What are East End governments doing, anyway?

[caption id="attachment_1019" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Southampton Militia debates methods of defeating the British at Southampton's Fourth of July parade.[/caption] It's time to fire up the barbecue, celebrate our independence from the crown, and figure out just what the government is up to. So many municipalities on the East End are at work on different projects that it's hard for citizens to keep what's going on straight. Here's what the East
In the World Opinion

The Women’s Open can kiss my cash register

[caption id="attachment_844" align="alignnone" width="600"] Tuckahoe Road, Shinnecock Hills, Wednesday. The police send you down this road when you try to drive to Sebonack.[/caption] I'm all for women playing sports. Really. It's good for women and it's good for society. But I'm so steamed at the U.S. Women's Open in Southampton this week that it would take a barista to pour me out. Now, people say that golf is a perfectly
Environment News

Pushing for environmental details in Fed plan for Plum Island

[caption id="attachment_11733" align="alignnone" width="600"] Plum Island[/caption] The federal government's long awaited final environmental report on the potential sale of Plum Island doesn't look much different from the draft report released last summer, and that lack of change has environmentalists hot and bothered. The 840-acre island, which is currently owned by the Department of Homeland Security, is home to the Department of Agriculture's Plum Island Animal Disease Center, which studies hoof
Arts Literature News

Chronicling the North’s hidden history of slavery

[caption id="attachment_758" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Sylvester Manor house circa 1870[/caption] Historian Mac Griswold has been on a quest for the past decade and a half to tell the half-forgotten story of slavery on Shelter Island. Ms. Griswold, a landscape historian, first saw Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island while she was rowing in a nearby creek in 1984. She was intrigued by the age of the large boxwoods she could see
Environment News

Honoring the bays around us

[caption id="attachment_748" align="alignnone" width="600"] Mattituck freshman Chelsea Lovett's Save Our Beaches[/caption] Writer and marine biologist Rachel Carson's legacy of inspiring young people to care about the environment has lasted decades, and it's continuing here on the East End this summer. Earlier this year, high school students throughout the East End were issued a challenge by Greenport's East End Seaport Museum: Create a project, combining both science and art, which pays
In the World News

Reopening the wounds of Flight 800?

[caption id="attachment_738" align="alignnone" width="600"] TWA Flight 800 International Memorial at Smith Point County Park in November 2007. | Creative Commons[/caption] Six retired investigators, who helped determine the cause of the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800 over the Atlantic Ocean off of East Moriches, submitted a petition Wednesday to the National Transportation Safety Board to re-open an investigation into the crash. They did so with the help of a documentary
Environment News

Native plant revolution brewing

[caption id="attachment_720" align="alignright" width="300"] LINPI director Polly Weigand with native grasses planted by her group's volunteers[/caption] Down a dirt road behind the horticulture department at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, there's a revolution brewing. It's a revolution of native seeds, which are collected, planted and cared for by a group of volunteers called the Long Island Native Plant Initiative. LINPI is on a mission to save the

Feds: Suffolk immigrants victims of 7-Eleven franchise holders

[caption id="attachment_686" align="alignnone" width="600"] Half a dozen cars remained in the parking lot at the Cutchogue 7-Eleven Monday afternoon.[/caption] There's a long history in this country of immigrants and children of immigrants pulling the rope up behind them when the next wave of immigrants comes into America, and what happened at three 7-Elevens on the East End today is the latest chapter in that sad story. Nine 7-Eleven franchise owners,