10/31/11 5:18pm

JULIE LANE FILE PHOTO | The menu change at Sasuke has the Greenport Village Planning Board thinking about a change in procedure.

When is a decision not quite permanent?

When it’s subject to a second look.

Greenport Planning Board members are leaning toward issuing decisions subject to periodic reviews to assure that applicants stay true to their approved site plans.

Board member David Bauer floated the idea with chairwoman Lara McNeil suggesting that plans get reviewed about every six months.

The proposal came last Thursday on the heels of a discussion of what’s expected to be new signage at the former Sasuke sushi restaurant at 216 Main Street. The eatery, which opened earlier this year, is changing its menu to Italian food.

“If he has to reinvent himself to keep going, I have no problem with that,” board member Amy Martin said about restaurant owner Frank Purita. But Mr. Bauer said he wants to assure that months after the planners sign off on details of fencing and signage — likely to happen today, Nov. 3 — that Mr. Purita continues to adhere to the approved site plan. Mr. Bauer wants no signage outside of the approved fencing, no outdoor gelato sales and an assurance that garbage pickup is being carried out.

But while the discussion came in response to Mr. Purita’s application, it’s meant to cast a wider net.

Final approvals can clearly state that the building department is authorized to issue notices of violations to any business operators or residents who fail to comply with the terms of their site plans, village administrator David Abatelli said.

The Planning Board will submit a request from the ZBA to the Village Board to require on-site posting of public hearings pertaining to any property on which an owner seeks a variance. The ZBA isn’t authorized to submit the request directly, but Planning Board members agreed that on-site posting will provide wider notice to neighbors who may not be considered adjoining property owners and so are not currently entitled to written notices.

In other business, James Olinkiewicz, who won ZBA approval for a subdivision at 314 Center St., is expected to gain site approval today to create three new units on the land that currently contains a single house. He also submitted plans last Thursday for construction of an addition to a house he owns at 220 Center St.

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10/31/11 4:40pm

Barbara Gallo died Oct. 29 at her home in Aquebogue following a long illness.

She was born in Riverhead April 17, 1945, to Antone and Jean (Cierach) Trubisz. She graduated from Riverhead High School in 1962 and married Thomas F. Gallo in 1964.

With her husband and son, she owned and operated Fred J. Gallo Used Auto Parts in Riverhead.

Family members said she was an avid gardener and loved having her children and grandchildren around.

Ms. Gallo is survived by her husband; her children, Paula Sperry of Florida and Pamela Argenti, Laurie Seebeck and Thomas Jr., all of Aquebogue; her sister, Karen Heppner of Aquebogue; her brother, Tony Trubisz of Virginia; and seven grandchildren.

Visiting hours will take place Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead, where a service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery in Riverhead.

Donations may be made to Camp Good Grief, c/o East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.

This is a paid notice.

10/31/11 3:51pm

9 a.m. Southold Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Hall.
5 p.m. Greenport Planning Board, Third Street firehouse.

5 p.m. Greenport Historic Preservation Commission, Third Street firehouse.

7 p.m. New Suffolk Board of Education.
7:30 p.m. Mattituck Fire District.
7:30 p.m. Southold Fire District.
8 p.m. Cutchogue Fire District.

9 a.m. Southold Town Board work session; 4 p.m. budget hearing; 7 p.m. regular meeting, Town Hall.

3-8 p.m. Mattituck Park District election; regular meeting, 7 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park.

10/31/11 3:06pm

JAY WEBSTER PHOTO | A pair of superheroes take to the streets in Sunday's Greenport Halloween Parade.

The annual Halloween parade and pumpkin sculpture contest was held Sunday in Greenport.

The event is hosted by Greenport Village, Floyd Memorial Library and the Greenport PTA.

The parade started on Front Street and looped through the village Sunday afternoon.

Check out Jay Webster’s photos from the event below:

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10/31/11 2:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Southold Elementary PTA held its annual Halloween Parade Sunday.

The Southold Elementary School PTA held its annual Halloween Parade at noon Sunday with students marching to the school on Oaklawn Avenue.

Check out Suffolk Times photographer Katharine Schroeder’s photos below:

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10/31/11 1:00pm
Cutchogue transfer station

GRANT PARPAN FILE PHOTO | A downed tree on Factory Avenue in Mattituck the morning Tropical Storm Irene hit the North Fork. With all the brush being dumped around town, Southold Town will again be accepting brush free of charge at the Cutchogue transfer station until Nov. 30.

Since the free disposal of debris from Tropical Storm Irene was halted in mid-October, town Highway Superintendent Pete Harris says it’s being dumped all over town roads.

The Southold Town Board voted last Tuesday night to again accept brush for free, effective immediately, at the Cutchogue transfer station through Nov. 30 in response to Mr. Harris’s complaints.

“The residents of this town have just totally taken advantage,” said Mr. Harris at a Town Board meeting Oct. 25. “They used this process to their own personal benefit.”

In addition to free brush disposal at the transfer station, the highway department has been doing a curbside pickup of debris since early September. Due to the massive amount of downed limbs from the storms, in addition to other brush that residents have been piling at the roadsides, Mr. Harris’s crews, who began work in Orient, have only collected brush as far west as Cutchogue this week.

Mr. Harros said he came across one property on Griffing Avenue in Cutchogue, where workers were completely clearing the lot and just dumping the debris on the side of the road. In addition, he sees a lot of fresh brush in the piles that, because it is still green, was certainly not downed in the August tropical storm. And since the transfer station stopped accepting free debris two weeks ago, he said he’s found fresh piles of brush dumped on the side of the road all throughout town.

“I wish the town could give me authority to hand out summonses for illegal dumping,” he said.

Mr. Harris said he gets about 50 phone calls a day from people asking when his crews will begin putting up snow fences, and he will need to reassign some workers who are picking up brush to begin putting up the fences soon.

Councilman Chris Talbot said he thought from the beginning that the town-wide pickup was the wrong idea. He said he thought the town should have let private contractors pick up the debris from peoples’ houses, creating a boon for industry.

The board ultimately decided to re-open the transfer station for free brush delivery until Nov. 30. Mr. Talbot and Justice Louisa Evans voted against the proposal, while the rest of the Town Board voted in favor.

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10/31/11 12:00pm

On the day before Halloween a crowd of more than 60 Slow Food East End members and friends, several sporting costumes, sampled local food and wine at five stops along Main Street in downtown Riverhead, the site of the Slow Food East End Restaurant Crawl.

“The idea is not to get into a car, but to walk in a leisurely way, to introduce people what’s available in that particular town,” said Slow Food East End member Linda Slezak, a Riverhead Town resident who was one of the event’s chief organizers. She credited Riverhead Business Improvement District president Ray Pickersgill with helping secure the cooperation of the restaurants and businesses.

The slow food movement is a grass roots organization that champions local food and defines itself in opposition to fast food, according to the Slow Food International Website.

The crawl began at East End Arts where guests sampled cheeses from Goodale Farms in Riverhead. Hal and Anne Marie Goodale — owners of the cow and goat dairy farm along with partners Kevin and Laura Dunathan — were on hand to present their wares, along with cheesemaker Karen Danzer and interns Lane White of Oklahoma and Audrey Cerchiara of Upstate New York. Wines from The Lenz Winery complemented the cheese.

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The second stop on the crawl was Dark Horse Restaurant, where guests enjoyed North Quarter Farm bison paté and smoked Crescent Farms duck in the company of owner Dee Muma, a longtime supporter of local food. Long Ireland Beer Company proprietor Liam Hudock presented his Celtic Ale and pumpkin martinis. The brewery is located on Pulaski Street in Riverhead’s Polish Town.

A few doors back up Main Street, guests stopped in at the Athens Grill for modern Greek appetizers — including mini crab cakes and other seafood — prepared by owner/chef John Mantzopoulos and paired with wine from Paumanok Vineyards.

Crossing to Main Street, the Slow Food Crawl made its way to Riverhead’s newest upscale restaurant, The Riverhead Project. Owned by Dennis McDermott, former owner of The Frisky Oyster and Frisky Oyster Bar in Greenport, “tRP” has remade an old bank building into a sleek and sophisticated food destination. The Crawl menu: Crescent Farms duck confit, Mattituck Inlet Littleneck clams with a roasted grape reduction and Satur Farms fennel, all accompanied by a semi-dry riesling from Paumanok.

The final stop — for dessert, of course — was the Art Deco lobby of the Suffolk Theatre, which is undergoing renovation by owners Bob and Diana Castaldi. Guests munched on cookies baked by students from Suffolk Community College’s culinary arts program and sipped Long Ireland porter floats made with ice cream from Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe.

Slow Food East End supports such local efforts as building school and community gardens. Proceeds from a silent auction of donated prizes will go toward those efforts. To find out more about SFEE or to join, visit slowfoodeastend.org.

JANE STARWOOD PHOTO | The first downtown Riverhead Slow Food Crawl was held Sunday. About 60 Slow Food East End members strolled along Main Street, sampling local food and wine at five stops.

10/31/11 11:00am
Peconic Lane, Peconic

The Winemaker Studio in Peconic is a tasting room for small producers on the East End.

The Winemaker Studio is a place for the unconventional and the obscure; a tasting room for the little guy.

Owner and independent wine maker Anthony Nappa opened the Peconic Lane studio this summer to highlight not only his own label, but to collaborate with other local and independent winemakers who may otherwise not have a place to showcase their wines.

Read More on our Wine Press Blog

10/31/11 9:38am

A Greenport man wanted on an immigration warrant was arrested for driving drunk and without a license after Southold Police received an anonymous tip that he was driving erratically on Route 48 in Cutchogue Sunday night, police said.

Juan Hernandez-Huertas, 27, of Linnet Street was stopped shortly before 8  p.m. and police said he was found to be intoxicated.

He was charged with DWI, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to submit to roadside sobriety test. He was also cited for driving with a cracked windshield.

Police said they later discovered Mr. Hernandez-Huertes was wanted on an active immigration warrant.

He was held at police headquarters overnight for arraignment.