The first time I visited my husband’s parents, I noticed that his dad carried a small radio from room to room of their New Jersey garden apartment, tuned to a Yankees game, just the way I carried a radio with me everywhere I went tuned to National Public Radio.
Nearly 25 years ago, Suffolk County imposed a tax of 0.75 percent on the owners of hotels and motels, with the proceeds earmarked to benefit a variety of organizations. That tax was later quadrupled to 3 percent and, more recently, an effort has been launched to collect the same tax from homeowners who rent out their properties on a short-term basis. READ
Sometimes I wish my politically moderate opinions were as sexy as the extreme ones some use to elicit a strong response from people.
I just don’t share those views. I don’t think I can help it. READ
In a recent letter to the editor, Laura Jens-Smith wrote of a one word change in a specific Riverhead Zone Use District code. Her careful research resulted in the identification of a change from “requirements” to “guidelines.”
An interesting juxtaposition exists in this week’s paper. While one historic property is about to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, another is in such disrepair that it’s in danger of demolition — and barely remains a link to the area’s past. READ
News-Review editors recently wrote in favor of studying the Aquebogue-Jamesport corridor. Unfortunately, they politicized the issue, saying Democrats called for a master plan update last year, but now “suddenly disagree” with the supervisor’s master plan proposal. The impression created was unflattering — and false. READ
Last week’s terrorist attacks in Brussels instantly became the lead story in newsrooms around the globe. The bombings — the deadliest in Belgium’s history — rightfully dominated the headlines and continue to do so at major news organizations like The New York Times. READ
A bill authored by State Senator Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), who represents Shelter Island, that would ban Internet sales of various academic documents, including term papers and essays, was approved by the State Senate on March 2.