04/13/14 6:00am
04/13/2014 6:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I must admit I was surprised at Bill Toedter’s response to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s commitment to address the damage to the quality of our waters that excess nutrient loading is causing. It is a complex issue and we should be glad to have a politician brave enough to take action.  (more…)

04/12/14 1:00pm
The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.

The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.

To the editor:

As educators, few would argue that one’s primary responsibility is to the children entrusted to your care. In order to best meet that massive responsibility, one must come to rely on a team that consists of parents, colleagues, administrators, and the students themselves.  (more…)

04/12/14 7:00am
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) for nitrogen reduction are being investigated for use in Suffolk County, and while they may have utility in some cases, they are not a panacea to our individual wastewater treatment issues.

Here are some facts that one should consider before installing such a system.  (more…)

04/10/14 6:00am
04/10/2014 6:00 AM

The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton. (Credit: file photo)

To the editor:

Regarding “Teachers step up behind charter school principal” by Michael White: Principal Ray Ankrum states in the piece, “My focus is on the top 10 percent of my staff. It’s the 10/80/10 rule of business. The bottom 10 percent will do whatever they can to cause disruption.”  (more…)

04/06/14 12:00pm
04/06/2014 12:00 PM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Students in Ms. Salmaggi's class work with iPads Tuesday morning at Southold High School.

Students in Ms. Salmaggi’s class work with iPads in 2012 at Southold High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Just as the SAT exam is not new, neither are educational standards. In a Guest Spot piece titled “SAT, Common Core don’t match up,” published in the News-Review newspaper and website, as well as on suffolktimes.com, Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen brings changes to the SAT exam to readers’ attention.

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04/05/14 12:00pm
04/05/2014 12:00 PM
Former taxi driver Charlie, homeless since September, sits outside the Riverhead Free Library one recent afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Former taxi driver Charlie, homeless since September, sits outside the Riverhead Free Library one recent afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

John’s Place and Maureen’s Haven are programs whose main objectives are to help the homeless. In the winter months, these nonprofits work with various churches across the East End to provide dinner, a place to shower, a safe environment to sleep in overnight and a place to receive a bagged lunch for the next day.

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04/04/14 10:00am
04/04/2014 10:00 AM

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Sewer district superintendent Michael Reichel rightly calls the paradox in improving the sewer infrastructure at the Enterprise Park at Calverton a “chicken-and-egg type of thing.” With relatively little development on the 2,900-acre parcel, it’s hard to pay for upgrades. And with no upgrades, it’s tough to draw new development.

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