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09/21/14 8:00am
Built in 1900 for Joseph and Ella Boldry Hallock, the Ann Currie-Bell House is Southold Historical Society's centerpiece. At left is the museum complex's Pine Neck Barn, a 1700s English-style structure built with hand-hewn beams. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Built in 1900 for Joseph and Ella Boldry Hallock, the Ann Currie-Bell House is Southold Historical Society’s centerpiece. At left is the museum complex’s Pine Neck Barn, a 1700s English-style structure built with hand-hewn beams. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Founded in 1960, the Southold Historical Society owns more than a dozen buildings dating from 1750 to the turn of the 20th century, most of which sit at the intersection of Main Road and Maple Lane. The organization has its headquarters in the 19th-century Henry W. Prince building in downtown Southold and also operates a nautical museum at Horton Point Lighthouse.  (more…)

09/14/14 8:00am
Arthur Swan in his living room in Greenport. At age 89, he'll be leaving his longtime home next week, for a new adventure. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Arthur Swan in his living room in Greenport. At age 89, he’ll be leaving his longtime home next week for a new adventure. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

One could use the most glowing adjectives to describe Arthur Swan’s personality and none of them would seem effusive.

That’s because they’re well deserved: The 89-year-old tenor and voice coach from Greenport is among the world’s rare examples of people who are as smart as they are charming.  (more…)

09/07/14 10:00am
The Kaisers check measurements near the barn's cow box. The elder Mr. Kaiser said he's waiting for the arrival of custom beams that will be used to reinforce the building's structure. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Kaisers check measurements near the barn’s cow box. The elder Mr. Kaiser said he’s waiting for the arrival of custom beams that will be used to reinforce the building’s structure. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The dirt that forms the floor of the large oak barn on Sound Avenue in Northville seems to have lain undisturbed for more than 250 years. The property itself, which includes an 18th-century farmhouse and second barn, has also remained largely intact throughout its history, with barely a handful of owners tending to it.  (more…)

08/25/14 10:00am
Aela works with her ballet instructor, Cheryl Kiel, at Mo Chuisle Moya Strast School of Dance in Mattituck last week. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Aela works with her ballet instructor, Cheryl Kiel, at Mo Chuisle Moya Strast School of Dance in Mattituck last week. (Credit: Rachel Young)

For more than two centuries, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow has nurtured some of the world’s most illustrious dancers.

Nine-year-old Aela Bailey of Jamesport hopes to become one of them.  (more…)

08/15/14 6:00am
John Mangieri (Credit: Rachel Young)

Gian Mangieri, owner of Laurel Creek Landscape Nursery in Laurel, expressing his concerns about a historic designation along Main Road. (Credit: Rachel Young)

The mood was pleasant when a meeting commenced Thursday evening at Jamesport Meeting House to discuss a proposal to create a National Register Historic District on six miles of Main Road stretching from Aquebogue to Laurel.

Residents at the meeting, which included several Riverhead and Southold Town politicians, listened from the building’s historic pews as Richard Wines, chair of Riverhead’s landmarks preservation committee, presented a short slideshow featuring photos of well-known historic properties, like Modern Snack Bar in Aquebogue. He explained that being listed with the National Register provides certain economic incentives, namely a 20 percent tax credit to homeowners doing restoration work on their properties.

Kathleen LaFrank and Jennifer Betsworth of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation gave an overview of the Register, which was founded in 1966 and is the official list of historic properties that have been recognized as significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.

After the presentations were given, the floor was opened for questions.

And that’s when Gian Mangieri of Laurel stood up.

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08/14/14 4:00pm
Michah Brown, left, store manager at the Riverhead branch of Goldberg's Famous Bagels, and co-worker Rich Ambrose prepare customers' orders Thursday. (Rachel Young photos)

Michah Brown, left, store manager at the Riverhead branch of Goldberg’s Famous Bagels, and co-worker Rich Ambrose prepare customers’ orders Thursday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Just a few days ago, Veronica Meehan of Riverhead was still trekking 20 minutes to Goldberg’s Famous Bagels in Southampton once a week to purchase an order of the store’s “flagels” — thin-sliced bagels — for her children to enjoy. (more…)