12/20/14 8:00am
12/20/2014 8:00 AM

Regarding editor Michael White’s “nephew effect” and its contribution to “white privilege,” I must not have the right uncles, since my white skin has had no beneficial effect when I’ve been ticketed for speeding or once nabbed for scalping tickets or once — most unfortunately — being arrested and charged with a felony. Mr. White uses subjective and anecdotal evidence to validate his own bias: that we whites are “unconscious” racists, oblivious to our “everyday white privilege.”  (more…)

12/12/14 7:00am
12/12/2014 7:00 AM
A school crossing sign near Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A school crossing sign near Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and the county’s legislators made the right call in backing off a planned camera and ticket program that was to be implemented next year in school zones across Suffolk. They did so after witnessing the uproar and outrage among those who live, work or regularly visit neighboring Nassau County.  (more…)

12/04/14 6:00am
12/04/2014 6:00 AM
The Meeting House Creek Inn in Aquebogue is seeking to expand its second floor, although not to add more seats. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Meeting House Creek Inn in Aquebogue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

To the editor:

In reading your editorial in last week’s edition of the News-Review, you end the article with the words “Phil’s Restaurant in Wading River will open a new location next year at Meeting House Creek in Aquebogue.”

Have all the permits been approved for that to happen? Actually, wasn’t that supposed to happen this past September, according to an article in your newspaper? Then you had to update your coverage, since during the last week before the scheduled closing of Meeting House Creek Inn, that restaurant’s owner signed another year-long lease.

Also, you have published an advertisement from the Jamesport Manor Inn as being “the only restaurant on the North Fork that is offering Sunday brunch.” This is just not true. Why do you totally ignore the Meetinghouse Creek Inn restaurant that is currently open in Aquebogue, and has remained open and has been offering a Sunday buffet brunch probably for most of their 20 plus years in operation? Why are they being ignored? I like the Meetinghouse Creek Inn, Tom, Leslie and their staff.

It’s a great local restaurant that offers good food and a friendly atmosphere. Let’s not rush them out of business.

Michelle Kropp, South Jamesport

11/29/14 8:00am
11/29/2014 8:00 AM
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Our woodlands are under attack. It’s not the first time. By 1750, loggers had removed nearly all trees and brush from Wading River to Southold. Action was taken. Laws were enacted. As a result, our woodlands came back. But unless steps are taken, and soon, the North Fork may once again experience a near total loss of our woodlands, which in turn will endanger not only wildlife but the protection of our land and our waters.  (more…)

11/22/14 8:00am
11/22/2014 8:00 AM
St. Anthony's High School rowers during the annual Snowflake Regatta, which this year made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

St. Anthony’s High School rowers during the annual Snowflake Regatta, which this year made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

My wife and I were at a local restaurant the other night. The family of four sitting next to us was finishing dessert when a busgirl, who appeared to be around 14 or 15, let a glass of water slip from her hand. It didn’t splash anybody and no one appeared to be hurt, but it was an inconvenience for a few of the surrounding tables as the water spread across the floor and needed to be cleaned up.

What surprised me most about the incident was how the mother at the table, who appeared to be in her 40s or 50s, reacted to the spill.  (more…)