03/31/11 5:45am
03/31/2011 5:45 AM

WADING RIVER
And to our loyal customers
I am the owner of the Greek Island Diner in Wading River. I am writing to you because I would like respond to a news article that was published in your paper (“1 in 4 local restaurants has health violations listed online,” March 24). The Greek Island Diner has been serving its customers for the past five years. We have the most loyal customers and our family appreciates each and every one of them. We have a personal relationship with all of them. It’s like the “cheers” of diners. I want our customers to know that they will receive the quality and freshness of food and service that they are promised, and would expect from our restaurant. We take pride in our cleanliness and our appearance. To our customers, rest assured that my family and I will continue to serve you to the best of our ability.
Andrew Drepanis & family

WADING RIVER
Some concerns with ‘Janoski Fest’
I just read in the News-Review that the BID management board is organizing an oldies concert for July 16, and that admission is free. (“Oldies concert to fill empty Blues Fest slot,” March 24.) That sounds great.  I hope that also means the BID is covering the cost of the Riverhead Town showmobile and the overtime salaries of the town employees who help set up and clean things up when it’s over.  Otherwise, Riverhead taxpayers are paying for that, which is not free for us.  I also look forward to reading about the group’s income, expenses, and any profits or losses in the News-Review when it’s over.
I had liked former town supervisor Joe Janoski, until he sued Riverhead Town residents for his bad health — instead of blaming his eating and drinking habits ­— and we ended up paying him $60,000 every year until he died.  I could never understand how that happened.
I guess he still had friends on the Town Board who didn’t object.
Helga Guthy

AQUEBOGUE
How cute is right!
I saw an ad in the News-Review last week for a new store in Riverhead on East Main Street. It is called OMG! How Cute. I went to check it out and it is a unique gift shop. Gifts for everyone. The owner was very personable and took me around and showed me all the merchandise and how some of them work. I bought a couple of very unique gifts for myself and then went back with my granddaughters yesterday and they loved it as well. They are 11 and 8. They too picked out a couple of unique things. Just thought people in our area would like to know about this adorable store and should go and check it out, too.
Charissa Yannicelli

MATTITUCK
Just nine miles away
If the people in this town, county, state and country have any concerns as to trying to retain their jobs and their businesses in these already tough economic times, it will be important to consider what an environmental impact such as the nuclear event now taking place in Japan will have on Long Island.
It is incumbent on all of us to protect our interest, as we now understand what this nuclear event has done to the Japanese economy. Who will be looking to buy products from this country? Who will plan to visit Japan any time soon?
Having said that, let’s look at Millstone nuclear power plant, just nine miles across the Long Island Sound. Just nine miles! If a nuclear event takes place there, all of Long Island will be exposed to nuclear radiation, as one cannot live far enough away from a nuclear power plant.
The Shoreham nuclear power plant never came on line because we could not execute an evacuation plan. Do you think when — not if — an event takes place at Millstone (and there have been events that were downplayed) do we have an evacuation plan? The answer is no.
If an event occurs, real estate values will disappear. The tourist attractions like our beautiful farms and vineyards will have no value and they too will disappear. Our choices will be to continue to live here and take our chances with radiation exposure or move away, leaving behind our homes and loss of equity.
By the way, there is one place in the world that does not have a nuclear power plant, and that’s Australia.
One of the biggest problems with nuclear is the spent fuel rods. Currently, there are 71,862 tons of spent rods stored at various power plants, at great risk to homeland security and the environment. The original plan to store nuclear waste at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain has been abandoned.
Alternative energy solutions are the only answer, despite that corporate America would have you believe that nuclear is safe. We now have three nuclear events — Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima — that prove it’s not. Have you ever heard of anyone getting cancer from a solar panel or a windmill?
We must get our elected officials involved and have them attend meetings held by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission when licensing for Millstone comes up for discussion. We must have a voice for Long Island as part of the impact study. The lack of representation at these meetings, usually held in Connecticut, does a disservice to all Long Islanders, our families, businesses, real estate and the environment.
Let’s not be reactive in light of the situation occurring in Japan.
Marie Domenici

03/31/11 5:39am
Tim Bishop

SAMANTHA BRIX FILE PHOTO Congressman Tim Bishop at a recent press conference at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

Well, leave it up to the ingenuity of American business 200 years later to prove him wrong.

Few people enjoy paying taxes, but most recognize that paying taxes is a necessity. While we can all debate the best level of taxation, we broadly understand their need and the value of the services they support.

This entire system is upended by efforts by the richest Americans and top corporations to use their resources and influence to avoid paying their fair share. In fact, a recent New York Times report showed that last year, not only did General Electric avoid paying taxes on its $5.1 billion in U.S.-based profits, GE actually got a $3.2 billion rebate!

This windfall is no accident; GE employs 975 highly paid lawyers and accountants to ensure the company pays as little tax as legally possible. GE’s tax shop is also on the lookout for ways to amend the tax code to the company’s advantage, with an army of Washington lobbyists at the ready. It is a sorry state when profitability is based on hiring accountants to devise new ways to exploit loopholes rather than workers to build better products.

The bottom line is that the tax code is written by Congress, and we all need to take responsibility, Democrats and Republicans, for devising a system with so many loopholes that a profitable company can escape taxes entirely. Much is made of the 35 percent federal tax rate for corporations, but virtually all corporations pay a far lower effective rate — and a great many profitable corporations pay no corporate taxes whatsoever.

The fact that corporations are able to avoid paying taxes is unfair to those of us who pay our fair share. But the issue takes on added urgency at a time when we are grappling to control a deficit that all sides can agree is unsustainable. It is neither fair nor sustainable to say that the deficit requires us to cut financial aid for nine million students, fire 1,000 scientists at Brookhaven National Lab and eliminate heating oil assistance for thousands of desperate Long Islanders, but heaven forbid we collect one dollar in revenue from General Electric. But that is what the House Republican budget does.

Additionally, the House Republican budget would cut $250 million from enforcement at the IRS. In other words, we’ll be making it easier for people who cheat on their taxes, putting an even heavier burden on the rest of us who play by the rules.

Perhaps some will say, “OK, they’re not paying taxes, but they’re putting people to work.” Unfortunately, in the past decade, GE has eliminated 20 percent of its American workforce while hiring workers overseas.

Over the next few weeks and months, I hope to join with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and work to restore a fair tax code. Some may choose to demagogue an issue like this and say I want to raise taxes. If you consider that GE paid zero on more than $5.1 billion in profit, then yes, I suppose that’s correct. I also suppose you could say that if they paid one dollar that would represent an infinite increase in taxes.

I hope we can address this problem in the same spirit as when Ronald Reagan worked with Congressional Democrats in 1986 to support sweeping changes to the corporate tax code when he found that numerous large businesses were effectively paying no U.S. tax, including — you guessed it — GE. But that bipartisan reform has been steadily eroded over the past 25 years, to our nation’s great detriment.

Real reform will make the tax code simpler and perhaps lower rates, while eliminating loopholes to ensure that the effective rate is fair and evenly applied. This will help encourage job creation and investment in America, while ensuring that corporations, not just middle-class families, pay their fair share to fund our government.

Mr. Bishop is a Democrat and Southampton resident who represents New York’s 1st Congressional District.

03/31/11 5:25am

A 35-year-old man fired several shots from a 12-gauge shotgun during a heated argument with a Cutchogue woman at his Riverhead house early Wednesday, police said.

Cops said Clint Marczewski also held the woman, also 35, against her will during the incident at 24 Fairway Avenue off Hubbard Avenue.

Police responded to the address for reports of shots fired about 3:45 a.m. when it was determined Mr. Marczewski fired the weapon inside and outside of the house during the dispute, officials said. The woman was not injured during the ordeal.

Mr. Marczewski was treated at Peconic Bay Medical Center for a laceration he suffered while firing the shotgun, police said.

He’s being held on charges of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree reckless endangerment and two counts of second-degree menacing and will be appearing in Town Justice Court for an arraignment.

Mr. Marczewski was also arrested twice in Southold Town on drug charges within the last year, according to Southold Police reports. He was arrested in February 2011 after he was allegedly found with crack cocaine and heroin in his possession and also in May 2010 on a heroin possession charge.

He was busted in 2009 after allegedly threatening a man with a knife and gun and attempting to kick out the windows of a police car, according to Newsday.

03/31/11 5:22am

Suffolk County Comptroller Joseph Sawicki

County Comptroller and North Fork native Joe Sawicki is considering jumping into the county executive’s race, and said this week he’s “50-50” on whether to seek the GOP nod to run in place of Steve Levy, whose decision last week to drop out of the executive’s race instantly altered Suffolk’s political landscape.

“I’ve been getting a lot of encouragement, which is extremely flattering,” said Mr. Sawicki of Southold, who served in the state Assembly for 11 years. “It could develop into a very interesting scenario.”

Topping his list of concerns is the potential impacts on his family, which he cited as the reason he left Albany in 1993 to become comptroller and chief financial officer for Suffolk Off Track Betting.

“The Albany life was really difficult on my family,” Mr. Sawicki said, adding the same could hold true in serving as county executive.

“As chief executive of the county you’re working 24/7,” he said. “There’s a part of me that’s excited about that challenge. I’m sure I could do a good job.”

Even so, “I really relish my private family time,” said Mr. Sawicki. “In politics you live most of your life in a fish bowl and it would be more so as county executive. I don’t need to be in the press seven days a week like some politicians.”

Mr. Sawicki, who met with Suffolk’s 10 town GOP leaders on Friday, said, “I’ll know in a week or two. I’m on the fence, 50-50, but giving it serious consideration.”

Should he decide to run he’ll be fighting for the nomination against County Treasurer Angie Carpenter of West Islip, who announced her candidacy Monday. The list of potential Republican candidates includes State Senator John Flanagan and

Assemblyman Mike Fitzpatrick, both of Smithtown. Mr. Sawicki said he expects have a dozen Republicans to throw their hats in the ring.

He left OTB to serve as chief deputy county treasurer, a job he held until up until his winning the comptroller’s seat in 2002. He’s enjoyed Democratic cross-endorsement in his last two elections. He developed a friendship along the way with Democratic

Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota, who appeared on the same ballot as Mr. Sawicki and received GOP support in his last two elections.

The district attorney figured prominently in Mr. Levy’s shocking announcement Thursday that he will not seek reelection.
Mr. Bellone, the Babylon Town Supervisor since 2002, is the current favorite to earn the Democratic nomination. Mr. Bellone said he was “seriously considering running for county executive” against Mr. Levy during a county-wide “listening tour” stop at the Riverhead Free Library earlier this month.

Republicans would be foolish to underestimate Mr. Bellone, Mr. Sawicki said.

“He’s a very formidable candidate,” the comptroller said. “Clean image, good fiscal reputation. He’s also got a million and half in campaign contributions so it wouldn’t be a cakewalk against him.”

Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches), whose district covers eastern Brookhaven, Riverhead and the Southold towns, said he had fully expected Mr. Levy, who ran unopposed four years ago, to square off with the Babylon supervisor come November.

“I was surprised and shocked,” said the legislator, who ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Levy in 2003. “But Steve Levy has always accepted responsibility for his actions. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Supervisor Bellone called the news of Mr. Levy’s decision “indeed surprising and concerning. But the challenges and opportunities facing us are greater than any one person and I am confident Suffolk County will grow and thrive with new leadership.”

Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer said Mr. Levy’s decision not to run opens the door for the Democrats’ return to the county executive’s office.

“I remain as confident as ever that in November we will have a terrific new county executive, Steve Bellone,” he said.

Michael White, Vera Chinese and Grant Parpan contributed to this story.

03/31/11 5:17am

Shoreham-Wading River school superintendent Harriet Copel pitched two budget proposals for 2011-12 at Tuesday’s budget workshop meeting, one that includes everything from this year’s budget and one the district would use if forced to operate under a state-mandated contingency budget.

Spending would increase just over 3 percent under Dr. Copel’s near $60 million maintenance budget, with the tax rate increasing about 2 percent. This spending plan maintains all of this year’s programs and teaching positions, except for minor staff adjustments due to enrollment and retirements.

Board member Jack Costas said the tax rate increase could be kept relatively low because the district is making use of prior year state aid, though the exact prior year figure was unclear at the meeting.

The budget draft was well received by many parents in attendance and some board members.

“It’s a magic wand budget,” board member Rich Pluschau said.

Some parents longed to restore some of the cuts made last year, including those to programs and librarians at the elementary schools.

Board member Bob Alcorn stressed the importance of librarians in elementary schools, but Mr. Pluschau suggested the district look to implement an effective curriculum for librarians before considering restoring those positions.

Dr. Copel was hesitant to restore programs at the elementary schools, saying the move could lower the odds of the budget passing.

“Other districts are really making drastic and dramatic cuts,” she said. “When we list what we’re putting back, be cognizant of how the community will respond to that.”

The board couldn’t come to a consensus on restoring elementary programs.

The board requested, and Dr. Copel agreed, to add about $60,000 to the draft budget to replace two trucks for use throughout the district.

The board also drafted a list of necessary reductions to bring the budget to $59.1 million under a contingency budget, which carries a 1.97 percent spending increase from this year.

The board decided all athletics except for varsity sports would be eliminated under a contingency budget, though board member Bob Alcorn said he’d rather the board eliminate all athletics in a contingent budget before making any cuts in the classroom.

“I don’t think there should be a kid in the field when the kid in the classroom is being shortchanged,” he said. Under a contingency budget, he added, “I think athletics has to be on the chopping block.”

Additional reductions under a contingency budget could include two clerical positions; the equivalent of five employees at the middle school, including one social worker; and the equivalent of four employees at the high school, including one business and one art teacher.

Also under a contingent budget, one section of kindergarten would be eliminated, and the district would reduce spending on co-curricular programs, professional development, an employee assistance program and supplies and materials.

The board is expected to adopt a budget April 12. The vote is scheduled for May 17.

samantha@northshoresun.com

03/31/11 4:31am

A cross-endorsed Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy won re-election to a second four-year term in November 2007. Unchallenged, he received 97 percent of the vote.

That may just have been his undoing.

Such a mandate only emboldened the already proud and cocky politician, who over the next four years continued to pick fight after fight with the county Legislature, while trying to siphon more and more power for the executive branch. His actions threatened the county government’s system of checks and balances in the long run.

How the mighty have fallen.

Mr. Levy announced last week he would not seek a third term amid a 16-month government corruption investigation that Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said “revealed serious issues with regard to fundraising and the manner in which it was conducted, including the use of public resources.”

Mr. Spota did not provide details, but did say he is “confident that Mr. Levy did not personally profit.”

Still, Mr. Levy did agree to turn over his $4 million war chest to the district attorney. Those apparently ill-gotten monies will be returned to donors or given to charity.

An obsessive and self-righteous personality can make those in power highly susceptible to corruption, even if, as Mr. Spota says, it doesn’t involve personal profit. The county executive often displayed both traits.

Nary a negative comment about Mr. Levy — be it printed in a newspaper or spoken on the floor of the Legislature ­— went by without the county executive or his team of handlers defending his actions through calls or letters or 1,500-word press releases designed to make the other parties look like they knew nothing of what they spoke. A New York Times cover story about Mr. Levy last year even mentioned how he would call the Stony Brook University college newspaper to argue his positions with students.

Surely, Mr. Levy could have found better ways to spend his time and that of his taxpayer-funded staff.

As if his public battles with the media — even individual reporters — and lawmakers weren’t a distraction enough, Mr. Levy, a longtime fiscally conservative Democrat, switched parties in a failed bid to run for governor, the state’s highest elected position.

All along, he should have been focused on the day-to-day business of the county. It was his ability to manage that made him popular with such a wide spectrum of voters. (Some might argue his inflammatory and insensitive remarks on race and ethnicity, and his policies on illegal immigration, made him especially popular with a portion of the electorate. Those issues certainly helped get his name known outside Suffolk County.)

If Mr. Levy had fought in an election race four years ago, perhaps he would have been more focused on county business. Beyond his desire to serve well there’s also the concern for looking good in the next electoral go-around. His dreams of higher office helped destroy his ability to maintain his current post. Let that be a lesson to all in politics.

03/31/11 12:08am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

As expected, lawmakers in Albany approved a 2011-12 New York State budget today, Thursday, meeting the often-ignored April 1 deadline for the first time in five years.

The $132.5 billion state budget carries a 2 percent spending reduction from the previous year, something that has not been done since 1995.

The spending plan also closes a $10 billion budget gap without borrowing or raising taxes, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. The governor released a statement at 1 a.m. this morning announcing the budget’s passage.

“I have said that New York is at a crossroads — one road leading to further dysfunction and decline, the other towards fiscal responsibility and government efficiency,” the Democratic governor said in a statement. “I believe this budget puts us on the right path.”

The budget also calls for the elimination of 3,700 prison beds and cuts of $170 million in funding to the state Office of Court Administration, although it restores $86 million to the State University of New York and the City University of New York.

Mr. Cuomo and legislative leaders have also agreed to restore some $272 million of the originally proposed $1.5 billion reduction in aid to New York schools. But what that means for local school districts will not be known until late Thursday or Friday, state officials said.

“I fully expect that the dollars restored to the education budget will be put into the classroom,” said state Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson). “This is the time to start redesigning the education process so that taxpayers are getting the maximum investment for their dollars.”

An aide to Mr. LaValle said the Division of Budget will release the breakdown of what individual districts will receive “later this week,” when the Legislature is expected to vote on the final budget.

The $272 million in education aid includes restoration of funding for schools for the blind and deaf and summer school special education.

Also included in the budget are restorations approved by the environment, agriculture and housing subcommittee that Assemblyman Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) said will strengthen Long Island’s wine and farm industries.

Some $500,000 will be restored to the Integrated Pest Management Program and $713,000 to the Wine and Grape Foundation.

“The state must continue to provide the support and resources necessary to ensure [agriculture] can continue to thrive as an engine of economic growth and job creation,” Mr. Losquadro said.

Mr. Cuomo thanked both Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for working together in crafting the budget.

“This budget makes tough choices, which is what you sent me to Albany to do,” he said.

vchinese@timesreview.com

03/30/11 10:11pm
03/30/2011 10:11 PM


The Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present 'Once Upon a Mattress,' the musical retelling of 'The Princess and the Pea,' this weekend and next at the high school auditorium. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturdays, April 2 and 9, and Friday, April 8, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3. From left: Dan Raynor as the wizard, Elizabeth Wells as Queen Aggravain, Michael Drozd as Prince Dauntless, Hannah Keiffert as Lady Larken and Stephen Peppaceno as Sir Harry.

JOHN NEELY PHOTO | The Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present 'Once Upon a Mattress,' the musical retelling of 'The Princess and the Pea,' this weekend and next at the high school auditorium. From left: Dan Raynor as the wizard, Elizabeth Wells as Queen Aggravain, Michael Drozd as Prince Dauntless, Hannah Keiffert as Lady Larken and Stephen Peppaceno as Sir Harry.


Friday, April 1
‘Jewels and More’ boutique sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., hosted by ELI Hospital Auxiliary in conference room at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Manor Place, Greenport. 477-5196.

Movie ‘Shine,’ 1:30 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Based on the ultimately triumphant life of classical pianist David Helfgott. Free. 298-4134.

Anime with Annie, 4-6 p.m. for teens in The Loft at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. DVDs, books and more. Register: 727-3228, ext. 6 or 12, askteen@riverheadlibrary.org.

Family movie ‘Tangled,’ 4 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. 765-2077.

‘What is a Masterpiece?’ by Joyce Beckenstein, 6 p.m. at East End Arts Council Gallery, 133 E. Main St., Riverhead. PowerPoint illustrated talk; free will donation. 369-2171.

Peconic Amateur Radio Club’s annual April Fools gift exchange, 6:30 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. Bring wrapped gift related to radio or computers (valuable or junk). opajim@ optonline.net.

‘Save the Grange’ lecture series features “Biodynamic Farming” given by K.K. Haspel, 6:30 p.m. at the Grange in Northville. Doors open 6 p.m.; organic refreshments served by Peggy. All donations go to “Save the Grange” fund for repairs. maryannsuozzi@yahoo.com, spirit-renewal.com.

First Friday Open Mic Night, 7-10 p.m., part of The Music Project @ at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, with host Liza Coppola, Southold. 765-2626.

Riverhead’s Got Talent, , 7 p.m., hosted by Riverhead High School Key Club students in Hovey Hall at Pulaski Street Elementary School. Advance $6; at door $7. Proceeds help fund trip to Key Club Convention and Leadership Training Conference. 463-5810.

Kings of Capital and Knights of Labor: A History of Work and Industry in New York, 8 p.m., with J. Ward Regan at Peconic Landing auditorium, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport. RSVP: 477-3800.

Saturday, April 2
Volunteer String Fencing Day, 9 a.m. at Breakwater Beach in Mattituck, hosted by North Fork Audubon Society and NYS DEC. Prefencing two piping plover and least tern nesting sites, critical to these endangered birds. RSVP: 275-3202, tdanuabu3@optimum.net.

Trash or Treasure giant indoor rummage sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Polish Town Civic Association at its chalet headquarters, 300 Lincoln St., Riverhead. Admission free. To donate items call 727-0437. All proceeds benefit beautification of Polish Town USA and other charitable projects. polishtownusa.com.

Car wash, 9 a.m.-noon, hosted by Greenport Boy Scout Troop 51 in front of Greenport School, Front Street, to help fund scouts’ trips and activities. 774-0416.

North Fork Garden Group, 9-10:30 a.m at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Meets monthly to explore organic gardening through guest speakers, seed exchange, and sharing of information. 298-4134.

Digital Camera Workshop, 9 a.m.-noon, with Judy McCleery at Southold Town Recreation Center, Peconic Lane, Peconic. Bring camera, manual, empty memory card and battery. Fee $18; residents $15. Register: 765-5182.

Seventh annual Breakfast of the Stars, 9 a.m., hosted by Kiwanis Club at Eagles Landing/Calverton Links Golf Course, Edwards Avenue, Calverton. Tickets $25. 463-5811.

Introduction to Loom Beading, 9:30-11 a.m. for ages 12 to adult at Southold Indian Museum, 1080 Main Bayview Road, Southold. Classes continue Saturdays, April 9 and 16; fee $28 for 3, plus $5 materials fee. Register: 765-5577, indianmuseum@optyonline.net.

Tin Can Knitting, 2-3 p.m. for grades 4-6 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

Oysterponds Historical Society’s ‘Fiber & Glass’ exhibit opens, 2 p.m. at Janet T. Swanson Gallery in Old Point Schoolhouse, Village Lane, Orient. Françoise and Yan Rieger’s colorful collection of tapestries and fused art glass. On view Saturday-Sundays, 2-5 p.m. through April 23. 323-2480.

‘Schooner Rigged and Rakish: The Story of Orient’s Lavinia Campbell’ by Ret Millis, 4-5 p.m. at Peconic Landing auditorium, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, presented by Oysterponds Historical Society and Peconic Landing. Admission free. 323-2480.

Narrow River Singers’ 13th spring concert, 4 p.m. at Poquatuck Hall, Village Lane, Orient. Suggested donation $15. 477-5075, 323-2601.

April Fool’s Spaghetti Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at First Universalist Church, Main Road, Southold. Donation $10; children 12 and under $5; soft drinks $1. Proceeds benefit Religious Education Youth Scholarship Fund. 765-3494.

Messier Marathon, 7 p.m., lecture by Tom Hoffelder at Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold. Bring telescope. Suggested donation $10; members and full-time students $5. 765-2626.

Riverhead High School Blue Masques presents ‘Once Upon A Mattress,’ 8 p.m. in Charles Cardona Auditorium, 700 Harrison Ave. Directed by Jessica Guadagnino and Dena Tishim. Tickets $8 advance, $10 at door; seniors $5. 369-6750.

Grateful Dead tribute band Half Step performs 8 p.m. at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, 18 Peconic Ave., Riverhead for Rex Foundation Musical Caravan fundraiser. Tickets $12 advance, $15 at door. Portion of proceeds benefits foundation’s programs. ticketleap.com, vail-leavitt.org.

Sunday, April 3
Trash or Treasure giant indoor rummage sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., sponsored by Polish Town Civic Association. See Saturday. Everything must go; 50% off most items.

Hike led by Barbara Terranova, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Goldsmith’s Inlet Park, end of Mill Road, Peconic. Meet in parking lot. Distance 1.5-3 miles; pack snack and drink, bring camera and binoculars. Dress for weather; sandy; footwear with traction recommended. For ages 9+, hosted by Town of Southold Recreation Dept. Fee $5. Registration required: 765-5182.

Courting the Jester: Danny Kaye, musical tribute by Bob Spiotto, 2 p.m. in the Great Room at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. Light refreshments; admission free. Presented by Friends of RFL. 727-3228.

Guitarist Ray Penney performs classical music, popular tunes, blues and jazz standards, 4 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road. 765-2077.

Riverhead High School Blue Masques presents ‘Once Upon A Mattress,’ 2 p.m. See Saturday.

Old Fashioned Variety Show, 2 p.m. at Greenport School auditorium; proceeds benefit Greenport American Legion building fund. Instrumental numbers, dancers, singers and more. Tickets at door, adults $10, children $5 (must be with adult). Information: 834-0106.

Songs from the Great American Song Book, 2:30 p.m., with Susan and David Dingle at Creation Station, behind Cutchogue United Methodist Church, Main Road. Refreshments. Donations appreciated. 765-5667.

Family Reading and Discussion program, 3-5 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, 539 First St., Greenport. For ages 9-11 and parents/caregivers. Books and snacks provided. Space limited; registration required. 477-0660.

Monday, April 4
Max and Ruby and the Chocolate Chicken, 10-10:30 a.m. for ages 2-3 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

High Tea with teen lit author Selene Castrovilla, 5:30-7 p.m. for teens at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Enjoy a variety of exotic teas and finger foods; bring tea cup; register: 298-4134.

Tuesday, April 5
Reception, 4-5:30 p.m., for Southold Jr/Sr High School Students art exhibit at Southold Free Library, Main Road. On display through April. 765-2077.

Where do Chicks Come From?, 6:30-7:15 p.m. for ages 4-5 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

Wednesday, April 6
Two-day Green Guerilla class, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Nature Lyceum for Organic Horticulture, Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church, UCC, corner of Sound Avenue and Church Lane, Riverhead. Fee $448. Continues Thursday, April 7. Register: www.thenaturelyceum.org.

Sing and Play Ole, 10:30-11:15 a.m. for ages 2-3 at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Library, Main Road, Cutchogue. Register: 734-6360.

Richard Corbin of Clawflowers discusses “Spring Arrangements,” 1 p.m. at Southold Free Library, Main Road, followed by Southold Town Garden Club meeting. Free; refreshments served. 765-2077.

Culinary Tour, 5-6:15 p.m. features “Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Ribs & Beans” with Paula Croteau at Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School, 1450 S. Harbor Road, Southold. Class fee $20; residents $15. Bring apron and $25 ingredients fee to first class. Space limited to 15; register: 765-5182. Confirm prior to class: 765-6032, Paula@farmhousekitchen.us. Offered by Southold Town Recreation Department.

Thursday, April 7
Book discussion ‘River of Doubt’ by Candice Millard, 10:30 a.m. at Southold Free Library, led by Caroline MacArthur. 765-2077.

Riley Avenue School’s annual science fair, 5-6:15 p.m. for grades K-2, 6:30-8 p.m. for grades 3-4. 369-6804.

From left: Edith L. Fullerton, LIRR President Ralph Peters, Theodore Roosevelt and Hal B. Fullerton en route to the Wading River Farm during President Roosevelt's 1910 visit to experimental farms.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY | From left: Edith L. Fullerton, LIRR President Ralph Peters, Theodore Roosevelt and Hal B. Fullerton en route to the Wading River Farm during President Roosevelt's 1910 visit to experimental farms.

Striped Bass Challenge, 6:30 p.m. at Mattituck-Laurel Library, Main Road, Mattituck. Veteran fisherman Capt. Jerry McGrath presents lecture/slide show. Free. 298-4134.

Seed to Soil, 7-8:30 p.m. with Paula Bivona at Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court St. Comprehensive and informative program includes extending growing seasons, plant diversity and more. Register: 727-3228.

Slide program “The Blessed Isle: Hal B. Fullerton and His Image of Long Island,” 7 p.m., presented by SCHS director Wally Broege at Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 w. Main St., Riverhead. Admission $5. 727-2881.

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