Joe Van de Wetering, the Garden Festival’s founder, outside Peconic Bay Medical Center on Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
When Joe Van de Wetering told Central Suffolk’s board of trustees he could earn the hospital $100,000 through an on-campus plant sale, they didn’t believe him.
They rejected the idea, but a year later, after some deliberations, the board approved the project — with some restrictions, however.
His plan to feature a Battle of the Bands?
It would have been too loud, he was told.
His pitch to sell shellfish and other farm goods?
The health department would never go for it.
Still, he organized the first Garden Festival in 1995.
It raised just $7,000.
Kids, by nature, are scorekeepers. Meaning they’re constantly comparing what they have — or more specifically, what they don’t have — with other kids, and keeping track.
I know this because I was a kid and I knew plenty of other kids, too. We all kept score, whether it was a blockbuster movie another classmate got to see first, a neighbor’s vacation to Disney World or trip to Action Park, or everyone having Reebok Pumps except for you. (more…)
Firefighters on the scene of Saturday’s brush fire in Flanders. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)
Firefighters in Flanders have been growing increasingly frustrated over the current condition of the woods there, which they say makes it difficult — and dangerous — to respond to and contain wildfires.
That frustration came to a boiling point during a fire in the Flanders woodlands Saturday that led to three brush trucks’ being damaged. Local fire chiefs then aired their grievances to RiverheadLocal.com, which published a story about the situation Sunday.
The biggest complaint concerns felled or dying oak trees, the result of a massive die-out that happened around 2008.
News-Review report from October 2009. (more…)
The Vineyards Golf Club head pro Louis de Kerillis teeing off last year. (Credit: The Vineyards, courtesy photo)
The folks at Palmer’s American Grille in Farmingdale are opening a restaurant on the North Fork. Specifically, at The Vineyards Golf Club in Riverhead.
The Vineyards is a members-only club, to be sure, and the same holds for the clubhouse restaurant.
But here’s the thing, you can be a dining-only club member for $25 a year.
The partnership was announced Friday.
Read more on northforker.com.
At 14 months, Alice Wisniewski was among the youngest Easter Egg hunters in Flanders Saturday. (Credit: Michael White)
Three minutes. That was about how long it took for the 40 or so children who attended Saturday’s Easter Egg hunt at the Big Duck Ranch in Flanders to scoop up 500 candy-filled eggs. (See more photos below.) (more…)
Jim Stark pictured in 2007. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Jim Stark used to call me a lot. Not every day, but once every few weeks, sometimes months. And that was a lot for a guy so long out of politics, at least active politics. (more…)
Ashley Reyes gives her teddy bear Peakachoo a shot, as Jaiveon Lee and Alex DeJesus-Siera look on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Riverhead students participated in a Teddy Bear Clinic in Roanoke Avenue kindergarten teacher Jennifer Barth’s class Tuesday. (more…)
Three farm workers were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center after they experienced headaches and grogginess from carbon monoxide emitted by a space heater at Wells Farm in Aquebogue Tuesday, fire officials and a farm co-owner said.
The workers were in barn that was being heated by a kerosene space heater when they began feeling ill, said farm co-owner Eric Wells. (more…)