09/11/17 5:55am
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The walls of North Fork homes are often filled with stories of the area’s founders or multi-generational farm families, but one Mattituck house has ties to the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, according to its listing agent. The home, a wooden hunting lodge, served as a beer and food pavilion for Albany-based Beverwyck Brewing Company at the fairgrounds in Queens.

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12/02/14 8:00am
12/02/2014 8:00 AM
The entrance to the Main Road preserve. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The entrance to the Main Road preserve. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

About six weeks after a 14-week-old puppy was discovered shot dead in a garbage bag at Laurel Lake Preserve, no arrests have been made, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed.

“It is still an ongoing investigation and we are still actively investigating,” Roy Gross, chief of the agency said. “We do certainly want to make an arrest in the case, but at this point there is nothing further that I can add.”

The puppy, a female border collie, was discovered by a man walking his dog on the evening of Oct. 16. It was found on the side of a path at the preserve in a shoebox, which was inside a garbage bag filled with sand, a Southold Town Animal Shelter manager said.

It matches the description of a dog reported missing by a Laurel teenager days earlier, according to information obtained from the Riverhead Animal Shelter.

The teenage girl, who lives on Peconic Bay Boulevard, filed the report for the missing puppy, a female border collie named Casey who had not been micro-chipped, on Oct. 12. The dog had been missing since Oct. 8, according to the report.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting the puppy found in Laurel, according to the SPCA.

“We are still asking anyone with information to call us at 631-382-7722. All calls are kept confidential,” Mr. Gross said.

01/23/12 12:53pm
01/23/2012 12:53 PM

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | The water authority is planning to install a turbine similar to this one recently installed at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic.

A quiet fight is beginning against a 100 kilowatt turbine proposed by the Sufffolk County Water Authority at property it owns near Laurel Lake.

Neighbors of the lake learned early last week that the water authority was planning to erect a turbine at the site, and they banded together to attend a public hearing held by the water authority Thursday night at the Mattituck Free Library.

They’re now busy circulating letters opposed to the turbine, claiming it will pose a fire risk and hurt birds, while being an unsightly addition to the tranquil area of the preserve surrounding the lake.

The water authority maintains it can build the turbine without permits, said many residents who attended the meeting. Water Authority representatives were not immediately available for comment.

“The ramifications are extreme. In Europe, 880 fires were caused by wind turbines. Putting one in a wooded area is scary,” said Catherine Grillo, a neighbor of the lake who went to the public hearing. “The environmentalists will go crazy when this gets out. You can’t just obstruct a preserve.”

Terry Koch-Bostic, president of the Laurel Lake Homeowners Association, agrees fires are the community’s biggest concern. She said the dirt road on which most of the neighbors of the lake live is inaccessible by fire trucks, and firemen had to walk in to extinguish a recent fire that ignited when a tree went down onto live wires on the road.

“It’s a very real, terrifying thought,” she said. “A fire there could take out hundreds of acres of Suffolk County parkland and New York State conservation land. It would probably destroy all the homes in the area.

Town Supervisor Scott Russell, who attended the public hearing, said Town Attorney Martin Finnegan is looking into whether the town has any legal recourse to prevent the water authority from putting up the turbine.

“The water authority says it doesn’t have to comply with town code. We’re trying to determine, is the Suffolk County Water Authority subject to the town code?” he said. “The town attorney is looking into it now. The Town Board hasn’t taken a position yet.”

Currently, the town only allows wind turbines at bona fide agricultural operations, but the town Planning Board and Land Preservation Committees are reviewing potential changes that could allow renewable energy generation on municipal lands.

The Planning Board will discuss the issue this afternoon.

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11/03/10 6:13pm
11/03/2010 6:13 PM


BETH YOUNG PHOTO The decaying dock at Laurel Lake's Camp Malloy.


The last decaying pieces of Laurel Lake’s Camp Malloy will be demolished this fall, as Southold Town continues to make the Laurel Lake Preserve accessible and safe for the public.
Camp Molloy, a former Catholic boys’ summer camp on the edge of the lake, operated from 1928 until the mid-1970s. In 1985, it was purchased from the Diocese of Rockville Centre by Jack and Mary McFeely. The couple sold the 31-acre property to the town in 2005 for use as a park and nature preserve, in a deal brokered by the Peconic Land Trust.
Soon after, the town began demolishing buildings on the site. Now, only an old wooden dock and a foundation remain and they, along with the remains of a garage that has already been razed, are slated to be torn down and removed this fall.
Camp Molloy once was a bustling complex, with cabins, a mess hall, an infirmary, a chapel and athletic fields surrounding the kettle hole lake. The lake is at least 45 feet deep and is stocked by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation with brown and rainbow trout.
Jim McMahon, director of Southold’s department of public works, told the Town Board at its Oct. 5 work session that the remaining foundation is cracked and decaying with trees growing through it.
“This site appears on no survey. You’d have to be walking off the trail to find this foundation,” said Mr. McMahon.
The town issued a request for proposals for the demolition on Oct. 5 and expects the work to be completed within 60 days after the contract is awarded. It’s not certain how much the project will cost, in part because it’s not known if the remaining foundation connects to a cesspool,
Land preservation committee chairman John Sepenoski told the board Oct. 5 that it’s possible that the building may just have a pipe that goes into a ravine beneath it, and may never have had a cesspool at all.
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