09/19/14 1:39pm
09/19/2014 1:39 PM
Howard Meinke of Laurel, shown in a headshot that appeared with his guest columns in The Suffolk Times, died Thursday night.

Howard Meinke of Laurel, shown in a headshot that appeared with his occasional guest columns in The Suffolk Times and News-Review, died Thursday night.

The North Fork is a better place today thanks to the work of Howard Meinke, fellow environmental advocates and colleagues say.

He was a tenacious champion for the environment and for the quality of life issues affecting his neighbors. He always educated himself on the problems the North Fork faced before backing a solution.

Pine Barrens Society executive director Richard Amper said the North Fork might have become developed like Brookhaven Town had Mr. Meinke not been around.

“The problem with Brookhaven was that they didn’t have Howard Meinke,” Mr. Amper said. “I don’t believe [the North Fork] would be the wonderful place that it is without him. He is the model, the consummate community advocate and I don’t know what we’re going to do without him.” (more…)

06/21/14 4:00pm
06/21/2014 4:00 PM
County Legislator Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue) presenting Lori Luscher and Greta Schiller with proclamations thanking them for their work removing the invasive plant phragmites from Marion Lake. (Credit: Carrie Miller Photo)

County Legislator Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue) presenting Greta Schiller (left) and Lori Luscher with proclamations thanking them for their work removing the invasive plant phragmites from Marion Lake. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Community awareness and promoting activism were the themes of the evening at the North Fork Environmental Council’s annual environmental awards ceremony Thursday, where the nonprofit thanked several groups for their contributions to the local environment.

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10/16/12 10:30am
10/16/2012 10:30 AM
Hellenic Snack Bar manager George Giannaris and sons Yianni (center) and Savvas serve chili to John Rooney of Southold at North Fork Environmental Council's Chili Night last year.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Hellenic Snack Bar manager George Giannaris and sons Yianni (center) and Savvas serve chili to John Rooney of Southold at North Fork Environmental Council’s Chili Night last year.

Forty years of environmental activism on the East End will be celebrated by the North Fork Environmental Council Friday, Oct. 19, during the group’s annual Chili Night, at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

As part of the festivities, NFEC will present its Presidents’ Leadership Award to Glynis Berry of Orient, owner of Art Sites gallery in Riverhead. Ms. Berry is also an architect accredited in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Department and a Suffolk County planning commissioner at large.

She is active with Peconic Green Growth, working toward “the realization of her vision of a green corridor, composed of several parks connected by trails along the Peconic River,” which her gallery overlooks. She is also a founding member of the North Fork Clean Water Action coalition.

The evening will include a brief film tribute to Paul Stoutenburgh, a past NFEC president and former Time/Review columnist, and a remembrance of former NFEC president Frank Wills, who died earlier this year.

Winners of the “Photo What’s Left” exhibit and sale — which benefits NFEC, the Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition and Save Main Road efforts — will be announced as well and one local restaurant will be take home the title of having the best chili.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. Call 298-8880 or go to nfec2012chili.eventbrite.com.