11/01/14 5:00am
11/01/2014 5:00 AM

I can’t believe it’s November already. North Fork in the fall is the best! Here’s another reminder of the events in and around Jamesport and Aquebogue. Enjoy!

Paolo Bartolani, Italian virtuoso concert pianist, will open the Jamesport Meeting House’s fall season with a program of solo works on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance at jamesportmeetinghouse.org and $20 at the door. Student tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  (more…)

10/26/14 12:47pm
10/26/2014 12:47 PM
Witch's Hat restoration project manager Cliff Baldwin (left), Save Main Road 's Larry Simms and Richard Wines, chairman of Riverhead's Landmarks Preservation Commission. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Witch’s Hat restoration project manager Cliff Baldwin (left), Save Main Road ‘s Larry Simms and Richard Wines, chairman of Riverhead’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Near the top of a two-page flier handed out at “The Witch’s Hat” on Main Road in Aquebogue Saturday was a statement attributed to the volunteers who have spent the past year renovating the local landmark.

“It’s such a small structure; how hard could it be?” reads the quote.

While that question was certainly rhetorical, the task turned out to be somewhat more involved than originally imagined. The volunteers were rewarded for their sizable efforts when they celebrated the completion of the renovation project Saturday.

Read more about the project and see more photos from the renovation on northforker.com

10/20/14 8:46am
10/20/2014 8:46 AM

An Aquebogue gas station was robbed at gunpoint last night, according to Riverhead Police.

Police said a clerk reported that a man — only described as tall — wearing a ski mask and black hooded sweatshirt entered Empire Gas Station on Main Road just after 10 p.m. and forcibly removed cash from him. The clerk said the man cut him across the face with a razor blade during the robbery, and then proceeded to flee on foot.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Riverhead Police at 727-4500, ext. 633.

10/07/14 11:57am
10/07/2014 11:57 AM
Vivian Bell, right, with her daughter, Catherine Smith, at Ms. Bell's 100th birthday party in 2012. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Vivian Bell, right, with her daughter, Catherine Smith, at Ms. Bell’s 100th birthday party in 2012. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

At her 100th birthday party outside Living Water Church in Aquebogue in August 2012, Vivian Bell was the liveliest person in the tent.

She sang. She danced. She hugged. She kissed.

“She’s the happiest person I’ve ever met in my life,” said Ms. Bell’s great-grandson, Ty Wilson, 25, of Wyandanch. “She has the energy of a much younger person.”

Ms. Bell, who was born Vivian Lenore Richardson, exhibited that exuberance right up until the end. She died Sunday afternoon at the age of 102.  (more…)

09/18/14 1:00pm
09/18/2014 1:00 PM
The Meeting House Creek Inn in Aquebogue is seeking to expand its second floor, although not to add more seats. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Meeting House Creek Inn in Aquebogue is seeking to expand its second floor, although not to add more seats. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Update: The current tenant of the Meetinghouse Creek Inn in Aquebogue will be operating the restaurant through Labor Day, 2015.

Tom Drake said he and property owner Alex Galasso reached an agreement Wednesday to extend the lease. Mr. Drake has operated the restaurant, which is located on the Lighthouse Marina property, for 25 years.

Mr. Galasso told the Riverhead Town Board last week that he is seeking to renovate the property and find a new tenant.

Mr. Drake said he’ll be running the restaurant in the meantime, until Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

Original Story: The owner of the Meeting House Creek Inn building in Aquebogue is planning to close the restaurant in a few weeks to lift the structure and expand the second floor as a way to ease the impact of future flooding, according to owner Alex Galasso.  (more…)