12/17/18 6:00am

Aboard the newest ferry for Plum Island Animal Disease Center last Tuesday, Alice Kramer of Southold did the honors, cracking a bottle of champagne over the hull.

The christening ceremony was held in honor of Ms. Kramer’s late husband, for whom the boat is named: Edward V. Kramer.

Mr. Kramer, who died in 2015 at 79, worked at Plum Island for more 60 years. READ

12/10/18 6:00am

After another season of North Fork gridlock, the North Fork Traffic Task Force met recently to begin brainstorming solutions for 2019.

A recent meeting, according to Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith, brought a broad range of officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Suffolk County Transit Bus, state Department of Transportation, the Long Island Farm Bureau, Harbes Farm, Southold Town and police departments from both towns together to discuss traffic and other safety concerns. READ

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12/06/18 6:00am

A new law unanimously passed by Suffolk County lawmakers Tuesday requires amusement parks and water parks to report crimes, including sexual misconduct, to police immediately.

The language of the legislation explicitly references a “troubling incident that occurred at a popular water park in Suffolk County, when several girls reported being groped by a group of men in the park’s wave pool.” READ

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11/29/18 6:00am

A recently rescinded New York State Department of Environmental Conservation decision will put local municipalities in charge of their own water quality management.

In Southold, the reversal will impact Total Maximum Daily Load limits that were imposed over a decade ago to monitor pollutants entering the water. READ

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11/28/18 4:41pm

After a Federal Aviation Administration workshop held in Riverhead earlier this month left residents and elected officials alike dissatisfied, elected officials gathered at Iron Pier Beach in Jamesport Wednesday to demand the FAA hold a proper public hearing on the matter.

The workshop, meant to allow residents an opportunity to file complaints over the spike in helicopters flying across the North Fork, only allowed attendees to submit written statements. READ

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11/28/18 5:59am

Mattituck-Cutchogue school district officials have begun preliminary discussions on how to spend $3.7 million in reserve funding on repairs, renovations and improvements throughout the district.

As they identify projects, they are seeking input from community stakeholders. READ