05/19/15 3:00pm

[Click to enlarge] Pictured is a map of all the weekend ferry and bus trips provided by Sea Jitney. (Credit: Courtesy)

[Click to enlarge] Pictured is a map of all the weekend ferry and bus trips provided by Sea Jitney. (Credit: Courtesy)

Weary travelers tired of sitting in traffic and who can’t afford those fancy helicopter rides will soon have a new way to travel the tri-state area.

The Bridgeport-Port Jefferson Ferry is partnering with Seastreak and Hampton Jitney to offer a new travel system called Sea Jitney, which will ferry passengers from Long Island to Manhattan, New Jersey and Connecticut.  (more…)

05/18/15 5:06pm
Riverhead Police Officer Rick Anderson weighing and packaging 102 pounds of drugs collected at the Take-Back Drive-Through event. (Credit: Courtesy)

Riverhead Police Officer Rick Anderson weighing and packaging 102 pounds of drugs collected at the Take-Back Drive-Through event. (Credit: Courtesy)

The Riverhead Police Department collected 102 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the first annual Drug Take-Back Drive-Through Event on Saturday at police department headquarters.

Coordinated by the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth, the event builds on the department’s recent addition of a permanent drug drop box last August. This drop box is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (more…)

01/13/15 5:42pm
Cinco de Mayo closed its doors on Dec. 31. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Cinco de Mayo closed its doors on Dec. 31. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

After opening its doors in late 2012, Mexican-American restaurant Cinco de Mayo has closed its doors, and the building is up for lease.

A large yellow Richmond Realty sign is covering the shuttered restaurant’s green sign in the front of the building that previously housed the Village Crossroads, located at the intersection of Route 25 and Edwards Avenue.

The back room is completely empty besides three tables, a few chairs stacked against the wall and a handful of drinks left in an open refrigerator.

Ike Israel with Richmond Realty said the business closed its doors on Dec. 31, and the agency got the keys to the building on Tuesday. They are seeking $17.50 per square foot triple net to lease the 4,800 square foot building, meaning the lessee would be responsible for paying taxes, maintenance and  insurance.

The restaurant, which opened in Nov. 2012, was the site of a stabbing on April 13, 2014 after a fight between 75 to 100 people broke out around 3:30 a.m. during a “90’s style Old-School Hip-Hop R&B party.”

It was also given a ‘very good’ rating by New York Times food critic Joanne Starkey in 2013.

Attempts to reach Refugio Iglesias, owner of Cinco de Mayo, at his second restaurant, Taquiera Mi Pueblito in Hampton Bays, weren’t successful.

01/13/15 8:00am
Robert James Salon owner Ray Pickersgill in his downtown shop. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Robert James Salon owner Ray Pickersgill in his downtown shop. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

One of New York State officials’ last acts of 2014, effective Dec. 31, was to raise minimum wage 75 cents to $8.75 an hour.

The nearly nine percent increase makes New York one of 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, to have increased their rates by Jan. 1.

In New York, this was the second in a series of three incremental boosts that will raise minimum wage to $9 an hour Dec. 31, 2015.

Locally, business owners and leaders had mixed reactions to the increases.  (more…)

01/08/15 5:49pm
Bedell Winery assistant vineyard manager Donna Rudolph with her dog Willow and vineyard manager's dog Jefferson among the vines in Wednesday's 20 degree weather- with the wind chill it felt like 3 degrees. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Bedell Winery assistant vineyard manager Donna Rudolph with her dog Willow and vineyard manager’s dog Jefferson among the vines in Wednesday’s 20 degree weather- with the wind chill it felt like 3 degrees. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Peter Badmajew was prepared for the freezing temperatures he faced Thursday as he embarked on his his daily, five-mile jog.

Bundled up tight in hat, vest, gloves and jacket, the 86-year-0ld Jamesport resident wasn’t about to let a 17-degree day stop him from getting his “medicine,” as he says. (more…)

07/06/14 8:00am
Thelma Stanza has been busy alphabetizing the books inside the tiny Baiting Hollow Library. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Thelma Stanza has been busy alphabetizing the books inside the tiny Baiting Hollow Library. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The walkway to Baiting Hollow Free Library connects directly with Warner Drive: no parking lot, no parking spots. The 110-year-old library still requires patrons to complete sign-out sheets for books, instead of using its single public-access computer, and opens its doors just two days a week for six hours a day.

And new librarian Thelma Stanza of Calverton plans on keeping that old-time charm.  (more…)