09/27/14 5:00pm
Attendees on the beach during Saturday's memorial for Howard Meinke at Mattituck Yacht Club. (Credit: Michael White)

Attendees on the beach during Saturday’s memorial for Howard Meinke at Mattituck Yacht Club. (Credit: Michael White)

Howard Meinke was a lot of things to a lot of people.

To his grandkids, he was Captain Evil.

That was due to his penchant for tossing children off tubes when the family was out motoring in Peconic Bay.

“He took his grandkids tubing behind the boat and he gave them a ride,” said his daughter Nancy Morrell. “He did whatever it took to throw them off, 14 years old or 4 years old … That’s where the name [Captain Evil] came from.” (more…)

09/23/14 9:11pm
The Honda SUV where it came to rest after last Thursday's crash in Calverton. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The Honda SUV where it came to rest after last Thursday’s crash in Calverton. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

An 80-year-old woman who was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a crash that sent two cars careening down a hill in Calverton last Thursday has died of her injuries, Riverhead Town police said.

Roberta Ekberg of Calverton was in a westbound Honda CRV driven by 79-year-old Alfred Ekberg when Mr. Ekberg attempted to make a left turn off Sound Avenue and collided with an eastbound Audi driven by Jeannette Kuzma, 58, of Shoreham, police said. (more…)

09/13/14 7:00am

Women have made huge inroads over decades in many fields long — and unfairly — considered the exclusive territory of men. Print and broadcast journalism, of course, come immediately to mind. It’s also hard to imagine a time when all bartenders were men; it’s been well over a hundred years since the infamous 1892 crackdown in St. Louis that targeted “saloon keepers who employ women as attendants.”

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09/09/14 10:00am
An artist’s rendering of the main atrium at the Family Community Life Center’s recreational and other facilities.

An artist’s rendering of the main atrium at the Family Community Life Center’s recreational and other facilities.

The Long Island Regional Planning Council has declared First Baptist Church of Riverhead’s long-planned Family Community Life Center as a project of regional significance, raising the project’s political standing and bettering its chances for grant money and donor interest.

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09/09/14 8:00am
(Credit: southoldhistoricalsociety.org)

(Credit: southoldhistoricalsociety.org)

Enough with the baloney.

That could have very well been the title of the Southold Historical Society’s latest nonfiction publication, called A World Unto Itself: The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York.

The 388-page tome is being billed as “the definitive history” of the island off Orient Point.

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08/29/14 4:00pm

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Perhaps a 2005 flashback scene from Season 4 of the Netflix comedy “Arrested Development” depicted the lending market best. In it, actor Ed Helms, playing a realtor, tells two of the show’s main — and jobless, and nutty — characters that he can get them into a mansion through a new “NINJA loan.”

“No income, no job and no assets,” he says, to their delight.

It’s laughable now, but local experts say the depiction wasn’t far off for some lenders during the last decade. To be sure, NINJA didn’t mean banks actually wanted to lend money to people without income, jobs or assets. They just didn’t ask for verification.  (more…)