07/31/14 6:00pm
07/31/2014 6:00 PM
Tick committee members meeting in Riverside on Thursday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Tick committee members meeting in Riverside on Wednesday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Suffolk County’s newly formed tick advisory committee was thrown a curveball during its first meeting Wednesday when members learned they might only have a month and half to continue their work.

The 12-member panel has been tasked with helping the county’s vector control division establish a plan to reduce tick-borne diseases across the county. Following the meeting, however, it was learned that that legislation creating the group calls it to be disbanded in October, when vector control is expected to submit a recommendation report to the county. (more…)

07/31/14 4:05pm
Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert at last year’s AFTEE concert. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert at last year’s AFTEE concert. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

After taking part in a star-studded concert last August and telling town leaders earlier this year that he sees himself playing in Riverhead on an annual basis — including this August — a repeat Nile Rodgers concert won’t be happening this summer after all.

The Grammy Award-winning performer told the Town Board  in May that he planned to play at Martha Clara Vineyards on Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 this year. However, following last year’s  All For the East End Concert — which featured Mr. Rodgers and bis band Chic, Adam Lambert, and Avicci — this year’s event proved too much to put together as it evolved and the date grew nearer and nearer.

Dennis McDermott, one of the board members of AFTEE, was also helping Nile Rodgers Productions in a separate role make plans for a three-day festival this summer, particularly a Friday night downtown component.

“The scope got kind of big with the downtown component,” he said. “We had to kind of regroup a little bit. All of the parties are still interested — Martha Clara, Nile Rodgers, AFTEE and the Business Improvement District. But we decided to step back and regroup for next year.”

Proceeds from Nile Rodgers Productions’ concerts were going to benefit AFTEE, a nonprofit that raises money and distributes to other East End nonprofit organizations. Last year’s concert raised $50,000 which was distributed in $2,500 increments to groups such as Aid to the Developmentally Disabled, the North Fork Spanish Apostolate and the North Fork Animal Welfare League.

But after that meeting with the Town Board in late May, a representative from Nile Rodgers Productions actually pulled the plug on the event shortly after.

Peter Herman, the co-executive director of Niles Rodgers Productions, sent an email to Supervisor Sean Walter one week after he and Mr. Rodgers met with the town board on May 29. At that point in the process, the group needed a Chapter 90 application — a special events permit — in order to hold the event. However, promoters of the concert had yet to announce who would have been performing.

Mr. Herman said at the time that carrying on without a permit was what put the brakes on the plan.

“I understand that there has been some delay on the vote on our Chapter 90 application. Consequently, NRP will be unable to produce the August 9 – 10, 2014 music event/festival we were planning. Please accept this letter as official notification that we must withdraw our Chapter 90 application.”

Mr. McDermott said Mr. Rodgers still wants to play in Riverhead next year. The music legend said himself in May that he has the same vision.

“I know that we can do something incredible here that is on par with the Sundance Film Festival,” Mr. Rodgers told the board.

07/31/14 2:34pm
Joyce Culver and her Senegal parrot, LuLu.

Joyce Culver and her Senegal parrot, LuLu.

Her best friend has flown off and she needs your help.

Lulu, a Senegal parrot that Greenport summer resident Joyce Culver has owned for over 17 years, flew out of the Culver home on Saturday, July 26. Ms. Culver said she usually lets Lulu fly around the house and when a friend opened the door for just a second, the bird flew out.

She immediately went out to look for Lulu, but hasn’t seen her since.

“She’s very friendly and isn’t afraid of humans,” Ms. Culver said. “She could come to a person’s hand or sit on their shoulder. After five days I’m getting very worried.” (more…)

07/31/14 10:00am


With another police officer set to retire, the Southold Town Police Department will soon be down to just 43 members — its smallest squad in at least 10 years.

Although the department has been authorized by the Town Board to employ as many as 52 officers, no new hires have been made in the past two years while the town and the police union have struggled to hammer out a new contract for officers.  (more…)

07/31/14 8:00am
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Suffolk County officials have given up control of the Railroad Dock.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Suffolk County officials have given up control of the Railroad Dock.

The Railroad Dock on Third Street in Greenport is no longer under county control.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Suffolk County Legislature ended its lease with property owner Metropolitan Transit Authority. Greenport Village will now hold the lease directly with the MTA. (more…)

07/31/14 5:00am
Protestors outside the Cole Bros. circus in Greenport in 2013. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Protestors outside the Cole Bros. circus in Greenport in 2013. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

To the editor:

I’m writing to thank Marilyn Flynn for her bravery despite the consequences for her protest actions against the Cole Bros. Circus. Since I’ve moved back to the North Fork 16 years ago, I am always dismayed to see posters announcing the circus is back in town. (more…)