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Vera Chinese

Vera Chinese joined The North Shore Sun as a staff writer in January 2010. She was named Associate Web Editor nine months later. She previously worked for the Southampton Press Western Edition and was named the third place 2008 Rookie Reporter of the Year by the New York Press Association. She graduated from Wagner College in 2006 where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She earned a master's degree in English education from New York University in 2007. She is a 2002 graduate of Eastport High School and has lived on the East End for more than 20 years.

10/20/14 1:00pm
The interior of Mesquite Tex Mex in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The interior of Mesquite Tex Mex in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The sign outside might still read Maryann’s, but as of Friday, there is a new Tex Mex joint open in Wading River.

Mesquite Tex Mex, Sound Beach’s hidden gem of a taco spot, opened its second brick-and-mortar location across from the Wading River Duck Ponds on Friday, according to owner Craig Scali.

“The response has been great,” Scali said from behind the new walnut wood countertop at the Wading River eatery. “I’m just trying to ease into everything.”

Read more about the new eatery on northforker.com

09/15/14 11:00am
The site of the former Grind Café and late Maryann's will soon be home to mesquite Tex-Mex. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The site of the former Grind Café and late Maryann’s will soon be home to mesquite Tex-Mex. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

One of Suffolk County’s standout taco joints will soon open a new Wading River location, northforker has learned.

The owner of Mesquite in Sound Beach, the hidden gem of a Tex-Mex eatery specializing in unique tacos, will open at the former Grind Café across from the Duck Ponds sometime in October.

Read more about it on northforker.com.

09/12/14 1:03pm
Dennis McDermott, owner of The Riverhead Project, said the downtown eatery is closed for good.

Dennis McDermott, owner of The Riverhead Project, said the downtown eatery is closed for good. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Riverhead Project, the downtown eatery widely heralded as a milestone in the revitalization of Riverhead, has gone out of business, according to the restaurant’s owner. (more…)

08/19/14 12:58pm
Pindar Vineyards proprietor "Dr. Dan" Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Pindar Vineyards proprietor “Dr. Dan” Damianos (in purple sweater) hosts a barrel tasting and behind-the-scenes tour for Pindar Wine Club members. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Herodotus Damianos, a medical doctor, North Fork wine pioneer and the founder of Pindar Vineyards, Long Island’s biggest wine producer, died Monday, according to a family spokesman. He was 82.

Read more about his life on northforker.com.