02/22/15 5:00am
02/22/2015 5:00 AM

To the editor:

I cannot be more proud of the fine young men and women who so eloquently spoke up at the Feb. 10 Riverhead school board meeting regarding the district’s unfortunate cost-saving decision to reduce the high school academic day from nine periods to eight. The purported rationale for the change — too many students taking too many study halls — was extremely weak.  (more…)

02/20/15 7:00am
02/20/2015 7:00 AM
Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Jan. 21. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)

Governor Cuomo giving his State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany Jan. 21. (Credit: Courtesy Flickr photo)

The rushed rollout of the Common Core State Standards under Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the 2012-13 school year set off alarm bells in school hallways and living rooms across the state. All of a sudden, teachers and parents in New York were being told that well over half of the student population had failed to make the grade based on the new Common Core-aligned math and ELA state assessments.  (more…)

02/19/15 7:00am
02/19/2015 7:00 AM

To the editor:

The Feb. 12 editorial stated in its headline “We can’t arrest our way out of a gang problem.” You’re partly right, but the problem is not arrests, it’s convictions and incarceration. Less love and more locks. Your article notes that drug and weapons defendant Darius Strong recently got off parole. (more…)

02/15/15 7:00am
02/15/2015 7:00 AM

The advantages (or disadvantages) of social media include experiencing the sentiments of people in places where you once lived. I’m in Maine now, but in the last month I’ve experienced the devastation of my former friends and family back home on the North Fork. The feelings on the above-average snowfall have turned from fleeting enjoyment to abject horror. I’ve watched and listened with a particular interest as a person to whom several feet of snow has become not only normal, but a source of pure enjoyment.

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02/14/15 10:00am
02/14/2015 10:00 AM
George and John Giannaris at the renovated bar last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

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.

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02/13/15 7:00am
02/13/2015 7:00 AM

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…)

02/07/15 8:00am
02/07/2015 8:00 AM

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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…)

02/01/15 7:00am
02/01/2015 7:00 AM
A car is buried in snow in Orient Tuesday. (Credit: Troy Gustavson)

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…)