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Welcome to Cutchogue

Cutchogue has long been referred to as “the sunniest spot in New York.”

While the origin of the saying is relatively unknown, it has been used in everything from news articles to real estate listings. In fact, signs welcoming visitors to the hamlet even feature the slogan.

But is there any science behind the sun-drenched claim?


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(L-R) Candidates at the Meet the Candidates night in East Marion Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

(L-R) Candidates William Swiskey, Doug Roberts, Zuleyha (Julie) Lillis, George Hubbard and David Muarry at the Meet the Candidates night in East Marion Tuesday evening. Not pictured is Village Trustee candidate Jack Martilotta, who was away on duty with the National Guard at the time of the event.(Credit: Paul Squire)

The North Fork Chamber of Commerce’s Meet the Candidates night Tuesday evening marked the first opportunity for the Greenport Village mayoral and trustee candidates to make their pitches in the same room. All the candidates were there except resident Jack Martilotta a trustee candidate who was on duty with the National Guard at the time of the event.

Though not a debate, the candidates answered questions on issues posed to them from the audience at Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion — from shoveling snow and keeping the popular ice skating rink open to civility and openness by the Village Board and the future of Mitchell Park.  (more…)

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Supervisor Scott Russell addressed the North Fork Chamber of Commerce during its meeting Friday. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Supervisor Scott Russell addressed the North Fork Chamber of Commerce during its meeting Friday. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Addressing members of the business community Friday, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said the town is keeping commerce in mind as it crafts new policy.

Mr. Russell pitched ideas while also requesting input on legislation from the business community during the North Fork Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting at Six Three One in Southold.


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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Albert Krupski Sr., left, with his wife, Mary and their son, Albert Krupski Jr.

FILE PHOTO | Albert Krupski Sr., left, with his wife, Helen, and their son Albert Krupski Jr.

The Krupski and Scott families will be honored by the North Fork Chamber of Commerce at its third annual Snowflake Gala and Awards Dinner at Raphael Winery in Peconic Jan. 31.

Both families will receive the chamber’s 2013-14 award for community service.

“It’s a night filled with festivity to honor these wonderful people,” chamber secretary and Snowflake Gala co-chair Terry Walker said.

Ms. Walker said Don Scott and his family, who for 50 years have owned Southold Pharmacy on Main Road, are being recognized for their support with Southold Town’s annual Fourth of July Parade and various village beautification projects.

Ms. Walker said the Krupski family, which owns Krupski’s Pumpkin Farm in Peconic, is being honored for its commitment to educating schoolchildren about farming and the importance of agritourism on the North Fork.

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Southold Pharmacy founders William Verme, left, and Bob Scott.

Southold Pharmacy founders William Verme, left, and Bob Scott.

The Snowflake Gala will be held Friday, Jan. 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Raphael Winery. Tickets cost $95 a person or $1,000 for a table of 12, event chairperson Terry Walker said, and include an extended cocktail hour featuring drinks by Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and Long Island Vodka, and a three-course dinner with dessert.

Live music will be performed by Captain Don and the Toucan Band, Ms. Walker said.

To RSVP, call 631-765-3161 or e-mail [email protected]

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10/08/13 3:30pm
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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The audience listens as Joan Bischoff of the North Fork Promotional Council leads a forum Oct. 7 for Southold Town business owners on ways to extend the tourism season.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The audience listens as Joan Bischoff of the North Fork Promotional Council leads a forum Oct. 7 for Southold Town business owners on ways to extend the tourism season.

Southold Town business owners discussed ways to extend the tourism season at a forum hosted Monday evening by the Southold Economic Development Committee and North Fork Promotion Council. 

“It’s the first time since we’ve been in the business of agritourism that I’ve seen so much effort taken to bring people to the East End,” said Joan Bischoff of the North Fork Promotion Council, who led the discussion. “It is time now, I think, that people come to the North Fork, especially in its offseason.”

The forum, which took place at the Peconic Lane Community Center, is part of a major public relations effort and significant advertising campaign for Taste North Fork, a new pilot shuttle bus service to connect wineries, hamlets and local businesses this Veteran’s Day weekend.

The pilot program has been made possible through a portion of a $335,000 “I Love NY” grant that aims to help promote agritourism on the East End, according to the East End Tourism Alliance.

Steven Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council, said during the meeting that he hopes to have shuttle buses run at 45-minute intervals during Veteran’s Day weekend. Plans are still being finalized, he said, but the bus loop is scheduled to run from Riverhead to Greenport. The buses will stop in each hamlet with most of the stops being at local wineries, Mr. Bate said.

“We’re hoping to have buses come by at 45-minute intervals so that people will have time to taste some wine or do an activity, then hop back on the bus,” Mr. Bate said. “We want to promote the fact that there’s a lot going on the North Fork that weekend.”

During the roughly two-hour long discussion, local business owners were asked to weigh in on the planning process for the event and brainstorm activities to make the implementation of the “I Love NY” grant a huge success.

Mr. Bischoff urged the roomful of business owners to band together and coordinate events with one another that help promote business on the North Fork this Veteran’s Day weekend and beyond. He also encouraged them to actively promote their businesses through social media.

“It’s been difficult to get the restaurants to talk to the vineyards, to get Southold business owners to talk to Greenport business owners,” he said. “We have to put that aside a little bit for this event and start thinking as North Forkers,” he said.

Rosemary Batcheller, owner of the Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane in Mattituck, said during the meeting that she and other Love Lane merchants are planning an event called “Taste Love Lane” during Veteran’s Day weekend. They have invited some local farmers to attend, she said, and each individual merchant will run a special promotion.

“If this goes well, and if the money comes back again, I can really envision a beautiful welcoming,” Ms. Batcheller said.

Donielle Cardinale, of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s in Mattituck, addressed the crowd and told them that if the region can attract visitors to come to the North Fork during the fall and winter, every local business will benefit. Ms. Cardinale sits on the boards of three local organizations: the Economic Development Committee, the North Fork Promotion Council and the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce.

“The North Fork is on stage and we need to perform so that we keep the audience coming back,” she said.

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03/14/12 12:00pm
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COURTESY PHOTO | Mattituck businessman Jim Ryan would like to see a water taxi like this operating between Greenport and Sag Harbor.

The idea of linking Greenport and Sag Harbor with a water taxi has been refloated by Mattituck businessman Jim Ryan.

Mr. Ryan, owner of Response Marine, asked the Greenport Village Board during a March 8 special meeting for a letter of consent supporting of his project. He first proposed his Greenport-Sag Harbor water taxi last summer, but it never came to fruition.

The biggest hurdle is getting the Sag Harbor Village Board to change its code, which bars ferries.

Both Greenport Village Mayor David Nyce and Sag Harbor Village Mayor Brian Gilbride have said they’d like the public to comment on the proposal before their boards make any decisions.

Mr. Ryan has asked Greenport for permission to dock a 50-foot vessel capable of carrying 53 people in front of the carousel because he believes it would be a good spot for people to catch the taxi.

One way trips would cost $11, round trips $20. If approved, taxi service will start this summer and later be re-evaluated to determine its year-round feasibility.

Mr. Gilbride has asked Mr. Ryan to make a public presentation during the Sag Harbor board’s meeting this week. Mr. Nyce said a public hearing to discuss the proposal has been set for March 16 at 5 p.m.


In a split decision, the Village Board last week approved the North Fork Chamber of Commerce’s request to use a portion of Mitchell Park for its third annual summer art show.

The board voted 3-2, with Trustees David Murray and Mary Bess Phillips voting no.

The measure failed during the board’s Feb. 27 meeting, with only two of the three members present voting yes.

Mr. Murray, who voted against the permit at both meetings, has said he couldn’t support the chamber’s permit because he believed fund-raisers clog up access to the park.

Last year the village rejected San Simeon by the Sound’s request to hold a second fundraiser in the park. Board members said opening the park for annual events unrelated to the village could result in space being unavailable to residents.

But both Mr. Nyce and Greenport Business Improvement District president Peter Clarke said they support the art show because it would help promote local artists.

The chamber’s art event is scheduled for July 21.


Tickets for this summer’s Tall Ships of America event can now be purchased through Greenport Village’s website.

The advance sale price to tour six ships is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, with no charge for children under 12. The village has yet to determine how long the advance sales will continue and what the ticket price might be after that.

Ticket holders will be able to tour the Bounty, the largest of the ships, built for the movie of the same name; the Picton-Castle, based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia; the Lynx, a replica of an 1812 warship; the Unicorn from New Jersey, which has an all-female crew; the Pride of Baltimore II; and Summerwind, a schooner from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.

The sail will start in May in Savannah, Ga., before stopping at Greenport Harbor. The tour will then continue to Newport, R.I., and finish in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The vessels will race each other between ports.

When Tall Ships of America last visited Greenport in 2004, the village did not charge an entry fee. It was awarded a state grant to offset the cost of ship appearance fees.

Since that grant came through the defunct “I Love New York” tourism marketing program, village officials have said charging an entry fee will help offset the cost of $130,000 in ship appearance fees.

To purchase tickets, visit villageofgreenport.org.

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