06/08/15 12:03pm
06/08/2015 12:03 PM
A wind turbine in Laurel. (Credit: File photo)

A wind turbine in Laurel. (Credit: File photo)

The National Weather Service has issued a severe winds warning for eastern Long Island today, Monday, effective into late this afternoon.

According to the Weather Service warning, winds may reach up to 40 to 45 miles per hour.

NWS meteorologist Jay Engle said there’s also a chance of severe thunderstorms later tomorrow. Showers are expected to begin around 10 p.m. tonight. Temperatures are expected to be low on Monday, reaching a high of 66. Tuesday is expected to be warmer, with a high of 75.

There is also a high rip current risk at all ocean-facing beaches today, according to Mr. Engle.

“Don’t go in the water unless you’re an expert swimmer and lifeguards are on duty,” he said, adding that further rip current safety tips can be found on the local National Weather Service center’s Facebook page.

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05/20/15 10:00am
05/20/2015 10:00 AM
Like many agricultural parcels in Southold Town, Marratooka North Farm, an 18-acre farm off Main Road in Mattituck, is preserved land and can't be developed. (Credit: Carrie Miller file)

Like many agricultural parcels in Southold Town, Marratooka North Farm, an 18-acre farm off Main Road in Mattituck, is preserved land and can’t be developed. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

As Albany lawmakers work to extend the Peconic Community Preservation Fund to 2050 and break off a portion of its proceeds to protect the region’s water quality, Southold Planning Board members want the Town Board to know they’re not fully supporting the moves. (more…)

05/08/15 8:00am
05/08/2015 8:00 AM
The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week's bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover's kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week’s bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover’s kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In 2003, Sue Hanauer was working on a project with fellow North Fork Reform Synagogue members when she developed the idea for Mad Hatters, which knits hats for local cancer patients.

“We were finishing a quilt cover for a wooden ark and were talking about what we wanted to do next,” said Ms. Hanauer, of Jamesport. “I had heard about a nationwide group that was doing caps for women and brought that to their attention. They liked the idea and the rest is history, as they say.” (more…)

05/05/15 3:29pm
05/05/2015 3:29 PM
Greenport Mayor George Hubbard shakes hands with Judi Kilachand, executive director of the Friends of Hermione-LaFayette in America. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport Mayor George Hubbard shakes hands with Judi Kilachand, executive director of the Friends of Hermione-LaFayette in America. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Greenport’s Tall Ships Challenge is back — and now officially bigger than ever.

Village leaders, other local politicians and businesspeople kicked off the hype for the upcoming event Tuesday afternoon, officially announcing the six ships that will dock in the village’s harbor this Fourth of July.

Among them is the Hermoine, a historical replica ship modeled after the vessel used by the Marquis de Lafayette in the Revolutionary War.

That ship, which just left France en route to America for its summer tour, is a new addition to the event. Other ships include Kalmar Nyckel, Lynx, Picton Castle, AJ Meerwald and the NRP Sangres III.

The festival will be held from July 4 through 7.

Tickets are now available online and are being offered at a discounted price until June 22.

In a press conference Tuesday, Greenport Village Mayor George Hubbard touted the benefits of the upcoming four-day festival.

“We’re real excited about the whole program,” Mr. Hubbard said. “Greenport is ideal for this kind of thing and it’s really nice to be having these ships come back and join us.”

Mr. Hubbard thanked the village’s Business Improvement District — which has committed to raising more than $100,000 for the event — as well as the Tall Ships planning committee and, specifically, former mayor David Nyce.

Mr. Hubbard said the village expects to have between 30,000 and 40,000 visitors for each day of the festival.

County Executive Steve Bellone called Greenport a model for how other downtown areas across Suffolk County can “redefine and reinvent” themselves.

“Greenport is a really important place for us,” Mr. Bellone said. “It’s a wonderful historic maritime community.”

Mr. Bellone didn’t attend the last Tall Ships event in Greenport (he later remarked that his son had just been born at the time). But this year, Mr. Bellone said he won’t miss the festival.

“I’m looking forward to bringing my kids here,” he said.

To help accommodate the flood of tourists, the Long Island Railroad has agreed to run extra trains out to Greenport. Mr. Bellone said the county is exploring other ways to increase public transit.

The event will be a chance to showcase Greenport, the “crown jewel of the East End,” said Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell.

Peter Clarke, the Greenport BID president, said the organization has already raised more than $70,000 of its more than $100,000 sponsorship goal.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to promote Greenport beyond New York State,” he said.

The sponsors for the event so far include Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., WABC-TV, Eastern Long Island Hospital, Newsday and Peconic Landing. The Suffolk Times is also sponsoring the event.

“This event showcases the beauty and culture that Greenport has to offer, putting its deep maritime history on display,” said Peconic Landing CEO Robert Syron. “We welcome visitors to come see what makes living on the North Fork so distinct.”

The press conference also featured a speech from Judi Kilachand, executive director of the Friends of Hermione-LaFayette in America, a nonprofit group that constructed the replica.

Ms. Kilachand said Greenport was a “beautiful” location to host the Hermione, symbolically reaffirming a “longtime friendship between France and the United States.”

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04/27/15 4:47pm
04/27/2015 4:47 PM
Paul Weissman of Bohemia (middle, white shirt) was diagnosed two years ago with ALS. He says Chris Pendergast gives him hope and. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Paul Weissman of Bohemia (middle, white shirt) was diagnosed two years ago with ALS. He says Chris Pendergast gives him hope and faith. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

For the 18th year, Chris Pendergast of Miller Place took to the streets of Rivehead with local students to bring awareness to the cause of finding a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

This year Mr. Pendergast — a 1966 Mercy High graduate — was accompanied by junior high students from Bishop McGann-Mercy as ALS Ride for Life trek across Long Island kicked off Monday morning.

(More photos below.)

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