04/03/14 6:00am
04/03/2014 6:00 AM
EPCAL Sandy cars

The western runway at EPCAL in June 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

To the editor:

I would like to state my agreement with George Bartunek’s Guest Spot last week about positioning the solar farm on the runway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton instead of destroying 30 acres of natural beauty and, at the same time, an important asset in climate control. (more…)

03/20/14 7:00am
03/20/2014 7:00 AM
The landmark Big Duck monument in Flanders, a forgotten hamlet in Game of Hamlets. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The landmark Big Duck monument in Flanders, a forgotten hamlet in Game of Hamlets. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

To the editor:

In regard to the Game of Hamlets article in last week’s edition, once again the hamlet of Flanders is forgotten.

Our ZIP code is 11901 (we get mail through Riverhead post office). We pay Riverhead School District taxes, and we shop, bank, work, and use Riverhead doctors, dentists, etc. But not once are we included in the hamlet survey. Our Little League team is now in Riverhead, and we have a beautiful park here for that purpose.  (more…)

03/13/14 11:36am
03/13/2014 11:36 AM
Credit: Flickr/Cave Canem

Credit: Flickr/Cave Canem

To the editor:

I am writing as a ‘Regular Joe’ taxpayer. I am just a middle class Suffolk County resident and taxpayer who is very troubled by the state of Suffolk County’s finances. Our county Legislature and County Executive Steve Bellone recently signed off on and approved multiple police contracts that will cost taxpayers $372 million through 2018. (more…)

03/06/14 5:00am
03/06/2014 5:00 AM
A Riverhead man was arrested last month after he allegedly attacked a homeless man with a hammer near the Grace Episcopal Church, officials said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A Riverhead man was arrested last month after he allegedly attacked a homeless man with a hammer near the Grace Episcopal Church, officials said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

To the editor:

Concerning the article about the rising homeless population: I take exception to the inclusion of the one comment by an acquaintance of the man who is homeless who was hit with a hammer that “he probably deserved it.”  (more…)

02/27/14 6:00am
02/27/2014 6:00 AM
Pheasant chicks. (Credit: DEC, courtesy file)

Pheasant chicks. (Credit: DEC, courtesy file)

The Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program promoted by the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation is incredibly sick and a true government travesty.

The early 1900s are long gone and this program should be stopped. How can anyone have the mentality to raise pheasant chicks and then send them out into the woods to be shot? It’s beyond comprehension. I urge people to write to the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation (that is the most wrongly named agency I’ve ever heard of) and tell them you want this program ended. I don’t want any of my tax dollars used to pay people to raise pheasants and then send them out for target practice.

Larry Trepel, Mattituck

02/22/14 7:00am
02/22/2014 7:00 AM
Barbaraellen Koch file photo | Employees of the Dinosaur Walk set up shop in Riverhead in 2004.

Employees of the Dinosaur Walk set up shop in Riverhead in 2004. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

To the editor:

Riverhead’s town boards have been notorious for irresponsible giveaways of town assets at the taxpayers’ expense, including the fire sale of the industrial core at EPCAL to a developer who flipped the property at substantial profit soon after he closed the deal with the town. Unfortunately, the proposed sale of the East Lawn building and the old firehouse seem to follow in the tradition of dumb decisions by the town.  (more…)

02/20/14 7:00am
02/20/2014 7:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay.

The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay earlier this year. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Last week, Joe Fischetti rightly identified nitrogen as a significant cause of declining regional water quality, but I disagree with his view that policy efforts should wait until every technical question is resolved, because I doubt it will ever happen.  (more…)