10/23/16 9:00am
10/23/2016 9:00 AM

Peconic Bay

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.

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01/14/16 7:00pm
01/14/2016 7:00 PM

Christmas in Trinidad

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.

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06/21/15 6:00am
06/21/2015 6:00 AM

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…)

06/06/15 9:00am
06/06/2015 9:00 AM

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…)