During my first year as a general assignment reporter here at Times Review, I asked what an editor meant when she used the expression “silly season.”
Nearly a decade later, I recognize this was a, well, silly question. READ
I can still remember the moment I knew what I was going to do for a living.
I didn’t know this would be the company I’d work for or even that I’d necessarily be in newspapers, but it was the first time I realized I could make a living with the written word. (more…)
This photo taken after the Shoreham-Wading River football team’s L.I. championship victory won in the sports feature photo category in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)
Nine years ago, I attended my first New York Press Association convention.
I had just joined Times Review Media Group as a reporter and had no idea what to expect. What I found was a lot of newspaper people scared of the big, bad Internet.
With putting newspapers out each week, we have no way of updating a website, folks said. This is impossible. We will all go out of business. (more…)
An iced Iron Pier in Northville. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Driving with my wife, Vera, and son, Jack, down Route 25 in Calverton on Sunday, I witnessed a picturesque scene: Two women on cross-country skis gliding up the bike path at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, while rays of sunlight pierced through the trees around them.
For a moment, I thought to myself, “Where is my camera? I must turn around.” Then I kept driving.
There’s a reason I didn’t want to stop. The temperature reading on my dashboard told me it wasn’t worth it. (more…)
It happened again last month. Jack McGreevy sent a letter to the editor and we received several angry responses.
Mr. McGreevy has developed a reputation as this newspaper’s most polarizing letter writer.
The Mattituck man has his opinions on a wide variety of topics, some of which, particularly his views on marriage, have been known to offend many, myself included. (more…)
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard boat into the Mattituck Inlet on the morning Ciro Stellges’ body was found in the water. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro, file)
There is a common misconception among the public that the media enjoys reporting bad news.
That’s simply not true. I’ve seen a certain look on enough reporters’ faces when they’re asked to call a loved one for an interview after a tragedy to know it’s never easy.
I saw that look too many times in 2014. (more…)
St. Anthony’s High School rowers during the annual Snowflake Regatta, which this year made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
My wife and I were at a local restaurant the other night. The family of four sitting next to us was finishing dessert when a busgirl, who appeared to be around 14 or 15, let a glass of water slip from her hand. It didn’t splash anybody and no one appeared to be hurt, but it was an inconvenience for a few of the surrounding tables as the water spread across the floor and needed to be cleaned up.
What surprised me most about the incident was how the mother at the table, who appeared to be in her 40s or 50s, reacted to the spill. (more…)