Education Featured

New Suffolk School Voters Choose To Become a Non-Instructional School District

Voters in New Suffolk approved a proposal to tuition out all of the district's students to a neighboring school district in an 83-14 vote on Tuesday, after parents of the seven students currently attending the three-room schoolhouse spent the past year telling the district their students needed more than this tiny school can offer. "The New Suffolk Community passed a resolution on March 5th, 2024 to move to a non
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Riverhead Seeks Feedback on Draft Comprehensive Plan

The Town of Riverhead recently announced that all draft chapters of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan Update are now posted online for public review. The town is asking residents and stakeholders to review all 13 chapters and send comments to compplan@townofriverheadny.gov by March 15, 2024. The Riverhead Town Board will also hold formal public hearings on the revised comprehensive plan at a later date. The draft Comprehensive Plan Update, prepared by
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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
Environment Featured

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.
Energy Featured Government Renewable Energy

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
Featured Opinion

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.
Environment Featured

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
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Column Dave's Desk@Ditch Featured

Dave’s Desk@Ditch: And Then There Is Light

I love how the transference of energy works. Sometimes, it comes to us through nature, as we walk along the beach; breathing in the salty, moist air while listening to the waves lap up against the shoreline. Other times, it arrives in the form of art or music, where we can feel totally immersed in its beauty, texture and rhythm, almost as if we are at one with the piece. And
Community Featured

Second Annual “Splash For Cast” To Be Held Jan. 28

On Sunday, Jan. 28, the North Fork Polar Bears, a winter swim group of more than 130 members and growing, will host its 2nd Annual Splash for CAST – a charitable cold-water plunge open to the public, taking place at 10:30 a.m. at Silver Sands Motel & Beach Bungalows at 1400 Silvermere Road in Greenport. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Funds raised from the event will benefit the Center for