Don’t forget to pick up a copy of this week’s Suffolk Times

Here are five stories you’ll find in today’s copy of The Suffolk Times:

1. When Sonja Stein bequeathed to the Oysterponds Historical Society her beloved 13-acre East Marion waterfront property — with not just one, but two grand old summer homes — she set just two conditions.

Ms. Stein, who summered in the area for many years, was adamant in expressing her desire to maintain the open lands and respect the homes’ historical integrity.

Mission accomplished.

This week, the historical society and the Peconic Land Trust announced a collaborative project to protect the property’s meadows and woodlands and close to a quarter-mile of Dam Pond shoreline. In addition, nearly three acres of untouched woods and waterfront will be added to the adjacent Ruth Oliva Preserve.

2. Orient resident Keri Ockenden-Christ wrote an equal time stating “Cross Sound Ferry has not been a good neighbor and does not deserve any awards for vastly increasing its business at the cost of our environment and quality of life.”

3. Graffiti-making is on the rise in Southold Town, and some people are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.
Southold police recently reported a 64 percent increase in graffiti incidents in 2011, with 41 incidents reported, up from 25 in 2010 and 20 in 2009. Town Board members have considered installing video cameras at graffiti hot spots, and one Mattituck resident has offered to form a citizens’ group to combat the spray-painted menace throughout town.

4. North Fork Community Theater will perform “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and they’ve recruited a dozen community members to record the ‘book voices’ for each of the shows.

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