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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.

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.

Read the full story on northforker.com.

01/07/15 11:09am
A pint of Twin Fork Beer's "Chromatic Ale" at CJ's American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pint of Twin Fork Beer’s “Chromatic Ale” at CJ’s American Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A pair of Riverhead native sons are the latest brewers to join the East End craft beer scene.

Identical twins Pete and Dan Chekijian, 43, and founders of Twin Fork Beer, recently leased office space on West Main Street in Riverhead and are searching for a nearby headquarters to brew their beers and open a tasting room. They are currently brewing their offerings on a contract basis at another local brewery.

Read more about the new venture on northforker.com.

12/17/14 10:19am
If you want to go bowling, go to Riverhead. (Credit: File photo)

If you want to go bowling, go to Riverhead. (Credit: File photo)

The way the East End is portrayed on television almost always bothers me.

Hollywood producers, many of whom have undoubtedly spent some time out here in the summer months— but not enough — are apt to over-simplify its people.

As Alison Lockhart, the female protagonist in Showtime’s new Montauk-set drama “The Affair” tells character Noah Solloway, portrayed by Dominic West:

“I think you have a fantasy of what life is like out here.”

Read more on northforker.com.

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.