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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.

11/19/14 10:16am
A jersey cow inside the new dairy barn at Ty Llwyd farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A jersey cow inside the new dairy barn at Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Ty Llwyd, the only farm on Long Island to sell raw, unpasteurized milk, is nearing completion on a new dairy barn that could allow the Riverhead operation to double its output.

The 7,200-square-foot barn, made of wood, concrete and metal, can house up to 30 cows and is expected to be completed in January, said dairy farmer Chris Wines, whose parents Liz and David own the Sound Avenue farm.

Read more on northforker.

11/13/14 12:30pm

Long Island Wine Country Harvest Season“Before the harvest, when you walked the vineyard and saw the cluster count, you realized, ‘oh man, we’re going to be having a good year,” said Miguel Martin, Palmer Vineyards winemaker.

Mr. Martin isn’t the only one reporting huge grape yields this season, after a dry summer this year and fine growing conditions last season as well.

See how the North Fork’s 2014 grape season is shaping up on northforker.com.

11/05/14 9:58pm
The former Riverhead Project on West Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: file photo)

The former Riverhead Project on West Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: file photo)

A pair of power restaurateurs  — who between the two of them have been involved in successful ventures from New York City to St. Thomas — have inked a deal to lease the former Riverhead Project building on East Main Street, according to the parties involved.

Learn about the new venture on northforker.com

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…)