When and how did this happen?
When did we so-called baby boomers become Older Americans, coming up fast on age 70?
Those are questions some male friends of a certain age and I found ourselves asking this past weekend during the course of a men-only getaway to a mountainside retreat in the Adirondacks. (In deference to the concept of equal rights, some of our wives and daughters spent the weekend at health spas elsewhere in the New York Metro area.) (more…)
Billy McAllister carries the ball for the Porters earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)
Having just returned from our 50th high school reunion, whence I was reunited with teammates from our undefeated, state championship football team, I am once again ruminating on the relative merits and demerits of the sport. And this rumination is, of course, profoundly influenced by the recent death of Tom Cutinella, the Shoreham-Wading River High School football player who died Oct. 1 following an on-field collision. (more…)
Chris Ujkic won his eighth straight men’s singles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament this summer. (Credit: Garret Meade)
All things must pass
All things must pass away.
— George Harrison
It is with profound regret that I announce the demise of the Bob Wall Memorial Summer Tennis Tournament. It has been a staple of North Fork summers for more than 35 years now, but time and the grayification (that’s not a real word, is it?) of our community have finally taken their toll. (more…)
The Oysterponds Historical Society tells us it was built around 1830. And the Town of Southold tells us it is a legitimate historic landmark. Which means 595 King St., Orient, NY, ought to be considered venerable and deserving of the homage one would pay to a respected elder. (more…)
Marco and Ann Marie Borghese purchased their Cutchogue vineyard in 1999. (Credit: Jane Starwood, file)
The untimely and tragic deaths of Ann Marie and Marco Borghese have me thinking about the passage of time, particularly insofar as the North Fork’s grape-growing/wine industry is concerned. To the best of my knowledge, the Borgheses were the first second-generation owners/winemakers/industry boosters to pass from the scene, which is an indicator, after a fashion, of just how long this industry has been around hereabouts. Their recent deaths have also caused me to reflect on the list of others who passed before them, which, again, is a reflection that a lot of years have gone by since Louisa and Alex Hargrave planted their first grapes here in the early 1970s. But first, a word about the Borgheses. (more…)
The Suffolk Theater on East Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
So I suppose this is a review. After all, it’s an assessment of an event and a place that are accustomed to being reviewed — a musical performance in a theater. The Suffolk Theater, to be precise.
It was the sort of news alert that causes all motorcyclists to quake in their boots. A biker, heading east on the North Road in Mattituck, collided with a car operated by an elderly driver, heading west on the opposite side of the highway and making a left-hand turn onto Wickham Avenue. (more…)
Deer on the East End. (Credit: James Colligan)
We surrender. Bambi has won the war. The several thousand dollars we invested in new landscaping in our back yard is slowly but surely serving as the outdoor salad bar that sustains Bambi and her mates during The Wicked Winter of 2013-14.