Garfield M. Langhorn Jr. was born in tiny Cumberland, Va., in the rural center of the state, an hour’s drive west of Richmond, the state capital. He grew up in Riverhead, part of a community of African Americans with roots in the South who came north for a better life, away from the institutionalized segregation and rigid rules that separated blacks from whites. READ
On April 20, 1979, a 13-year-old Smithtown boy named John Pius was found dead in a patch of woods behind an elementary school. His death had been remarkably cruel: He had been beaten, and stones the size of marbles had been shoved down his throat. He choked to death.
Among the Suffolk County Homicide Squad detectives whose work resulted in the arrests and convictions of four teenaged neighbors of the dead boy was Anthony Palumbo. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board has made a momentous and apparently irreversible decision to sell 1,600 acres of EPCAL land at a giveaway price to Calverton Aviation & Technology, completely controlled by the controversial Ghermezian family. The Coalition Against EPCAL Housing opposed that action on behalf of Riverhead’s neighborhood associations and environmental organizations. READ
The Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge occupies 187 beautiful acres on Peconic Bay in Noyack, on the South Fork. But an announcement went up on its website recently that the federally owned preserve is shuttered. If you go there to hike, you do so at your own risk. READ
The leading political contest in Suffolk in 2019 will be the race for county executive, the top post in Suffolk County government. READ
Every year at this time we devote our newspapers to celebrating people in our communities who are doing extraordinary things in their everyday lives and careers. READ
Just about every week in our print edition we publish a Paw Print cartoon from Shelter Island artist Peter Waldner. Here’s six of our favorite from last year. READ
At our house, Santa leaves fruit and nuts in the Christmas stockings.
We understand it’s because he has traveled all over the world, to places where oranges and coconuts and pecans and pomegranates grow, far away from our snowy world. (more…)