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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.

03/30/15 1:49pm
The property includes mature vines producing pinot noir, merlot and chardonnay. (Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

The property includes mature vines producing pinot noir, merlot and chardonnay. (Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)

One of Long Island’s pioneering wine families has sold nearly 90 acres of waterfront land in Cutchogue to a mystery buyer — including nearly 30 acres of mature vineyards — in an arrangement that will allow the family to retain control of those vines for nearly a decade.

The land in question amounts to just a small parcel of a vast amount of grape-producing acreage controlled by the Damianos family, which owns and operates about 130 vineyard acres for Duckwalk Vineyards as well as 360 acres for Long Island’s largest wine producer, Pindar Vineyards.

The move will not affect wine production, as the Damianos clan will maintain the land and harvest the grapes per a seven-year renewable lease, according to those involved in the deal.

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03/27/15 12:42pm
penguin encounter long island aquarium and exhibition center

‘Sharing’ will film scenes at the Long Island Aquarium’s penguin exhibit. (Credit: Claire Leaden file photo)

Is McLovin’ coming to Riverhead?

Chicka-chicka…maybe.

We really have no idea who will be on scene on Monday when a new sitcom produced by Jimmy Fallon will film at Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition in downtown Riverhead. But some of the cast and crew of the pilot “Sharing” will be in town to shoot a scene at the aquarium’s penguin exhibit, according to Long Island Aquarium executive director Bryan DeLuca.

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03/11/15 12:31pm
Brew Crew Cycles is bringing pedal-powered brewery tours to Riverhead. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Brew Crew Cycles is bringing pedal-powered brewery tours to Riverhead. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

You can say goodbye to trudging across pockmarked parking lots during your Riverhead craft brewery tour — there’s a new ride coming to town.

Two 14-person pedal-powered bicycles are rolling in and will shuttle patrons among downtown’s three breweries starting April 18. (more…)

02/19/15 1:57pm
‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo with Sheriff Vincent DeMarco in 2014. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

‘Long Island Medium’ Theresa Caputo with Sheriff Vincent DeMarco in 2014. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Inmates at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside tried got a little help connecting with the other side when Long Island’s most famous psychic paid them a visit.

Theresa Caputo, a medium who claims to help people communicate with their dead loved ones, filmed a segment for an upcoming episode of TLC’s “Long Island Medium” on Feb. 11.

Read more on northforker.com.

02/12/15 2:02pm
Assorted chocolates at North Fork Chocolate Company. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Assorted chocolates at North Fork Chocolate Company. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

While nobody has been able to grow cocoa beans on the East End — at least yet — North Fork Chocolate Company makes products that will surely pass the test for even the strictest locavores.

The honey in their fleur de lis-shaped treats came from Southampton, the peanut butter in their truffles came from organic peanuts grown at Mar-Gene Farms in Mattituck and the strawberries used to make the heart-shaped “Amores” comes from Sep’s Farm in East Marion.

Read more and see more photos on northforker.com.

01/22/15 9:48am
Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks perform at Jamesport Vineyard. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks perform at Jamesport Vineyard during a previous Winterfest concert. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Winterfest: Live of the Vine, now in its eighth year of providing cabin fever-suffering East Enders with a respite from the winter doldrums, returns with live concerts and more with a kickoff party at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead Feb. 6.

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