A peek inside this week’s issue of The Suffolk Times


KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A farmer plows a field east of Sparkling Pointe vineyard in Southold in this photo from the cover of The Suffolk Times.

It’s a question of quiet

Southolders who make a lot of noise might not have long before the town starts cracking down. The public will have a chance to weigh in on Southold Town’s first-ever noise ordinance, initially proposed over nine months ago, at a public hearing at Town Hall on July 5 at 7:30 p.m. Southold is the only East End town without a noise code on the books.


Cochran hangs up his badge






Bringing an end to a police career of 33 years, the last 10 spent as the town’s top cop, Chief “Ty” Cochran has put in his paperwork to retire on July 5. The Town Board approved the chief’s request during its Tuesday meeting.


Democrats are in it to win it






With the exception of town assessor, Southold’s Democratic Party will field a full slate of candidates in the fall town elections, and the party promises a “very dynamic” campaign.


Wines wait as feds run late






Vintners spends months, if not years, perfecting the wines they bottle and sell, and somewhere near the end of that process, they attach a label to let the public know what’s so special about what’s inside. Though that piece of paper might seem a small thing, several North Fork winemakers find themselves caught up in the federal budget crunch this spring, when staffing reductions at the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau left the agency with just a few employees to approve new wine labels.


DA drops case against ex-cop






Saying the forensic evidence did not support the charge, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office has dismissed the felony assault charge against former county police officer Jon Ferris, who was arrested in a field behind his Mattituck home in January and charged with beating an upstate hunter with his own shotun after the man had shot and killed Mr. Ferris’s dog.

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Editorial: Incandescent idiocy

Back when Long Island homes were powered by LILCO, the Long Island Lighting Company, elected officials had a field day beating up on the giant utility for all manner of reasons, not least of which were the ill-fated plans to build a nuclear generating station in Shoreham and two more in Northville. The island remains nuclear-free and LILCO is no more, replaced by the Long Island Power Authority. Many a politico has been unable to break the habit of grabbing some cheap publicity at the authority’s expense, but quite often the charges leveled against LIPA come across as self-serving and gratuitous. That is, until this week.

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One woman with many jobs






She tends acres of vines, makes sure the tasting room is fully stocked, raises chickens, ducks and goats and nurtures tomatoes and eggplants “that I grow in my spare time.”

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Survey: North Fork Table earns high marks






There was very good news on the menu at the The North Fork Table and Inn in Southold this week. The just-released 2011-2012 Long Island restaurant survey, considered by many to be the gold standard for rating fine dining, placed the Main Road restaurant best in food and service. In the food category, North Fork Table received a rare near-perfect score of 29 out of 30.

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Track: Blue Waves don’t use youth as an excuse






Youth is not an excuse for the Riverhead High School boys track and field team, just a reality. With a team comprised mostly of freshmen and sophomores, the Blue Waves faced an uphill run against more experienced opponents in the Suffolk County Division Championships this week. Not that the Blue Waves complained.

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