Inmate-built flowerbeds to be delivered downtown Friday

05/12/2011 2:14 PM |

Downtown’s new community garden is getting some help from an unlikely source — the county jail.

At 11 a.m. Friday, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco will be overseeing the delivery of several raised flower beds, built by inmates in the jail’s apprentice program, to the River & Roots community garden on West Main Street.

“The jail’s Vocational Training Program was established as a tool to reduce inmate recidivism in our communities,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office announcing the event. “These frames will allow families to plant, grow and maintain gardens and flowers along the Peconic River Waterfront in Riverhead.”

The garden is currently under construction on a town-owned plot just south of West Main Street and Griffing Avenue.



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  • Those flower beds must look pretty amazing to be able to get that much attention. I wonder how the flower beds looked like, and how those inmates took care of them. I hope I can see some of the pictures soon.

    Aaliyah Aldaco

  • To James Gaughran, Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman,

    In your letter you made the duplicity of Suffolk County Water Authority express.

    You wrote that “the quality of the groundwater Suffolk residents depend on for their drinking water”. And then you wrote that “it’s also important for Suffolk residents to understand the distinction between groundwater and the water that comes out of your tap.”

    In the real world, “the water that comes out of your tap” is groundwater.

    Your statements that you “look forward to offering our thoughts on how best to protect our groundwater” and that you ~”will take whatever steps are necessary to make sure that the water we provide is some of the best drinking water in the country” imply that you are not taking, and will not take, the steps necessary to protect our groundwater.

    As a public authority your responsibility is not only to your customers, it is to the general public. Apparently you think the North Fork is no different from the rest of Suffolk County. Some North Fork residents still live in the natural environment, not in a false fantasy world created by humans. The water that comes out of my tap comes out of my well.

    SCWA tests, treats and profits from delivering groundwater to the taps of customers. By claiming that there is a guaranteed unlimited supply of “some of the best drinking water in the country” on Long Island SCWA is violating its authority.

  • greenport to inforce code????? what a concept, its what ive been complaining about from day one !!!! its only enforced on those not conected if you have any doubt just look at the kaplan market and the other two propertys the gordons own in our village.all have been ilegaly altered in major ways without variences or permits and all have valid complaints attached but they have never been violated and according to abateli and wingate they never will because both know that if they did they stand a 98% chance of going to jail, they have screwed up so bad that they are now held hostage by out of town slum lords who make no bones about turning on thier benifacters if they ever dare to do the job the real CITIZENS of greenport pay them to do. once they are removed you will see changes

  • Should issues related to the personal life of public officials and candidates for public office be “off limits”?

    It depends on whether the issue affects the way that person conducts business or might carry out their duties and functions.

    Why the double standard?

    Why is the leave of absence from office of Supervisor Russel off limits? Why didn’t anyone publically question the incomplete and irrational explanation presented by Supervisor Russell?

    Please don’t reply if you do not have anything relevant to say.

  • the only way code will be inforced is abatelli and wingate must go!!!!!!!! so long as these two morons ignore code it wont happen see if you can pass code they will make sure you do but if like the kaplan ave market that cant they will not apply it, to date wingate has tried to allow the gordons to keep some of the ilegal work on the premise that unless he is given brakes and allowed to break the contract the village made with all of u :ie code, then they will not apply said code. for proof look at the market it was ordered shut by the health department and the state. her anwer was to threaten me if i did not shut up! get used to it she i a liar and she take bribes dont take my word for it check the record and i thats to hard come to my house i will show you what im talking about because the building i eentialy a stone bldg it is litteraly written in stone. the market was suposedly in contract a fewmonth back and she warned us not to mess with the new owner cause we would not like to piss him off!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 this was the same asshole that was busted for pulling a gun to mugg someone by the school.this is why i will not stop see i will make sure what i went through no one else goe through but she is doing all she can to bail the gordons out of the mess they made for them selves and now she thinks if a new owner buys it we will have to wave code. that will not happen on my block. and to be honest i am now going after ms 13 members and will continue to do so so long as she breaths my air, so this is only now gonna get interesting. wingate is a liar and a felon that has over stepped her welcome in my country, smarten up or she will kill your property value for no other reason then she thinks she is almighty. one advantage you have now is you can contact me for paper work your lawyer will need to end this bull s@#it your only other option is she and abatelli will drag it out for years to see if you will fold. again so long as that whore breaths i will never stop and i will continue to go after any code breakers includeing the b&b sdo yes i shut the nmarket down and destroyed the owners marraige and all his up island holdings oh and the reason his wife divorced him and won all was she specificly used his actions along with wingate and abatelli and kapell to try and force us into signing my drive way over to him because with out that easement the bldg is less then useless she needs to be either in a prison cell or grave. end of convo

  • plus if and whan the market gets back in front of a supreme court judge she will go to jail that is the only reason she now wont violate yhe bldg it was before the court 3 years ago and both her and gordon ignored the court order this is what we pay for, she must and will go and one last point be very careful when you deal with abatelli he pisssed himself the last time we had a run in while it is amusing his standerd answer to his crime is to try and blame you and a draft dodger can never be trusted especialy when they make up family members that are in the military only problem is he has no one in the military. again something i have had to live through only our police dep. is now onto this ploy but for warned is for armed you are at the start of your trail it will get worse before it gets better

  • and yes any gang member should know you are mine period so long as these two breath my air me and the cops and i.n.s. are going to get you. if you kill herm it will be a great service but also a crime that will put you in jail so i am not advocateing thier demise but just spelling out the facts and the reason i am takeing this track is she new about the house that that kid whos bodey was found on the l.i.e she alo knew that thier was gang involvement but ssaid nothing hence a dead body was found so she wants to play with animals like this she will git what she deserves.and until you wake up you are at her mercy which according to that kid that was beaten to death can only prove you are screwed so long as she breaths

  • Wow, what happened here this week, too much time in the sun, overly damp? Has to be something…. 😉

  • u hit it right on the head!!!!! wingate has actualy said he is the law in this village and she decides!! in those exact words