03/06/14 8:00am
03/06/2014 8:00 AM
Montauk Captain Bruce Bethwith is one of about 35 fishermen working with Dock to Dish initiative, whose founders have announced a new pickup location on the North Fork. (Credit: Dock to Dish , courtesy)

Montauk Captain Bruce Bethwith is one of about 35 fishermen working with Dock to Dish initiative, whose founders have announced a new pickup location on the North Fork. (Credit: Dock to Dish, courtesy)

Once focused on the farm-to-table movement, community-supported agriculture has evolved into a model aimed at benefiting the East End’s long-struggling commercial fishing industry by making it possible to bring a harvester’s fresh catch directly from the dock to the dinner plate.

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03/03/14 5:22pm
03/03/2014 5:22 PM
Hal Goodale shows off a soft-ripped cheese brined in Long Ireland’s Black Friday Imperial Stout beer. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Hal Goodale shows off a soft-ripped cheese brined in Long Ireland’s Black Friday Imperial Stout beer. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Pairing cheese with alcohol is nothing new. But at Goodale Farms in Riverhead, they’re getting creative with the classic coupling. Instead of sipping wine with cheese, they are brining it with Long Ireland Brewing Company beer for a flavoring like no other.

See northforker.com for more.

03/03/14 1:11pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Vines & Hops and TWS Hobby Center opened up on Main Street within the past year.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Vines & Hops and TWS Hobby Center opened up on Main Street within the past year.

Business owners, grab your cards and raise a glass: the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce is hosting an after-hours networking meeting next week downtown.

E. Main Street business Vines and Hops is holding the meeting, with catering to be provided by Maple Tree Deli.

The meeting’s going to take place next Thursday at the food and drink lounge, which opened up its doors last year. It’s expected to kick off at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.

Cost is $15 for non-Chamber members, and $10 for members, and includes a glass of wine or beer, as well as some finger foods.

Visit the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

03/02/14 11:00am
03/02/2014 11:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Building Supply's corporate headquarters at EPCAL.

Riverhead Building Supply’s corporate headquarters at EPCAL. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Building Supply’s proposed expansion of its facilities at the Enterprise Park at Calverton will be the subject of a public hearing before the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency Monday.

The company is planning to move forward with the second phase of its EPCAL development, began in 2007, and is seeking tax breaks and other incentives offered by the IDA.

The hearing will take place at the 5 p.m. meeting in Town Hall.

The company is proposing to build a $5 million, 124,000-square-foot building immediately south of the  110,000-square-foot millwork building built at EPCAL in 2007.

Both buildings will be on the same 32-acre property.

“If everything comes together, we’re hoping to do that,” said RBS chairman Edgar Goodale of the expansion plan. “We still have some details to work out.”

The company was founded by the Goodale family on Ostrander Avenue in 1948 and now has more than 500 employees in locations throughout Suffolk County, Nassau County and Rhode Island.

The site plan approval RBS received in 2007 was a phased site plan, with the building now proposed being the second phase.

The new building would be a warehouse and millwork manufacturing facility, where doors, windows and custom millwork products are made, as well as a distribution center to support an existing millwork distribution facility, according to the IDA application.

“We’d be moving the distribution facility from Mill Road to EPCAL,” Mr. Goodale said.

The company received IDA benefits in 2007 as well, and those benefits included a partial property tax exemption that spanned 10 years, aligned with a mortgage tax abatement and sales tax exemptions on building materials associated with the project.

Mr. Goodale said he thought at the time that the 2007 IDA property tax exemption also applied to the second phase, but later found out it didn’t, so the company is seeking a new IDA incentive package for the second phase of the project.

The new IDA application is seeking an exemption “consistent with the uniform tax exemption policy” of the IDA, which calls for a 50 percent real property tax abatement on the increased assessed value of the property (after the improvements) in the first year; 45 percent in the second year; 40 percent in the third year; and thereafter declining 5 percent per year over a 10-year period.

The IDA does have discretion to alter from that policy. The 2007 IDA exemption started at 100 percent and decreased by 10 percent each year, and is in its seventh year.

The IDA property tax abatements apply only to the value of the new construction, and not to the existing value of the property, and they only cover town, county, school and fire district taxes.

The new EPCAL site will give the company a lot more room, Mr. Goodale sad.

“What we have on Mill Road doesn’t fit our needs anymore,” he said. “We need more under-roof storage.”

He said the EPCAL will not benefit from the freight rail spur leading into the former Grumman property from the LIRR’s main branch.

That spur currently only connects to two businesses on the southwest portion of the industrial park at EPCAL, although town officials have discussed expanding to other businesses in EPCAL.

“It doesn’t do anything for us, unfortunately,” Mr. Goodale said. “Not as it presently exists.”

The site plan from 2007 also called for RBS to build its headquarters at EPCAL, but that’s not needed now, since the company is currently renting space elsewhere at EPCAL for headquarters, Mr. Goodale said.

tgannon@timesreview.com

03/01/14 3:15pm
03/01/2014 3:15 PM
Wading River Deli will donate the proceeds from sales made this Sunday to the Dalecki family, who lose their Wading River home in a fire earlier this month. (Paul Squire photo)

Wading River Deli will donate the proceeds from sales made this Sunday to the Dalecki family, who lose their Wading River home in a fire earlier this month. (Paul Squire photo)

If you find yourself hankering for a hero this weekend then stop by Wading River Deli, whose owners plan to donate the proceeds made from each purchase between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday to the family of Jean and George Dalecki, who lost their Wading River home in a fire earlier this month. (more…)