04/21/18 6:10am
04/21/2018 6:10 AM

On Saturday evening, with dusk soon to arrive, the wind rising and temperatures dropping, rescuers put their own lives on the line to save three men whose boat, a 34-foot Chris Craft, had struck rocks in the challenging waters of Plum Gut off Orient Point.  READ

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04/19/18 6:01am
04/19/2018 6:01 AM

On a cold and blustery evening Saturday, a group of determined rescuers saved three men whose boat had sunk in Plum Gut, pulling one of them — who showed signs of hypothermia and was “barely hanging on” — to safety aboard the Plum Island ferry. READ

05/23/15 12:00pm
05/23/2015 12:00 PM
A man salutes the flag at a Southold Town Memorial Day parade. (Katharine Schroeder file)

A man salutes the flag at a Southold Town Memorial Day parade. (Katharine Schroeder file)

In keeping with tradition, Memorial Day will be observed Monday with a series of parades and ceremonies across the North Fork and Riverhead Town.

The following is Monday’s schedule of events:

• Riverhead’s annual combined veterans parade begins at 10 a.m. at the World War II memorial at the corner of Pulaski Street and Osborn Avenue. It will proceed down Main Street and return to the memorial at about 11 for a ceremony.

• The official Southold Town Memorial Day parade, held this year in Southold village, will start at 10 a.m., proceeding from Boisseau Avenue and Main Road to Griswold-Terry-Glover American Legion Post 803 at Tuckers Lane, where a ceremony will be held.

• Orient Fire Department’s parade will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Main Road firehouse. The route will run along Tabor Road to Orchard Street, then Navy Street, Village Lane, Main Road and back to the firehouse.

• Mattituck Fire Department will hold a ceremony at the war memorial at Pike Street and Wickham Avenue at 8 a.m. That event will be followed by a parade through the Love Lane business area, ending at the Pike Street firehouse.

• A dockside service is scheduled for 8 a.m. at the Greenport railroad dock. The procession will line up in the Adams Street parking lot behind the Arcade at 7:45 a.m., then move to the dock for the service. Refreshments will follow at the Third Street firehouse.

• The annual observance at Calverton National Cemetery will be held at 1 p.m. in the cemetery’s assembly area.

08/01/14 3:00pm
08/01/2014 3:00 PM
The department's current tanker dates back to 1972, fire officials said. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The department’s current tanker dates back to 1972, fire officials said. (Credit: Paul Squire)

More than $300,000 in federal funding will help Orient Fire Department purchase a new tanker truck to replace the now-outdated truck firefighters use today.

The department’s current tanker dates back to 1972, making it much older than is normally recommended for fire vehicles, said Fire Chief Robert Haase.  (more…)

07/18/14 6:00am
07/18/2014 6:00 AM


Orient Fire Department’s annual pig roast is next Saturday, July 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the firehouse. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $10 for kids 8 to 12. Beer, wine and soda are included and Mixed Nutz will provide live music. Tickets are available at Orient Country Store, Fork & Anchor, Orient by the Sea restaurant and the Candyman.  (more…)