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The toxic rust tide has returned again to the East End's bays

Rust tide is back: Algae was blamed for last year’s less-than-stellar Peconic scallop season

At this time last summer, marine biologists working to replenish the scallop population in the Peconic Bays were finding record numbers of scallops and baymen were getting their dredges ready for a banner season.

Dancing into the sunset at Meschutt Beach on the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays.

The week in pictures: Aug. 10 through Aug. 17

Traffic has been abysmal, the humidity is making people mean and the lines are too long at the grocery store. In spite of all that, this August has been a gorgeous one for enjoying

This is where the Weeping Willow Motel used to be. The willows are still weeping but the motel is gone.

Weeping over the willow motel

This plan Riverhead had to close the old Weeping Willow Motel and build a park hits close to my heart. I’ve been trying to understand exactly why for weeks, as the town readies the

The approach to Plum Island | courtesy Save the Sound

What are East End governments doing, anyway? Aug. 15 edition

From Plum Island to Riverhead to Montauk, environmental preservation is on the minds of East End governments this week. Southold Town The Southold Town Board tabled its ongoing public hearing on zoning Plum Island at its

No one really wanted to play soccer in this cemetery.

Southampton wants people to be good in cemeteries

Ball field space may be tight on the East End, but in Southampton Town, until today, anyone looking to play a ball game could legally have just headed over to a local town-owned graveyard

Workers from National Grid are installing gas mains along Route 48 in Cutchogue this week.

The North Fork gets gassy

After years of planning, National Grid began work last week installing a natural gas main down the North Road, County Road 48, from Alvah’s Lane in Cutchogue to Ackerly Pond Road in Southold, due

A bunch of rusting metal machinery was pulled up from the muck at the New Suffolk waterfront earlier this month.

Strange “junk” found at New Suffolk waterfront

Dockbuilders from Latham Sand & Gravel pulled some puzzling artifacts up from the New Suffolk muck earlier this month while they were putting in a new bulkhead at the New Suffolk Waterfront to replace

The Moore Festival Singers sing Douglas Moore's "Down at the North Fork Country Club Cabaret."

A night in Cutchogue: At the 2013 Douglas Moore Music Festival

For the past 34 years, members of the Cutchogue community have come together the second weekend in August to pay homage to the composer Douglas Moore, who wrote much of his work in a

Gloria de Dios parade, held by the congregation of Iglesia Pentecostal Familia de Dios in Riverhead Sunday.

The Week in Pictures: Aug. 4 through Aug. 10

A week can go quickly this time of year. [easingsliderpro

Fort Pond House in Montauk

Fort Pond House: For the salamanders? For the people? For the birds?

From 2003 to 2010, Fort Pond House, overlooking Fort Pond Bay in Montauk, provided one of only two public access sites to the bay, where nature groups and kids from the Montauk School did

The East Hampton Airport.

What are East End governments doing, anyway? Aug. 7 edition

Big fight at East Hampton Town Hall over airport issues Councilwoman Theresa Quigley went on a rampage against her fellow board member and airport liaison Dominick Stanzione at the East Hampton Town Board’s Tuesday work

An effort is underway to save the Witch's Hat on Route 25 in Aquebogue.

Save the Lighthouse! Save the Witch’s Hat! Save Aquebogue!

When I was just 18 years old, full of the excitement of a kid who’s just left home, I moved into a tiny cottage on the Main Road in Aquebogue. It was dangerous. Even

The Riverhead Foundation released rehabilitated bottlenose dolphin "Seabreeze" in 2007 | Courtesy The Riverhead Foundation

Dead dolphins washing up on our shores, scientists looking for reason

UPDATE: AUG. 9, 2013 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared an “Unusual Mortality Event” is occurring in bottlenose dolphins along the East Coast, with dolphin deaths along the coast reportedly seven times higher

The man who saved Long Island’s ospreys

Dennis Puleston did an awful lot of things in the 95 years that he walked this earth. He ate flesh with cannibals in New Guinea. He flirted with virgins in Samoa. He managed a

The Week in Pictures: July 28-August 3

The truism bandied about on the East End is that there are only eight weeks in the season in which to earn enough money to live all year round. But there are fewer than

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