12/31/10 4:14pm
12/31/2010 4:14 PM

George F. McAdams passed away on December 28, 2010, at San Simeon By the Sound, where he lived the last 16 months of his life. He was one month short of his 105th birthday.

Born February 1, 1906, in Brooklyn, he lived there until he moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, as an adult. George was partner in John McAdams and Sons, which made machinery for printing, and he enjoyed extensive travel around the USA, Central America, New Zealand, and the Far East for the business. He retired and moved to Southold some forty years ago, a place he knew from his youth after his parents bought property on Nassau Point in 1916.

His real life’s passion was for oil painting, which he learned first at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C., while stationed there during WW II running the printing presses for the OSS. He continued to paint for the rest of his life and was an active member of the North Fork painting group. His work was in exhibitions around the East End of L.I., and family and friends have been the happy recipients of many of his paintings of local scenes, still lifes, and his sometimes unorthodox version of scenes or of works of famous artists, including Picasso.

Always courteous and friendly, endlessly curious and extremely creative, he was especially appreciated for his wit and his delightful and often playful sense of humor, all of which he retained until his death. He loved books and read widely, so anyone wishing to make a donation in his honor can do so to the Southold Free Library for the purchase of books.

George McAdams is survived by his daughter, Nancy DeConciliis; granddaughter, Marina DeConciliis; and two great-grandchildren, who all live in Rome, and by three loving nieces and two nephews. The family wishes to thank San Simeon by the Sound for their very caring staff and good service.

A memorial gathering will be held soon and details will be announced.

This is a paid notice.

12/31/10 8:00am

SUFFOLK TIMES FILE PHOTO | SCWA construction crews added new water mains in East Marion late in 2010, but in keeping with residents' requests,no pipes crossed the causeway east into Orient.

2010 began with no public water service in Orient and that’s how the year ended as well.

But, oh what a fight took place in between.

The great Orient water main fight actually began in the fall of 2009, when the Suffolk County Water Authority announced the receipt of $3.8 million in federal stimulus funds to run three miles of new pipe from East Marion to the Browns Hills neighborhood in Orient.

But almost immediately a large number of residents objected, saying they don’t need the service, which would make otherwise unbuildable land ripe for development.

Despite the overwhelming – but not unanimous – community objections, the authority continued to press for the project. SCWA officials argued that with much of the area’s groundwater tainted with agricultural chemicals, it’s the organization’s duty to protect the resident’s health and wellbeing.

Asked to mediate, Congressman Tim Bishop reported a negotiated settlement with the authority agreeing to drop the project, but the water company later said that was not the case.

The authority ignored the Town Board’s claim that it can veto the expansion on the basis of the water map, drawn up 10 years ago with the authority’s approval identifying areas where public water would be appropriate. The Orient peninsula lies outside that area.

The Town Board voted unanimously against expanding the water map territory to include Orient.

The project appeared to hinge on a vote by the Town Trustees on the authority’s request to install the pipe near wetlands under the Trustees’ jurisdiction. In late August that board rejected the permit in a 4 to 1 vote.

During the fall SCWA board of directors narrowly voted against pursuing legal action against the Trustees, apparently putting the matter to rest.

In a move residents called retribution for their opposition, in November the SCWA voted to triple the annual water rates charged to the 24 Browns Hill homes connected to individual water treatment systems monitored by the authority.

The authority has since said it will see buyers for its North Fork operations center in Southold and about 100 acres of open lands near Laurel Lake.

12/30/10 8:40pm
12/30/2010 8:40 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Corinne Wiederkehr, a 6-foot senior center, scored nine points for Shoreham-Wading River.

As do many other high school girls basketball coaches, Dennis Haughney uses non-league games as preparation for the league season. To him, wins and losses in non-league games take a back seat to the quest for improvement.

With that view in mind, Haughney scheduled some challenging non-league contests for his Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats. They played teams like the Commack Cougars, the Comsewogue Warriors and the Wyandanch Warriors.

Although Shoreham-Wading River didn’t get many wins, it became a better team because of the experience, said Haughney. Proof of that was seen on Thursday night when the Wildcats, in their final non-league game of the season and final game of 2010, posted what had to feel like a refreshing win. After falling behind by 3-0, the Wildcats went on a 15-0 run and never looked back as they rolled, 51-32, over the Mattituck Tuckers. The result snapped Shoreham-Wading River’s four-game losing streak.

The game was played at Cutchogue East Elementary School because of work being done to the floor in the Mattituck High School gym.

“It’s nice to win a game like this after so many losses,” Wildcats small forward Meghan King said. “It feels good.”

King had a big hand in how the Wildcats performed. The sophomore accounted for 13 points and 14 rebounds — both game-high figures. She hit 7 of 8 free throws. King scored six of her points during that early run. Corinne Wiederkehr registered nine points for Shoreham-Wading River (2-5, 0-1 in Suffolk County League VI).

Afterward, Haughney was happy, and he had good reason to be. He saw his team execute a lot of the things it has been working on, and tough non-league opposition has helped.

“Without a doubt,” Haughney said. “It doesn’t matter if we go 6 and 0 or 0 and 6 [in non-league play]. When it comes down to the league, that’s when we’re going to have to start doing well.”

King understands the value of the experience her team gained from good non-league competition. “The non-league games, the losses, they hurt, but we know we are getting better,” she said. “Even though we did lose, we know we’re getting better and it is going to help us in the long run.”

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Liz Lasota was Mattituck's leading scorer with 10 points.

Another help is Shoreham-Wading River’s height. The Wildcats can have a formidable presence under the boards with the 6-foot-2 Chelsea Hughes, the 6-0 Wiederkehr and the 5-11 King. Hughes played her first game since missing a handful of them because of injury. “It definitely gives them a scare when Chelsea goes out there,” said King.

That sort of height can give teams trouble. The Wildcats won the battle of the boards on Thursday, 32-24, and enjoyed a 17-8 superiority in offensive rebounds.

It wasn’t a good night for Mattituck (2-6, 0-1 League VII). The Tuckers, playing their first game in 13 days, looked rusty. They shot a miserable 5 of 17 from the free-throw line. Their shortcomings on defense and boxing out did not please Coach Steve Van Dood, who complained about lazy play and silly fouls.

Not all of that could be blamed on the absence of Lauren Guja, a regular starter who missed the game with bronchitis. Van Dood said the Tuckers are still searching for the right rotation.

“It’s almost like you put one group out there, you gain a defensive edge, but you lose scoring,” he said. “Then you put your scorers out there, and you lose the defense. It’s like we can’t get that all-around five players who do everything. Again, it’s going to be a search, but I tell you, if girls aren’t producing, we’ll go to the young kids. That’s what’s going to happen. We’ll go to the bench.”

Van Dood said he saw a glimmer of hope in the play of freshmen Alexa Orlando and Shannon Dwyer. The top scorers for Mattituck were Liz Lasota with 10 points and Orlando with seven.

Mattituck pulled to within nine points of Shoreham by halftime, but the Wildcats then opened the third quarter with an 11-2 spurt.

“Something just wasn’t clicking,” Mattituck senior forward/center Katherine Wilcenski said. “We have a lot more potential than we’re showing in games.”

Van Dood can’t blame the loss on the venue. Last season the Tuckers went 2-0 in the games they played at Cutchogue East Elementary School against the Center Moriches Red Devils and the Babylon Panthers. “I like the gym,” he said. “It’s not a bad place to play. … It’s been a good place for us up until tonight.”

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12/30/10 8:00am

VERA CHINESE FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra

In the summer of 2009 corporate attorney Regina Calcaterra, a political unknown who had never before run for public office, announced her intentions to carry the Democratic banner in challenging veteran Republican State Senator Kenneth LaValle, an Albany institution with 33 years under his belt.

Widely regarded as an intelligent and aggressive alternative to the docile foes Mr. LaValle routinely crushed in the polls, Ms. Calcaterra represented her party’s first serious threat to the senator. With state Democrats hoping to hold on to their 32-30 Senate majority gained only two years earlier, and the GOP fighting to get back into power, the LaValle-Calcaterra race was one of a handful closely watched by both sides.

But when Election Day came, Mr. LaValle cruised to yet another easy victory, only Ms. Calcaterra wasn’t his opponent.
The New Suffolk resident dropped her candidacy in August after the second of two state courts ruled that she’s ineligible to run. The issue, first raised by a Democratic opponent and later carried by the GOP, is her state residency status.

As a partner in a Philadelphia law firm, Ms. Calcaterra owned a home and was registered to vote in Pennsylvania. In an income tax filing she also listed herself as a non-resident of New York. A State Supreme Court ruling later upheld on appeal found that Ms. Calcaterra was ineligible to run because she had not lived in the state for five consecutive years prior to the election.

In announcing the end of her candidacy, Ms. Calcaterra blasted an “underhanded, desperate legal challenge” brought by the LaValle camp. Mr. LaValle said the residency issue was first raised by Calverton Democrat Greg Fischer, who tried unsuccessfully to force Ms. Calcaterra into a party primary.

The Democrats then switched the nomination to attorney Jennifer Maertz, vice chair of the Brookhaven Democratic Party and a Calcaterra campaign staffer.

Mr. LaValle held on to his seat, defeating Ms. Maertz by close to a 2 to 1 margin.

12/29/10 8:02am
12/29/2010 8:02 AM

FILE PHOTO | A 7-Eleven is planned for where the Citgo gas station sits now.

The owners of the Citgo property on the corner of Factory Avenue and Route 25 in Mattituck got their wish for permission to put a 7-Eleven on the site just in time for Christmas.

The project met with widespread public disdain when it was first proposed by property owners GAZ Realty nearly two years ago.
The proposal was unanimously approved by the town Planning Board on Dec. 13. One of the project’s most vocal opponents, Democratic Party chairman Art Tillman, promised that the board’s action would not be forgotten.

“This Republican elevation of the property rights of one above community concerns will not be ignored in the next local election,” he said in a letter to the editor of The Suffolk Times this December.

Mattituck residents, shop owners and opponents of chain stores launched a petition campaign against the project early in 2009. The original proposal for a 750-square-foot expansion of the existing former Citgo building was denied by Southold’s Zoning Board of Appeals in March 2009.

The property owners scaled back the expansion to 685 square feet, but residents still fought the project. In protests in front of the site last fall and at a public hearing before the Southold Town Planning Board this past spring, they voiced their opposition.
The Planning Board’s vote to approve the project in December was unananimous.

The town is prohibited by state law from discriminating against the owners of chain stores, board members have noted. They also were swayed by the owners’ plans to help ease traffic congestion at the busy intersection by eliminating an entrance to the property that is close to the traffic light at the corner of Route 25 and Factory Avenue.

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12/28/10 10:43am
12/28/2010 10:43 AM

Farmers and other horticulturalists from across Long Island will meet in January to discuss the latest issues facing the agricultural industry here.

Those in attendance at the 30th annual Long Island Agricultural Forum will also discuss the latest environmental restrictions and guidelines — while accruing “important pesticide recertification credits,” said officials with the Long Island Farm Bureau, which is hosting the event.

New technology, changes in farmland preservation programs and solid waste management will also be topics of interest for local those in attendance.

The forum is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 13 and 14, at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus in Northampton.

Those looking to attend should register before Jan. 4, otherwise the $30 registration fee will increase to $45 per person.

For more information vicist www.ccesuffolk.org or call 727-7850, ext. 341.

12/28/10 8:00am

SUFFOLK TIMES FILE PHOTO | The Mattituck girls volleyball team

The Mattituck High School girls volleyball team might have surprised itself by making it to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships for the first time in team history. But then the Tuckers were perhaps taken aback by the caliber of competition they faced at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The Class C teams they went up against in semifinal pool play — the Falconer Central Falcons, Thomas A. Edison Spartans and Voorheesville Blackbirds — were anything but slouches. Mattituck didn’t win a single game, losing to each of those teams twice and going 0-6.

But it was the experience that they treasured the most.

“I can’t really look at it in a bad way that we lost because we did so much to get here, so it’s not so disappointing,” outside hitter Jessica Boomer, one of Mattituck’s 10 seniors, said after her team’s last game. Mattituck defeated the Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers in three games in the county final and then took down the Carle Place Frogs in four games in the Southeast Region final, bringing their record to 12-9.

After their final game in Glens Falls, the Tuckers and their coach, Frank Massa, received a standing ovation from their fans, who had made the trek upstate to support their team. Among the players, some tears were shed. They were tears of joy mixed with sadness. “I’m sad primarily because my volleyball career at Mattituck High School has to come to an end, but other than that, I’m so overwhelmingly proud of the team and myself for making it this far and playing so well,” Mattituck senior middle hitter Kim Krupski said. Mattituck senior outside hitter Lilly McCullough said, “It’s great to make history every once in a while.”

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12/28/10 7:59am

JANE STARWOOD PHOTO | The Old Field Vineyards' 2004 Blanc de Noir earned 90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

Long Island has always been known for its glitterati, but usually this refers to the socialites and celebrities hanging out in the Hamptons and sipping champagne. But today, the East End glitters with sparkling wines, many of them making headlines at international wine competitions. While all that glitters is not champagne — only wines from the Champagne region of France can rightly be called champagne — that’s just as well because these Long Island sparklers are making a name for themselves all on their own.

After toasting their first date with a glass of bubbly, Sparkling Pointe owners Tom and Cynthia Rosicki fell in love with champagne. Their choice to focus exclusively on sparkling wines and to grow all three of the traditional champagne grape varieties — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier — was a natural outgrowth of that love. When their first wines debuted in 2008, Sparkling Pointe hit the ground running, making news in 2009 when its Brut Seduction took Best of Class as Sparkling Sweepstakes winner in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. In 2010, the winery’s Brut was a gold medal winner and its Topaz Imperial Rosé placed with silver. Concurrent with this success, the Rosickis opened their spacious French manor house-style tasting room and winery on Route 48 in Southold in November 2009.

Sparkling Pointe’s winemaker, Gilles Martin, is no stranger to champagne either, hailing from Meaux, France, just outside the Champagne region. Before making his home on the North Fork, he served as assistant winemaker at California’s Roederer Estate and Louis Roederer’s Champagne house in Reims, France. Bringing this experience with him, Gilles first made a North Fork sparkling wine in 1997 at Macari Vineyards. He has also produced sparkling wines for Martha Clara and Sherwood House vineyards.

Following the same labor-intensive process as that used in Champagne, Gilles stresses that this traditional method of production “brings a lot of quality to the resulting wine.” Such sparkling wines undergo fermentation not just once, but twice, the second to harness the power of fizzy carbon dioxide created by the yeast as it “eats” the sugar and converts it into alcohol. After completing this task, the yeast dies off and eventually breaks down and settles within the bottle, providing yeasty, bready and toasty characteristics to the finished wine.

These characteristics are more pronounced the longer the wine is aged on the lees (yeast cells). And all of this happens within the same bottle in which the wine will ultimately be sold. The yeast cells are removed from the bottle through a process called disgorging and then topped up with wine and some sugar (known as the dosage), depending upon the level of sweetness desired.

When asked about Sparkling Pointe’s recent success, Gilles admitted, “You don’t ever expect to be No. 1 in the country, but I’m very happy. My belief that we can create quality wine on Long Island was confirmed by the competition in California. It was a pleasant surprise and a confirmation.”

Another “go to” guy for Long Island’s sparkling wines is Eric Fry, winemaker at the Lenz Winery. Eric has been a fixture on the North Fork since 1989, producing high-quality sparkling and still wines since his arrival. He observes that, “Some winemakers are afraid of making sparkling wine; it’s scary.” He’s referring to the need to rely on the yeast to do its work, while the winemaker waits a long time to see the results. However, Eric truly enjoys making sparkling wine and loves drinking it. He says the bright, fresh and crisp notes of sparkling wines are a great combination with local shellfish and seafood.

At Lenz, Eric crafts Cuvée, a sparkling wine produced from 100% Pinot Noir, which is aged on the lees for over five years, with the current vintage being 2004. With each release, the winery holds back 60 to 70 cases for an additional eight years of aging before disgorging the wine and selling it as Cuvée RD (Recently Disgorged). In addition to his Lenz sparklers, Eric works with Ros and Chris Baiz at The Old Field Vineyards to create a Blanc de Noirs, made from 100% Pinot Noir, which has received rave reviews from numerous wine professionals.

Eric makes a third Long Island sparkling wine with Lieb Cellars, where he produces a Blanc de Blanc from 100% Pinot Blanc grapes. Eric explained that Pinot Blanc is a nice, clean, fresh wine that makes a good bubbly, one that is pretty and delicate. This wine is aged for three years before disgorging and has garnered significant praise, having been hailed as the top American sparkling wine by Wine Spectator magazine and winning at the L.A .International Wine Competition. Even more telling, all 285 cases of the 2005 vintage have been sold.
While all of these sparkling wines have much in common, they remain unique from one another. As Eric explains, “What’s coming from the vineyard is all that matters.” He tastes the grapes and responds to the vineyard when creating his sparkling wines. “Each wine is totally different,” he says, “but, using the same process, you tweak it based upon what it tastes like.”

Miguel Martin, winemaker for Palmer Vineyards, is also a fan of sparkling wine. He previously produced sparklers at Gloria Ferrer in Sonoma, Calif., as well as cava, the sparkling wine of Spain. At Palmer, Miguel makes Sparkling Brut from 100% Chardonnay grapes. As with most traditional-method sparklers, the grapes are handpicked and whole-cluster pressed before being fermented cold. His wine spends two years on the lees prior to disgorging and has no residual sugar. Miguel feels that Long Island is a great place to make sparkling wines, noting that “the light alcohol, unique fruit flavors, lees contact and natural acidity blend nicely to create a really nice, well-balanced wine.” He admits to drinking sparkling wines throughout the year agrees with Eric that they are truly food wines.

Several other East End wineries produce sparkling wines; you’ll find current releases on the Wine List in this issue. Whichever Long Island sparkler you choose, it’s sure to glitter brightly in the glass.

Wine writer Tracy Ellen Kamens, Ed.D., DWS, CWE, holds a Certified Wine Educator credential from the Society of Wine Educators and a Diploma of Wine and Spirits, with merit, from Wine & Spirits Education Trust. She also holds the International Bordeaux Instructor title from L’Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux, and has completed both the Napa Valley Vintners’ Wine Educators Academy and Wine Australia USA AusWISE programs. With her husband, Jared Skolnick, Ms. Kamens runs Grand Cru Classes (GrandCruClasses.com), based in Mattituck.

12/27/10 1:40pm
12/27/2010 1:40 PM

BBOB GHOSIO COURTESY PHOTO | High surf in Southold, where a pair of homes were damaged during the weekend storm.

Angry seas and relentless winds from the post-Christmas nor’easter caused significant erosion along Southold’s Sound shore and ripped away parts of two houses in the Hashamomuck Cove area just east of Town Beach on the North Road.

The storm also chewed up much of the asphalt parking lot at Town Beach and left Soundview Avenue damaged.
“Today our nightmare came true,” was the post-storm assessment by Lynn Lasko, who owns a home on Hashamomuck Cove. She has long lobbied state and county officials to correct the loss of shoreline that also threatens County Road 48 along a narrow band of land between the cove and Hashamomuck Pond to the south.

“County Road 48 is 12 feet from being washed out,” she said.

The surf ripped decks and porches from the two houses and now threatens their foundations, according to Ms. Lasko. “It’s just a matter of one more high tide,” she said. “History repeats itself in a very sad way.”

Ms. Lasko’s home was built on the site of a house her parents owned. That building was destroyed by a storm on Christmas Eve 1994.

Several hundred feet of Soundview Avenue between Goldin Lane and Route 48 have been closed due to flooding that compromised the roadbed during the storm. It will likely remain closed until it is repaired.

“It’s pretty close to undermined. It’s not safe to put traffic over it,” Police Captain Martin Flatley said Tuesday.

The asphalt parking lot at nearby Town Beach was heavily damaged and it appeared the surf was crashing right up along the edge of the paved area, the captain added.

“It’s almost like the whole beach was taken away,” he said.

In late September, local officials took a tour of the eroded beach and talked to residents, who expressed anger over what they saw as the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s failure to take steps to stop severe erosion in the area.

Speaking during Tuesday’s Town Board meeting, Supervisor Scott Russell said representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had visited Southold earlier in the day to inspect the storm damage. Obtaining federal support seemed a long shot, he said, because it was not clear if the damage to public property met the countywide threshold of $4 million needed to qualify for emergency funding.

The town is preparing an estimate of the repair costs for Soundview Avenue. Mr. Russell said it could be an expensive undertaking because some parts of the road are on private property and the town may need to pay for easements to repair the damage.

The town is also seeking FEMA money to replenish sand lost at Town Beach, McCabe’s Beach and Kenney’s Beach.

In a study completed two years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers identified Hashamomuck Cove as an area in need of erosion protection.

On Sept. 22, residents who live in the 11 houses along the cove joined County Legislator Ed Romaine, Supervisor Russell and Town Trustee president Jill Doherty at a beach near Ms Lasko’s house to publicly chastise the state for not signing on to a proposed $4.5 million erosion study.

Hashamomuck is a natural cove with no shore-hardening structures that might create or contribute to an erosion problem. That makes an effort to solve the problem more complicated than just removing a jetty.

“Stop the studies, stop the back and forth,” Ms. Lasko said after the recent nor’easter. “Let’s pull together and correct this before all homes and the county road wash out.”

Town Trustee Dave Bergen said had been told by DEC regional director Peter Scully that the agency was ready to accept applications for emergency permits from Southold residents who had suffered storm-related structural damage.

The heavy snow that fell during the storm was less of a concern.

“The highway department worked around the clock and came through in stellar fashion once again,” said Mr. Russell.

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Beth Young contributed to this story


12/27/10 9:50am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Wind blows the snow around at Founders Landing.

While the storm that brought a foot of snow to the North Fork Sunday has stopped, the wind that is blowing it all around and making driving conditions particularly dangerous continues to roar.

Wind gusts are still being recorded at as much as 47 miles per hour in Mattituck Monday morning, where temperatures are in just the mid-20s. The windy conditions are expected to remain steady until tomorrow morning, where sunny weather is predicted and temperatures are expected to rise above freezing.

Southold officials are urging drivers who do not have to leave their home to stay put today, as the plows continue to clear area streets.

Southold Town police closed closed down Soundview Avenue in Southold just west of Town Beach because of the erosion to the sound bluff near the roadway., according to Capt. Martin Flatley.

Capt. Flatley said the only major problems caused by the storm has been the flood high tides.

“Most low lying areas were under water this morning at high tide and probably will be again at
the next high tide between 3 and 4:30 pm depending where you are,” Capt. Flatley wrote in an e-mail.

The storm also led to a delayed opening at Southold Town Hall, which will open its doors at noon.

Residents and vacationers looking to leave Southold today may need to make other plans. The Long Island Rail Road has suspended systemwide service indefinitely and all area airports are expected to remain closed until 4 p.m.

The storm also caused some power outages in Southold, where about 25 residents were still without power at 9 a.m., according to the Long Island Power Authority. But that is the fewest reported outages of any Long Island township other than Shelter Island.

The snow fell for nearly 24 hours Sunday into Monday, eclipsing the 10-inch mark around midnight in Orient, according to the National Weather Service.

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