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

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | On the cover: A mute swan mother with her cygnets in their nest at Marion Pond in East Marion.

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School votes = Yes x 5






Despite anxiety in all quarters over an economy stuck in low gear, taxpayers in all mainland Southold school districts gave a respectable margin of approval to their budgets Tuesday. Only tiny Fishers Island turned thumbs down on its spending plan.

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Orient artist Bob Berks dies at 89






Bob Berks, who during a decades-long career sculpted iconic images of popes, presidents and other luminaries, died Monday after a long illness. The Orient resident was 89.

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North Ferry seeks a rate hike






Facing rising costs and a continuing drop in ridership, North Ferry Company has asked the Suffolk County Legislature to approve a 7.8 percent rate hike, its first since June 2004.

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Winemake Ralph Pugliese dead at 73






Ralph Pugliese, who co-founded Pugliese Vineyards with his wife, Patricia, died Monday morning, May 16, at his home in Cutchogue. He was 73.

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Bellone makes a pitch out East

Babylon, Suffolk County






Steve Bellone, supervisor of a West End town, came east over the weekend to declare his belief that East End open space preservation pays economic dividends all across Suffolk County.

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Village isn’t keen on Kace

Greenport Village Board members aren’t buying the KACE-LI, LLC argument for annexing town land into their backyard. That’s the conclusion of comments they’ll be sending to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by Monday.

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Editorial: Uncertainty surely awaits on future school budgets

Commentators love to equate this problem or that to a tsunami, the most often and overused instance being “an economic tsunami.” It seems to have superseded “a perfect storm” in describing a crisis with multiple causes or components. With the approval of local school budgets this week, we happily avoid phrases such as “a tsunami of voter dissatisfaction” and the like.

Column: Remembering the genius of Bob Berks

I sometimes get the feeling that I’ve written the same column before — it’s a combination of advanced age and the act of having penned about a thousand of these things since 1977 — and this is one such occasion.

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Rauseo has Tuckers headed right way






After stealing second base, Yianni Rauseo trotted off the field, pointing to his right pinky as an explanation for what was wrong. Not that he had to point. Fingers aren’t supposed to stick out that way, at a 90-degree angle.

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