06/23/18 6:00am
06/23/2018 6:00 AM

Mercator Osinski holds tiny oysters at his family’s business, Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm, where he introduced a system that grows smaller, plumper oysters.

Three years ago, Mercator Osinski’s dad, Michael, presented him with a task: What can the family do differently to improve the quality of the oysters their Greenport business, Widow’s Hole Oyster Farm, produces?

Then just 15, Mercator got to work researching different options, ultimately implementing kusshi, a Japanese technique that uses the tides to grow smaller, plumper oysters.  READ

05/11/18 6:00am
05/11/2018 6:00 AM

Olivia Valle Mercy High School Nicole Smith photo

In less than a month, Olivia Valle will stand on that stage at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School and look out at the audience — fellow classmates wearing green and white gowns, the teachers who have inspired her and alumni of the close-knit Riverhead Catholic school. To have the opportunity to address the class as valedictorian is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for any student. For Olivia, it will be so much more. READ