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04/19/16 4:00pm
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Main Road, Love Lane & Old Sound Avenue recomendations

The Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association has unveiled its recommendations to improve the three-way intersection at Main Road, Love Lane and Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck and is proposing Southold Town ban eastbound turns from Love Lane to Main Road in order to make the area safer.

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07/21/15 6:00am
07/21/2015 6:00 AM

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Due to an around-the-clock renovation project on the Route 25 bridge over the Long Island Expressway, only one lane in each direction is now open, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Construction on the bridge will last until next spring. READ

10/23/14 3:28pm
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A six-mile stretch of Main Road would be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A six-mile stretch of Main Road is being pitched for an historic district. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

The National Register Historic District proposed for Main Road in Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel has already been rejected by the Riverhead Town Board — and it appears to be one heading that way with the Southold Town Board as well.

“The Town Board had decided that the fate of the proposed district in Southold would be left to the will of the property owners who own land included in the proposed district,” Southold Supervisor Scott Russell said. “We have had 19 owners raise objections and only four show support. Southold cannot support the proposed district moving forward based on those figures.” (more…)

11/19/13 7:58am
11/19/2013 7:58 AM

A 52-year-old Cutchogue man was arrested on a drunken driving charge early Tuesday after his vehicle was stopped by police on Main Road, Southold Town police said.

Gregory Burns was pulled over about 12:30 a.m. near Stillwater Avenue in Cutchogue, after he was observed to be swerving out of his lane in a 2000 Chevy Astro van, police said.

Police performed roadside sobriety tests and found Mr. Burns was drunk at the time, officials said. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and was being held for a morning arraignment, police said.

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07/18/13 1:00pm
07/18/2013 1:00 PM
Bowling Alley in Riverhead

TIM GANNON PHOTO | The All Star bowling alley on Route 25 Riverhead.

Owners of The All Star bowling alley in Riverhead are no longer seeking to install an electronic sign in front of their Route 25 business, something area residents have opposed ever since catching wind of the plan.

Instead, they are now seeking to have a large bowling ball and pin structure in front of the Main Road building.

The pin would be six feet tall and would sit on a 10-foot tall pedestal, bringing the top to 16 feet. The structure would need variances from the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals.

Chris Smith, one of the owners, told ZBA board members last week that people driving by who aren’t familiar with the business don’t know what type of business is there.

They’ve had some trouble drawing people in the summer, he said.

The official name of the business is The All Star, with no mention of bowling.

“We want the opportunity to show the public that we are a bowling alley,” he said, adding that since the area already has farm stands with giant strawberries out front, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to have a giant bowling pin.

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TIM GANNON PHOTO | The sign now planned for All Star would feature space to announce upcoming events.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | The sign now planned would contain space to announce upcoming events.

But ZBA member Otto Wittmeier asked why the owners don’t have the word “bowling” in their business’ name.

Mr. Smith said that they don’t want to be known as just a bowling alley, since there is a restaurant and bar, game room and often live music at the business as well.

They need ZBA variances for the height of the proposed sign, which is one foot over the 15-foot height limit, and for the overall square footage, which is 96 square feet, instead of the maximum permitted square footage of 32 square feet.

They also seek permission to have a telephone number on the sign, something the town doesn’t allow, and which ZBA members said they won’t allow.

Jeff Rimland, another owner of the business, said in an interview after last Thursday’s ZBA meeting that he feels it’s not accurate to say the proposed sign is 96 square feet. In coming up with that number, the town essentially drew an imaginary box around the outskirts of the sign.

This, he said, is counting “air” as part of the sign’s square footage.

The All Star originally proposed an internally lit digital sign in front of the business, but that met with a number of letters in opposition, saying it was out of step with the character of Main Road and the North Fork as a whole.

The ZBA originally scheduled a hearing for the digital sign proposal on April 25, but it was adjured or rescheduled a number of times.

A number of residents who live nearby had attended the scheduled May 9 hearing to voice their opposition to the internally lit sign, but that hearing never took place because Mr. Rimland forgot to bring proof that mailings were sent to neighboring residents to notify them of the it.

ZBA member Leroy Barnes said they have had numerous adjournments of hearings of late, on The All Star’s and those of other proposals, which he feels dilutes the public’s response to projects, and he suggested the ZBA crack down on it.

There were only two speakers at last Thursday’s hearing on the sign, and both were representatives of the Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, an association of civic groups.

Dominique Mendez, the group’s president, read a letter from South Jamesport resident Larry Simms, who said a 96-square-foot sign is a billboard, not a sign, and that he sees no reason the applicant can’t find a way to comply with the town code without needing a ZBA variance because there are no trees concealing the sign.

Phil Barbato, the group’s vice president, also urged ZBA members to deny the variance requests, saying that this area is “becoming Jericho Turnpike all over again. It’s creeping east.”

The ZBA took no action on the proposal and the hearing was held over to the July 25 meeting.

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