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The outrage flooded social media in a swift, decisive avalanche Friday afternoon. Moments after The New York Times published an opinion piece by its newest conservative columnist, Bret Stephens, response from the paper’s liberal-majority audience bordered on hysteria. READ

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New York Times columnist David Carr at last year's WebSummit in Dublin. (Credit: Flickr/WebSummit. http://ow.ly/J17Xg)

New York Times columnist David Carr at last year’s WebSummit in Dublin. (Credit: Flickr/WebSummit. http://ow.ly/J17Xg)

The impact a person can have on someone, even someone that person never met, is extraordinary. That was brought home to me late Thursday night as I considered how someone I had never met gave me a greater appreciation and enthusiasm for what I do for a living.

I was in the process of preparing to post a basketball story to The Suffolk Times’ website when I noticed a picture of The New York Times’ media columnist, David Carr, on his newspaper’s website. Being in a hurry to do what I needed to do, I made a mental note to go back later and check out why Mr. Carr’s photo was up there. I assumed it was a video of a panel discussion he had moderated earlier that evening.

I was wrong. (more…)

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TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009.

Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009. (Credit: Tim Kelly, file)

In mid-September, the three co-chairs of a high-powered commission aimed at rooting out corruption in state politics arranged for a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who set up the commission last summer. In the governor’s mid-town office, William Fitzpatrick, a district attorney from Syracuse, raised concerns he felt were hampering the commission’s effort, the New York Times reported today .

At the center of those concerns were alleged roadblocks  planted by Regina Calcaterra, a New Suffolk attorney who had been appointed the commission’s executive director. The commissioners threatened to quit, alleging that Ms. Calcaterra was running interference on investigations that pointed back to the governor’s office.

Lawrence Schwartz, the secretary to the governor, responded by saying of Ms. Calcaterra: “She is not going anywhere.”

These bombshell revelations were detailed by a three-month New York Times investigation published today.  (more…)

01/08/14 3:00pm
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LISA KAYTIS-LIBERATORE COURTESY PHOTO | Southold native Peter Winters helped rescue a Montauk fisherman who was lost at sea over the summer.

When seasoned Montauk fisherman John Aldridge went overboard 40 miles off the tip of Long Island over the summer, a plan for his rescue was murky.

Several hours already passed when Mr. Aldridge’s fishing partner awoke to finding his crewmate missing, adrift somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean.

Coast Guard rescuers based in New Haven, Conn. scoured the region, with no luck.

They had been looking in the wrong area until Southold native and Coast Guard veteran Pete Winters, who now works as a civilian search-and-rescue controller, was able to piece together Mr. Aldridge’s location.

The rescue is detailed in a New York Times article “A Speck in the Sea,” which ran in last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.

The piece describes Mr. Winters’ instinctive decision making based on his years as a commercial fisherman on the North Fork of Long Island, “like his grandfather and his uncle before him,” it states.

“This gave him an advantage when a search-and-rescue operation involved commercial fishermen, especially Long Island fishermen: He spoke their language,” the article states.

Mr. Winters’ and his family have a long history of serving and protecting the public on the East End. His father, Dan Winters, joined the Southold Police Department in 1957, worked his way up from sergeant to lieutenant and was named chief in 1981. He held that position until his retirement in 1991.

Read the entire piece here on the New York Times Magazine website.

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MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Tulips line the property at Van de Wetering Greenhouses on Sound Avenue in Jamesport.

Van de Wetering Greenhouses, a longtime producer of tulips that line Park Avenue, was recently featured in the New York Times. Peter Van de Wetering, 82, opened the North Fork nursery in 1958, and soon after won a commission to plant 10,000 daffodils at United Nations Plaza, according to the Times article.

Mr. Van de Wetering’s son, Anton, now runs most of the day-to-day operation of the business.

Click here to read the full article — A Gardner’s Stage: Park Avenue.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Tulips outside Van de Wetering Greenhouses in Jamesport Tuesday afternoon.