10/17/14 8:00am
10/17/2014 8:00 AM
Friends of the Big Duck Ranch vice president Fran Cobb (from left) in the Big Duck Museum's newly renovated barn with co-curators Lisa Dabrowski and David Wilcox. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Friends of the Big Duck Ranch vice president Fran Cobb (from left) in the Big Duck Museum’s newly renovated barn with co-curators Lisa Dabrowski and David Wilcox. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It’s an industry that once defined the area. And while duck farming has faded over the past several decades, Friends of the Big Duck are determined to keep Long Island’s history in the business alive and well in Flanders for future generations to learn about.

“Most people have no idea how large the [duck] industry was out here,” said Lisa Dabrowski, co-curator of the Big Duck Museum, which opens its doors Saturday. “I am looking forward to seeing the reaction when visitors see how inspiring the industry really was.”  (more…)

10/16/14 12:34pm
10/16/2014 12:34 PM
Emmanuel Coleman, 34, of Riverhead and Kwame Opoku, 32, of Mastic Beach, being led to their arraignment Thursday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Emmanuel Coleman, 34, of Riverhead and Kwame Opoku, 32, of Mastic Beach, being led to their arraignment Thursday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The two men who police say are responsible for a shooting in Flanders Wednesday that critically injured one man are being remanded without bail at the Suffolk County Jail as they await a grand jury indictment. (more…)

10/16/14 1:00am
Police investigate the scene of an shooting on McKinley Street in Flanders Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Police investigate the scene of a shooting on McKinley Street in Flanders Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Update (12:30 p.m. Thursday): The two men arrested in connection with Wednesday’s shooting in Flanders were arraigned Thursday morning and held without bail. Click here for details.

Update (1 a.m. Thursday): Two men were arrested in connection with Wednesday’s shooting in Flanders, according to a Southampton Police press release.

Kwame Opoku, 32, of Mastic Beach was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree criminal use of a firearm, and first-degree reckless endangerment, police said. (more…)

10/11/14 3:00pm
10/11/2014 3:00 PM

A state audit of the Flanders Fire Districts finances found no discrepancies in the money paid out by the district, but warned that district procedures and records weren’t “adequate” to prevent errors or irregularities.

The district says they have already changed their policies to comply with all of the state’s suggestions.

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10/10/14 6:00am
10/10/2014 6:00 AM

October is upon us, friends and neighbors. Time to put those flip-flops away. This time of year, although beautiful, always makes me very sad. Most of you know how I feel about the cold, wind and snow; I can’t stand it. I’ll admit, a good snowstorm that doesn’t cause a power outage is always nice around the holidays, but the many months of dealing with snow, ice and whipping wind — yuck!  (more…)

09/26/14 8:00am
09/26/2014 8:00 AM
The former Seven Z's health club on Reeves Bay in Flanders. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

The former Seven Z’s health club on Reeves Bay in Flanders. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

The former Peconic Health and Racquet Club on the waterfront in Flanders has been sitting vacant, boarded up and collecting weeds, since former owner Ron Zaleski closed the business nine years ago. But the building’s current owner says he plans to reopen the landmark Flanders Road building as a health club, although a slightly smaller one than before. That plan comes after other proposals for the site failed.  (more…)

09/24/14 9:53am
09/24/2014 9:53 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

Two new morning bus routes have been established to mitigate bus overcrowding in Wading River and Flanders.

During the school board’s regular meeting Tuesday, Superintendent Nancy Carney and Sam Schneider, assistant superintendent for finance and operations, outlined what the district has done to address overcrowding concerns raised by two Wading River parents at the Sept. 9 school board meeting.  (more…)