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05/04/18 6:01am

It didn’t get a lot of attention, but the Greenport Village budget will reduce the tax rate in the village for the fourth consecutive year.

The Village Board unanimously adopted the budget without comment last Thursday night.

The vote followed an April 10 public hearing on the budget at which nobody spoke.

The amount of taxes to be raised in the 2018-19 budget is $989,100, the same as in the current year. A slightly higher assessed value village-wide is what caused the tax rate to drop by a half-percent, according to Mayor George Hubbard Jr.

For someone with property assessed at $4,500, which equates to a market value of about $416,000, the decrease amounts to about $5.

“It’s pretty much status quo,” the mayor said of the budget last month.

Overall spending in the village rose by 7/10ths of a percent, from $10,167,708 to $10,242,882, but most of that is electric, water and sewer fund expenses that are funded mostly by ratepayer fees and not taxes.

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04/28/18 5:00am
04/28/2018 5:00 AM

The East End Tourism Alliance is hoping to get the five East End towns on board in support of the establishment of a “tourism marketing district,” in which a fee would be added to the price of each occupied hotel room. Unlike the existing 3 percent hotel/motel tax, all of the money would stay local for use in tourism promotion and marketing on the East End. (more…)

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03/26/18 1:06pm
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Residents and officials discussed the pros and cons of reducing the speed limit in Greenport Village from 30 mph to 25 mph at a public hearing last Thursday night before the Village Board.

And while Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley didn’t support the idea, feedback from some speakers convinced him to take a second look at speeding issues in the village.  READ

03/12/18 6:00am
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Like many residents in the Village of Greenport, Anna Evenhouse and her husband Sten own an older home. With its vintage charm comes an inherent risk: the possibility of lead-based paint.

The couple began thinking recently about the effects lead could have in their home as well as its prevalence in the village and what steps could be taken to combat it. READ

03/02/18 1:39pm
03/02/2018 1:39 PM

Goldsmith’s Toys and Electronics in Greenport Village has found a new home, just a few doors down from the building it occupied for more than three decades sold in December. 

Goldsmith’s Toys officially opened Friday in its new location at 128 Main St., formerly the Book Scout, and even with a little added flare. Artist Carla Oberlander transformed the floor and ceiling of the new space to make customers feel like they’re walking right on the beach.

“There’s really so much to see that you need to come and look around a few times,” owner Kathy Halliwell said. “We had it painted special for the kids, and the adults too. It’s fun for everyone.”

Despite the new look, Goldsmith’s is still selling the same array of toys and has kept its signature rubber ducks.

“We had to bring our ducks,” she said. “It’s a new home for them. People come from all over for our ducks and come once a year in the summer and have to get a duck as a tradition.”

A wall of rubber ducks of all kinds. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

Goldsmith’s Toys was located at 138 Main St. for 34 years, but the building went on the market in late July 2016. Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty initially listed the 6,984-square-foot building for $1.295 million but has been discounted twice since and was listed at $995,000 before it sold around December. It is unclear who purchased it.

As for Ms. Halliwell, she had to find a new space or face closing the business for good. She has owned the store for 11 years and worked the previous owner.

“I’m very relieved and I’m so happy with the way it came out,” she said. “We’re ready for action now.”

Kathy Halliwell stands in her newly-located toy store. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

The store will be open seven days a week, year-round. Ms. Halliwell, and the many volunteers who assisted her, had a little less than a week to move her merchandise and set up shop.

“Even though I have to work so hard, I kind of feel like I’m at the beach now,” she said.

Ms. Halliwell hopes the new look of the space will bring children in and make them feel at home.

“I try to bring the outside in and I thought the ocean would be fun. I know would love that as a kid,” Ms. Oberlander said.

“I was so worried they weren’t going to get another location,” she added.

The space had been occupied by the Book Scout, owned by Pete Stevens, who had been in business for 37 years. He retired recently due to his age, 82, though he also cited rising rents in the area.

“So many people have said to me how happy they were that we found a new space,” Ms. Halliwell said. “The local people are really happy.”

Photo caption: Kathy Halliwell has opened Goldsmith’s Toys for 11 years, but worked for the previous owner. (Credit: Rachel Siford)

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