05/29/14 7:00am
05/29/2014 7:00 AM
(Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

The National Boat Safety Week started May 17. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

To the editor: 

I am writing in response to your editorial from last week, entitled “When out on the water, expect the unexpected.”

As you note, the 2014 boating season has gotten off to a bad start. There have been two boating accidents, in which one boat operator is confirmed to have died and the other is still missing and presumed dead.

As New York State’s longest-serving boating instructor, with over 50 years’ experience, I can say it is most important that anyone who plans to operate a boat on the water take a boating course. Your editorial makes the point that if you don’t respect the water, the water will not respect you. On Sept. 23, 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law that any youngster who plans to operate a boat alone on New York State waters, born on or after May 1, 1996, between the ages of 10 and 17, must take a boating course, and anyone age 14 and older who plans to operate a jet ski must also take a boating course.

These classes are offered by both the Peconic Bay Power Squadron and Flotilla 18-8 United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

In closing, as a member of both of these organizations, I have been involved in boating education with both of them. To find out when and where these courses are given, look for their announcement in the Riverhead News-Review.

Leonard Llewellyn, Mattituck

05/22/14 6:00am
05/22/2014 6:00 AM

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To the editor:

We all know the pain Joe Werkmeister cites in his column last week, “We’ve gone too far on passwords.” Technology moves pretty fast these days and many of us are left clueless about how to best mitigate these issues and the unnecessary information security peril we place ourselves in.

These alternatives might be helpful (none of which I have any affiliation with besides finding them useful).

For passwords, use LastPass or OnePass password managers. You’ll only need to remember one password ever again. Never save passwords in your browser.

Use a VPN (which encrypts communications from server to server) and a proxy server, which provides some anonymity from advertisers and trackers. These are everywhere and can be free up to the cost of a subscription to The Suffolk Times for an app that does both and makes it brain-dead simple. Lastly, use browser extensions like Adblock Plus and Disconnect to further control the data we unknowingly share with the world. Some services pretend to do this but are actually run by marketers.

None of the above is over-the-top digital behavior. They should be considered basic best practices in this day and age.

At the very minimum, they should be in all of our toolkits as solutions to safe surfing.

Mark Ghuneim, Southold

05/08/14 6:00am
05/08/2014 6:00 AM
Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg .

Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

To the editor:

Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg has been an outspoken critic of the Common Core Learning Standards implementation and its testing requirements. So his expressed desire to apply “common sense” to education is not surprising.

But hey, it’s common sense to put things back where you found them. But why, then, are shopping carts all over the parking lot at the end of a market day?  (more…)

05/01/14 7:00am
05/01/2014 7:00 AM

This Riverhead house in foreclosure was scheduled to be sold on the steps of Town Hall in 2010. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

This Riverhead house in foreclosure was scheduled to be sold on the steps of Town Hall in 2010. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)


To the editor:

Re: Jason Hill’s recent letter to the editor regarding Long Island’s affordable housing.

I write regularly on Long Island’s land use issues, with my work appearing in Long Island Business News, Newsday and various other publications. I have a bachelor’s degree from Fordham in both urban studies and political science and a master’s degree in public policy, where I studied urban planning with Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran planner.  (more…)

04/17/14 6:00am
04/17/2014 6:00 AM
Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall. (Credit: file photo)

To the editor:

For over a decade, Vail-Leavitt Music Hall has been dedicated to preserving Riverhead’s first landmark theater and providing educational, cultural and charitable benefits to our community. Its board is now asking you — the community we serve — for constructive input and support.  (more…)

04/12/14 1:00pm
The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.

The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton.

To the editor:

As educators, few would argue that one’s primary responsibility is to the children entrusted to your care. In order to best meet that massive responsibility, one must come to rely on a team that consists of parents, colleagues, administrators, and the students themselves.  (more…)

04/10/14 6:00am
04/10/2014 6:00 AM

The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton. (Credit: file photo)

To the editor:

Regarding “Teachers step up behind charter school principal” by Michael White: Principal Ray Ankrum states in the piece, “My focus is on the top 10 percent of my staff. It’s the 10/80/10 rule of business. The bottom 10 percent will do whatever they can to cause disruption.”  (more…)

04/03/14 6:00am
04/03/2014 6:00 AM
EPCAL Sandy cars

The western runway at EPCAL in June 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

To the editor:

I would like to state my agreement with George Bartunek’s Guest Spot last week about positioning the solar farm on the runway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton instead of destroying 30 acres of natural beauty and, at the same time, an important asset in climate control. (more…)