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The scene at Orient Point Monday, soon after three men were rescued in Plum Gut Harbor, north of the Orient Point Lighthouse. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The scene at Orient Point Monday, soon after three men were rescued in Plum Gut Harbor, north of the Orient Point Lighthouse. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Three Greenport men were rescued Monday after their boat capsized in Plum Gut Harbor off Orient Point, Southold Town police said.

Rony Palencia, 43, Jhony Palencia, 17, and Emidio Choy, 22, were in a 17-foot center console boat near the Orient Point Lighthouse at around 11:15 a.m. when their vessel began taking on water, police said.

The three men were rescued by other boaters after the vessel capsized, officials said.

No injuries were reported.

A Southold Town bay constable then picked up the stranded boaters and transported them to Klipp Park in Greenport, police said. Their vessel was towed by Douglas Marine to the same location, officials said.

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The first “Wine Country” signs were installed 25 years ago. (Credit: Suffolk Times archive)

25 years ago this week

First ‘Wine Country’ signs erected

It was 25 years ago this week that the North Fork was officially dubbed Long Island Wine country in signs welcoming visitors to the region.

The original Wine Country signs, donated by the Long Island Wine Council, were placed on Main Road in Aquebogue, Southold and Orient and along Sound Avenue in Riverhead, we reported in the Aug. 31 issue of The Suffolk Times.

40 years ago this week

Cafeteria prices on the rise

Mattituck school officials announced that the price of school lunch was being raised 10 percent to 55 cents to cover an increase in food production costs, we reported in the Aug. 29, 1974 issue of The Suffolk Times. A half-pint of Milk was increasing to seven cents, we reported.

The district said it was doing everything it could to keep lunch costs affordable.

60 years ago this week

Eastern Long Island again struck by hurricane

Hurricane Carol struck the North Fork on Aug. 31, 1954, causing more than $10,000 in damages to Greenport’s electrical system. Fifty trees were uprooted in the storm, we reported in that week’s issue of The Suffolk Times.

“Probably the most severe monetary loss was suffered by farmers whose crops took a tremendous beating,” we wrote.

Work begins on East Marion Fire House

Construction began 60 years ago this week on the East Marion firehouse.

“The colonial type building will house up to five pieces of apparatus with an auditorium and kitchen,” we wrote.

75 years ago this week

Greenporter’s model sub at World’s Fair

A model of the original Holland submarine that was designed by then-Southold Town Assessor Kenneth Monsell was receiving “great attention” at the Long Island Exhibition at the 1939 World’s Fair, according to an article in the Aug. 31, 1939 issue of The Suffolk Times.

The 53-foot submarine was the first under-sea boat to run submerged for any considerable distance by self-contained power.

Preliminary trials and the official final tests for the boat had been conducted in New Suffolk before its launch in 1898. It remained in the hamlet through a long period of neglect before it rusted “beyond redemption,” we reported.

‘The Wizard’ comes to Greenport

“The Wizard of Oz” opened at the Greenport theater on Aug. 31, 1939, running for three days. Of the film, The Suffolk Times wrote: “The film has kept the delightful flavor and exact story of the book, and added magnificence, beauty, life, humor and some of the year’s best music.”

90 years ago this week

Local woman wins $5

Miss Ruby Goldin won a $5 prize in a costume contest at Arcade Hall in Southampton this week, we reported in the Aug. 29, 1924 issue of The Suffolk Times. She wore a Wrigley chewing gum dress she designed herself.

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RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

After spending a year racing off Long Island, John Fortin of Holtsville returned to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Riverhead Raceway, a track where he is a three-time NASCAR Modified champion. After a challenging start to this season, Fortin made a long-awaited triumphant return to victory lane Saturday when won a 35-lap race, the 28th of his career in Riverhead. (more…)

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Nightly Mattituck rentals listed through airbnb.com.

Nightly Mattituck rentals listed through airbnb.com.

It seems like a win-win, renting out that rarely used summer home, or even your own home, to make a few extra bucks.

But residents across the East End, irked by an influx of short-term renters popping up in their otherwise close-knit neighborhoods, are questioning the trend, and saying it is compromising their quality of life.

Some of them gathered at Southold Town Hall last Tuesday asking the Town Board to address what they say is a trending new industry.  (more…)

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A state mediator settling a contract dispute between Southold and the town’s civil service employee’s union has released a fact-finding report that suggests the salary increases the union is seeking would “make it difficult, if not impossible for the town to function.”

The report, which isn’t binding, also suggested employees contribute more to their health insurance policies, and that the town should institute an evaluation procedure.

The report also calls the union’s request that its president to be able to leave work for three hours each day for union business would be “excessive,” (more…)

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09/01/14 12:00pm
Laughing Waters resident Dennis Gallagher made this wooden sign in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Laughing Waters resident Dennis Gallagher made this wooden sign in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Of all the North Fork’s scenic and peaceful neighborhoods, there’s only one where the street names harken back to an 19th-century epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Laughing Water in Southold.

A small, private community along Corey Creek, Laughing Water was once the domain of Cedric Wickham, a former owner of Mattituck Airport and fan of Native American lore.  (more…)

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Greenport Village Hall

Greenport Village Hall.

Update (11 a.m.): After a brief outage, power has been restored to all areas of the Driftwood Cove apartment complex in Greenport, village officials said.

Original story: Parts of the Driftwood Cove apartment complex in Greenport are expected to be without power until mid-afternoon Friday as village electric crews work on equipment. (more…)

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James Lawrence is escorted into town court last week. (Credit: Paul Squire)

James Lawrence is escorted into town court last week. (Credit: Paul Squire)

They find their window screens torn. They’ll notice patio furniture moved around, or broken. And sometimes, in the snow-covered mornings of winter, they can see footprints leading up to their homes.

These are the signs of a serial Peeping Tom a handful of Greenport residents say has been terrorizing them for years.  (more…)