03/07/14 6:00am
03/07/2014 6:00 AM
(Credit: Jim Colligan, file)

(Credit: Jim Colligan, file)

TOWNS OUT IN FRONT

Over the last six months, a plan to hire federal sharpshooters to thin the white-tailed deer herd across the East End has divided many in our communities — and has unexpectedly united hunters with those who hope to protect the deer.

The letters in this newspaper probably illustrate those divisions better than anything else.  (more…)

02/27/14 8:00am
02/27/2014 8:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Melissa Barrington, 31, of Riverhead broke down into tears as she told her story of becoming homeless in 2012.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Melissa Barrington, 33, of Riverhead broke down into tears as she told her story of becoming homeless in 2012.

Some of the area’s most vulnerable people have been hit harder this winter than any in recent memory — and much harder than the average citizen. While most of us grapple with icy roads, higher-than-average heating bills and the overall nuisance of having to bear nearly five feet of snow, an undetermined number of homeless people wander local streets daily.

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02/21/14 9:00am
02/21/2014 9:00 AM

McGann-Mercy athletes: Fiona Nunez (left), Paul Annunziata and Kayla Schroeher. (Photos by Garret Meade, Robert O’Rourk)

At several points during a nearly two-hour meeting last week between McGann-Mercy High School administrators and parents of football team members, principal Carl Semmler reiterated that his decisions put the best interests of the students first.

It’s hard to see how.  (more…)

02/13/14 12:00pm
02/13/2014 12:00 PM

It’s a sad state of affairs when someone who admits to causing a death while driving under the influence of drugs is sentenced to just six months in jail.

The 57-year-old victim, Steven Kane, was a Coast Guard Academy graduate, a scientist at Brookhaven National Lab, a brother and son. He was killed doing one of his favorite activities — cycling — on Route 25 in Calverton.

But while Mr. Kane’s family and friends must now live a lifetime without him, the man who hit him while driving under the influence of methadone coming from a county clinic — with four kids in the car, no less — will soon walk free.

Whether it’s a loophole in state laws, a flawed methadone administration program or a failure to gather and present evidence remains a moot point now.

We can only hope that those who are in positions to do so will fix whatever problems exist so Mr. Kane’s death was not in vain.

FLICKR image/courtesy DonkeyHotey

FLICKR image/courtesy DonkeyHotey

02/06/14 12:00pm
02/06/2014 12:00 PM
Annual CPF totals of the five East End towns, year-by-year.

Annual CPF totals of the five East End towns, year-by-year.

One of the last words any taxpayer wants to hear an elected official say is “bankrupt.”

But that’s how Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter describes the town’s Community Preservation Fund. Luckily, the term is not being used literally in this case, though the difference seems to be semantic: The town will be doing nothing besides paying down debt on a loan for another 16 years until it’s paid off.

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02/05/14 4:13pm
02/05/2014 4:13 PM

CVS Caremark operates more pharmacy stores than any other company in the United States. Thus, when they lead, the other chains follow — for better or for worse.

In announcing this week that CVS stores nationwide will stop selling tobacco products by Oct. 1, the Rhode Island-based company is leading the industry in the right direction.

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