George and John Giannaris at the renovated bar last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
Friday, Jan. 30, was an important date in the life of the North Fork. No, it wasn’t Groundhog Day, and it wasn’t the date of another Big Snow Storm. It was the seasonal reopening of the Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion, and the former Joan Giger Walker and I were privileged to be there for the occasion.
To the editor:
Regarding the recent downfall of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver highlighted in last week’s editorial and the lack of disclosure on the part of some of our local elected officials, there seems to be one common thread: They are all lawyers or connected to legal firms.
Ever needed, worked with or been set upon by an attorney? (more…)
It happened again last month. Jack McGreevy sent a letter to the editor and we received several angry responses.
Mr. McGreevy has developed a reputation as this newspaper’s most polarizing letter writer.
The Mattituck man has his opinions on a wide variety of topics, some of which, particularly his views on marriage, have been known to offend many, myself included. (more…)
A car is buried in snow in Orient Tuesday. (Credit: Troy Gustavson)
You kids today have no idea how easy you have it. That, in a nugget, is the first thought that comes to mind as I contemplate “The Blizzard of 2015.”
You call this a “blizzard?” I’ll tell you about a blizzard: “The Blizzard of ’78.” No, not 1878 — 1978! When men were men and blizzards were, uh, blizzards. (more…)
To the editor:
Diane Ravitch posted a link to the Times/Review Guest Spot by Superintendent Steven Cohen. The Ravitch blog has 17,000,000 views across the world so the report has reached a large audience, including people like me, in Ohio. (more…)
Closing public areas to members of the public is a drastic measure reserved for drastic times.
And with the advantage of hindsight, the decision by our elected leaders to enact travel bans and reserve the roads for emergency personnel — at least on Long Island — was without a doubt the right call to make. (more…)
The Summerwind Square affordable rental building in downtown Riverhead opened Nov. 1, 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Re: Last week’s story about Summerwind operating without permits.
The story is much deeper than the headline reads. My wife, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, has always been the one to work toward doing the right thing. When she found out the rental permits for the building that she is a partner in were not taken out, she urged her partners to get them, which they did. (more…)
Ioanna and Manolis Kavvadias cooking up vegetables for soup Friday morning at Greek Bites Grill in Mattituck. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
I’m a sandwich man.
Whether it’s ham and cheese, a hamburger, pulled pork or a lamb gyro, I’m often happier at lunch than I am at dinner.
Even when I’m out to dinner, I find myself ordering from the restaurant’s sandwich menu. Sometimes my fellow diners take this as a signal that we’re all supposed to order burgers or chicken sandwiches instead of entrées to save money on the total dinner bill. Not true. (more…)