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Housing Crisis

Southampton Community Housing Debated

Amidst the celebration among community housing advocates the passage of new Community Housing Funds in four of the five East End towns on November’s ballot, Southampton Town has spent the past two months fielding public comments on three separate housing proposals that show there is still public outreach needed for affordable housing to gain a foothold in the community.

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East End


Unsilencing "The Quiet Epidemic"

East Enders have become accustomed to seeing Lyme disease as a distinctly local issue, due to the area’s high concentration of Lyme patients and its proximity to the place the disease was first documented in the mid-1970s.

But the U.S. Centers of Disease Control has recently acknowledged estimates that as many as 476,000 people in this country may get Lyme disease each year, across a broad swath of states in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest. 

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East End

Peconic Bathtub

Citizen Scientists Plan To Document Riverside Waterways

The Long Island Science Center and the Flanders, Riverside & Northampton Community Association are teaming up for a citizen science program sampling the water and air around their community. 

There are several lakes and ponds in this community, which has historically been known for the economically depressed commercial district around the Riverside traffic circle and not for its natural habitats.

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North Fork


Peconic Community School Plans to Grow in Cutchogue

Twelve years ago, the Peconic Community School, driven by a mission to cultivate compassionate and creative learners, opened its doors with nine students in a room at the East End Arts School in Riverhead. The next year, with 27 students, it moved into its current rented space at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue. The school continued to steadily grow until Covid hit, and then suddenly its phone was ringing off the hook with parents looking for innovative educational solutions for their kids. By the end of the first pandemic year, they had 100 students but still had not found a permanent home.

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