Students work with iPads in 2012 at Southold High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)
There is no doubt that the largest portion of any local property tax bill is the amount funding the public school district. It’s a bill that causes taxpayers agita each and every year.
The 2 percent state cap on year-to-year tax levy increases is a temporary control tactic, not a sustainable strategy. And as we tighten our belts as a result of the cap, there are significant negative outcomes: pre- and after-school program cutbacks minimize opportunities for youth; increasing class sizes to maximum allowable levels results in instruction that cannot possibly address the needs and diversity of any given classroom population; lobbying for “our fair share” produces great photo-ops but makes us look like pigs at the trough; and staff layoffs are temporary fixes and only hand more responsibilities to someone already working at capacity, creating resentment and loss of pride in work.
So, what is the answer? (more…)
Workers at a farm off Sound Avenue in Riverhead in 2012. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Business owners in local sectors long dependent on immigrant labor offered mixed views Friday on President Barack Obama’s executive action that will allow temporary worker status to millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally.
While most farmers, winery and restaurant owners interviewed welcomed the policy shift, several had reservations on how it came about. (more…)
More ice than water could be seen on one Main Road fountain Wednesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
The weather is taking North Forkers on a wild ride, as this week saw two consecutive days that each broke recorded weather records.
But there’s hope for some warmer weather to come Monday, weather officials said.
Tuesday brought with it a record low of 24 degrees, surpassing a record of 25 set in 1997, according to daily temperature data taken at the agency’s weather station in Islip, according to the National Weather Service.
“Before the harvest, when you walked the vineyard and saw the cluster count, you realized, ‘oh man, we’re going to be having a good year,” said Miguel Martin, Palmer Vineyards winemaker.
Mr. Martin isn’t the only one reporting huge grape yields this season, after a dry summer this year and fine growing conditions last season as well.
See how the North Fork’s 2014 grape season is shaping up on northforker.com.
North Fork Table & Inn co-owners Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming discuss the history of their highly regarded Southold restaurant, which was recently placed on the market for $3.8 million.
What started as a vision, which some said was unrealistic, is now Long Island’s top Zagat-rated restaurant. (more…)
Peter Lynch of Rockville Centre carries pumpkins to the cash register at Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm as his family watches. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
If you don’t want to be the only family on the block without your stoop or window sill decorated with the big orange gourd of fall, northforker.com has a list of places to pick your own pumpkins.
Here’s the guide to where to go to find ‘em.
The East End Arts gallery on East Main Street in Riverhead. (Credit: File)
Six artists judged best in show during East End Arts’ 2013 exhibits will be featured in the annual Winners’ Show at the Riverhead gallery.
The artists are Central Islip poet Dolores Cinquemani, East Hampton poet Toby Haynes, Riverhead photographer Katherine Liepe-Levinson, East Quogue mixed media artist Jonathan Pearlman, New York photographer Nancy Scherl and painter Win Zibeon of Blauvelt, N.Y. (more…)