Healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center were hailed as heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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PBMC Nurses Approve Contract, Averting A Strike

More than 85 percent of union nurses and healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and Long Island Jewish Valley Stream voted to ratify new contracts with Northwell Health this week, avoiding a strike that New York State Nurses Association members had planned to begin Feb. 21. NYSNA said the new three-year contracts "improve safe staffing standards and wages— the key demands of NYSNA members at both Northwell
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This Morning’s Bulletin — 2.22.24

Pictured Above: Trick of the lens, sunrise on Cutchogue Harbor. Good Morning! • We're expecting partly sunny skies today, with a high temperature near 42 degrees and a calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 miles per hour in the morning. We're expecting cloudy skies overnight, with a 50 percent chance of rain and a temperature around 42. We're expecting daytime rain on Friday, with a high near 46, and
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Dave’s Desk@Ditch: The Path of Self-Discovery

by Dave Davis “When I have been truly searching for my treasure, every day has been luminous, because I’ve known every hour was a part of the dream that I would find it. When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things along the way that I never would have seen had I not had the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to
Healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center were hailed as heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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PBMC Nurses Reach a Tentative Agreement

New York State Nurses Association nurses and healthcare workers at Peconic Bay Medical Center reached a tentative contract agreement with the hospital's parent company, Northwell Health, on Thursday after a marathon bargaining session. If union members vote to ratify the contract on Tuesday, Feb. 20, they will avoid a strike authorized to begin Feb. 21. According to NYSNA, the agreement "includes improvements to safe staffing standards, stronger and expedited safe
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Climate Local Now: Letter From Panama, Lessons for the East End

by Leonard Green I’m in Panama, where it’s hot and dry. It’s the dry season this time of year, so that’s normal. The enormous queue of ships backed up waiting to enter the canal, however, is not normal. There’s just not enough lake-fed water in the canal for normal operations. There was a 27 percent drop in rainfall during last year’s rainy season. That has certainly contributed to the problem.
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Romaine Strikes New Deal on Wastewater Tax

After a plan to put a referendum before voters for an eighth of a percent sales tax to fund septic improvement initiatives was stymied by Republicans in the Suffolk County Legislature last summer, new County Executive Ed Romaine unveiled a new tax plan this week that will provide more funding to sewers than on-site septic systems. There are estimated to be about 380,000 on-site septic systems in Suffolk County, many
The East Hampton BESS facility, a collaboration between National Grid and NextEra Energy, was the site of a fire in May of 2023.
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State Battery Fire Group Issues Code Recommendations as Southampton Considers Moratorium Extension

As moratoriums on new Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) continue in Southold and Southampton towns this winter, a state task force convened last summer to investigate three BESS fires in New York has released a draft of 15 proposed fire code changes to help prevent and mitigate fires. The report, released Feb. 6, comes as the Southampton Town Board is considering a six-month extension of a moratorium on consideration of
The future site of "The Enclaves" in Southold
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February Editorials: “Up West” is Now Out Here

Pictured Above: The future site of "The Enclaves" in Southold We’re shocked, but not surprised to see the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency dismiss the concerns raised by numerous Southold residents over the tax breaks awarded in January to the resort hotel known as The Enclaves, which will likely soon begin construction. The brusque manner in which the IDA disregarded the mountain of public opposition to the project is sadly
Volunteers, including students from Southold Elementary School, helped restore the Custer Preserve garden, with help from a grant from ReWild Long Island, in the fall of 2023.
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A New ReWild Chapter for the North Fork

Pictured Above: Volunteers, including students from Southold Elementary School, helped restore the Custer Preserve garden, with help from a grant from ReWild Long Island, in the fall of 2023. Anyone who’s watched the asphalt of an abandoned shopping center crack and fill with Queen Anne’s lace and chicory, mugwort and goldenrod knows that nature will reclaim its territory whenever given a chance. A human movement is sweeping this country looking
Ms. Streeter's portrait of Sarah Jackson Adams, a Greenport community leader and suffragist who conceived and funded the Greenport Auditorium
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Port & Harbor: Keeping Historic Seaside Villages Alive & Vibrant

Pictured Above: Ms. Streeter's portrait of Sarah Jackson Adams, a Greenport community leader and suffragist who conceived and funded the Greenport Auditorium, built in 1894. How can we preserve historic buildings and also ensure a vibrant working community can still remain in the seaside villages of the East End? These are questions being asked by Sag Harbor-based artist Sabina Streeter in an exhibition, “Port & Harbor,” on view in Greenport’s