12/04/14 8:00am
12/04/2014 8:00 AM
Angela DeVito, president of the South Jamesport Civic Association, outside the Bayview Inn & Restaurant. The group has yet to take an official on a plan to convert the building to apartments, and split the parcel into two separate lots. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Angela DeVito, president of the South Jamesport Civic Association, outside the Bayview Inn & Restaurant. The group has yet to take an official on a plan to convert the building to apartments, and split the parcel into two separate lots. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The new owners of the former Bayview Inn and Restaurant in South Jamesport are seeking a variance from the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals to convert the property’s main building into five apartment units.

Gattofreddo, Ltd., — which is headed by Southampton attorney Richard Mathew — wants to subdivide the 20,000-square-foot property into two separate lots, said Adam Grossman, the attorney representing Mr. Mathew. The Bayview Inn and Restaurant closed a few months ago. (more…)

08/13/14 8:00am
08/13/2014 8:00 AM
Rust tide. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Researchers are testing the the Long Neck Royal Canal to see if rust tide, a harmful algal bloom, has emerged in Flanders. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

For the first time this season, rust tide has been detected in the Peconic Estuary, experts confirmed Tuesday.

Chris Gobler, a marine biologist at Stony Brook University and leader of the Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance, said the harmful algal bloom has been detected in East Creek, on the north side of Flanders Bay in South Jamesport. (more…)

07/10/14 8:00am
07/10/2014 8:00 AM
Postmaster Kevin Ford helps South Jamesport resident Dan Faraone Tuesday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Postmaster Kevin Ford helps South Jamesport resident Dan Faraone Tuesday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The United States Postal Service — which derives all of its revenue from the sale of its products and services — has lost $26 billion over the last three years.

In an effort to stop the bleeding, it has consolidated 141 mail processing facilities nationwide over the last two years, saving nearly $900 million and laying off no employees in the process. (more…)

07/08/14 12:00pm
07/08/2014 12:00 PM
The South Jamesport Post Office at 70 Second Street could be in for some changes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The South Jamesport Post Office at 70 Second Street could be in for some changes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The smallest post office on all of Long Island may undergo some cost-reducing changes initiated by the United States Postal Service.

A survey sent last month by the USPS  gave South Jamesport residents four options in regards to the future operations of their beloved 400-box post office.  (more…)

06/11/13 8:00am
06/11/2013 8:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead police officer Tim Murphy outside the town's police headquarters on Howell Avenue.

A brazen kidnapping in broad daylight, a handgun, two men named “Shawney and Q,” and ransom demands.

It all unfolded at a Jamesport gas station Saturday afternoon, two South Jamesport residents told police.

But if it sounds too far-fetched to be true, that’s because it was all a hoax.

Riverhead Town police say the abduction report  made Saturday afternoon was just a tale, and now the supposed abductee is being held in jail while he and a woman both face misdemeanor false reporting charges.

The story began to unravel almost as soon as it started at the American Gas station on Main Road about 5 p.m. Saturday, after a woman called police to report a kidnapping.

The intial caller — a third party to the hoax who was not arrested — told police Josephine Minerbo, 29, of South Jamesport had just told her Joshua Georges, 31, had been kidnapped, according to police reports.

After arriving at the station, police located Ms. Minerbo and questioned her about the incident. She told police she had been driving in a car on Main Road while Mr. Georges was driving another car. Mr. Georges had stopped to pump gas at the station, she said, but as he was pumping was approached by a black man, who lifted up his shirt to reveal a handgun, according to a police report.

The man then took Mr. Georges into another vehicle and drove off, heading west on Main Road, Ms. Minerbo told police.

Ms. Minerbo said she received a call a few moments later from two men — supposedly named “Shawney” and “Q” — who demanded she give them money in exchange for Mr. Georges’ safety.

But after further questioning by police officers, Ms. Minerbo revealed she and Mr. Georges had made the incident up, and that Mr. Georges was safe waiting in a house down the street.

The kidnappers Shawney and Q, she said, never existed.

Police arrested both Ms. Minerbo and Mr. Georges, and charged them with third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class “A” misdemeanor.

The motive for the hoax had not yet been determined, police said Monday.

Mr. Georges was arraigned before Justice Richard Ehlers in Riverhead Town Justice Court Monday and held on $250 bail, court officials said. He is due back in court on July 9.

Ms. Minerbo was given an appearance ticket and is due back in court on June 25 to be arraigned, court officials said.

She could not be reached for comment.

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05/29/13 10:02am
05/29/2013 10:02 AM

A 49-year-old South Jamesport man was arrested on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge after a car crash Tuesday night in Southold, police said.

John Nordin was arrested about 9:45 p.m. after the accident on Main Road, Southold police said.

Information on the car crash was not immediately available.

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