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Joseph Pinciaro

11/07/14 10:14am
Empire State Cellars will close at the end of the year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Empire State Cellars will close at the end of the year. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After opening up shop in Tanger Outlets in Riverhead three years ago, Empire State Cellars — which eventually became the retail location for Peconic Bay Winery and sold exclusively New York State-manufactured wine, beer and spirits — will close at the end of the year. (more…)

11/02/14 12:00pm
Credit: David Smith, via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: David Smith, via Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes the market’s up, sometimes the market might be down, but one thing’s always for sure: there’s always real estate out there to be bought.

Each week, sellers advertise some of the real estate they’re trying to sell — whether it’s a condo, vacant land, commercial space, or a classic single-family home — as well as rent out.

We’ve compiled some of that here for our readers — including houses for sale, condos for sale, homes for rent, as well as commercial properties — though for our complete listings, check out our classifieds section, which we post online in full every week.

And if you want to publish some real estate of your own, get in touch with our classifieds section at: classifieds@timesreview.com.

Also, be sure to keep up with our Real Estate page online for the latest in news from the field.

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11/01/14 2:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River School District Superintendent Steven Cohen, left, and school board president Bill McGrath. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The union representing Shoreham-Wading River School District’s administrators received a four-year contract extension at last month’s school board meeting, granting the faculty members three percent raises this year, followed by smaller raises over the next two years before no increase in the contract’s final year.

In addition, eligibility for retirement incentives for union members was reduced from 12 to 10 years.

According to the terms of the deal, which was OK’d at the district’s Oct. 21 meeting, raises this year don’t apply to administrators hired for the 2014-2015 school year. For the 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 school years, members of the union will receive a 1.5 percent raise.

“I think that the district and the administrators’ association came together to settle a contract so that our schools could move forward and the kids could benefit from everything,” said union president Linda Anthony, principal of Prodell Middle School. “And it was positive that it was settled early in the year.”

The union has 11 members: principals at each of the district’s four buildings, assistant principals at the middle school and high school, and directors of athletics, technology, special education, humanities, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The contract comes after the previous deal held by the union expired at the end of June this year. That deal had lasted three years, held salaries flat in its final year, and upped employee contributions to healthcare from 15 to 20 percent for new members, and 15 to 17.5 percent for existing members.

Board of Education President Bill McGrath said that partly due to those previous contributions, he was happy to sign the new deal.

“Basically, we were pleased with it from the point of view that we value these members and they’ve already increased their healthcare contribution,” he said. “And we’re trying to be as fiscally prudent as we can in light of everything the state government is doing with public education.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated on Monday, Nov. 3, with comment from Linda Anthony, president of the administrators’ union.

10/29/14 2:00pm
A lamp post contest gathered over 25 participants before this weekend's Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A lamp post contest gathered over 25 participants before this weekend’s Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Downtown Riverhead is about to come alive … with the dead.

From the Headless Horseman, to a(nother) re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” to beating hearts below wooden floorboards and all things Edgar Allan Poe, if it’s spooky, it’ll be on Main Street this weekend.

Read all the details on northforker.com

10/26/14 12:00pm
Step one: Remove rotted wood around the door. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Step one: Remove rotted wood around the door. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

About a year and a half ago, my wife and I bought our first home. From the start, we knew very well that we would need to get our hands dirty in order to make the house work. In case you’ve been living under a rock, real estate isn’t cheap on Long Island. And we got lucky with our place — it’s in the back of a neighborhood in Wading River, with about as little through traffic as we could ask for.

But with that came the need for a little bit of elbow grease and updating. Four words: carpets in the kitchen.

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10/25/14 8:00am
An Ebola education session was held on Oct.21 in New York City. (Credit: Flickr/GovernorAndrewCuomo)

An Ebola education session was held on Oct.21 in New York City. (Credit: Flickr/GovernorAndrewCuomo)

You know what they say about Ebola, right?

Yeah, me neither.

Probably because — despite way too much noise about it on my Facebook and Twitter feeds, TV news and the like — I’ve pretty much tuned out anything Ebola-related.

Somehow, I’m still alive. (more…)