people who were thrown into stormy seas Wednesday night when their tugboat sank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Captain Sid Smith stands at the bow of the Merit in Greenport this summer. Mr. Smith and his two crew were dubbed heroes after they rescued four people who were thrown into stormy seas Wednesday night when their tugboat sank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Greenport fishing boat captain and his two crew members rescued four people from heaving seas and high winds when their 55-foot-long tugboat capsized and sank off the Rhode Island coast last night.

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10/23/14 1:00pm
The Southold and Greenport high school drama clubs present 'Don't Drink the Water.' (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Southold and Greenport high school drama clubs present ‘Don’t Drink the Water.’ (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Southold and Greenport high school drama clubs will present their third joint production, “Don’t Drink the Water,” Friday to Sunday, Oct. 24 to 26. The classic Woody Allen comedy will be performed in Southold’s district auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.  (more…)

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10/23/14 10:00am
Greenport vacation homes currently listed on airbnb.com.

Greenport vacation homes currently listed on airbnb.com.

Although Greenport has long been a hot spot for vacation rentals, the increasing popularity of websites that allow homeowners to lease their properties on a short-term basis has residents and village officials concerned.

On Monday, the Village Board agreed to revisit its zoning code on short-term rentals amid the rising use of websites like Airbnb, which allow homeowners to lease their properties for a little as one night. The conversation was prompted by complaints from residents and village officials alike that the hotel-like operations are disrupting otherwise quiet neighborhoods. (more…)

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10/23/14 8:00am
Southold land preservation coordinator Melissa Spiro thanked the Sinatra Family of East Marion for their donation during Tuesday's board meeting. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southold land preservation coordinator Melissa Spiro thanked the Sinatra Family of East Marion for their donation during Tuesday’s board meeting. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The Southold Town Board voted unanimously to move forward with preserving two parcels as open space, one of which is being donated to the town for conservation.

Richard and Camille Sinatra of East Marion have offered the town a 10-acre property off Kayleigh’s Court that is currently zoned for residential housing. (more…)

10/22/14 11:41pm
10/22/2014 11:41 PM

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Small roster sizes are nothing new for the high school football team that plays in Greenport. For decades the Porters have had to make do with what they had in terms of low player numbers.

But when the plug was pulled on the remainder of Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s season on Tuesday, it sent a shock wave through the North Fork, particularly in Greenport, which has a proud tradition in the sport. (more…)

10/20/14 11:44am
Bethzy Lopez in 2012.  (Credit: Fe Fuerza Vida, Spanish language newspaper of the Diocese of Rockville Centre)

Bethzy Lopez in 2012. (Credit: Courtesy of Fe Fuerza Vida, Spanish language newspaper of the Diocese of Rockville Centre)

Bethzy Lopez lived life to the fullest, those who knew her said.

The 7-year-old loved dressing up and painting her fingernails: pink and purple were her favorite colors to splash on the end of her fingers.

The Greenport girl also loved attending birthday parties, going to church and playing with her two younger siblings.

“No matter what her obstacles were she just charged right through them,” said Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate, who was close with Bethzy and her family. “She was bright, funny, and bilingual.”

Bethzy died Sunday after living with a genetic disorder that affected her heart and lungs, and prevented her body from getting enough oxygen. She was tethered to an oxygen tank by a tube inserted in her throat and she was the size of a 1 1/2-year-old child, Sister Margaret said.  (more…)