02/09/15 8:00am
James Richardson of Wading River with his 3-year-old daughter, Brynn, at Saturday's dance in Aquebogue. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

James Richardson of Wading River with his 3-year-old daughter, Brynn, at Saturday’s dance in Aquebogue. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

A sweet Valentine’s Day tradition took center stage at the town’s Senior Center in Aquebogue during the fifth annual father-daughter dance Saturday night.

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02/08/15 10:00am
Suffolk County Historical Society executive director Kathy Curran addresses participants Saturday at the annual meeting of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies in Riverhead. (Credit Rachel Young)

Suffolk County Historical Society executive director Kathy Curran addresses participants Saturday at the annual meeting of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies in Riverhead. (Credit Rachel Young)

How does a historical society keep from becoming history itself? It was a question on the minds of about 40 local historians Saturday morning in Riverhead.

The historians gathered in the main exhibition gallery of Suffolk County Historical Society for the annual meeting of the Association of Suffolk County Historical Societies.

“What’s going to happen if we don’t get the next generation in the door?” said Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, the ASCHS vice president. “That is the biggest problem. There is definitely a generational gap.” (more…)

02/06/15 10:00am
Suffolk County Historical Society's 'Black History Through the Eyes of Dolls' will be on display through March 7. (Courtesy photo)

Suffolk County Historical Society’s ‘Black History Through the Eyes of Dolls’ will be on display through March 7. (Courtesy photo)

Miniature versions of influential African-American figures like abolitionist Harriet Tubman and President Barack Obama are among the 200 dolls on view through March 7 at Suffolk County Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “Black History Through the Eyes of Dolls.” (more…)

02/03/15 8:00am
Kate Carpluk of Town & Country Real Estate staged this South Jamesport home last year.

Kate Carpluk of Town & Country Real Estate staged this South Jamesport home last year.

The rate of real estate sales on the North Fork has increased to the point that available inventory can no longer meet demand.

That’s the key takeaway of the fourth-quarter results released last Thursday by Manhattan appraisal firm Miller Samuel and brokerage Douglas Elliman, said Miller Samuel president Jonathan Miller.

“The supply is trying to normalize,” Mr. Miller said. “It’s still not, but it’s better for consumers than it was a year ago.”

At the end of 2013, there were 455 houses on the market on the North Fork — from Aquebogue to Orient — according to the report. Points farther west weren’t included in the analysis. By the end of 2014, that number increased — albeit modestly — to 521 available homes. Meanwhile, residential sales in 2014 jumped a significant 34 percent from the same time the previous year — from 556 to 685. (more…)

01/31/15 1:00pm
A circa 1900 photo taken a year after the Greenport Opera House was built at Main Street and Bay Avenue. (Credit: The Historical Collection at Mike Richter Photography)

A circa 1900 photo taken a year after the Greenport Opera House was built at Main Street and Bay Avenue. (Credit: The Historical Collection at Mike Richter Photography)

The Main Street corner where it once stood is now the site of a Chase Bank parking lot, but at the turn of the 20th century the Greenport Opera House was a towering, romantic presence on the North Fork.

Built in 1899 to replace Stirling Hall, which had burned down earlier that year, the opera house was “the pinnacle of the village,” said Greenport historian Carlos DeJesus.  (more…)

01/26/15 8:00am
The Riverhead Flower Shop will move into the former Woolworth building the week after Valentine's Day, owner Peggy Kneski said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Flower Shop will move into the former Woolworth building the week after Valentine’s Day, owner Peggy Kneski said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A longtime downtown Riverhead business is moving up the street and into a newly renovated building.

Peggy Kneski, owner of Riverhead Flower Shop on East Main Street, said her store is moving into a presently vacant 1,100-square-foot space next-door to Goldberg’s Famous Bagels the week after Valentine’s Day. The shop will be located in the former Woolworth building, which also houses Ultimate Fitness. (more…)

01/24/15 12:00pm
Sisters Yamileth and Maritza Carbajal, of Westhampton and Central Islip respectively, fill out paperwork for their monthly food allowance Friday afternoon as Long Island Council of Churches food pantry manager Carolyn Gumbs looks on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Sisters Yamileth and Maritza Carbajal fill out paperwork for their monthly food allowance Friday afternoon as Long Island Council of Churches food pantry manager Carolyn Gumbs looks on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

For years, the Long Island Council of Churches has provided food to families in need.

Now, the faith-based nonprofit is searching for a new home.

The organization’s executive director, the Rev. Thomas Goodhue, said he was informed Thursday afternoon that the Osborn Avenue building LICC has occupied for the past eight years is in the process of being sold and that it must vacate the premises when their lease is up at the end of April.

The building has been on the market for the past 18 months, the Rev. Goodhue said.

“We’ve known that this was a possibility and now we need to start looking in earnest,” he said. “We live in hope, as we say in the church, that we’ll find something good.”

LICC currently plays $1,236 per month in rent plus utilities, said Carolyn Gumbs, the organization’s food pantry manager. The Rev. Goodhue added that they “can’t afford any more rent than we’re paying now” and would like to stay in Riverhead.

Yamileth and Maritza Carbajal leave LLIC Friday afternoon as clients Anthony Thomas (left) and Thomas Anderson, both of Riverhead, wait to go inside.

“The challenge for us, and every other nonprofit that is helping people, is that the needs are always greater than your resources,” he said. “We really don’t have a huge amount of money to spend on rent or paying mortgages. The money we get goes toward helping people.”

LICC doesn’t receive any Riverhead Town or county funding, the Rev. Goodhue said. It does receive some funds from the Town of Southampton, he said, and in January 2014 officials announced they had been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for Hunger Relief. The Council of Churches is a nonprofit with offices in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

On Friday, a representative for East End Disability Associates, which owns the building at 407 Osborn Ave., declined to comment on future plans for the structure. The Rev. Goodhue said he hasn’t yet learned of the buyer’s identity but that EEDA told him the buyer plans to completely change the building’s use.

Ms. Gumbs said LICC’s current one-story location has served the organization well because it’s easy for customers to find and handicapped accessible.

The mood at the food pantry is “sober,” Ms. Gumbs said, but she and LICC’s other employees aren’t letting the news affect their mission.

“We have to keep an upbeat mood,” she said. “We can’t have a down mood; that’s not going to help our clients any and it’s not going to help us any.”

Caption: Yamileth and Maritza Carbajal leave LLIC Friday afternoon as clients Anthony Thomas (left) and Thomas Anderson, both of Riverhead, wait to go inside.

ryoung@timesreview.com

01/10/15 4:00pm
From left: Friends Christopher Lull, Isabella "Izzy" DiPierro and Tyrek Highsmith were honored by Heidi's Helping Angels Saturday for their part in rescuing a man Dec. 29. (Credit: Rachel Young)

From left: Friends Christopher Lull, Isabella “Izzy” DiPierro and Tyrek Highsmith were honored by Heidi’s Helping Angels Saturday for their part in rescuing a man Dec. 29. (Credit: Rachel Young)

On Saturday morning, three local teenagers were honored by Heidi’s Helping Angels for their part in rescuing an unidentified Medford man who Riverhead police said fell into the Peconic River near McDermott Avenue Dec. 27.  (more…)