This Election Day, voters on the North Fork can take a huge step to improve water quality and preserve open space and farmland. Since 1999, the Community Preservation Fund has raised over $1 billion for land and historic preservation in East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold, which cover 40 percent of Suffolk County’s land.
I grew up in Southold. I loved the summer season and spending all day swimming in the Long Island Sound or just playing and making mischief, as kids do. READ
Memorial Day is a day to honor those who died in the wars of our nation. It is a somber day of recollection. Many veterans march on this day. READ
Robert Fox’s letter (“Blame the rodents,” April 14) concerning the report of Southold’s tick working group is very useful. It reveals major reasons why it has been so difficult to make progress on our deer-related problems, including the present risk of contracting dangerous tick-borne diseases in our town.
“I plan to vote for Bernie in the primary but Hillary in the general election.”
I’ve been hearing that refrain fairly frequently from my Democratic friends as New York’s pivotal April 19 presidential primary approaches. READ
As Jeanne Markel tells it, she and her husband were so enthusiastic about their two Volkswagen “clean” diesels that the couple sang their praises to practically anyone who’d listen. READ
I remember that, years ago, some readers enjoyed traveling with Paul and me as we took trips to interesting places. We did the traveling and readers enjoyed it later from the comfort of their easy chairs. I thought you might enjoy taking another journey with me — this time to Trinidad. So get ready to board the plane and enjoy the trip.
When the Daily News ran a photo of Congressman Lee Zeldin last week, it was the kind of publicity our representative could do without. READ
I was raised in Mastic, a once-quiet community blindsided by out-of-control growth, absentee landlords, haphazard building, sprawling unrestricted signage and other forecasters of decline. My friends and relatives still living there have picturesque houses and properties, with boats docked in inlets or along the Forge River. The boat club on the river was a perfect setting for our reception when my husband and I were married 40 years ago.
Regulations may be in place today that attempt to rectify missed opportunities of the past in Mastic, but many things are impossible to undo. (more…)
Over the past several weeks, the East End’s waterways have been inundated with toxic red and mahogany tides resulting in die-offs of diamondback terrapin (turtles), bunker and alewives. Our local media have done a good job of not only reporting on these occurrences but also speaking with the experts to explain them.
So I was infuriated when Riverhead Supervisor Walter, asked about these die-offs, was quoted as saying that previous rain “may have washed toxins into the water” and quickly backed away from the “toxic” idea, saying later when asked about scientists’ findings, “Yeah, well everybody has their own theory. Mine is that the bluefish are chasing them into the river.”
Yeah, the bluefish are to blame. (more…)