04/05/14 4:57pm
04/05/2014 4:57 PM

Game-of-Hamlets-Vertical-copyThe Game of Hamlets is down to a battle between two closely related hamlets. Orient vs. Greenport.

The two Southold Town communities won in landslides this past week, with underdog Orient shocking Riverhead with 71 percent of the vote. Greenport knocked off Mattituck 67 to 33 percent.

Come Tuesday at 5 p.m., we’ll find out which local hamlet people like the most.


Northforker.com has been hosting the 16-hamlet bracket tournament, sponsored by Corcoran Group, since March 13.

On the weekend of April 12-13, we will host an open photo shoot, inviting anyone who lives or works in the winning hamlet, for a large group photo to appear on the cover of the April 17 edition of The Suffolk Times. The photo shoot will take place in a public location in that community. We’re looking for as many people to show up as possible for the photo. Full details will be announced after the winner is chosen.

The April 17 issue will be dubbed either the Orient or Greenport issue, with sections featuring coverage about the winning hamlet.

To vote, simply click on the Birds Eye View or Vote Now icons below and cast a vote on each of the two matchups.

03/17/14 1:54pm
03/17/2014 1:54 PM


Northforker.com presents our latest “Experience North Fork” Giveaway. We are giving away great prizes through rafflecopter, which means you “like,” “follow,” “pin” or “join” to enter to win. To increase your odds, re-tweet the giveaway and earn double the entries. We welcome our newest partner, Scrimshaw Restaurant. (more…)

03/11/14 4:00pm
03/11/2014 4:00 PM
A work submitted for the exhibition by Olyvia Vayer took home first place. (Credit: East End Seaport Museum)

A work submitted for the exhibition last year by Olyvia Vayer that took home first place. (Credit: East End Seaport Museum)

Students from all East End high schools are invited to participate in the 2014 East End Challenge, in which they will be asked to create a science or engineering project on the theme of the “Littoral Zone,” and then express those results through an art form.

The littoral zone, the subject of this year’s challenge, is the part of the sea closest to the shore, which includes wetlands, estuaries, barrier islands, tidal marshes, beaches and dunes, and extends out to deeper waters.  (more…)

03/07/14 5:00am
03/07/2014 5:00 AM
The entrance to Peconic Landing in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The entrance to Peconic Landing in Greenport. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Peconic Landing retirement community is hosting a holistic health fair on its Greenport campus Saturday.

“The four-hour fair offers a warm environment where visitors can explore everything from the world of organic foods and nutrition to many ways to reduce stress and promote relaxation for optimum health,” according a press release about the event.

People are invited to the fair learn about physical and massage therapy, and even pet therapy, as well as Eastern healing techniques such as acupuncture, Reiki and Qi Gong.

Representatives will also be on hand  to inform attendees on the potential benefits of yoga, reflexology and healing touch.

The “Whole Person Health and Wellness” fair is free and open to the public. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The fair will be held in the community center at Peconic Landing, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport.

02/16/14 1:08pm
02/16/2014 1:08 PM
Fire Fighter is currently docked at the railroad dock in Greenport, but not for much longer. (Photo by Katharine Schroeder)

Fire Fighter is currently docked at the railroad dock in Greenport, but not for much longer. (Photo by Katharine Schroeder)

I was saddened but also amused by the report in your Feb. 6 paper about the fate of Fire Fighter, the fireboat with a decades-long history of service to New York City’s fire department. The fireboat was intended to be a platform for educating the public about firefighting history and service, but also a harborfront attraction for the village and its visitors. For sure, the fireboat sending geysers of water into the air from its many pumps was a unique sight to see. (more…)

01/25/14 4:22pm
01/25/2014 4:22 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Dan Hughes, who scored a game-high 22 points for Shoreham-Wading River, tries to dribble around Greenport's Willie Riggins near the baseline.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Dan Hughes, who scored a game-high 22 points for Shoreham-Wading River, tries to dribble around Greenport’s Willie Riggins near the baseline.


Difficult but doable.

That was the assessment Shoreham-Wading River coach Kevin Culhane gave of his boys basketball team’s chances of qualifying for the playoffs for the third time in four years. In order to do that, the Wildcats will have to win their final three Suffolk County League VI games. (more…)

12/13/13 5:30pm
12/13/2013 5:30 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | More than 40 worshippers ran from Greenport to Riverhead Thursday afternoon to deliver a holy flame honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, a popular religious symbol.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | More than 40 worshippers ran from Greenport to Riverhead Thursday afternoon to deliver a holy flame honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, a popular religious symbol.

A small crowd was gathered around a blue pickup truck parked outside St. Agnes Church in Greenport just after noon on Thursday for the big unveiling.

As one of the men began pulled off the wrapping protecting a statue strapped to the bed of the truck, the worshippers circled the truck to take pictures.

A small statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe — a beloved religious icon for Latin American Christians — was perched on a cherry-colored wooden pedestal called an anda, which was decorated with flowers laid on fake grass.

An arch framing the idol was interwoven with roses. The display took almost a month to prepare, organizers said.

As four men carefully carried the platform into the church, another group was rushing back to the East End from New York City by van, bearing a sacred flame to commemorate the day.

For these devout Hispanic men and women, the hours of preparation were worth it.

“It’s to say thank you,” said Riverhead resident Tarciso Cerafico — who helped build the tribute — through a translator. “For my health, for my family’s health, for what I’ve received here in the United States.”

More than 40 runners — men, women, and children from across the North Fork — helped carry the sacred flame from Greenport to a special mass in Riverhead Thursday evening to honor the religious symbol on her feast day.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, is a title for the Virgin Mary connected to a specific image of the holy figure that is believed to have been revealed to a devout Catholic in Mexico on the man’s cloak in the 1500s.

Though Our Lady of Guadalupe was originally a Mexican icon, she has since spread to areas across Latin America as a symbol of peace and protection.

“They dedicate everything they do to be under the protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” said Sister Margaret Smyth, founder of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated each Dec. 12, the day the image was originally revealed, according to the church. While Latin American Christians on the North Fork have celebrated her feast day in the past, organizers decided to try something special this year.

A group of worshippers drove into New York City to retrieve a holy flame that had been run from the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City to New York City over the past 80 days.

The flame was part of the ceremony held at St. Patricks Cathedral. As residents gathered in Riverhead for an early morning mass Thursday morning, the volunteers lit a lantern with the flame in the city and drove it back out to Greenport.

Organizer Jose Galvan said the flame had been a tradition in celebrations in New York City for years, but the ceremonies were too far for most North Fork residents.

“It seemed like it was impossible for us to go in and do it,” Mr. Galvan said. Someone came up with the idea to bring the flame out East, and the community rallied around the plan.

“We got a lot of people for our first time,” he said.

The flame was transferred to a hand-made torch and carried into St. Agnes Church on Front Street.

Worshippers sang hymns in Spanish and prayed as the display Mr. Cerafico helped build was laid at the head of the altar in the church.

After blessing the statue and the flame, the group of runners loaded up the statue into the back of a pickup truck. They then took turns running with the flame along Route 25 into Riverhead, with the truck carrying the statue driving close behind.

Local police in Southold and Riverhead approved the parade in advance and helped keep the runners safe, Sister Margaret said.

The group ran for hours, finishing the roughly 20-mile journey later that evening at St. John’s the Evangelist Church in time for the second mass at 7 p.m.

“We put ourselves in her hands,” said Oscar Cruz, a Greenport man who helped carry the flame. “It means everything for us. So we’re glad and we’re happy to do something for her.”


11/28/13 5:00pm
11/28/2013 5:00 PM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Suffolk County officials have asked the fireboat Fire Fighter museum to leave the railroad dock in Greenport.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Suffolk County officials have asked the fireboat Fire Fighter museum to leave the railroad dock in Greenport.

When the fireboat Fire Fighter docked in Greenport this past February it was hoped that it could become a permanent fixture in the maritime community — a floating museum where youngsters could learn about the vessel’s rich history battling fires in New York City.

But less than 10 months later, the former FDNY ship appears headed back toward New York City.

The Village of Greenport received a letter from the county attorney’s office late last month stating that the decommissioned fireboat turned nonprofit museum would need to vacate the railroad dock within three weeks, or the county would take further action.

Suffolk County officials say they are now pursuing “all means available” to remove the ship from its mooring at the county-owned railroad dock. The ultimatum comes several months after a group of local fishermen and other village residents complained to village officials that the railroad dock is intended exclusively for commercial fishing purposes and therefore should not host Fire Fighter.

With time running out to remove the boat from the railroad dock, Fire Fighter museum president Charlie Ritchie is scrambling to find another deepwater dock to moor the 134-foot vessel.

“We were looking to private mooring in Sterling Harbor, but it doesn’t look like that is going to work,” he said. “Now we’re looking closer to New York City. We just know we have to get out as soon as possible.”

Mr. Ritchie said the move alone could cost the nonprofit more than $800 in fuel costs and would set back the restoration of the ship.

The Greenport Village Board had voted to move the historic boat to the railroad dock when the contract to dock the vessel at Mitchell Park Marina expired in June. But in its letter last month, the county said it never signed off on the move.

County Legislator Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue) said the presence of the boat at the railroad dock has created a potential liability for the county.

“If it damages the dock it’s hard to say what would happen,” Mr. Krupski said. “If it sinks, it could damage the oyster beds there. The dock was intended to be used by commercial fishermen and they could be displaced with the fireboat there.”

While the Village of Greenport leases the railroad dock from the county for a token fee of $1 per year, the county has the right to refuse any sublease agreement the village enters into regarding the dock.

Greenport Mayor David Nyce told the public in June that he wanted the village to end the lease agreement for the dock — saying it has caused nothing but “headaches.”

The village began renting the dock in 1982 in hopes of enticing additional fishing boats to tie up there. Instead, Mr. Nyce said, the dock has become a “liability” for the village and hasn’t produced a significant revenue stream.

Village administrator David Abatelli said that although three weeks have passed since the county informed the village of the need to move the boat, there’s not much that can be done to take immediate action.

“All the county said was they were going to take further action,” he said. “I don’t think they’re going to come with a tug boat to move it.”

Suffolk County attorney Dennis Brown said Monday that he can’t comment on the matter, nor could he say what action the county might take to move the fireboat.

Mr. Ritchie said his priority now is to continue to work with the village and the county to come to an amicable solution.

“It’s a shame; we thought we’d have a long relationship with the village,” Mr. Ritchie said. “The board, the village administrator and the mayor have all been good to us. And I can honestly say not one of our visitors has ever said a negative thing about the boat.”

Fire Fighter was christened in 1938 and was used to fight fires along the New York City waterfront for more than 70 years before being retired in 2010.

The vessel spent two years at the Brooklyn Navy Yard before being transferred to the museum in October 2012. It’s the third-oldest fireboat in the country and the fifth oldest in the world, according to the museum.