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Dear Marci,
I just received a letter in the mail labeled ‘Annual Notice of Change.’ What is this?
Riley

Dear Riley,
The Annual Notice of Change is a notice your Medicare Advantage plan or Medicare Prescription Drug plan sends you every year. The notice explains how your plan’s coverage and costs are changing for next year. Your plan must make sure you get your notice in the mail by Sept. 30. It’s very important that you read your notice and consider all your options, since many plans make changes every year and your current plan may not be your best choice for 2012. Your notice comes at the end of September so you can determine whether it is best to keep or change your plan for next year during the fall open enrollment period between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7.

When you review your notice, pay particular attention to the summary of the new formulary for covered drugs. The plan’s formulary may have changed for next year and new restrictions may have been added. Be sure the new formulary still allows you to get the drugs you need. If you do not see one or more of your drugs on the summarized formulary, call your plan or check its website for a full list of covered drugs and, if necessary, consider switching to another drug plan.

You should also review the notice for consolidations and terminations. Plans from the same company that offer nearly identical benefits continue to be consolidated to help simplify the choices available to consumers. If your plan is consolidated with other plans, you will automatically be enrolled in a plan from the same company that has benefits most like those you had. Even though you will automatically be enrolled in another plan, you have the right to choose and enroll in a different plan during the fall open enrollment period.

Terminated plans no longer participate in Medicare. If your plan has been terminated, you can use the open enrollment period to enroll in a new one. In this case, you are also entitled to a longer enrollment period that lasts through Feb. 29, 2012, to find a new plan.

Dear Marci,
Will Medicare cover counseling to help me quit smoking?
Toni

Dear Toni,
Yes, Medicare covers counseling to help you quit smoking.

Medicare covers counseling for two attempts to quit smoking per year. Each attempt includes four sessions, which comes to eight sessions every 12 months. You can receive counseling at a clinic, the outpatient department of a hospital or a doctor’s office — including offices of physicians, psychologists or clinical social workers. A doctor or an approved Medicare provider must perform the counseling.

If you have Original Medicare, you no longer pay coinsurances or deductibles for smoking cessation counseling if you have not been diagnosed with an illness that is caused or complicated by smoking, and if you see a Medicare-recognized doctor or other health care provider. Medicare also covers smoking cessation counseling for people with Medicare who have been diagnosed with a disease or condition caused or aggravated by smoking. In this case, Medicare will pay 80 percent of the approved amount for smoking cessation counseling, after you meet your Part B deductible.

If you are in a Medicare Advantage private plan, contact your plan to see what rules and costs apply. Starting in 2012, Medicare Advantage plans can’t charge you for preventive services that don’t have cost-sharing under original Medicare.

Marci’s Medicare Answers is a service of the Medicare Rights Center, the nation’s largest independent source of information and assistance for people with Medicare.

09/30/11 12:12pm

A Southold man faces a felony assault charge after striking another man in the face with a bottle during a Thursday night fight, police reported.

Allen Paul Brown Jr., 20, was charged with second-degree assault after striking another man during a dispute at Lakeside Garden Apartments on North Street, according to police. The other man suffered a deep laceration on the right side of his face and was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital for treatment, police said.

Mr. Brown, who was arrested shortly after midnight, was held overnight pending arraignment.

09/30/11 11:49am

At the wineries

Bedell Cellars, Cutchogue

Live Music: Jon Divello, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2-6 p.m., Take 3, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-6 p.m. 

Castello di Borghese Vineyard, Cutchogue 

Winemaker’s Walk, Thursday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 2, 1 p.m. Fee $20. RSVP.

Sangria and Friday Night Flights: Live music with Liza Coppola, Friday, Sept. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Open Mic Night with Cowboy Kevin, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Clovis Point, Jamesport

Live Music: Susan Giordano jazz duo, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-5 p.m. 

Corey Creek Vineyard, Southold

Live Music: Home Groan, Monday, Oct. 3, 5-9 p.m.; Chris Hurley, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5-9 p.m.

diliberto winery, Jamesport

Fall Friday Nights, Friday, Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m., and Fall Saturday Nights, Saturday, Oct. 1, 6-9 p.m. Bring food. 

Live Music, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, 2-5 p.m.

Duck Walk Vineyards, Southold

Live Music on the Patio, Saturday, Oct. 1, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Jason’s vineyard, Jamesport

Live Music: Alyson Faith, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2-6 p.m.; Tommy Keys, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-6 p.m.

Lenz winery, peconic

Farmers & Artisans Market, Saturday, Oct. 1, 3-6 p.m.; wine tasting, micro-farmers, local purveyors, live music. Free.

Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead

Live Music: Mud Puppy, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m.; Hart & Soul, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2-5 p.m.

Osprey’s Dominion, Peconic

Live Music: The Lone Sharks, Saturday, Oct. 1, 1:30-5:30 p.m.; Nina Et Cetera, Sunday, Oct. 2, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Barbecue grills available.

Peconic Bay Winery, Cutchogue

Open Mic Night with Rocky Divello, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m.

Live Music: The East End Trio, Friday, Sept. 30, until 9 p.m.; Highway 49, Saturday, Oct. 1, 1-5 p.m.; The Earthtones, Sunday, Oct. 2, 1-5 p.m.

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic

Live Music: Saturday, Oct. 1, 1-5 p.m.

Sherwood House, Jamesport

Live Music: Paul Helbig, Friday, Sept. 30, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 1, 2-6 p.m.

Shinn Estate Vineyards, Mattituck

Vineyard walk with Barbara Shinn, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, 1:30 p.m. $12.50. RSVP.

Wine experience conversation with David Page, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, hourly 1-4 p.m. $25. RSVP.

food & drink 

‘Slow Food Crawl’ in downtown Riverhead, Sunday, Oct. 2, 4-7 p.m. Wine tasting at East End Arts, appetizers, entrées and desserts at various local restaurants. Sponsored by Slow Food East End.

classes & workshops

‘Winter Garden Care,’ plant workshop with Nanette True at Sang Lee Farms, Saturday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

family fun

Fall Festival at Cooperage Inn, Baiting Hollow. Saturdays and Sundays, noon-6 p.m., through Oct. 23, plus Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 10. Food, music, pony rides, face-painting, more.

Family Fun Days at Harbes Family Farm, Saturday and Sunday afternoons through Oct. 30. Live music, pony rides, educational sing-along, hayrides and more.

Farm & Market

Greenport Farmers Market, the North Fork’s only weekly farmers market, open Saturdays through Oct. 15, 8 a.m.-noon, in the parking lot at First and Adams streets. Visit GreenportFarmersMarket.com or facebook.com/GreenportFarmersMarket.

Farm Fresh Food Market, open Saturdays through Oct. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., David W. Crohan Community Center, Flanders. 287-5745.

Music

Live at the Indigo, Thursdays, 7-11 p.m., Trevor Davison plays piano at Bistro 72, Riverhead. $1 per drink is donated to East End Arts.

These are events that do not meet Times/Review Newspapers’ requirements for calendar listings.

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The Arts

Opening reception, Friday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. for Friends of Riverhead Free Library’s 46th annual photography contest show. 727-3228.

Opening reception for “Favorite Places, Suffolk County,” Friday, Oct. 7, 6-8 p.m. at Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead. Juried photography competition and exhibition of new and historic images featuring contemporary photographic work juxtaposed with selected images from Society’s Fullerton collection. On view through Nov. 19. 727-2881.

Benefits

Fundraiser in memory of Rick Terry, Sunday, Oct. 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead. All proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research through the Emma Wheeler Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Food, silent auction/chinese auction, live music, door prizes, cash bar. Tickets $40; purchase at Lobster Roll Restaurant, Riverhead, send check payable to Emma Wheeler Pediatric Cancer Foundation to 3174 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901 or call 680-7655. Tickets also available for pickup at the door.

Classes and Workshops

Gyotaku: Japanese Art of Fish Printing, Saturday, Oct. 8; 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Southold Indian Museum. Turn a real fish into a painting with oil and water paints. All supplies provided. Fee: $30, $25 members, materials Fee: $15. Advanced class, 1:30-5 p.m. Register: 765-5577.

Crafts

20th annual Fall Craft Fair & Chinese Auction, Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on grounds of Aquebogue School, hosted by Aquebogue PTO. Rain or shine. Handcrafted items, baked goods and food, chinese auction, baskets galore, 50/50, Aquebogue Apparel, special performance by Riverhead PAL cheerleaders & Riverhead Polish Dancers. 998-3043.

Entertainment

First Friday Open Mic Night, Friday, Oct. 7, 7-10 p.m., part of The Music Project @ at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold. 765-2626.

Festivals

4th annual Plant & Sing Arts & Food Festival, Columbus Day weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9 at Sylvester Manor educational farm, 80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. Family-friendly weekend of cultural and farming events headlined by Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Farm-to-table experience with cooking demonstrations, garlic planting and sweet potato harvesting. Local vendors sell food and beverages. Proceeds support Sylvester Manor’s educational programs. Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com/event/187771; checks accepted at farm stand at Sylvester Manor. Ticket prices include on-site parking. 749-0626, sylvestermanor.org.

36th annual Riverhead Country Fair, Sunday, Oct. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. features live entertainment all day, vendors, farm animals and pony rides, agriculture, homemaking and needlecraft competitions, vegetable decorating contest, food and local produce, carnival rides and midway, folk music & arts, garden and pedal tractor pulls, more.

Horse and Scarecrow Festival, Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Hallockville Museum Farm, Sound Avenue, Riverhead. Sponsored by IRIE. Rain date Oct. 15. Riderless horse show 10 a.m., shooting competition 1 p.m., scarecreow exhibit, storytelling, pony rides, food, vendors. Fee. hallockville.com.

Fall Harvest Festival, Sunday, Oct. 9, noon-3 p.m. at Havens House Museum, Shelter Island, rain or shine. Hosted by Shelter Island Historical Society. 749-0025.

Food and Drink

Holiday Appetizers, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Mattituck. Learn to make four delicious, quick and easy appetizers for holiday entertaining; take home samples and recipes. $5 per person. Space limited. Register in advance at Circulation Desk. 298-4134.

Chicken dinner fundraiser, Wednesday, Oct. 12, hosted by Greenport Fire Department Rescue Squad, noon-8 p.m. at Soundview Restaurant, Greenport. Tickets $18, available from squad members, at door, or by calling Dan Creedon, 477-8717.

For All Ages

Antique Show and Bake Sale, Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Old Town Art and Crafts Guild, Main Road, Cutchogue. Features contents of North Fork homes/estates, baked goods, white elephant table and more. 734-6382, oldtownguild.com.

For Automobile Enthusiasts

Classic Auto Show, Sunday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Big Duck Ranch, Flanders Road., Flanders, sponsored by Friends of the Big Duck. Oldies music by Vinnie V, trophies and raffles. Car registration $15 advance, $20 at gate. Admission $5, children free (with adult). 284-3737, bigduck.org.

For Children

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Play Days, Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Railroad Museum of Long Island, 416 Griffing Ave., Riverhead. Adults $7, children $4, children under 5 free. Kids can play with Thomas tracks and toys to play with, color pictures of Thomas and his friends, ride Pumpkin Patch Train, select a pumpkin for face painting and more. Drawing held each day for two tickets to a “Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine.” Play Day Kit includes wooden boxcar for painting, wooden train whistle, engineer’s bandana and striped hat. Pre-order online at www.ultimatethomas.com or purchase at door for $7.50. 765-2757.

For Teens

Candy Wrapper Bag & Wallet program, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Registration required: 734-6360.

Lectures and Seminars

A Virtual Journey to the Forbidden City, Lhasa, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2-4:30 p.m. at Southold Indian Museum. Dr. Arthur Goldberg, professor of chemistry and environmental science at C.W. Post/Long Island University and ardent nature photographer, shares images and adventures of his recent trip to Tibet. Minimum requested donation $5 for adults and children 14 and over; includes access to museum exhibits and refreshments; members free. 765-5577.

The Natural World

North Fork Audubon Society’s walk with Jody Levin, Monday, Oct. 10, meet 8 a.m. at Red House Nature Center, Inlet Pond County Park, Route 48, Greenport. Drive to Bitner property on Soundview Avenue for mini hawk watch. Bring chair. RSVP. 680-0515, [email protected]

Autumn Woodland Walk, Saturday, Oct. 8, 10. a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Sylvester Manor, 80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island. Join Peconic Land Trust for walk with arborist and horticultural consultant Ray Smith. Explore gardens and woodlands of 200-plus-acre estate and learn about its mature trees and specimen shrubs. After, stay for the “Plant and Sing Festival” (see separate listing). $5/person for walk only, $25/walk and festival day pass. Tickets at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Information at www.sylvestermanor.wordpress.com, 749-0626. Rain cancels woodland walk,

The Sciences

Observe the Moon Night, Saturday, Oct. 8, dusk-midnight, Custer Institute observatory, Southold. Suggested donation $5 adults, $3 children under 14, members free. Check weather first, 765-2626, custerobservatory.org.

Sports and Recreation

4th annual Corcoran Cares for CAST 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Oct. 8, registration 8-9 a.m., race begins 9:30 a.m. at Fifth Street beach. Fees $20 pre-registration/$25 day of race. Flat and fast run through Greenport Village. 477-1717.

Jamesport Fire Department’s 10K race, Saturday, Oct. 15, registration begins 7 a.m. at Jamesport Town Beach; race begins 9 a.m. at Iron Pier. Fee $20 pre-registration and $25 day of race. See wwwJFD10krun.com or email Robert Sikora at [email protected] for more information.

Tours and Trips

Lighthouse Cruise, Saturday, Oct. 8, depart 9 a.m. from Greenport, cruise with expert along Gardiners Bay and Long Island Sound to see and photograph famous North Fork lighthouses, including Long Beach Bar “Bug” Light, Orient Point, Plum Island, Little Gull, Race Rock, Latimer Reef and North Dumpling. Fee — $95 per person, $60 for teens/children — includes box lunch and complimentary glass of L.I. wine or bottle of water. Registration/information: eastendseaport.org, [email protected], 477-2100. Groups welcome.

The Written Word

Double Book Reading and Signing, Saturday, Oct. 8t, 3 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, Greenport. Teresa Svoboda “Bohemian Girl” and Jackson Taylor “The Blue Orchard.” Free. 477-0660.

Ongoing Events are listed here as space permits.

The Arts

Sculpture Garden at Brecknock Hall, One Brecknock Road, Greenport. On view through November. 477-3800.

‘A Passion for Paint’ – Paintings by Patricia McCarthy; In display case: Fish Carving by Mark Vosburgh, through September; The Artists of Manor Hill Art Studio, through October at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. 298-4134.

Red Dot Exhibit Competition for Art Collectors, on view through Oct. 7 at East End Arts gallery, 133 E. Main St., Riverhead. 727-0900.

Southold Historical Society, Main Road and Maple Lane presents fall exhibit ‘The Versatile Reverend–The Photographs of Loren A. Rowley,’ little known photographer who served as minister at East Marion Baptist Church while working as a professional photographer. Exhibit open Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. through Oct. 9. southoldhistoricalsociety.org.

Photography exhibit by Patrick Haggerty “Heads Up,” through October at Southold Free Library, Main Road. 765-2077.

East End Arts members Patricia Feiler and Bob Miller exhibit series of paintings depicting North Fork landscape at Rosalie Dimon Gallery at Jamesport Manor Inn, 370 Manor Lane in Jamesport. On view through Nov. 2. 727-0900.

Brain Games

Duplicate bridge with Kathy Fibkins, Tuesdays, noon at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Open to all; 734-8096.

Bingo, Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. at Moose Lodge, Riverside Drive, Riverhead. Gaming begins 7:30 p.m. 727-6667, 779-2694.

Mah-jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon, and Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. 298-4134.

Food and Drink

Community supper, free soup kitchen for all in need, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Agnes R.C. Church parish hall, Sixth Street, Greenport. 765-2981.

Free lunch, Almuerzo Gratis for ages 6-18, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 130 Osborne Avenue, Riverhead. 727-3338.

For Children

Playdates with the Southold Mothers’ Club: Wednesdays at Cutchogue/New Suffolk Library, Pre-school Playgroup (19 months-5 years), 9:30-11:00 a.m. [email protected] Wee little Ones Playgroup (birth-18 months), 11:00-noon, [email protected] Weekend Toddler Playdate, for times and locations contact [email protected]

Crafts for Kids at Southold Indian Museum, Sundays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 1080 Main Bayview Road. Fee: $5 per child per craft; must be accompanied by adult. Registration appreciated but not required. 765-5577.

Health and Fitness

Free beginner’s Hatha Yoga classes, Sundays, 3-4:15 p.m. at Mary Smith Recreation Center, Greenport. Bring non-skid, body-length mat. 765-3005.

History

Sail the Seven Seas, new exhibit at East End Seaport Museum, Third Street at Ferry Dock, Greenport. Meticulously hand crafted ship models replicating famous seagoing vessels of the last four centuries. Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Tuesdays. Group tours available. 477-2100.

The Sciences

Every Saturday, dusk to midnight: Stargazing at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold. 765-2626. To arrange group visits, e-mail [email protected]

The Written Word

The Yellow Barn at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. open for book purchases Mondays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 727-3228, ext. 0.

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COURTESY PHOTO | Deacon Jeff Sykes, aided by altar servers, blesses News-Review columnist Eileen Benthal's dogs Taffy, Lorenz and Madias at a previous recent blessing of the animals at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck.

Looking for something local to do this weekend? The Suffolk Times weekend guide has got you covered. Check out our listing of this weekend’s happenings. Or, you could visit our weekly calendar under the community tab on our homepage.

• If you’re looking to get your pet blessed, this is the weekend to do it. Three “blessing of the animals” ceremonies are planned for the North Fork this Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, a blessing and celebration of the animals will be held at Old Steeple Church at 656 Main Road, Aquebogue at 11 a.m. Optional donations will be given to a local animal shelter. A blessing will also be held Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 71305 Main Road in Greenport at 4 p.m. On Sunday, a blessing will be held on the front lawn of Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church on Main Road in Mattituck at 1:30 p.m.

• This Sunday also marks the 13th annual Antique Automobile Show at Hallockville Museum Farm. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., is sponsored by Peconic Bay Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Show car registration is $20 day of show, spectator admission is $5 and children under 12 are free with an adult.

• Orient Fire Department will hosts its open house/community day Saturday. The event, which will take place at the Orient firehouse, will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, shrimp, clams, salads, etc. plus wine, beer and soda. Music will be provided by The Locals, and there will be a 50/50 raffle. Admission is Free.

• New Suffolk Waterfront Fund will hold its Artsy-Crafty, Fun-Key Festival this weekend. The event runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m until 4 p.m. There will be unique items created by artisans near and far. Entrance is $5 and kids under 12 free. Visit newsuffolkwaterfront.org for more information.

• A ‘creating a memory book’ workshop with book artist Mare Dianora will be held at Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead Saturday at 11 a.m. The special program is presented by the SCHS in connection with its 9/11 Memorial Exhibit. Materials are $20 and preregistration is required. Call 727-2881, ext. 100.

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Thursday, September 29

McGann-Mercy’s Booster Club‘s annual Golf Classic at Rock Hill Golf & Country Club in Manorville; registration 11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m. shotgun start, Hall of Fame induction and lobsterfest dinner 5:30 p.m. Alumnus and golf professional Tom Patri will be honored. Player $225, foursome $800, dinner $75. Reservations: 727-5900, ext. 34 or mcgann-mercy.org.

Film Festival features ‘Win, Win’ (USA, 2010) directed by Thomas McCarthy, 6 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport. Free. 477-0660.

Friday, September 30

Movie ‘The Music Never Stopped,’ 1:30 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Uplifting family drama about a father and son reconnecting, inspired by a case study of Dr. Oliver Sacks’. Free. 298-4134.

Junior High Drop-by, 2:45-4:45p.m. for grades 7-8 at Southold Free Library, Main Road. Games, crafts and “hanging out” with friends, hosted by Penny Kelley. 765-2077.

A Night of Sushi and Anime with Sonomi Obinata, 5-8 p.m. for grades 6+ at Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport. Make sushi, sip Japanese green tea and eat Japanese snacks while watching a classic Japanese animated film, “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” Register: 477-0660.

North Fork Italian American Club monthly meeting, 7 p.m. at Southold Town Recreation Center, Peconic Lane, Peconic features guest speaker professor Peter Carravetta from Stony Brook University who will talk about Italian immigration. Refreshments served. 298-1014.

Saturday, October 1

Huge yard sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at 860 Carrington Road, Cutchogue. Furniture, dishes, and other household items. All proceeds go to Mercy Haven, Inc. whose mission is to acknowledge dignity and potential of people who are homeless or living with mental illness or in poverty by providing housing, advocacy, education and life skills development. Rain date: Oct. 2. 277-8300.

Fall Bulb Sale, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., hosted by New Suffolk School Enrichment Fund at school, 1295 4th Street. Fifty percent of proceeds to benefit school fund. Orders can be placed online at flowerpowerfundraising.com (search: New Suffolk School District).

New Suffolk Artsy-Crafty, Fun-Key Festival, 10:30 a.m-4 p.m., sponsored by New Suffolk Waterfront fund. Unique items created by artisans near and far. Fee $5; kids under 12 free. newsuffolkwaterfront.org.

Chinese auction, doors open 10 a.m., auction begins at noon in parish center cafeteria at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, 546 Saint Johns Place, Riverhead. Children must be with adult. Food and drinks available for purchase. 727-2030, ext. 10.

Blessing and Celebration of the Animals, 11 a.m. at Old Steeple Church, 656 Main Road, Aquebogue. Freewill offering will be donated to a local animal shelter. Refreshments follow service in Fellowship Hall. Features premiere of Cliff Baldwin’s “Scarbitzer/Fanfare for Fowl and Pipe Organ” performed by George Schoenberg, Rob Shepperson and Cliff Baldwin. Sponsored by The Community Center for the Blind and Sighted. 722-4486.

Workshop ‘Creating a Memory Book’ with book artist Mare Dianora, 11 a.m. at Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St., Riverhead. Special program presented by the SCHS in connection with 9/11 Memorial Exhibit. Materials $20. Preregistration required. 727-2881, ext. 100.

Spoken Music workshop, 2 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport, begins fall series with Geographical Fugue and other pieces. 477-0660.

Poetry reading with Hilary King, 3 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. Shelter Island resident’s most recent literary effort, “Love…and Other Poems.” Light refreshments. 765-2077.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America’s Eastern Long Island Walk, registration 3 p.m., walk starts 3:45 p.m. at Suffolk County Community College, 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead. For information: 765-3240 or email [email protected]

Blessing of the Animals, 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 71305 Main Road, Greenport; bring pets. 477-0662.

OFD Open House/Community Day, 5-9 p.m. at Orient Firehouse, Main Road. Hot dogs, hamburgers, shrimp, clams, salads, etc. plus wine, beer and soda. Music provided by The Locals, and 50/50 raffle. Admission Free.

‘How to Remove a Curse’ musical/comedy/drama by Jeff Frank, performed by The Grange Players, 7 p.m. at The Grange, 5267 Sound Ave., Riverhead. Suggested donation $20. 728-0218.

Benton Nyce Gallery presents Chai, Life, 7-9 p.m. at One Brecknock Road, Greenport; sponsored by and to benefit Congregation Tifereth Israel. Sculptures by Arden Scott, Robert Oxnam and David Nyce. 917-848-5102.

Sunday, October 2

New Suffolk Artsy-Crafty, Fun-Key Festival, 10:30 a.m-4 p.m., sponsored by New Suffolk Waterfront fund. See Saturday.

13th annual Antique Automobile Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Hallockville Museum Farm, Sound Avenue, Riverhead. Sponsored by Peconic Bay Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Show car registration $20 day of show. Spectator admission: $5; children under 12 free with adult. Food, trophies, raffles and more. Rain date: Oct. 9. Information: [email protected] or [email protected], hallockville.com.

Riverhead Fire Department Open House, 1-4 p.m. at 540 Roanoke Ave., Riverhead. Activities include live fire and rescue operations, fire prevention trailer, poster contest. Free food and soft drinks. 727-2751.

Pets of all stripes welcome at blessing of the animals, 1:30 p.m. on front lawn of Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Main Road, Mattituck. Pets must bring their owners. Last year blessed creatures included horses, a donkey and a lizard, along with more common pets. Contact Nancy Deegan at 298-8304 or [email protected]

Dr. Helen Hays presents overview of Great Gull Island’s Tern Project, 4 p.m., part of Shelter Island Historical Society‘s Sundays in the Barn Series, 16 South Ferry Road. Since 1949 Dr. Hays has worked with the program to restore the ecosystem and population of Roseate Terns on Great Gull Island, a 17-acre island separating Block Island and Long Island Sounds. 749-0025.

92nd Street Y: Broadcast Live from New York City, 7 p.m. at Peconic Landing Community Center, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport. Features Eliot Spitzer and Alan Dershowitz: A Turning Point for the Middle East & the World. Fee $10. Eliot Spitzer is anchor of CNN’s “In the Arena” and former governor of New York. Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of many books, including “The Case for Israel,” “The Case for Peace” and recently, “The Trials of Zion.” 477-3800.

Monday, October 3

Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch’s 12th annual Golf Experience at Baiting Hollow Club, 100 Club Drive, with dinner to follow at Giorgio’s Baiting Hollow. Schedule: 11:30 a.m. registration open/lunch served; 12:30 p.m. shotgun start; 5:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres; 6:30 p.m. dinner/awards and prizes. Foursome, dinner & tee sign $1,000; individual golfer, dinner $300; dinner (no golf) $90. timothyhillranch.org, 369-1234, ext. 230.

Caramel Apples, 4 p.m. for teens in grades 7-12. Free. Registration required. Rotary Youth Exchange, 6:30 p.m. for parents and students ages 15+, learn about 3- to 4-week exchanges abroad. Free. Registration requested. Both events at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. 298-4134.

Tuesday, October 4

Mommy & Me programs at Long Island Science Center, 10-11:30 a.m. October sessions feature “Fascinating Animals,” “Living Plants,” “Ice Cream Chemistry.” Fee $12 per session (discount for multiple sessions); call for schedule and to reserve: 208-8000.

Wednesday, October 5

Drying Hydrangeas, 1 p.m., hosted by Southold Town Garden Club at Southold Free Library, Main Road. Hilde Peters, member and expert on this topic, will present a demo and discuss different methods of drying hydrangeas. Refreshments.

Special Film ‘Lunch Line,’ presented by Slow Food East End, 6 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport. Six kids from toughest neighborhoods in Chicago set to fix school lunch and end up at the White House. Behind-the-scenes details of school lunch and childhood hunger from key moments in 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s to the present. Free. 477-0660.

‘Of Coves and Speakeasies: Prohibition and Rum-Running on Long Island’s East End,’ 8 p.m. in auditorium at Peconic Landing, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, hosted by Southold Historical Society. Discussion of activities that occurred on eastern Long Island, one of the most active places for the delivery of illegal liquor. Whether you were a struggling farmer or a restaurant owner, nearly everyone made part of their living from the smuggling and delivery of alcohol during the 1920s and early 1930s. Lecture given by Hugh King, director of Home Sweet Home Museum, and Ken Collum, East Hampton Village Fire Marshal. RSVP: 765-5500.

Thursday, October 6

Book Discussion Group, 10:30 a.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. Led by Caroline MacArthur; “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar. 765-2077.

Pink Rock Classic Takes a Swing Against Breast Cancer at Blackwells and Great Rock Golf Club, 141 Fairway Drive, Wading River. All proceeds go to The Fund for Uninsured Women at The Fortunato Breast Health Center and Breast Cancer Treatment Services at Mather Hospital. Event includes golf play (registration begins 11:30 a.m.), 11:30 a.m. lunch, 1 p.m. shotgun tournament, 5 p.m. cocktail hour and 6 p.m. grand buffet dinner. Reservations for individual golfers $275, a foursome $1000, or dinner and cocktails only, $125. Register: 476-2723 or visit thepinkrock.org.

Our Redeemer Lutheran School’s 6th annual Golf Outing at Cherry Creek Golf Links, Riverhead. Registration 11 a.m.; lunch at noon; shotgun start 1 p.m.; reception/dinner/awards 6 p.m. 722-4000, ext. 10.

Fairy House Workshop, 4-5:30 p.m. for grades 3-6 at Cutchogue New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Registration required. 734-6360.

Film Festival features ‘Bottle Rocket’ (USA, 1996) directed by Wes Anderson, 6 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport. Free. 477-0660.

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09/30/11 9:28am

The New York Times published an article Friday on the recent buying frenzy of the Sept. 22 edition of The Suffolk Times and the Riverhead News-Review.

The article, on page A21 of Friday’s edition, states “It is possible there is some larger lesson for ailing newspaper sales in the sudden good fortune of The Suffolk Times and The Riverhead News-Review, two modest Long Island weeklies that saw an unprecedented sales spike last week as mysterious buyers swooped in to buy every copy they could.”

It goes on to mention parent company Times/Review’s owner Troy Gustavson’s column this week where he speculates who could have been behind the buying spree.

“‘In a column in the editions on Thursday, he speculated, tongue in cheek, that the sales spurt could have been the work of ‘someone involved in a truly monumental school project; someone really proud of their grandchild on the honor roll; someone with a great deal of precious glassware to pack; or, as I suspect, someone intent on suppressing the dissemination of a particular news story.'”

NY1 also mentioned the piece today.

09/30/11 7:00am
Riverhead New York State DOT

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | Road work continued on West Main Street this week.

The five-mile Main Street road project in Riverhead will now involve daytime resurfacing work, which a state Department of Transportation official warned would likely cause traffic delays in the weeks ahead.

Work on the current two-week phase, which covers drainage repair and the striping of old pavement between Mill Road and LIE, is still under way, according to DOT spokesperson Eileen Peters. The project began in the middle of last week.

The second phase, which includes the roadway from Mill Road to Raynor Avenue, could begin by the end of this week, Ms. Peters said. The third phase will run from Raynor Avenue to Town Hall and the final phase will be on the road between Town Hall and the eastern intersection with Route 58.

The project originally called for resurfacing work only between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. and the DOT was originally expected to work on the shoulders during the day and repave the lanes at night, but changed course because the current plan is more efficient.

Work between the Long Island Expressway and Raynor Avenue, as well as work between Town Hall and Main Street’s eastern intersection with Route 58, will now occur during the day.

No road closures are expected during that time, although traffic will be detoured around construction.

“No lanes will be closed during the day, but traffic will be ‘shifted’ onto the available pavement,” Ms. Peters said in an e-mail. “One lane in each direction will remain open during the day.”

Night work will occur between Raynor Avenue and Town Hall, with one lane closed and alternating lanes of traffic being allowed to pass.

“The roadway will be repaved between the shoulders first, followed by the shoulders being repaved toward the end of the projects,” Ms. Peters said.

The project is still expected to take eight weeks to complete. Ms. Peters stressed that the timeline may be affected by weather conditions.

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09/30/11 6:00am

Mattituck-Laurel Library District voters gave overwhelming support Tuesday, 93 to 17, to a 2012 budget of $1.249 million that increases spending by $35,409.

An average homeowner with property assessed at $8,000 will pay an additional $14.64 next year, said library director Kay Zegel. The current tax rate is $49.74 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Much of the increase covers rising costs for fuel oil, health and liability insurance, according to Ms. Zegel. The library will spend more on staffing, up from $786,826 to $813,263, most resulting from higher health insurance costs, she said.

“We’re just happy to have such an overwhelmingly large show of support,” the director said.

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09/30/11 5:00am
Wineries on the North Fork of Long Island

COURTESY PHOTO | A screenshot of the Long Island Wine Council's new website.

Have you noticed that the Long Island Wine Council’s website is looking a bit spiffier these days?

The wine council launched a new website Monday with larger images, more space for advertisements, and a link to download the wine council’s smartphone application.

Steve Bate, the council’s executive director, called the old website “an earlier generation site.”

“There were a lot of things that we weren’t doing because we didn’t have the technology in the old site,” he said.

Now, each time a new affiliate, like a restaurant or bed and breakfast, is added to the website, it will automatically be added to the Wine Council’s smart phone application. The website also has expanded social networking capabilities, which Mr. Bate said will likely increase traffic.

In addition to the new technology features, visitors to the site will also notice more color.

“We wanted to have something that was even more visual than the other site,” Mr. Bate said.

And visual it is.

Small pictures adorned the old website, but giant vineyard photographs, including one with an aerial view, now stretch across a large portion of the new site’s homepage.

And advertisers will find some changes, too. Those who wish to take out web advertisements can now opt for long, horizontal banners, while they could previously only be named in a listing.

The goal of both websites is the same: to inform visitors to North Fork wineries about where to wine, where to dine, where to stay and what to do.

The design and development, carried out by Michael Croteau of Croteaux Vineyards in Southold, began this past spring — and isn’t complete yet.

A section will soon be added on wine styles: dry; sweet or sparkling; something Mr. Bate said winery visitors often ask him about.

Another section on the technical aspects of vineyards, like horticulture and winemaking, is coming soon.

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