03/24/17 2:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO A male wood duck in his spring finery

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO A male wood duck in his spring finery

The forecaster’s last two snow predictions were wrong  even though it still felt that winter, like a gloomy houseguest, had moved in for good. But spring has sprung, at least according to the calendar, arriving on Monday.

How soon we forget that spring  is, among other things, the season that requires patience to appreciate. (more…)

03/09/17 2:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The public meeting room of Town Hall.

A reset to civility
It was an encouraging sign that there was no return Tuesday to the bitterness and childish behavior that was witnessed in the Town Hall meeting room a week ago. (more…)

03/03/17 10:00am
TIMES REVIEW PHOTO Demonstrators on Main Street in Riverhead recently demanding a face-to-face town hall meeting with Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).

TIMES REVIEW PHOTO Demonstrators on Main Street in Riverhead recently demanding a face-to-face town hall meeting with Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).

Recently, one New York congressman spent about five hours hosting a pair of town hall meetings in his district. Another took to Facebook to explain why he has no interest in holding such an event. (more…)

02/24/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Boiling over

“Threats.” “Collusion.” “Hate speech.”

This is some of the language being used as the Town Board prepares to draft and vote on legislation to regualte homeowners who rent their properties for short-term stays.

It gets worse, with particularly vile, unsubstantiated accusations being aired, but won’t be repeated here because there’s no profit in throwing gasoline on a dumpster fire. (more…)