07/31/14 6:00am
07/31/2014 6:00 AM
Chicken will be grilled up Aug. 9 at (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Chicken will be grilled up Aug. 9 at Riverhead United Methodist Church. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Riverhead resident Edward Raffel turned 70 years old July 4. A party was held in his honor in the North Fork Tasting Room at The Lobster Roll Northside. Fifty-nine family members and friends were in attendance. The party — organized by Ed’s lovely wife, Joanne, and his friend Dr. Richard Rubenstein — included a buffet prepared by owner Fred Terry, who graduated with Ed in 1962. (more…)

07/30/14 7:00am
07/30/2014 7:00 AM
The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck rehearses this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

The North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck rehearses this summer’s Youth on Stage musical, “The Wedding Singer.”

While this season’s weather may be fickle, one thing we can depend on every summer is a fantastic evening of entertainment from the annual Youth on Stage production at North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck.

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07/28/14 8:00am
07/28/2014 8:00 AM
Long Island Council of Churches office manager Carolyn Gumbs and volunteer MIchael Lacy of Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton preparing side dishes for the annual Migrants Dinner last November. (Credit: File)

Long Island Council of Churches office manager Carolyn Gumbs and volunteer MIchael Lacy of Shinnecock Reservation in Southampton preparing side dishes for the annual Migrants Dinner last November. (Credit: File)

The Long Island Council of Churches recently receive a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for Hunger Relief and is planning to use half of the funds to purchase food for its pantry in Riverhead.

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07/27/14 5:00am
07/27/2014 5:00 AM

Lately, I’ve been noticing a shift in my relationship with my sons — actually, they’re starting to get on my last nerve. They mean well, but …

Let me qualify my opening words: Greg and Jeff hold the undisputed title as the “world’s greatest sons.” Both have seen me through the most grindingly difficult challenges of my life. Although they live on the West Coast (only “time away”), we remain a close-knit family. But lately, they’ve become a tad overprotective.  (more…)

07/26/14 6:00pm
07/26/2014 6:00 PM
Sophie DePierro, 8, and brother Leo, 6, of Westhampton Beach.

Sophie DePierro, 8, and brother Leo, 6, of Westhampton Beach.

Country Fest LI 2014 is rocking the 4-H Camp in Riverhead this weekend with live country music, local vendors, crafts, monster truck rides, food, dancing and more.

The two-day, family-friendly event continues tomorrow. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

For more photos from the festival, check out Northforker.com.

07/26/14 6:00am
Tesla Wardenclyffe Project, Inc. Courtesy Photo Nikola tesla

Credit: Tesla Wardenclyffe Project

Thanks to my brother-in-law, Ron, who takes care of our family’s technology troubles, I have now returned to using my prior email address (above). Ron has performed CPR on our computer and laptops many times, breathing life into blank screens of death and rescuing us from the evil deeds of cyber hackers. Thank you for the prudent use of your superior intellect, Ron.

Speaking of good guys with superior intellect, Nikola Tesla’s laboratory in Shoreham, the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, will see more progress as funds are raised for the restoration of the property and building. Its most recent progress was a visit in September 2013 by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, who dedicated a statue in Tesla’s honor. For now, the grounds of the former Peerless Photo laboratory have been cleaned up, sodded and flowered. Wading River resident and artist Anna Jurinich forwarded me information that her friend Jane Alcorn stands at the helm of Friends of Science East Inc., which is working to complete the project. Jane wants to educate us about the local vision that will progress with all our help. Matt Inman of the comics website theoatmeal.com has raised $1.2 million — thanks Matt, you’re great! — but the project can only be completed if we all help to raise funds (of any amount). For more info and to donate visit teslasciencecenter.org and click on “Benevity” and “Easy Match.”

The lawn of CVS on Route 25A in Wading River was a wonderful spot to witness the fireworks show above the carnival sponsored by Peconic Bay Medical Center July 2-5. Everyone enjoyed the bursts of color and noise in the night sky, put on by Newton Shows. People squealed with delight as they exercised their slogan, “We’re in business for fun.”

Bob and Jen Gebbia, owners of Palmer’s American Grille in Farmingdale, have joined with Palmer’s executive Anthony Rossi and executive chef John Catalanotto to acquire the restaurant at The Vineyards Golf Club, a Riverhead staple. (Jen also works at the Deli at Wading River.) The three men have been in business together for nine years at Palmer’s. Saturday, Aug. 2, will mark the new restaurant’s grand opening at The Vineyards. Bob and Jen say that it will operate separately from the golf club.

Happy Birthday to Teresa Maca, a colleague of mine at Montauk Bus, who celebrated July 2. Teresa always does an amazing job. Teresa, may your life in 2014-15 be filled with love, abundance and luck.

07/25/14 11:23am
07/25/2014 11:23 AM
Friday was the start of the man's three-day journey. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Friday was the start of the man’s three-day journey. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Did you notice a man carrying a cross down Main Road Friday morning?

The man, who identified himself only as Donald, started his morning at Mattituck Presbyterian Church where he had spent the night in preparation of what will be a three-day journey on foot — carrying a three-foot tall cross weighing in about five pounds — throughout his trip, he said during a brief interview on the Main Road sidewalk by in Aquebogue. (more…)