08/31/14 6:01pm
08/31/2014 6:01 PM
A lone fisherman casts from the pier at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck. (Credit: Suffolk Times, file)

A lone fisherman casts from the pier at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck. (Credit: Suffolk Times, file)

Southold Town bay constables took to the beaches of the Long Island Sound Sunday morning in search of fishermen keeping protected fish, among other violations.

Constables checked the goods of more than 60 fishermen along the shoreline from Orient to Mattituck. In all, 14 Environmental Conservation Law violations were issued to anglers found taking undersized or out-of-season fish.

The patrols also resulted in 40 people being removed from beach areas for various reasons, such as being on private property.

The names of those ticketed were not provided by police.

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Those in attendance at Wednesday night's candlelight ceremony in memory of Kaitlyn Doorhy lit paper lanterns and set them afloat in the night sky. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Those in attendance at Wednesday night’s candlelight ceremony in memory of Kaitlyn Doorhy lit paper lanterns and set them afloat in the night sky. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Here are 10 Suffolk Times stories you may have missed over the past week. To make sure you stay on top of breaking North Fork news, follow @thesuffolktimes on Twitter. (more…)

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The palcohol.com homepage.

The palcohol.com homepage.

An expanding selection of powdered products is opening up some dangerous doors, according to federal officials who are warning consumers not to get caught up in the novelty.

The Suffolk County health department, too, is urging buyers to stay away from one product in particular: powdered pure caffeine.

A single teaspoon of the powder is roughly equivalent to the amount of caffeine in 25 cups of coffee, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued a warning following the death of a teenager who used the product in July. (more…)

(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

Eighth grade marks the first time Mattituck students are allowed any input about their class schedules: It’s when they get to choose whether to take French or Spanish as part of their four-year foreign language requirement.

Beginning this fall, however, students will no longer have a choice. They’ll all be placed in Spanish classes as Mattituck High School begins phasing out its French language program.  (more…)

08/31/14 8:53am

A 31-year-old Greenport woman turned herself in to police on charges that she stole another person’s license plates earlier this month, Southold Town police said.

The plates went missing from a 26-year-old woman’s car on Front Street in Greenport on June 10, only to be found on Crystal Anderson’s car about a month later, police said.

She surrendered to police after learning she was being charged with possession of the stolen plate.

She was released on $100 bail.

08/31/14 8:00am
The airbase was established in 1946 and is currently used by a few area pilots. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The airbase was established in 1946 and is currently used by a few area pilots. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed removing Mattituck Airbase from New York’s Superfund program, saying the property no longer poses a threat to public health or the environment, DEC officials said.

Before it makes a final determination, the DEC will accept public comment for the next month. The property is currently on the state’s Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site list, which identifies properties being investigated for potential hazardous waste and outlines any cleanup efforts taking place.

The airbase, located off New Suffolk Avenue in Mattituck, is one of 11 properties currently being investigated across Riverhead and Southold towns.

It was created in 1946, when Parker Wickham of Mattituck, who overhauled airplane engines during World War II, converted part of his family’s New Suffolk Avenue potato farm into a small airport and plane engine rebuilding shop under the name Mattituck Services, according to previous Suffolk Times coverage. The property is still owned by the Wickham family.

The site currently operates as an “informal airbase used by a few area pilots,” said Southold Supervisor Scott Russell.

The 12-acre site included a half-acre parcel where chemicals — including fuels, oils and cleaners — were once used for maintenance and repair work, according to state DEC officials.

According to the state agency’s listing, solvent rinses and wastewater used on the property were discharged to leaching pools in the area from 1946 to 1979, leaving elevated levels of copper, iron, nickel, zinc, lead and cadmium in nearby soils, as well as several pesticide ingredients.

To remedy the pollution, 25 tons of contaminated but non-hazardous soils were excavated from the area surrounding the leaching pools in 1997, with excavation extending at least three feet below the water table, the DEC listing states. The area was then packed with clean fill and closed.

Soil testing conducted in November 2013 found no lingering impact from the contaminants in question and it was determined that no public or environmental threats exist at the site, according to DEC officials.

Mr. Russell said he’s encouraged to hear that the historic site stands to be removed from the Superfund program.

“If the DEC is satisfied, naturally we are,” he said. “Certainly it is in the town’s interest to see all [of these areas] get remediated and delisted.”

Agency officials are asking that any public comments regarding Mattituck Airbase be mailed to Cynthia Whitfield, project manager, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, Remedial Bureau A, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7015 or emailed to [email protected] You can also call 518-402-9564.

The comment period will close Oct. 5 and a final decision will be made on or after Oct. 26, according to the DEC release.

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08/31/14 7:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO Surf fisherman at Iron Pier Beach on the Sound.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Surf fisherman at Iron Pier Beach on the Sound.

Summer fishing in the area keeps living up to high expectations, according to recent reports. Capt. Dave Brennan of the Peconic Star out of Greenport was enthusiastic about the large numbers of sea bass, often running five or six pounds. Scup numbers are also good. Dave feels you have to find fish in new areas because many of the old mussel beds that concentrated fish in the traditional places have disappeared.

At WeGo Fishing in Southold, Alex mentioned plenty of keeper scup in the Peconics, especially in the Noyac area, where sea bass, “kingfish” (northern whiting) and weakfish can be found as well. Anglers fishing diamond jigs catch cocktail blues around Jessups Neck, and there are plenty of snappers in the bay.

Charlie Caraftis at Mattituck Fishing Station and Marina on Mattituck Creek explained that bass have been hard to find off Hortons Point but gorilla bluefish remain and are especially active as the sun rises. Chunking is often the method of choice. Sea bass outnumber scup inshore, with many nice fish in the four- to five-pound class. Not many anglers are bothering with fluke right now, but there was one six-pound weakfish noted, taken by an angler jigging for blues in deep water.

Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck reported only spotty beach action, with blues and small bass off Cupsogue Beach and a few bass taken off Hortons on eels. Long Island Sound beaches have cocktail blues in some places early and late. Scup specialists often head east to Fishers Island or Block Island, but there was a shot of large porgies up to 17 inches around Buoy 17 last week.

Roses Grove and Nassau Point waters produce some weakfish in the 14- to 16-inch range and small pan-size kingfish abound along bay beaches as well. With bunker schools so tight to South Shore beaches, humpback whales and sharks have been seen close inshore. One fluke angler wound up with a thresher estimated at 150 pounds on the end of a rig, and makos have been taken regularly only 10 to 14 miles out.