07/04/15 12:00pm
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(Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

(Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

Jamesport

The annual fire department parade along Route 25 kicks off on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. The Jamesport Fire Department’s annual carnival, located near the George Young Community Center on South Jamesport Avenue, runs July 7 through 11, with fireworks at 10 p.m. on the final night. For more information, JamesportFD.org.

Riverhead

Riverhead BID’s Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, July 3, on the riverfront with a performance by family music artist Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, as well as Misspent Youth. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers and jugglers. For more information, Riverheadbid.com.

There will be pre-firework festivities at the Suffolk Theater from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with a free performance by “Who Are Those Guys?”.

Riverhead Raceway’s fireworks begin at dusk Saturday, July 4.

Wading River

The Peconic Bay Medical Center Family Fun Festival & Fireworks will be held on Route 25A, across from the King Kullen shopping center in Wading River this weekend. The carnival continues tonight and Friday from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. and Saturday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. Fireworks will take place Friday, July 3, at 9 p.m.

Orient

The Oysterponds Historical Society will host a Heritage Day parade and celebration from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 5. The parade steps off at noon at the Village Lane Civil War monument. The Declaration of Independence will be read on the steps of the Old Point School House and the celebration will continue at Poquatuck Park.

Shelter Island

Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual fireworks display at Crescent Beach July 11 at dusk.

Southold

Southold Village Merchants’ 18th annual Fourth of July parade marches down Main Road from Boisseau Ave. to the American Legion Hall at noon Saturday.

Greenport

The annual Greenport Fire Department Carnival will continue through Sunday, July 5, starting at 6 p.m. at the Polo Grounds on Moores Lane. Fireworks will start at 10 p.m. July 4 and 5. For more information, GreenportVillage.com.

06/15/15 6:00am
06/15/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

I am writing regarding amending Town Code chapter 101, “Vehicles and Traffic.”

Drivers of multi-axled vehicles share roadways with much lesser trained, much lesser fined and regulated, and much lesser taxed passenger vehicle operators, whether traveling highways or area roads. Trucks are rightly, rigorously, and routinely monitored and the non-compliant quickly rendered out of service, whereas careless passenger vehicle operators routinely menace area roads. (more…)

05/15/15 8:00am
We all know the Long Island Expressway doesn't lead to Greenport and Orient — this is actually a Route 58 sign — but what you might not know is that throughout the 1950s and 1960s many local officials hoped it would. (Credit: Grant Parpan photo illustration)

We all know the Long Island Expressway doesn’t lead to Greenport and Orient — this is actually a Route 58 sign — but what you might not know is that throughout the 1950s and 1960s many local officials hoped it would. (Credit: Grant Parpan photo illustration)

Driving to the end of the Long Island Expressway and exiting onto the western edge of Route 58, Riverhead’s commercial capital, it’s difficult to imagine that a plan once called for the island’s longest road to extend into Southold Town.

But drawn on a map titled “Expressway Plan 1959 County Planning Board” are two thick red lines that run from the Riverhead Town line to Old North Road in Orient. One line indicates eastbound Long Island Expressway traffic. The other shows traffic lanes heading west.  (more…)

05/14/15 1:13pm
05/14/2015 1:13 PM
A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)

A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)

A five-story affordable housing project planned for along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead has received $5.49 million in grants from New York State.

“This is huge; I can’t underscore that enough,” explained Marianne Garvin, the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Community Development Corporation of Long Island, which is teaming up on the West Main Street project with a Rochester-based, for-profit developer called Conifer Realty. “Without the financing, you can have a concept and a dream and an aspiration, but you don’t have the project being built.

“This gives us the financing and the ability to actually build what we’re dreaming about building.” (more…)

05/12/15 3:08pm
05/12/2015 3:08 PM
Deana Rayburn of North Fork Crunch. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Deana Rayburn of North Fork Crunch. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

At the Stony Brook Incubator in Calverton, entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.

With the mentoring they receive and education in food preparation, they prepare, package and move their products onto store shelves.  (more…)

05/08/15 8:00am
05/08/2015 8:00 AM
The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week's bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover's kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week’s bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover’s kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In 2003, Sue Hanauer was working on a project with fellow North Fork Reform Synagogue members when she developed the idea for Mad Hatters, which knits hats for local cancer patients.

“We were finishing a quilt cover for a wooden ark and were talking about what we wanted to do next,” said Ms. Hanauer, of Jamesport. “I had heard about a nationwide group that was doing caps for women and brought that to their attention. They liked the idea and the rest is history, as they say.” (more…)

04/28/15 12:00pm
04/28/2015 12:00 PM
(Credit: Paul Squire)

A member of the Recorder Orchestra of New York warms up before a performance Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

You probably thought recorders — those two-toned wind instruments — were only for elementary school music classes.

Think again.

The Recorder Orchestra of New York celebrated its 20th anniversary with a concert at the Jamesport Meeting House Saturday afternoon. The group played a variety of tunes, from medieval dances to hymns and French compositions.

“The recorder is kind of a singing substitute,” Musical Director Patsy Rogers told the crowd. “It’s a peaceful kind of instrument.”

Check below for photos and a brief excerpt from the concert:

Musical Director Patsy Rogers plays a clock bell during one of the orchestra's songs. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Musical Director Patsy Rogers plays a clock bell during one of the orchestra’s songs. (Credit: Paul Squire)

(Credit: Paul Squire)

(Credit: Paul Squire)

The recorders used in the orchestra's anniversary concert were all different sizes. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The recorders used in the orchestra’s anniversary concert were all different sizes. (Credit: Paul Squire)

04/13/15 12:00pm
04/13/2015 12:00 PM
The Vineyards Golf Club head pro Louis de Kerillis teeing off last year. (Credit: The Vineyards, courtesy photo)

The Vineyards Golf Club head pro Louis de Kerillis teeing off last year. (Credit: The Vineyards, courtesy photo)

The folks at Palmer’s American Grille in Farmingdale are opening a restaurant on the North Fork. Specifically, at The Vineyards Golf Club in Riverhead.

The Vineyards is a members-only club, to be sure, and the same holds for the clubhouse restaurant.

But here’s the thing, you can be a dining-only club member for $25 a year.

The partnership was announced Friday.

Read more on northforker.com.