06/28/10 12:00am
06/28/2010 12:00 AM

Southold Town Police were responding to reports of a fallen parachute, when they instead found a bundle of helium balloons floating in the Long Island Sound Sunday.
Police said “numerous” reports indicated that a person had parachuted into the water shortly after 7 p.m. The balloons were located about two miles off the Southold Town Beach.
The Southold Marine Unit and Southold Rescue responded to the call.
A similar incident was reported in Rocky Point earlier this month. The Coast Guard was dispatched in that incident.
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06/28/10 12:00am

A 53-year-old Mattituck man was unresponsive Monday after a lifeguard pulled him out of the water at New Suffolk Beach, Southold Police said.
Lifeguard Michael Liegey, 17, said Jerry Stephens was underwater for about 30 seconds Monday afternoon, before he could be pulled from the water. Mr. Steohens had been swimming in shallow water before he went under water, police said.
Several beachgoers helped Michael pull Mr. Stephens from the water, police said.
Mr. Stephens, who police said lives on Pacific Street, was transported to Eastern Long island Hospital by Cutchogue Rescue.
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06/26/10 12:00am
06/26/2010 12:00 AM

A Greenport man was arrested Saturday morning for driving without a license, Southold Town Police said.
Erick Herrera, 24, gave police a conflicting age and date of birth when he was stopped for a traffic violation on Route 48, near Cox Lane in Cutchogue at 8:05 a.m. He said he did not have identification on him.
He was arrested and transported to police headquarters, so he could be LiveScanned for identification.
He was released on cash bail and scheduled to return to court at a later date.

06/26/10 12:00am

TROY GUSTAVSON PHOTO
Members of the community gathered at Sixth Street Beach for
hands Across the Sand Saturday.

Greenport community members and their North Fork neighbors drew a line in the sand at Sixth Street Beach Saturday.
The beach was one of thousands of locations worldwide used Saturday for Hands Across the Sand — a movement for the protection of coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and the fishing industry.
Greenport was one of 11 Long Island locations to host a Hands Across the Sand event. The movement was born in Florida.
People gathered at the beach to form a line at 11 a.m. At noon they joined hands.
The movement is about “saying no to off-shore drilling, and saying yes to clean energy,” the event website says.

— GRANT PARPAN

06/24/10 12:00am
06/24/2010 12:00 AM

A Roanoke Avenue man has been charged with removing part of a bluff on his Soundfront property in Riverhead, and now his neighbors fear the surrounding vegetation is vulnerable and could possibly be wiped out by the next major storm.

Bill Osborne, whose home at 2705 Roanoke Ave. is one of two located on the beach at the end of Roanoke Avenue, has been charged with two town code violations for excavating without a permit and for taking material off the property.

The town attorney’s office said the couple could face fines of up to $7,000 a day for the damage.

Mr. Osborne did not return repeated calls for comment. He is scheduled to appear in Riverhead Town Justice Court on July 13.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation had been investigating, but declined to pursue the matter because the bluff was out of their jurisdiction, DEC spokesperson Bill Fonda said. The bluff was located behind a bulkhead and so was not part of the shoreline overseen by his agency, he explained.

Those living near the property were less than pleased with Mr. Osborne’s alleged actions.

Steve Garland, whose weekend house is next door, said that by removing a portion of the bluff, Mr. Osborne jeopardized the surrounding properties, including Mr. Garland’s land. The neighbor is now worried that his back steps might be washed into the ocean.

“Right now my stairs are roughly 20 feet away,” Mr. Garland said. “If nothing is done and we get a good rain,” meaning a serious storm with coastal erosion, “then my stairs could go.”

Bruce Davis, who lives in the Rolling Woods community, which has a deeded beach just west of the Osborne property, was outraged.

“This is very serious,” he said. “It’s just beyond belief that someone would remove the bluff.”

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06/24/10 12:00am

THURSDAY, JUNE 24

5 p.m. Greenport Planning Board work session, Third Street firehouse.

6 p.m. Southold Housing Advisory Commission meeting on Long Island Index 2010 Report, Town Hall.

MONDAY, JUNE 28

4 p.m. Southold Planning Board work session, Town Hall.

6 p.m. Greenport Village Board, Third Street firehouse.

TUESDAY, JUNE 29

9 a.m. Southold Town Board work session; 4:30 p.m. regular meeting, Town Hall.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30

9:30 a.m. Southold Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Hall.

THURSDAY, JULY 1

5 p.m. Greenport Planning Board, Third Street firehouse.

06/24/10 12:00am

The Arts

Opening reception for ‘Children at Play,’ drawings/paintings by Elizabeth Nehls, Friday, July 2, 5-7 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. All welcome. 298-4134.

Benefits

Second annual Vincent Nasta Foundation Golf Outing, Tuesday, July 13, at Swan Lake Golf Club, Manorville. Signup at noon; shotgun start 1:30 p.m. Fee per golfer $175; dinner only $60. Includes lunch, beverage cart on course, raffles and contests, cocktails with 2-hour open bar at 6:30 p.m. and buffet dinner 7 p.m. Proceeds support VNF educational scholarships. [email protected], vincentnastafoundation.org.

CRAFTS

Old Town Art and Crafts Guildsnow fence show and sale on guild grounds, Cutchogue, Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain date Sunday, July 4. 734-6382, oldtownguild.com.

Family Fun

Family Festival, Friday-Saturday, July 2-3, 6-11 p.m.; Sunday, July 4, 4-9 p.m. at the Inn at East Wind, Wading River. Carnival benefits Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Festivals

Jamesport Fire Department’s 55th annual Bazaar and Fundraiser, Tuesday-Friday, July 6-9, 6-11 p.m. and Saturday, July 10, 4 p.m.-midnight at Community Center. Pay one price $25, unlimited rides until 10 p.m. Wednesday’s parade starts 7 p.m. at Washington Avenue, travels Route 25 to Manor Lane. Fireworks Saturday. 722-3817.

Film

‘The African Queen’ Friday, July 2, 1:30 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Film classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Free. 298-4134.

Food and Drink

Summer Breeze Wine Cooler, Saturday, July 10, 6-10 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead, hosted by North Fork Environmental Council. Portion of proceeds supports Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Peconic Bay Scallop Restoration Program. Tickets $50; includes buffet dinner, cash wine bar, dancing to music by the East End Trio, raffle and horse-drawn carriage ride through the vineyard. Limit 60 people. RSVP: 298-8880, nfec1.org.

Oyster Roast, Sunday, July 4, 4-10 p.m. at Widows Hold, Greenport. Proceeds benefit Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine program in Southold. Tickets $75; includes food and music by the Teddy Charles Band. RSVP: 212-488-2626.

Chicken BBQ, Saturday, July 10, 4-6:30 p.m. at Mattituck Presbyterian Church. Take out only, $15. Tickets and information: 298-8276, 298-9192.

Annual Chicken BBQ, Saturday, July 10, 4:30-7 p.m. at Old Steeple Community Church, Aquebogue. Barbecue chicken, corn, potato, coleslaw and watermelon. Adults $15; children under 12, $10. Call 727-7224.

For All Ages

Cutchogue Lions Club 40th annual Classic Car Show, Sunday, July 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Capital One Bank Operations Center, Mattituck. Features over 250 vehicles on display; 70 trophies will be awarded. Free parking; refreshments and rest rooms available. Admission $5; children under 12 free. Car registration $20 day of event; pre-registration $15. Fee includes car, driver and one passenger. 765-6262, [email protected]

For Bargain Hunters

Victorian Jackson health and beauty sale, Tuesday, July 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., sponsored by ELIH Auxiliary in Eastern Long Island Hospital conference room, Greenport. High quality cosmetics and Avani skin products. 477-5196.

Community yard sale, Saturday, July 3, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Mattituck, to benefit Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach Program. With fresh baked goods, refreshments and live music. Donation items may be dropped off at church parking lot Friday, July 2, after 3 p.m. and before 7 a.m. day of sale. No clothing. 727-6831, 727-7973.

Vendors wanted for Greenport Rotary Club’s 19th annual Art and Crafts Fair slated for Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Capital One Bank Parking Lot, Greenport. Rent space $50; must provide your own table. Set up 8 a.m. No rain date. 765-3609, [email protected]

Annual La Leche League of Greenport’s yard sale fundraiser, Saturday, July 3, at 421 Second St., Greenport. Furniture, clothing, books, toys etc. Donations accepted. 477-5914.

Giant yard sale, Saturday, July 3, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Aquebogue. Rain or shine. 722-4000.

Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society’s annual yard sale of antiques and collectibles, Saturday, July 3, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on museum grounds in Mattituck. Furniture, aeronautical magazines, handmade crafts, plants, herbs and baked goods. Donation $1 at entrance. Rain date Sunday, July 4. 298-1930.

For Children

Renaissance Summer Camps 2010 at East End Arts Council: Kids’ Camp for ages 5-8; summer arts camp, fine arts camp, theatre camp, jazz/rock/blues/pop camp for ages 9-14. Information and registration: 369-2171, eastendarts.org.

Holiday

Riverhead 4th of July weekend celebration: Kirby Jolly 40-piece band concert, Saturday, July 3, 7 p.m. on Peconic Riverfront behind stores on Main Street. Sunday, July 4: Tommy Keys and his band, 5:30 p.m.; Brady Rymer’s Childrens Show, 7 p.m. behind stores on Main Street. Free admission. Annual Fireworks on the Riverfront, 9-10 p.m. at Peconic Riverfront, Grangebel Park,. 727-0048.

Fireworks at Riverhead Raceway, Saturday, July 3, 9-10 p.m.

Southold Village Merchants’ 13th annual Fourth of July Parade, Sunday, July 4, noon; route moves along Main Road from Boisseau Avenue to Tuckers Lane. All welcome. 765-4100.

In the Garden

Cornell Annual Open House, Saturday, July 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center, Riverhead, sponsored by the Cornell Gardeners. Plant sale, children’s corner, display garden tours, classes, covered wagon farm tours, demonstrations, perennial and annual trial garden tours and more. Admission free. 727-3595, longislandhort.cornell.edu.

Music

Summer Showcase Concert Series, Wednesday, July 7,7:30 p.m. on Town Green at Silversmith’s Corner, Main Road, Southold, features East Bound Freight. Bring seating. Rain location Southold United Methodist Church. Free; donations appreciated. All welcome. 765-3598.

Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could at Silversmith’s Corner, Southold, Tuesday, July 6, 6 p.m., presented by the North Fork Libraries. Dancing encouraged. Rain location Southold United Methodist Church.

East End Arts Council music classes include beginning and intermediate group guitar for kids, electric guitar players’ rockshop, electric bass players’ rockshop, summer chamber music, EEAC choir and kids chorale group. Information and registration: 369-2171, eastendarts.org.

Jazz Improv evening with masters Billy Johnson and Teddy Charles, Thursday, July 8, 7-8:30 p.m. upstairs in East End Arts Council’s Carriage House studio, Riverhead. Fee $10 at door; members and music students free. 369-2171, eastendarts.org.

Townscape Summer Concert Series features Who Are Those Guys? Friday, July 2, 7-8:30 p.m. on grounds of East End Arts Council, Riverhead. Dixieland, big band and pops. Free. All welcome. Rain location: Vail-Leavitt Music Hall.

Theater

‘Edward Albee’s Occupant,’ Sunday, July 4, 8 p.m. at Poquatuck Hall, Orient. Repeat performance by Jere Jacob and Thomas DeWolfe, an imagined interview with long-dead sculptor Louise Nevelson. Donation, $10.

The Written Word

Summer Lunch Break Story Theater for adults, Tuesdays, July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 and 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport. Bring lunch and listen to a reader performing a short story, in new garden space or indoors. All welcome. 477-0660.

Book discussions at Mattituck-Laurel Library: ‘Death at La Fenice’ by Donna Leon, Tuesday, July 13, 4 p.m.; ‘A Drink Before the War’ by Dennis Lehane, Wednesday, July 27, 4 p.m. Led by Bev Wowak. Copies available. 298-4134, ext. 6.

Book Club, Thursdays, July 22 and 29, 5:15 p.m. in community room at Congregation Tifereth Israel, Greenport. Both sessions focus on “My Mother’s Sabbath Days” by Chaim Grade. Moderated by Rabbi Myron Fenster. All welcome. 477-0813.

06/24/10 12:00am

The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky.

A white sky bomb fizzed on a black line.

A rocket hissed its red signature into the west.

Now a shower of Chinese fire alphabets,

A cry of flower pots broken in flames,

A long curve to a purple spray, three violet balloons —

Drips of seaweed tangled in gold, shimmering symbols of mixed numbers,

Tremulous arrangements of cream gold folds of a bride’s wedding gown —

A few sky bombs spoke their pieces, then velvet dark.

The little boat at anchor in black water sat murmuring to the tall black sky.

Carl Sandburg

On July 2, 1776, when the Continental Congress passed the Declaration of Independence, delegate John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail: “I am apt to believe that this day will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival … It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore.”

Much has happened since that day in 1776 in the United States, but we have indeed celebrated the Fourth of July in a way that would make John Adams proud. It’s a holiday that usually features backyard barbecues, picnics and always casual food. Our country has been a huge melting pot of people from all over the world since those early days, and the foods we eat on every occasion reflect that fact. Here are some recipes that might have been called exotic when I was young but are now in the mainstream thanks to the many immigrant families who celebrate the Fourth of July as Americans.

From Italy:

Caponata

(Cold Eggplant Appetizer)

Peel and cut 1 eggplant into half-inch cubes. Place them in a colander and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon coarse salt. Put a plate on top and let drain for 30 minutes. Dice 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 onion and 1 cup celery. Saut until soft in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Remove vegetables and add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the hot pan. Add the diced eggplant and cook until golden. Return the pepper mixture along with 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1 drained can of diced tomatoes, 1 diced zucchini, 2 tablespoons capers and 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts. Cook briefly, uncovered, and add 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 6 sliced green olives and 2 tablespoons tomato paste. Heat to boiling, remove and refrigerate 2 hours or more.

Serve cold or at room temperature. Serves 4-6.

From Greece:

Arni Souvlaki (Lamb Kebabs)

Trim the fat and gristle from a boneless leg of lamb and cut into 2-inch cubes. Prepare a marinade by combining 1/4 cup red wine, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1/2 cup minced onion and 1 tablespoon minced garlic. Season with 1 teaspoon each of coarse salt, oregano and thyme. Toss lamb in marinade and refrigerate 2 hours.

Prepare the kebab ingredients by cutting 1 green pepper and 1 red pepper into 1 1/2-inch squares. Cut one medium-sized onion into wedges and trim the stems off of 12 mushroom caps. Thread the meat, peppers, onion and mushroom onto metal skewers, leaving a little space between ingredients. At service time, brush the kebabs with marinade and grill over high heat until medium rare, about 8-10 minutes.

Serves 4-6.

From Poland:

Paprikas Csirke (Chicken Paprika)

Cut 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 2-inch pieces. Toss them in a bowl with 1/2 cup of seasoned flour. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saut pan. Saut the chicken pieces at high heat to a golden brown color. Remove chicken, lower heat and add 1 cup chopped onion and 1 tablespoon minced garlic to the pan. Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of the seasoned flour and stir. Add 2 tablespoons tomato paste and 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika. Saut briefly and add 1 cup chicken broth. Bring the sauce to a boil and add back the chicken pieces. Simmer for 10 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, saut 2 cups sliced mushrooms in 2 tablespoons butter in a separate pan. Add the mushrooms to the chicken along with 1 cup sour cream. Check for seasoning and serve over wide, whole-grain noodles.

Serves 4-6.

From Germany:

Warmer Kartoffelsalat Mit Speck

(Potato Salad with Bacon)

Rinse 2 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes and place in 2 quarts of boiling water. Simmer, in their skins, until tender — about 30 minutes. Remove potatoes and let cool.

Saut 6 strips of bacon until brown and remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Add 1 1/2 cups chopped onion to the bacon pan and cook until soft. Stir in 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 1/4 cup beef broth, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon each of coarse salt and pepper.

Peel the potatoes and cut into slices. Dice the bacon and add it to the potatoes in a bowl. Pour the onion mixture over the potatoes and check for seasoning. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm.

Serves 4-6.

From Mexico:

Guacamole and Tomato Salsa

Guacamole:Cut 2 ripe avocados in half, remove the pit and scoop out the flesh. Chop coarsely and place in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice and toss. Add 1/2 cup minced onion, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced. Fold in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro and season with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt.

Tomato Salsa: Cut the cores out of 1 pound of vine-ripened tomatoes and dice with a sharp knife. Place in a bowl and add 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced, 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro. Season with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt.

(Tomato salsa and guacamole must be done with fresh, ripe ingredients at the last minute. They make excellent accompaniments for grilled poultry, meat and fish.)

From the Midwest:

Homemade Lemonade

Purchase 8 lemons and squeeze to make about 1 3/4 cups lemon juice. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice along with 4 cups cold water. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon wedge and fresh mint.

John Ross, a chef and author, has been an active part of the North Fork food and wine community for more than 35 years. E-mail: [email protected]

06/24/10 12:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO
Ron Rossi, left, a member of Southold Town’s Landmark Preservation Commission, and commission vice chairman Mel Phaff with the mile marker located on the south side of the North Road, just west of Southold Town Beach. According to Mr. Phaff, the markers, which are scattered throughout the North Fork, were once nearly three feet tall, but have either sunk into the ground or were shortened when roads were regraded.

Twenty-three stone markers along Route 25, marking the miles from Laurel to Orient Point, are a legacy of the British North American colonies’ postmaster general, Dr. Benjamin Franklin. The granite stones have survived more than 250 years of change and are one of the most complete sets of original mile markers in the Northeast.

Local historians are concerned that their continued survival is far from a sure thing.

“Theoretically, a snowplow could go by and that’s it. The marker disappears,” said Ronald Rossi, a member of the Southold Historic Preservation Commission, who helped identify some of the markers as recently as this May. “What I’m interested in doing is getting the state to have an official identification for each of the markers. That way if someone damages or steals one, you’d have a way to protect it under the law. The law has teeth.”

For the last two years, Mr. Rossi has been working with the state Department of Transportation to develop a plan for protecting the markers by law. So far, he said, the response from state officials has been positive, but funding could be a potential roadblock.

“When they come up with a plan and come up with the funding, then maybe we can get something to happen,” he said. “Since we’ve found all the markers and have a handle on the problem, it may just be possible.”

Although most of the stones in Riverhead have disappeared over time, 23 of an original 30 markers still stretch east along Main Road, Boisseau Avenue and Route 48 from Laurel to Orient Point. Many of the stones, Mr. Rossi said, are visible from a passing car, though most drivers overlook them.

Local records indicate that the stones were placed during Benjamin Franklin’s service as the British crown’s deputy postmaster general for North America. According to local legend, Dr. Franklin himself traveled down the old “King’s Highway” (now Route 25) by horse and carriage, planting wooden posts every mile to show a traveler’s distance from “Suffolk Court House,” now known as Riverhead. A group of workers followed behind and replaced the posts with the large granite rocks, each marked with the number of miles from that point to “Suffolk CH.”

“They’re really quite significant,” Mr. Rossi said. “Back in colonial times, they charged for mail by the mile, and they used these mile markers to tell how far the mail was going to go. Benjamin Franklin was responsible for the northern postal system, and this became one of his projects.”

At the time, Mr. Rossi said, England’s King George II had organized two postal franchises, one for the northern colonies and one for the southern colonies. Dr. Franklin was responsible for the northern franchise and personally oversaw the completion of as many postal routes as he could.

“Franklin worked out a measuring device called a weasel so that every mile would pop,” said James Grathwohl, chairman of Southold Town’s Historic Preservation Commission. “When the little weasel went ‘click,’ he stopped the carriage and indicated to his workers where to put the marker.”

For stones that have survived more than two centuries of change, many historians believe it’s a wonder the markers are still recognizable. Most people, Mr. Grathwohl said, mistake them for roadside gravestones. Others assume they’re just rocks by the side of the road.

The five-inch-thick granite blocks stand an average of three feet above ground. The only thing, for instance that distinguishes mile marker 14, just east of Skunk Lane, from a gravestone is its unassuming inscription, “14M to SUFFOLK CH,” which can be easily overlooked by a passerby.

“They’re all over the place, if you stop to look,” Mr. Grathwohl said, “but many people just drive by and say, ‘Oh, what’s that … just somebody’s cemetery stone.'”

Although the focus of Mr. Rossi’s preservation project will be the Franklin markers, those are not the only milestones in the area. Riverhead’s Hallockville Museum Farm has one of the last remaining markers from a set planted along Sound Avenue in the mid-1800s. The Hallockville stone, whitewashed and repainted to say “15M to GREENPORT, 15M to WADING RIVER,” is on the Hallockville grounds, across the street from its original location, and is a prominent feature in museum tours.

“It may not be important to everybody,” said Mr. Rossi, “but when you have good things, interesting things, that hold significance to our history, it’s important. Especially in times when we have so much turbulence, that history is an anchor. If you know where you came from, it helps you know where you’re heading.”

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06/24/10 12:00am

Summer is here and to give you a hand locating the best resources to make the season a fun and educational one for your kids,  The Suffolk Times brings you our annual Children’s Directory. In it you will find information about camps, parties, activities and much more. To view a PDF of the Children’s Directory, click here.