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A Joyful Send-off for Congressman Otis Pike

When Riverhead lawyer Otis Pike went to Washington to represent the First Congressional District in 1961, he quickly made a name for himself as a quick-witted, straight-talking man, who knew how to use humor to his advantage in overcoming the most solemn occasions.

When Mr. Pike’s family gathered at Riverhead’s First Congregational Church Saturday morning to memorialize the congressman’s life, five months after his death in January, they were determined not to let the solemnity of the occasion overwhelm the fact that their friend, father and countryman had lived his life to the fullest. Read More...


A Poet and a Painter, In the Reflecting Forest

When artists of any type cross the boundary from their chosen discipline to another art form, they enter a new dimension that can’t help but expand their creative ideas. Such was the case when North Fork poet LB Thompson and painter and printmaker Ellen Wiener first began their collaboration, <Forest Mirror> <Ink Page>, which opens this weekend at Art Sites in Riverhead.  Read more...


Surviving Your First Spelling Bee

We were all pretty gosh-darn nervous, sitting up there on the stage at the Jamesport Meeting House Friday night, waiting to hear the words we were about to spell. There were 24 of us. Some of us were doctors and lawyers and ex-town supervisors. Some were community activists. Some had Ph.Ds. There were eighth graders (who presumably know more about spelling than the rest of us) and a student in Jeff “Doc” Greenberger’s Latin class at Riverhead High School.  Read more...

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Zeldin and Demos Pummel Each Other

Two familiar Republican congressional hopefuls hope to grab the attention of the East End over the next few weeks, as they duke it out in a primary race for the Republican nomination to run against incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop this November.   Read more...


Lawmakers Want Copters to Round Orient Point

By many accounts, the North Shore over-water helicopter fly route instituted by the FAA two years ago has not been very helpful to folks up on the North Fork, on Shelter Island and in Sag Harbor and Noyac, who have born the brunt of traffic as it deviates from that route on the approach to the East Hampton Airport.  Read more...


Report: East End in Critical Need of Youth Services

East End kids are in dire need of jobs, suffering from depression and are facing highly inadequate mental health services, according to a new report prepared by a consortium of youth workers on the East End. The full draft report is online here. Read more...

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