Doug Wald and Ernie Townsend at the Yankees game they went to in late June. (Courtesy photo)
Ernie Townsend and Doug Wald come from different backgrounds.
Ernie, 68, grew up on his parents’ farm in Kingsport, Tenn. He recalls walking over a half-mile to school when he was a kid and singing from the top of his lungs while driving his daddy’s plow. Doug, 49, is a Queens native whose father owned a car dealership. When the family moved out to Riverhead and Doug attended Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, there was very little, if any, walking to school or driving a plow.
Despite where the two came from, how old they are or which school they went to, they share a pair of very strong common bonds: music and sports. Specifically, karaoke and baseball. Even more specifically, karaoke at Outerbanks and the New York Yankees. (more…)
Supervisor Sean Walter at a town work session last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)
Supervisor Sean Walter has chosen a Coram man to be his new chief of staff, replacing the outgoing Tara McLaughlin, who has held the position since Mr. Walter took office in 2010 but is now moving to a job in Brookhaven Town. (more…)
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After the Supreme Court ruled last week that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage, the phrase “love wins” quickly hit the airwaves and social media as a testament to the fact that over everything else — even in the face of the nation’s highest court — love can prevail at the end of the day.
But for the family of one local couple who has been mired in a lawsuit with their former disability providers, the ruling came as a reminder that in the end, love has not won for them in the eyes of the law. At least not yet. (more…)
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A Flanders man was sentenced on Thursday to 12 1/2 to 25 years in prison after he killed a newspaper deliverywoman while driving drunk in Hampton Bays in January 2014. (more…)
The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Legislation is awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature that would permit all five East End towns to use up to 20 percent of its Community Preservation Fund dollars for water quality improvement projects. (more…)
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The Sixth Annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race, which was scheduled to be held a week from Sunday, has been kicked back until the end of August in the wake of a massive fish kill in local waters. (more…)
For those who may be swimming in the Peconic River or eating fish caught in area waters in the wake of a pair of fish kills that have led to the death of thousands of bunker, the Suffolk County Department of Health has issued a Peconic River recreation advisory, reminding residents to “follow some common-sense recommendations.” (more…)
Two years ago, Dayna Corlito purchased the property holding this barn built circa 1884. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)
Joe Gergela remembers playing basketball inside his neighbor’s barn on Main Road in Jamesport — a roomy, lofty barn that dates back to 1884 and measures 40 feet wide, 45 feet deep and 2 1/2 stories tall.
“Me and Danny Kaelin would go in there and play,” he recalled. “At that time, Corwin Tuthill, the owner of the barn, was a veggie farmer like we all were back then.”
How the times have changed.
Though the hoop is still there, soon enough, that barn and the house it belongs to will likely find themselves on the National Register of Historic Places — the 11th such location in Riverhead Town. And someday, if the property owner’s plans work out, it may become a retail location with a wine-tasting room on site. (more…)