A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)
The Riverhead and Southold landmarks preservation commissions have nominated the six miles of Main Road running through the hamlets of Aquebogue, Jamesport and Laurel to the National Register of Historic Places. This designation will open up access to incentives that might help preserve some of the many historic structures along this stretch of rural highway that serves as the gateway to the North Fork. (more…)
Randy Clement (left) and Mike Weber Jr. of Clement Carpentry of Jamesport working on the Witch’s Hat restoration Thursday morning.
The curiously shaped “Witch’s Hat” in Aquebogue is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to donations from area businesses and volunteers.
Spearheaded by the Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Commission, along with the Save Main Road preservation advocacy group, the roadside structure — named an official town landmark in 1987 — will be restored back to its original specifications.
The stand was built in 1926 by Henry and Lena Flemming, and used to sell gas, candy, cigarettes, and eventually ice cream to motorists from the 1930’s to 1970. (more…)
I hope everyone had a happy Labor Day and enjoyed these final weeks of summer with lots of fun in the sun.
Technically, summer isn’t over until fall begins, Sept. 23. We are especially blessed to have an extended season of beauty in the outdoors during the fall harvest on the North Fork. Don’t miss it! (more…)
Aquebogue native Mike Giglio has spent the past several years as an international reporter, often sent into war-torn regions to cover the news. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
Mike Giglio remembers covering Riverhead Town Board meetings in 2006 for the now-defunct Traveler Watchman newspaper.
He was still in college at the time and would watch other reporters, “trying to figure out how to be [one myself],” he recalled.
“I was always nervous about talking to people at the time,” he said in interview last Thursday. (more…)
Michael McShane of Laurel was the winner of the Sound to Bay 5K last year. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
Congratulations to Dorothy and Donald Frank, who celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary Aug. 15. Lots of love and good health from your family and friends.
The weekend I’ve been waiting for has arrived. Jamesport Fire Department’s Sound to Bay 10K/5K run will be held Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. (more…)
Ezra Fife re-enacts finding a note on his work pickup telling him that a good Samaritan found something he dropped before meeting his wife Cori and son York to see a movie. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
What would you do if you found $800 underneath a pickup truck parked at a shopping center?
That’s the dilemma 15-year-old Matti Gibson faced on Sunday afternoon outside the Rite Aid store in the Mattituck Plaza. (more…)
Happy anniversary to Kenneth and Elinore Leboner of Jamesport, who celebrated 50 years together July 18. Also, Kenneth turned 77 July 24. The pair celebrated their love and Kenneth’s birthday with 40 friends and family members at the Bonwit Inn in Commack. (more…)
Hampton Coffee beans on display at the company’s Southampton location, which opened last year. (Credit: Michael White)
Popular South Fork coffee roaster and espresso purveyor Hampton Coffee Company is looking to set up shop in Aquebogue.
The company’s chief executive officer, Jason Belkin, is seeking to convert the former Go Solar building on Main Road into a coffee shop, espresso bar and bakery with off-site preparation, according to an application filed with Riverhead Town. Read more at northforker.com.
Mr. Belkin and an attorney for the company met before the Riverhead Town board on Thursday.
Read meeting coverage here.