08/13/14 8:00am
08/13/2014 8:00 AM
Rust tide. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Rust tide, a harmful algal bloom, has been detected at East Creek in South Jamesport. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

For the first time this season, rust tide has been detected in the Peconic Estuary, experts confirmed Tuesday.

Chris Gobler, a marine biologist at Stony Brook University and leader of the Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance, said the harmful algal bloom has been detected in East Creek, on the north side of Flanders Bay in South Jamesport. (more…)

07/10/14 8:00am
07/10/2014 8:00 AM
South Jamesport resident Raymond Janis has lived on Tuts Lane for 47 years. "Leave it just the way it is," he said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

South Jamesport resident Raymond Janis has lived on Tuts Lane for 47 years. “Leave it just the way it is,” he said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The United States Postal Service — which derives all of its revenue from the sale of its products and services — has lost $26 billion over the last three years.

In an effort to stop the bleeding, it has consolidated 141 mail processing facilities nationwide over the last two years, saving nearly $900 million and laying off no employees in the process. (more…)

07/08/14 12:00pm
07/08/2014 12:00 PM
The South Jamesport Post Office at 70 Second Street could be in for some changes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The South Jamesport Post Office at 70 Second Street could be in for some changes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The smallest post office on all of Long Island may undergo some cost-reducing changes initiated by the United States Postal Service.

A survey sent last month by the USPS  gave South Jamesport residents four options in regards to the future operations of their beloved 400-box post office.  (more…)

09/26/13 10:30pm
09/26/2013 10:30 PM


Police said a drunken 37-year-old man kicked in the front door of a South Jamesport home Thursday afternoon and swiped items from a pocketbook inside before driving off in a white van and crashing into a pole and fleeing on foot.

Officers caught Aaron Hallock, of Green Street in South Jamesport, after a brief foot pursuit, authorities said.

He was arrested and charged with burglary, felony DWI and leaving the scene of a crash.

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06/11/13 8:00am
06/11/2013 8:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead police officer Tim Murphy outside the town's police headquarters on Howell Avenue.

A brazen kidnapping in broad daylight, a handgun, and ransom demands.

It all unfolded at a Jamesport gas station Saturday afternoon, two South Jamesport residents told police.

But if it sounds too far-fetched to be true, that’s because it was all a hoax.

Riverhead Town police say the abduction report  made Saturday afternoon was just a tale, and now the supposed abductee and a woman both face misdemeanor false reporting charges.

The story began to unravel almost as soon as it started at the American Gas station on Main Road about 5 p.m. Saturday, after a woman called police to report a kidnapping.

The intial caller — a third party to the hoax who was not arrested — told police Josephine Minerbo, 29, of South Jamesport had just told her Joshua Georges, 31, had been kidnapped, according to police reports.

After arriving at the station, police located Ms. Minerbo and questioned her about the incident. She told police she had been driving in a car on Main Road while Mr. Georges was driving another car. Mr. Georges had stopped to pump gas at the station, she said, but as he was pumping was approached by a black man, who lifted up his shirt to reveal a handgun, according to a police report.

The man then took Mr. Georges into another vehicle and drove off, heading west on Main Road, Ms. Minerbo told police.

Ms. Minerbo said she received a call a few moments later from two men who demanded she give them money in exchange for Mr. Georges’ safety.

But after further questioning by police officers, Ms. Minerbo revealed she and Mr. Georges had made the incident up, and that Mr. Georges was safe waiting in a house down the street.

Police arrested both Ms. Minerbo and Mr. Georges, and charged them with third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class “A” misdemeanor.

The motive for the hoax had not yet been determined, police said Monday.

Mr. Georges was arraigned before Justice Richard Ehlers in Riverhead Town Justice Court Monday and released on $250 bail, court officials said. He is due back in court on July 9.

Ms. Minerbo was given an appearance ticket and is due back in court on June 25 to be arraigned, court officials said.

She declined to comment about the incident Tuesday morning.

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Correction: An earlier version of this story cited court officials stating Mr. Georges was being held on $250 bail. Court officials have since confirmed Mr. Georges posted bail Monday.

05/29/13 10:00am
05/29/2013 10:00 AM

A 49-year-old South Jamesport man was arrested on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge after a car crash Tuesday night in Southold, police said.

John Nordin was arrested about 9:45 p.m. after the accident on Main Road, Southold police said.

Information on the car crash was not immediately available.



04/12/13 1:00pm
04/12/2013 1:00 PM
South Jamesport house before ZBA

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Neighbors say replacing this structure with a much larger one on Dunlookin Lane in South Jamesport will impede views and cause adverse flooding affects.

A proposal to replace a South Jamesport bayfront house with one that is more than 5,000 square feet has run into opposition from neighbors.

Karen Caputo is seeking Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals variances to allow the new house on 49 Dunlookin Lane to be five feet higher than zoning allows — and to have a front yard that is only 19 feet from the road, instead of the required 50 feet.

Ms. Caputo bought the house last year for $1.5 million.

But neighbors say the new house will block their view of the water and will potentially increase flooding in a flood-prone area.

They also say the proposed new house will be longer than any building in the neighborhood, including the Jamesport Community Center and the Motel by the Bay.

Ms. Caputo is seeking to replace the existing, one-story house with a new, two-and-a-half story house that will have an attached one-and-a-half story wing to the east, and a two-story garage wing to the west, according to Garrett Strang, her architect.

The house would be build on a two-third acre lot.

Mr. Strang said at Thursday night’s ZBA hearing on the proposal the only reason the proposed house is so long is because the lot isn’t very deep. And, he said, the proposed 19-foot setback is to allow an open-air set of steps to the house.

The height variance is needed because the house sits right on the beach, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new base flood elevation requirement that requires the first floor of houses in flood zones to be two feet above the base flood elevation, he said. In this case, the base flood elevation is six feet.

But since the existing structure had several inches of flooding during Hurricane Sandy, Mr. Strang said the property owner is proposing the first floor be 11 feet above base flood elevation.

“The difference is what is driving the increased building height, as I must protect my client’s best interests,” Mr. Strang said at the meeting.

Marianne Rufrano, who lives across the street, believes the increased building footprint and higher elevation will lead to more flooding of neighboring properties.

Dunlookin Lane and Second Street in South Jamesport already have problems with flooding, even before Hurricane Sandy, she said.

“We do have excessive flooding with heavy rains and nor’easters that come through that area,” Ms. Rufrano said.

She urged the ZBA members not to make any decisions until they study the impact such a new house would have on the neighborhood.

Mr. Strang said the house must be designed so water flows underneath it, so it may be built on stilts or some other method to raise it.

“If anything, it will help matters a little bit,” he said.

“This is a house that is three times larger than anything here,” said James Hayes, who owns a house nearby. “It will change the character of the neighborhood.”

A letter written to the ZBA by Walter Peters and read by area civic leader Georgette Keller said the new house would be “three-and-a-half times” the size of the longest house on Dunlookin Lane and would be “out of step with the modest and traditional beach homes” there.

“We were worried 15 years ago about the size of the Madonna house, that’s nothing compared to this,” Ms. Keller added, alluding to a house built by Bruce Madonna on Second Street and South Jamesport Avenue.

ZBA member Otto Wittmeier said that of the 5,600 square feet the proposed house measures at, about 1,840 square feet of that is for decks.

Larry Simms, another civic leader, also of Dunlookin Lane, said the length of the roof on the proposed house would be about 156 feet, making it longer than the Motel on the Bay (113 feet) and the George Young Community Center (100 feet).

“We’re going to be walking more than half the length of a football field before we see water again,” Mr .Simms said of passing neighbors. “Anyone that thinks that doesn’t change the character of the entire community, I think, is probably mistaken.”

ZBA member Leroy Barnes, a former town building department head, said that under zoning, Ms. Caputo has a right to build a 5,050-square-foot house, and that the only thing before the ZBA is the variance requests.

As for flooding, he said, “I don’t believe there’s anything you’re going to do about flooding. It’s part of being in that area. It’s a flood zone and it’s going to happen, no matter what.”

ZBA members asked Mr. Strang to come back with more information, such as building elevation drawings. Mr. Strang said he hadn’t done those because he wanted to know first whether the ZBA would allow the proposed variances.

“The intention here is not to become a sore thumb to the neighbors,” Mr. Strang said. “The intention is to be friendly to the neighbors.”

The ZBA adjurned the hearing until April 25.

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