03/08/14 5:00pm
03/08/2014 5:00 PM

Jitney

Occupying a space can be both a sign of power and a threat to power. This has been the case, it seems, since the beginning of recorded time.

Think of the folks who camped out for months near Wall Street during the worst of the U.S. financial crisis.  Think of the demonstrators who took over public spaces in Syria or Ukraine, or people packed behind walls in Berlin or Derry or more recently, Palestine.

The space itself is about who has power or who wants to challenge power.

In my own limited experience, I get to see how this basic struggle for space and power plays out on the local level.  I speak of riding the Hampton Jitney.

First off, I need to say that the Jitney is a great resource for those who live on eastern Long Island.  Instead of an interminable ride on the less-than-edifying Long Island Rail Road, or a long drive to an expensive parking garage in Manhattan, there’s the Jitney in all its wondrous predictability.  I

t usually arrives at its stops on time; it will store your luggage for you; a polite attendant serves you snacks; it has an onboard bathroom; it imposes tight restrictions on cell phone use; its drivers know how to circumvent traffic snarls.  Basically, it’s excellent.

Going to Manhattan, I board the North Fork Jitney in Riverhead near the Route 58 CVS, usually on a Sunday morning.  I know in advance that my fare will be the same as for those who boarded at Orient Point or Greenport or Southold or Mattituck.  Unfair as that is, I have reconciled myself to the fact that such a policy is unlikely to change unless the company were to feel some heat from those with power.

So a change in the existing rate structure seems not likely at all.

Boarding at Riverhead I look down the long center aisle for an empty seat.  There are lots of heads but there are usually available seats as well.  That is, there would be available seats except for what I call the Hampton Hustle:  seats occupied by jackets, purses, laptops, backpacks, or newspapers while the owners of those things stare grimly straight ahead, look out the window, or pretend to be profoundly asleep.

I readily admit that I too prefer two seats if I had the audacity to ignore my fellow creatures.  Frankly, my conscience bothers me if someone is looking for a seat while the seat next to me is occupied only by my belongings.

But I think there are those who see themselves as somehow more privileged than others, more godlike, if you will.  Should the new passenger insist on sitting there where all that stuff is piled, the owner often takes several minutes to step out into the aisle to store things in the overhead bin, drop some on the floor, and so create a delay before the bus can get underway again.

Meanwhile, looks are exchanged that signify how deep the struggle is over that particular space and how bitter the feelings of yielding it to another.

“This land was made for you and me,” Pete Seeger used to sing.  Oh yes, but “When will they ever learn, when will we ever learn.”

Catherine McKeen is a retired college teacher and a working historian. She lives in Baiting Hollow.

03/02/14 6:00am
03/02/2014 6:00 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 6 p.m. Sunday to noon Monday, with meteorologists now calling for snow accumulations of about three to six inches across Long Island.

This is lower than earlier predictions of up to eight inches.

The forecast also includes 10 to 15 mph winds, with gusts up to 25 mph. Temperatures will remain in the teens and 20s.

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02/14/14 12:53pm
02/14/2014 12:53 PM
A property on Blue Marlin Drive in Southold is on the market for $1.5 million.

A property on Blue Marlin Drive in Southold is on the market for $1.5 million.

There are 16 open houses scheduled for the North Fork this weekend. And we can give you a sneak preview.

The weekend’s crop of homes carries prices tags from $350,000 to $1.5 million. The home at the top of the price chart features a pool just steps from the bay.

See northforker.com for full listings and photos of all the houses.

02/10/14 11:12am
02/10/2014 11:12 AM
Champian Fulton performs at Clovis Point Winery in Jamesport | Katharine Schroeder photo

Champian Fulton performs at Clovis Point Winery in Jamesport | Katharine Schroeder photo

Slushy remnants from recent snowfalls didn’t stop hundreds of people from packing East End wineries and performing arts centers for Long Island Winterfest’s Live on the Vine kickoff weekend — and attendance is expected to improve once the snow melts, festival co-organizer Pat Snyder said Monday. (more…)

02/07/14 2:24pm
02/07/2014 2:24 PM
JOSEPH PINCIARIO PHOTO | The Radio Shack  in the King Kullen shopping center Wednesday.

JOSEPH PINCIARIO PHOTO | The Radio Shack in the King Kullen shopping center Wednesday.

In a story that has so far been unconfirmed by the electronics company, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week RadioShack plans to close 500 of its 4,500 stores as part of a restructuring move.

If substantiated, it’s unclear whether the electronic store’s three locations on the North Fork — Route 25a in Wading River, Route 58 in Riverhead and Main Road in Mattituck — will be affected.

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02/06/14 2:20pm
02/06/2014 2:20 PM

deli_houseThere are five open houses scheduled for the North Fork this weekend.

We can give you a sneak preview.

The weekend’s crop includes a two-story house that once held a speakeasy during Prohibition, but the building was probably best known to longtime Greenport residents as the location of Rouse’s Delicatessen.

See northforker.com for full listings and photos of all the houses.

02/04/14 10:53am
02/04/2014 10:53 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | The Fresh Air Fund is looking for volunteers to host urban children this summer to help provide a summer experience, such as visiting the beach in South Jamesport.

Live on the North Fork and want to make a difference this year? Your backyard and the region’s starry sky could be just the ticket when it comes to making this summer unforgettable for a New York City child. (more…)

01/28/14 3:23pm
01/28/2014 3:23 PM
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IMAGE

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IMAGE

Up to four inches of snow might fall on the North Fork late tonight and early tomorrow, according to National Weather Service predictions.

“We’re expecting two to four inches of snow on the twin forks of Long Island starting after midnight and into tomorrow morning,” NWS meteorologist David Stark said.

The snowfall, he said, will be light, powdery and dry — not heavy, like last week’s snowstorm that dumped nearly a foot of snow across the region. Although warmer temperatures yesterday helped melt some of the remains of that storm, below-freezing temperatures are expected to remain until Friday.

A Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued today by the NWS for southeast New York, southern Connecticut and northeast New Jersey.

To read the full report, click here.

ryoung@timesreview.com