08/20/14 10:34am
08/20/2014 10:34 AM
The McGann-Mercy football team practices Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

The McGann-Mercy football team practices Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Across Suffolk County on Monday morning, on the first day of practices for the high school football season, teams set out for the grueling start of two-a-days.

At Bishop McGann-Mercy, the official start of the season was met with patience. (more…)

08/20/14 10:00am
The Fishers Island High School sports teams are known as the Vikings. The school does not participate in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, playing against schools from Connecticut instead. (Grant Parpan photo)

The Fishers Island High School sports teams are known as the Vikings. The school does not participate in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, playing against schools from Connecticut instead. (Grant Parpan photo)

Located just 11 miles east off the tip of Long Island, the remote Fishers Island could be considered Southold Town’s forgotten hamlet.

The island has 236 year-round residents, who live 2 1/2 hours by boat from the New York mainland and are served by their own school system, police station, utility company and ferry district. And soon, Fishers Island may become Long Island’s easternmost village, supplanting East Hampton Village. (more…)

08/20/14 8:00am
A teen skates near a no-skateboarding sign in Mitchel Park Monday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A teen skates near a no-skateboarding sign in Mitchell Park Monday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Don’t worry, Greenport skaters. There may be signs around the village warning you to stay away, but there’s nothing on the books to actually back them up.

Village officials said they are now considering adding a section to the village code that would prohibit skateboarding, since the signs themselves are “unenforceable.”  (more…)

08/19/14 4:00pm
08/19/2014 4:00 PM
LIRR

LIRR riders board an eastbound train out of Riverhead last summer. (Credit: Steve Rossin, file)

Due to construction projects and track repairs, buses will be replacing Long Island Rail Road trains running between Ronkonkoma and Greenport beginning Sept. 2 and ending Nov. 16, the MTA announced.

The buses will replace four weekday trains — two eastbound and two westbound — between the two train stops while ties are replaced and grade crossings are restored.  (more…)

08/19/14 12:56pm
Pindar Vineyards proprietor "Dr. Dan" Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Pindar Vineyards proprietor “Dr. Dan” Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Herodotus Damianos, a medical doctor, North Fork wine pioneer and the founder of Pindar Vineyards, Long Island’s biggest wine producer, died on Monday, according to a family spokesman. He was 82.

Read more about his life on northforker.com.

08/18/14 10:52pm
08/18/2014 10:52 PM

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

With Old Timers Night featuring the annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony, it was an evening to recall the driving legends that have passed through the pit gate at Riverhead Raceway. Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead showed why he is on the path toward becoming a driving legend in his own right, sweeping the Twin 30 NASCAR Modified features on Saturday night.

The wins were Rogers’ sixth and seventh of the year, giving him a career total of 31, tying him with Tommy Washburn and Jackie Reinhard for sixth on the all-time win list. (more…)

08/18/14 12:01pm
More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out last Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

More than 200 North Fork residents upset by helicopter noise over their homes turned out last Monday night for a forum in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The hundreds of East End residents planning to protest helicopter noise during the East Hampton Town Board’s next regular meeting on Thursday are being asked to wait another week to voice their concerns.  (more…)

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08/18/14 10:00am
A prankster erected a smurf crossing sign after blue paint split on the roadway. (Credit: Cyndi Murrayphoto)

A prankster erected a smurf crossing sign after blue paint spilled on Route 48 in Cutchogue. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

It wasn’t a Smurf attempting to cross Route 48 in Cutchogue after all.

Southold Town was forced to pay out more than $7,000 to three drivers who had their vehicles damaged after a bucket of blue paint spilled off a town highway department truck on July 1 and splattered onto the road in Cutchogue, records show. (more…)

08/18/14 8:00am
(Credit: The Corcoran Group)

An indoor horse riding ring has been proposed for this Matttitucke estate. (Credit: The Corcoran Group)

Two weeks after an advertisement for an indoor riding academy in Mattituck created a stir at a Southold Town Planning Board meeting, a site plan application for a different indoor riding facility in the hamlet is now before the board. And this one could eventually be surrounded by a number of custom built homes. (more…)