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DEC Begins Taking Down Trees To Control Pine Beetles

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has begun its efforts to suppress a newSouthern Pine Beetle infestation on Long Island in the Henry’s Hollow woods near Hampton Bays.

Henry’s Hollow is an extensive area of forested state land stretching from Bellows Pond Road south of Sunrise Highway, north of The Pines development and Munn’s Pond, and west towards The Hills in East Quogue. 

The infestation was first noticed in the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley, Connetquot River State Park in Oakdale, and the Henry’s Hollow Pine Barrens State Forest last fall, when trees began displaying the telltale signs of beetle infestation  Read More...


New Effort Afoot to Preserve Pyrrhus Concer Homestead

A new effort is afoot to preserve the homestead of Pyrrhus Concer, born a slave in Southampton in 1814, who later in life was an intrepid, world-traveling whaler. After years of legal battles, owners David Hermer and Silvia Campo took down...   Read more...

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A Dozen Acts We Wish Were Playing in WinterFest


By all accounts, the lineup for this year’s Winterfest series of concerts on the North Fork promises to be an entertaining one. We would like to propose that entertainment is not the only purpose of music. If music is a language, it should say something.  Read more..

Sag Harbor Gets Ready for HarborFrost


Now in its fifth year, HarborFrost is an ice sculpting and fireworks spectacular staged in Sag Harbor over one magical weekend in February. This year, HarborFrost will be held Feb. 27 through March 1. The full list of activities is here:  Read more...

The Deep Freeze

These are days
about which
lovers dread
or dream
icicles drip
from the signpost

First & Main
to the right,
safety, the schoolhouse,
sun porches, wood heat
to the left,
the open harbor

Riverhead Schools Celebrate Black History Month


Students in the Riverhead School District gathered in the high school auditorium last Thursday night for their annual celebration of Black History Month. The evening was filled with songs and poetry, speeches and personal reflections on the hopes and dreams of Riverhead students.  Read more...

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