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As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on all the changes that took place at local schools over the past 12 months. The Suffolk Times sat down with Anne Smith, superintendent of the Mattituck-Cutchogue School District, and David Gamberg, shared superintendent of the Southold and Greenport school districts, to discuss the past year, which included school garden expansions, the introduction of Project Fit and increased security measures.

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Herman Hubbard was a familiar face for anyone who walked the halls of Mattituck High School up until the early 1990s.

And if you ever shopped at Mattituck Plaza over the years, you might have seen him there too, broom in hand.

Mr. Hubbard, who died in his sleep of natural causes at the age of 90 Tuesday, lived a simple life with his nine children on Factory Avenue. He never sought the spotlight and his life was defined by hard work.  READ

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Gathered in a circle in Lorene Custer’s classroom are more than a dozen Riverhead Middle School students, some holding hands and leaning on each other for support. The group often goes from laughing at a joke to somberly discussing how society treats members of the LGBT community.  READ

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Construction of the greenhouse at Mattituck High School has come to a halt because the greenhouse doesn’t meet state building code, school board member Douglas Cooper said at Tuesday’s board of education meeting.

“We have a small greenhouse, 35 by 45 [feet],” he said. “You’re allowed up to 350 square feet without a state building permit and this would be three times that size, or four times that size.”

Jamesport farmer Carl Gabrielsen donated the greenhouse as part of the district’s sustainable agriculture initiative and began construction on it this summer.

Mr. Cooper didn’t specify which state regulations the greenhouse didn’t meet.

“The state regulations are ridiculous,” Mr. Cooper said. “What we have is small, quite small. It’s going to be beautiful for our school district, and we’re not allowed to do it. So that’s going to be on hold for the time being.”

Although the plans for the greenhouse have stalled, the high school environmental class created to function in conjunction with the greenhouse will continue this year.

“We’ll get through the greenhouse part … the curriculum is looking really, really good,” said board member Barbara Wheaton.

The high school class focuses on gardening, sustainable practices and environment and organic farming at local farms.

Ms. Wheaton said the district’s agricultural program is working with staff at the elementary school in an effort to coordinate between the elementary school garden and the high school.

“I just felt that the curriculum is alive here,” she said.

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Photo Caption: The greenhouse at Mattituck High School that doesn’t currently meet state building codes (Credit: Jen Nuzzo file).