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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.

07/04/14 12:01pm
Shelter Island Fireworks

Fireworks over Shelter Island. (Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi)

Looking to celebrate the nation’s birthday on the North Fork this year? The northforker Independence Day guide has got you covered.

The North Fork will be festooned with red, white and blue this weekend as people celebrate Independence Day with music, fireworks and parades.
For a roundup of planned festivities read the full post on
05/22/14 6:00pm
Douglas Elliman will open a second North Fork location at the former Lloyd's Realty in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Douglas Elliman will open a second North Fork location at the former Lloyd’s Realty in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Real estate powerhouse Douglas Elliman is expanding its North Fork presence with a second office in downtown Greenport.

The firm has acquired the former Lloyd’s Realty on Front Street in Greenport and former owner Kathy Lloyd Rosenbaum and her team will be among the new location’s agents.

Read more about the acquisition on

05/20/14 4:31pm
Godzilla ice cream at Snowflake Ice Cream in Riverhead (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Godzilla ice cream at Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead (Credit: Vera Chinese)

After raking in nearly $200 million at the box office worldwide this weekend, it’d be hard to call “Godzilla” just a flavor of the week — except at Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead.

Godzilla ice cream, a monstrous dessert now available at the West Main Street ice cream stand, celebrates the 2014 revamp of the classic monster flick. 

Read all about it on

01/23/12 1:30pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Inventor Willie Rangel demonstrates his cigar match, which lights when one end is tapped on a hard surface.

Sometimes the key to an invention is not necessarily creating something entirely new, but taking an existing product and making it better.

Willie Rangel of Calverton hoped to accomplish that with his cigar match — which ignites when one end is tapped on a hard surface, eliminating the need to continually strike the end against the box. Mr. Rangel has a patent pending for the product, which he hopes can be used by the U.S. military as a self-contained lighting device for explosives.

A former mortgage broker who now works part-time, Mr. Rangel has dabbled in inventing before.

To read more about Mr. Rangel and his cigar match, pick up a copy of this week’s Riverhead News-Review Thursday.