06/29/14 12:00pm
Tony-Award winning actress Peg Murray at home in Southold last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Tony-Award winning actress Peg Murray at home in Southold last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If “The Great Gatsby’s” Daisy Buchanan had a voice that was “full of money,” then Southold actress Peg Murray’s is filled with candor.

The 90-year-old Tony Award-winner was unabashedly honest on a recent afternoon as she recapped her experience at “Raising the Roof,” a star-studded benefit concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

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06/28/14 8:00am
Designer Bob Tapp of Greenport and real estate agent Kate DiGregorio in the front hallway of the 1835 farmhouse. Mr. Tapp designed the hallway with his partner Nick Ellis and it was painted by Melissa Grinere. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Designer Bob Tapp of Greenport and real estate agent Kate DiGregorio in the front hallway of the 1835 farmhouse. Mr. Tapp designed the hallway with his partner Nick Ellis and it was painted by Melissa Grinere. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Eighteen interior designers are transforming the individual rooms of an 1835 Cutchogue farmhouse — and they’re doing it to raise money for local charities.

Read all about it on northforker.com

06/22/14 8:00am
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO

In late April, developer Steven Dubb closed on a deal to purchase the 14 remaining lots at the 42-acre Highlands Club at Aquebogue on Sound Avenue.

Now, after reconfiguring and meticulously staging the site’s two model homes, the rest of the lots are ready to be sold. (more…)

06/08/14 10:09am
Laurel, 2168 Main Road (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Laurel, 2168 Main Road (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The postman’s unofficial creed — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” — applies just as much to postal patrons in the North Fork’s small hamlets as it does to postal employees themselves.

The facilities are veritable meetinghouses where residents travel not only to pick up and send mail, but to converse with neighbors and gossip about town goings-on — no matter the weather outside. “Post offices are a hub of these little communities,” said local historian Richard Wines.

View them on northforker.com

05/11/14 8:00am
Five-year-old Claire McKenzie with her mother, Erica, at home in Laurel last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Five-year-old Claire McKenzie with her mother, Erica, at home in Laurel last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When asked to pose for a photo, many small children tense up and present a self-conscious, often goofy version of themselves. They tilt their heads, smile crookedly and hunch their shoulders. They might even stick out their tongues.

Smile nicely, their parents plead.  (more…)

05/04/14 9:05am
Talmage Farm Agway nursery manager Sherry Brezinski with some of the vegetable and herb seedlings in the store. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Talmage Farm Agway nursery manager Sherry Brezinski with some of the vegetable and herb seedlings in the store. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The North Fork is renowned for its sprawling farms and beautiful wineries. But how about its old-fashioned backyard gardens?

With a little effort and some helpful advice, anyone can grow their own vegetables — yes, anyone.

Read all seven steps on northforker.com

05/03/14 10:18am
CJ's American Grill owners, from left: Joanne Richards, Chris Richards and Sal Malguarnera, with Bobby Bugdin, restaurant principal, and manager Sandra Bilotti. Barbaraellen Koch photo.

CJ’s American Grill owners, from left: Joanne Richards, Chris Richards and Sal Malguarnera, with Bobby Bugdin, restaurant principal, and manager Sandra Bilotti. Barbaraellen Koch photo.

CJ’s American Grill, a new farm-to-table restaurant located in Mattituck Plaza, will celebrate a soft opening at noon Wednesday, co-owner Chris Richards said.

A Grand Opening will follow soon after at an undetermined date. (more…)