11/16/14 12:00pm
11/16/2014 12:00 PM
If you're looking to hire, which is columnist Grant Parpan's #1 raking tip, then Manuel Canel (left) of Canel Landscaping of Riverhead is available. Above he's cleaning up an Aquebogue yeard with his crew, Jose Canel (center) and Victor Garcia (right hidden). (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If you’re looking to hire, which is columnist Grant Parpan’s #1 raking tip, then Manuel Canel (left) of Canel Landscaping of Riverhead is available. Above he’s cleaning up an Aquebogue yeard with his crew, Jose Canel (center) and Victor Garcia (right hidden). (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I don’t like leaves.

Sure, they’re beautiful when they change color, and I appreciate the shade they help provide on a hot day. But the agony caused by having to physically rake up thousands of leaves from my yard each autumn is enough to make me generally dislike them.  (more…)

11/06/13 3:30pm
11/06/2013 3:30 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Peconic River, along West Main Street, in Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Peconic River, along West Main Street, in Riverhead.

As we enter the end of fall foliage season, plenty of colors still remain on the branches in the area. Many greens have long faded to yellows, and oranges and reds are poking through before Old Man Winter hits for good.

According to New York State’s fall foliage report, a website run through the state’s Economic Development Department, color changes on leaves are past peak throughout the state, beside New York City. The website, which issues an update every Wednesday in the early fall amid foliage season, printed its last update on Wednesday morning.

The site reports: “New York’s colorful fall foliage season winds down this weekend as the peak colors of autumn reach their final destinations in New York City, according to observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NEW YORK program.”

What are you seeing in your neck of the woods? Add your foliage pictures to our gallery to show your neighbors how it’s looking.