10/01/14 9:00pm
10/01/2014 9:00 PM

To the editor:

Oct. 5-11 is National Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month.” Fire Prevention Week was started by the National Fire Prevention Association after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, during which 300 people died and 100,000 were left homeless.  (more…)

09/28/14 6:05pm
(Credit: Governor Andrew Cuomo's office)

(Credit: Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office)

On Shelter Island, Zephyr Teachout defeated Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination for governor. 

Shelter Island Town Democrats “are not far-left liberals by any means,” said Heather Reylek, long-time Shelter Island Democratic chairwoman. “Many are fiscal conservatives.”

Ms. Teachout beat Mr. Cuomo on the Island 55 to 46.

But it wasn’t just on the Island. Ms. Teachout did extraordinarily well in Suffolk County and statewide.  (more…)

09/27/14 10:30am
09/27/2014 10:30 AM
Howard Meinke (Credit: Meinke family courtesy)

Howard Meinke (Credit: Meinke family courtesy)

The voice on the other end of the phone spoke in a deliberate manner, demanding to be heard.

“My understaaaanding is that you are the person I now need to speeeaaaak to regarding letters to the editor,” he said slowly.

It took just that one introductory sentence for me to realize that Howard Meinke would be writing me frequently, as he had my predecessors at Times/Review, and that he would command my attention.  (more…)

09/27/14 8:00am
(Credit: Carrie Miller)

(Credit: Carrie Miller)

At last check, private property owners have every right to remove illegally parked cars from their premises. And when that private property owner happens to be a nonprofit educational center hoping to better attract families from across the county, it should be encouraged to do so and not scolded by those who just happened to miss — or more likely, dismiss — the tow-away signs. (more…)