10/03/14 8:00am
10/03/2014 8:00 AM

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I’ve got an idea: Let’s reroute Route 48 to the south in order to avoid further pedestrian deaths near the Soundview. Or build a pedestrian bridge or tunnel across the highway. Better yet, let’s move the Soundview to the north, on pilings over the Sound, thus eliminating parking on the south side of the highway.  (more…)

09/05/14 1:00pm
09/05/2014 1:00 PM
(Credit: Grant Parpan)

The view behind Latham’s farm stand in Orient. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

That rumbling you hear coming from out east is the sound of restless natives concerned about the future of one of the most iconic vistas on the East End — the one surrounding and behind Latham’s farm stand on the south side of Main Road in Orient. It represents the first view of Orient Harbor (and Shelter Island beyond) as you travel west through the hamlet, and the last view of the harbor as you travel east over the Orient-East Marion Causeway. (more…)

08/23/14 8:00am
08/23/2014 8:00 AM
Pindar Vineyards proprietor “Dr. Dan” Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Pindar Vineyards proprietor “Dr. Dan” Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Perhaps it’s my age (68) or maybe it’s just the alignment of the stars, but I can’t seem to be able to write about anything this week other than the passage of time.

Everywhere I look these days, it’s staring me (and us, dear reader) in the face. In short order this summer, we have lost four pillars of the North Fork community. (more…)

08/10/14 8:00am
08/10/2014 8:00 AM
Chris Ujkic won his eighth straight men's singles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Chris Ujkic won his eighth straight men’s singles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament this summer. (Credit: Garret Meade)

All things must pass
All things must pass away.
George Harrison

It is with profound regret that I announce the demise of the Bob Wall Memorial Summer Tennis Tournament. It has been a staple of North Fork summers for more than 35 years now, but time and the grayification (that’s not a real word, is it?) of our community have finally taken their toll.  (more…)

07/12/14 8:00am
07/12/2014 8:00 AM
Marco and Ann Marie Borghese purchased their Cutchogue vineyard in 1999. (Credit: Jane Starwood, file)

Marco and Ann Marie Borghese purchased their Cutchogue vineyard in 1999. (Credit: Jane Starwood, file)

The untimely and tragic deaths of Ann Marie and Marco Borghese have me thinking about the passage of time, particularly insofar as the North Fork’s grape-growing/wine industry is concerned. To the best of my knowledge, the Borgheses were the first second-generation owners/winemakers/industry boosters to pass from the scene, which is an indicator, after a fashion, of just how long this industry has been around hereabouts. Their recent deaths have also caused me to reflect on the list of others who passed before them, which, again, is a reflection that a lot of years have gone by since Louisa and Alex Hargrave planted their first grapes here in the early 1970s. But first, a word about the Borgheses.  (more…)

06/27/14 8:00am
06/27/2014 8:00 AM

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Doctor, please take my temperature. I think there’s something wrong with me. I think I’m about to say something nice about, gulp, Cross Sound Ferry.

Yes, the same Cross Sound Ferry I’ve spent years hectoring in this very space over unauthorized site plan expansion, burdensome vehicular traffic (scores of cars dumped onto two-lane Route 25, every daylight hour on the half hour) and other issues.

Could I have mellowed with age? Perhaps that’s it. But I also think my perspective has changed after two recent experiences with overseas ferry services, one based in Spain, the other in Italy.  (more…)