06/09/15 9:27am
06/09/2015 9:27 AM
A redesigned couch table. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

A redesigned couch table. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

A wooden table so dark it’s nearly black stands in the corner of a Mattituck shop.

The table’s body and legs are very thick but still classic looking -— sort of in the British colonial style. At about two feet by three feet, it’s not very wide, but it’s nearly four feet high, making its use and origins quite the mystery.

But this table with an unknown past will soon be reborn as something else.  (more…)

06/03/15 11:51am
06/03/2015 11:51 AM
Riverhead jazz guitarist Matt Marshak with some of the pieces he helped inspire for Rhythm & Home, a new furniture line. (Courtesy photo)

Riverhead jazz guitarist Matt Marshak with some of the pieces he helped inspire for Rhythm & Home, a new furniture line. (Courtesy photo)

How does a musician become a collaborator on a furniture line? For Riverhead jazz guitar player Matt Marshak, it started when the president of a furniture company happened to catch one of his shows.

Now, a new 70-piece collection is available under the name Rhythm & Home.

Read more about Mr. Marshak’s venture at northforker.com.

05/17/15 8:00am
05/17/2015 8:00 AM

Anyone who builds a home addition or installs a swimming pool can reasonably expect their property assessment, which measures how much a house is worth and then taxes accordingly, to increase. But homeowners who think they’ve been unfairly charged have the option of filing a grievance with their town’s tax assessor’s office.

Just be sure to act quickly, because the deadline to file a grievance in New York State this year is Tuesday, May 19.

“Generally speaking, a lot of people don’t have a good impression of what their house is worth,” said Paul Henry, who has owned Tax Reduction Services in Greenport since 1990. In 2014, he said, the company helped more than 10,000 clients in Suffolk and Nassau counties file grievances in an effort to reduce their bills.

“What we do is find inequities,” Mr. Henry continued. “We look for properties that are being overvalued for the purpose of property taxes and then establish a value we think is more correct.”

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05/14/15 1:13pm
05/14/2015 1:13 PM
A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)

A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)

A five-story affordable housing project planned for along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead has received $5.49 million in grants from New York State.

“This is huge; I can’t underscore that enough,” explained Marianne Garvin, the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Community Development Corporation of Long Island, which is teaming up on the West Main Street project with a Rochester-based, for-profit developer called Conifer Realty. “Without the financing, you can have a concept and a dream and an aspiration, but you don’t have the project being built.

“This gives us the financing and the ability to actually build what we’re dreaming about building.” (more…)