10/02/13 12:15pm
10/02/2013 12:15 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Volunteers from Jamesport landscape company Kaiser Maintenance will clear some trees surrounding The Witch's Hat on Main Road in Aquebogue Thursday.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Volunteers from Jamesport landscape company Kaiser Maintenance will clear some trees surrounding The Witch’s Hat on Main Road in Aquebogue Thursday.

The town’s landmarks preservation chair, Richard Wines, has recruited a group of volunteers from Jamesport landscape company Kaiser Maintenance, which will donate tree removal services Thursday to the Witch’s Hat, a curiously shaped local landmark built in 1927 on Main Road in Aquebogue so-named for its hexagonal cedar-shingled spire.

“This is the first step we need to undertake for the restoration of the Witch’s Hat,” said Mr. Wines, also a member of Save Main Road, a community group dedicated to maintaining the rural character of Main Road. ”There’s a huge tree hanging right over the building and kind of crowding it out in one corner, and there are other trees in front of the building on its west side that are blocking it from view.”

In addition to Kaiser, Mr. Wines said other members of Save Main Road – a community organization aiming to maintain the rural character of Route 25 – have also recruited other volunteers to contribute to the effort.

Mr. Wines, who lives in Jamesport, said Kaiser Maintenance has already taken steps to kill the poison ivy surrounding the dilapidated wooden structure, which was once a roadside stand that sold gas, candy and cigarettes to motorists. It was named an official town landmark in 1987.

A Landmarks Preservation Commission document states that the Witch’s Hat was built in the late 1920s by Henry Flemming, an English immigrant and machinist who was around 70 years old at the time of construction.

“It was apparently kind of a retirement project for him,” said Mr. Wines. He speculates the stand was designed to resemble a witch’s hat so that it would attract passing motorists.

Mr. Flemming appears to have died soon after construction was completed because the 1930 federal census lists his widow, Lena Flemming’s, occupation as “Owner, candy and cigarette store.”

Years later, Mr. Wines said, the roadside stand was used to sell landscape shrubs. It has been unoccupied since the 1960s and was last restored sometime in the 1970s. The Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Commission hopes to nominate the Witch’s Hat, along with the rest of historic Main Road, to the National Register of Historic Places, he said.

“There will be no additional restrictions or regulations for property owners if [the Witch’s Hat] is designated a national landmark but federal rehabilitation tax credits may be available to owners of historic buildings along Main Road,” said Mr. Wines, who also led an effort to get downtown Riverhead on the National Register of Historic Places. It earned the recognition last September.

The Witch’s Hat has been owned for the past 23 years by by Dr. Richard Hanusch, whose veterinary practice, Aquebogue Veterinary Hospital, is located just east of the landmark.

“I really think the plans are great,” Dr. Hanusch said of restoration efforts. “I’d like to see it be totally restored.”


05/29/13 10:00am
05/29/2013 10:00 AM

A 49-year-old South Jamesport man was arrested on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge after a car crash Tuesday night in Southold, police said.

John Nordin was arrested about 9:45 p.m. after the accident on Main Road, Southold police said.

Information on the car crash was not immediately available.



04/22/13 5:00pm
04/22/2013 5:00 PM

A Jamesport teenager was arrested late Sunday night after crashing his vehicle on Main Road while high on drugs and then trying to run from police at the scene, Riverhead Town police said.

Joshua Odell, 19, crashed in Jamesport near Jason’s Vineyard about 11:20 p.m., police said. A police officer got to the scene of the crash and saw Mr. Odell standing outside the driver’s side door of the crashed car.

When Mr. Odell saw the officer, he began to run east on Main Road, police said. The officer chased after Mr. Odell and caught him about 50 yards from the spot of the crash, police said.

After his arrest, Mr. Odell told the cop he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP before driving, police said.

Mr. Odell was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, after he was caught with a fake drivers license that stated he was 21 years old, police said.

He was held at police headquarters and arraigned in Town Justice Court Monday afternoon.

He was released with a future court date because he had no previous misdemeanor or felony convictions on his record, court officials said.



03/01/13 6:53pm
03/01/2013 6:53 PM
VERA CHINESE FILE PHOTO | The Valero gas station on Main Road in Cutchogue.

VERA CHINESE FILE PHOTO | The Valero gas station on Main Road in Cutchogue.

State police troopers arrested one clerk during an undercover sting operation Thursday to test whether store employees would sell alcohol to a minor in Southold Town, authorities said.

But 12 other stores passed the test, state police said.

Mohammad Ayub, 51, of Flanders was the one person nabbed in the sting, police said.

Mr. Ayub, a clerk at Valero Food Mart on Main Road in Cutchogue, was charged with unlawful dealing with a child, a misdemeanor, and a state alcohol sales violation, police said.

No other details were available.

01/28/13 2:53pm
01/28/2013 2:53 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Jamesport firefighters spreads absorbent material to soak up vehicle fluid at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Jamesport firefighter spreads absorbent material to soak up vehicle fluid at the scene of a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon.

Two women were hospitalized with minor injuries after a two-car crash on Main Road in downtown Jamesport Monday afternoon, police said.

According to witnesses at the scene, a husband and wife were traveling west on Main Road in a Jeep Grand Cherokee about 2 p.m. when a Honda Civic pulled out of a nearby deli parking lot and sideswiped the Jeep.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers and Jamesport firefighters were called to the scene to treat the victims and clean up the shattered glass and vehicle fluid in the road.

The Civic’s driver and the wife in the Jeep were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment.

Police at the scene said they were not seriously hurt.

Police said the accident was still under investigation, but no tickets or citations were issued. Main Road was closed in both directions between South Jamesport Avenue and Circle Drive while firefighters cleaned up the scene. By 2:30 p.m., the road was reopened.


12/22/12 11:12am
12/22/2012 11:12 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The North Fork Liquor store as it appeared in September.

A 38-year-old Aquebogue man was arrested early Saturday for breaking into a Jamesport liquor store, stealing booze and then driving off, Riverhead Town police said.

Bradford Reeve of Main Road in Aquebogue is accused of breaking into North Fork Liquor on Main Road in Jamesport just after midnight by breaking a front window and making off with several bottles of liquor, police said.

He was arrested after an investigation and charged with burglary, two counts of possession of stolen property, and DWI, officials said in a press release.

Mr. Reeve was also listed as being one of 10 people arrested in a DWI check point set up by the East End DWI Task Force Friday night.

It was not immediately clear if he got snared in the check point net after fleeing the alleged burglary.

12/07/12 3:06pm
12/07/2012 3:06 PM

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Mattituck rescue personel work to free a woman from a Volkswagen Passat Friday afternoon on Route 25 in Laurel.

The driver of one of three-vehicles involved in a crash on Main Road in Laurel Friday afternoon was treated for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Main Road was closed in both directions for about an hour as police and the Mattituck Fire Department rescue squad responded to the crash, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. The road has since reopened.

Witnesses said a Mercury Mountaineer heading west on Route 25 attempted to make a left turn into a driveway when it was rear-ended by a late-model Ford Taurus.

The impact apparently pushed the SUV into the eastbound lane, where it collided with a Volkswagen Passat.

The Passat’s driver, a young woman, appeared conscious and alert when she was being tended to by Mattituck firefighters, though it was not immediately known if she was hospitalized.

Jorge Perez, 20, who lives at the address where the SUV was headed, said his sister was driving the Mountaineer and was not hurt..

“This happened last year to my cousin. She was OK too. And my father was hit, same thing — rear ended, at the Laurel Post Office.

“People just don’t look where they’re going.”

The Ford’s driver, a man, also appeared to be uninjured after the crash.


09/20/12 6:00am
09/20/2012 6:00 AM
Main Road, Aquebogue, puppy store

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Animal Rights Activists protesting outside Puppy Experience on Main Road in Aquebogue in August.

To the Editor:

I usually read the letter section in the News Review. I was surprised to see a short letter that seemed to indicate a small business on Main Road in Aquebogue to be sub-standard.

My previous dealings with the Puppy Experience seems to be quite the opposite. I hadn’t been in the store for years, so I decided to conduct a surprise inspection. The store was immaculate. The dogs appeared to be content as well as properly fed. Their cages were clean and neat. As an animal lover myself, I was pleased with my findings. I don’t know if any of those dogs were from a puppy mill as they all were in a good state of being.

My last experience with the Puppy Experience was about two years ago when I assisted traffic on Main Road for an automobile accident.

A lady who was involved in the accident had a toy poodle in the car with her. She was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for minor injuries. The owner of the Puppy Experience took care of her dog until she left the hospital at no charge.

The entire staff is very friendly and courteous. Sometimes I wish everyone was like this.

Frederick Rodgers, Aquebogue

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