New indoor accommodations at Wildwood State Park are now open to the public.
State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey held a press conference Monday afternoon announcing the opening of 10 new cottages that are now available to rent on the Wading River grounds. Until now, Wildwood only offered sites for tents and trailers. READ
At a candlelight vigil at Good Ground Park in Hampton Bays Saturday, those affected by the opioid epidemic gathered to share stories of the loved ones they’ve lost, their own struggles with addiction and the effect of an ongoing crisis.
These are their stories. READ
“What type of trouble did I get into? What type of trouble didn’t I get into,” said Shana Pippin of Riverhead. “I did petty larceny, stealing from stores and gas stations, pretty much stealing from anywhere I possibly could. And it was definitely to either sell stuff to get money for drugs or to trade things for drugs.”
But now Ms. Pippin says she hasn’t used drugs since Oct. 2016, and on Tuesday, she was one of seven people to graduate from the East End Regional Intervention Court, better known as “drug court.” READ
The Southampton Town Opioid Addiction Task Force will host a candlelight vigil Saturday night to remember those lost to the ongoing addiction crisis. READ
The owners of a former sand mine in Calverton must pay $5,000 in fines and $15,000 to the Long Island Groundwater Study under the terms of a consent order issued recently by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. READ
In the early morning of April 16, Mike Bottini received a call about a dead animal in the turning lane on Route 58 in Riverhead, between Pulaski Street and Osborn Avenue.
That animal turned out to be a river otter, a species once thought not to inhabit Long Island at all but which has been seen in the area increasingly in recent years. The dead animal in the road was as good an indication as any that the otters have indeed moved out to the North Fork. READ
The southern pine beetle has ripped across Long Island and is now a major threat to the Pine Barrens.
The Suffolk County Parks Department received three grants totaling $225,000 to tackle the problem in January 2017, but the threat continues to spread, officials said during a press conference at Hubbard County Park in Flanders. More than 20,000 trees have died as a result of the beetle across the county, officials said. READ
Group for the East End unveiled a website last Thursday that’s designed to get the public more engaged in conservation efforts. READ