07/06/14 10:00am
07/06/2014 10:00 AM
Here's a low-resolution photo that came out of the Brookhaven Town press shop in 2013. It's Councilwoman Connie Kepert congratulating engineers on an award. Notice the date stamp.

Here’s a low-resolution photo that came out of Brookhaven Town’s press shop. It’s Councilwoman Connie Kepert congratulating engineers on an award. It was taken on April 6, 2013, if you couldn’t tell from the time stamp. I imagine this got printed nowhere.

Public relations firms: News organizations can’t live with ’em.

And life would sure be a lot harder without ’em.

That might not be the first thing you’d expect an editor to say, but it’s the truth. Relationships with people in the PR business — and spokespeople for many elected leaders — are an important part of the job and can be very helpful at times.

Other times, though, I really just have to shake my head. (more…)

05/24/14 10:00am
05/24/2014 10:00 AM

“The parents are always in tears,” said Matthew Kuriloff, the 35-year-old coordinator of East End Disability Associates’ Community Arts Program. The downtown Riverhead nonprofit launched its theater and arts program in January 2013 — and its latest production, which premiered April 25 at Bellport’s Gateway Playhouse, provided much to provoke tears of joy.  (more…)

04/26/14 8:00am
04/26/2014 8:00 AM
The Timothy Hill Children's Ranch. (Credit: file photo)

The Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. (Credit: file photo)

I write this column at the risk of sounding like a P.R. rep for Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch. But the organization is the only one of its kind in the area — probably even all of Long Island — and has expanded rapidly in the past 13 months. And its growth may say something about the future of how we handle our disadvantaged youth.  (more…)