04/17/15 2:00pm
04/17/2015 2:00 PM
The New Hampshire chickens at Shinn Estate Vineyard in Mattituck lay their eggs in old wine barrels. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The New Hampshire chickens at Shinn Estate Vineyard in Mattituck lay their eggs in old wine barrels. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The USDA considers the popularity of raising chickens in backyard coops a “ growing phenomenon” across America.

The North Fork is no exception.

Read more about raising backyard chickens on northforker.com.

04/17/15 10:38am
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO  The East Hampton Town Board Thursday night voting on restrictions on aircraft flying into and out of East Hampton Airport. From left, Councilman Fred Overton, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Supervisor  Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez.

The East Hampton Town Board Thursday night voting on restrictions on aircraft flying into and out of East Hampton Airport. From left, Councilman Fred Overton, Councilwoman Sylvia Overby, Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc and Councilwoman Kathee Burke-Gonzalez. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

The East Hampton Town Board voted Thursday night to place restrictions on flights into and out of its airport. (more…)

04/16/2015 10:21 PM

The Mattituck school board has adopted a $40.2 million budget carrying a 1.73 percent increase to next year’s tax levy.

Under the state-mandated tax cap, the district could have presented a budget carrying a 2.4 percent increase in the tax levy without needing 60 percent voter approval.

Superintendent Anne Smith said the proposed 2015-16 budget reflects a $159,000 spending increase to maintain current programs and cover a technology infrastructure improvement project, among other expenses.

Due to an estimated decrease in pension costs, coupled with an increase in state aid, Dr. Smith said the district plans to complete long-awaited projects like fixing the roof at Laurel Annex.

The school board unanimously adopted the budget without discussion at Thursday’s meeting. School board president Jerry Diffley and trustee Jeff Smith were absent.

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04/16/15 10:09pm
Mattituck junior Darius Brew took first place in the high jump with a height of 6 feet during Thursday's dual meet against Wyandanch. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mattituck junior Darius Brew took first place in the high jump with a height of 6 feet during Thursday’s dual meet against Wyandanch. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

WARRIORS 95, TUCKERS 55

One of the longest road trips in Suffolk County high school boys track and field came to an end on Thursday. For the first time since 2008, according to coach Mike Miller, Mattituck hosted a home dual meet.

Because Mattituck’s old cinder track had been deemed unusable for meets, the Tuckers had to hit the road for all their meets in the years since 2008. That was until Thursday. (more…)

04/15/15 5:30pm
Southold fire chief Peggy Killian meets with Suffolk arson squad investigators as they arrive on the scene of a fatal house fire in Southold Wednesday. (Credit: Grant Parpan photos)

Southold fire chief Peggy Killian meets with Suffolk arson squad investigators as they arrive on the scene of a fatal house fire in Southold Wednesday. (Credit: Grant Parpan photos)

A Southold woman was killed during a house fire Wednesday morning, authorities said.  (more…)

04/14/15 10:15pm
04/14/2015 10:15 PM
Greenport Village treasurer Robert Brandt says residents will see a tax increase this year, despite the Village cutting back. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Village treasurer Robert Brandt says residents will see a tax increase this year, despite budget cutbacks. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Not only will Greenport Village’s budget remain under the state-mandated tax levy cap in 2015-16, but its levy will actually drop by about 1 percent, according to a preliminary budget presented at Tuesday night’s public hearing.

And yet, taxes are still set to go up.

That’s because the assessed value of village properties plummeted by nearly $160,000 to total about $4.91 million, mostly due to grievances and appeals that were ruled in the property owners’ favor.

(more…)

04/09/15 3:35pm
04/09/2015 3:35 PM
Matt Drinkwater singled in one of Greenport's runs on Thursday in Port Jefferson. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Matt Drinkwater had two hits and singled in one of Greenport’s runs on Thursday in Port Jefferson. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

ROYALS 14, PORTERS 6

John Drinkwater seems to have found a home away from home, even if his Greenport High School baseball team hasn’t.

Since their home field wasn’t prepared to host a game on Thursday, the Porters had to take their “home game” on the road, to Port Jefferson’s Scofield-Desiderio Park, a sunken field bounded by trees that provide a stadium-like affect. It can be considered a hitter’s heaven. Drinkwater would readily agree to that. (more…)

04/03/15 4:58pm
04/03/2015 4:58 PM
Geoffrey Fleming is leaving Southold in May to become the new director of the Huntington Museum of Art, located in Huntington, West Virginia. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Geoffrey Fleming is leaving Southold in May to become the new director of the Huntington Museum of Art, located in Huntington, West Virginia. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Longtime Southold Historical Society director Geoffrey Fleming is stepping down next month.

Mr. Fleming, who was appointed to the position in 2003, is leaving to become the new director of the Huntington Museum of Art, located in Huntington, West Virginia. (more…)