11/21/14 6:00am
11/21/2014 6:00 AM

Happy Thanksgiving! I know I’m a week early but since I don’t have a column next week I wanted to send well wishes to you and your family. I can’t wait to host this year! My daughter will be home from college, my family will be here and all will be right in my world for that one day. I hope you get to spend the day with those you love.  (more…)

11/09/14 10:00am
11/09/2014 10:00 AM
New stores like Costco have increased Riverhead's assessed value, which could increase the school tax. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

New stores like Costco have increased Riverhead’s assessed value, which could increase the school tax. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The annual swing of school taxes from the Riverhead Town portion of the Riverhead School District to Southampton Town has hit the people in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton pretty hard in the past.  But this year, the Southampton Town portion of the district will be getting a break.

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11/07/14 6:00am
11/07/2014 6:00 AM

November is here and with it came some really cold temperatures and wind. I think I even saw a flurry or two on Sunday. Many of you know how much I hate winter and being cold. I’m already counting down the number of days until spring — 133! I’m also counting down the days until my baby girl Kaitlyn comes home from college for Thanksgiving break — 18! This first semester has really gone by quick. I miss her so much but am so proud of how well she’s doing. Thanks to everyone who asks how she is. She’s doing fabulous!  (more…)

10/24/14 12:00pm
10/24/2014 12:00 PM
Michael DeNicolo is Flanders Fire Department's first 50-year member. Mr. DeNicolo thanks Commissioner Rob Merker (left) last week while Chief Joe Petit looks on.

Michael DeNicolo is Flanders Fire Department’s first 50-year member. Mr. DeNicolo thanks Commissioner Rob Merker (left) last week while Chief Joe Petit looks on.

Hundreds of firefighters have served the Flanders Fire Department since it was incorporated in 1948. But in all those decades, not a single one has served as long as ex-chief Michael DeNicolo.

As a teenager, Mr. DeNicolo, now 84, helped build the firehouse — literally brick by brick — when his father became one of the department’s founding members. While serving as chief in 1964, he helped fight back flames across swaths of land from Hampton Bays to East Quogue as the Pine Barrens burned. (more…)

10/24/14 6:00am

Hello, friends and neighbors. Welcome to fall. It got cold, didn’t it? Speaking of the cold, my daughter downloaded an app that counts the days till Christmas. I don’t want to think about Christmas yet. I want to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Kaitlyn’s college finals first. I can’t believe her first semester is almost over. She is doing so well and enjoying her college experience. Thank you to everyone who asks about her.  (more…)

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…)