CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The male bumblebee (center) just watch as the workers buzz about.
Master beekeeper Chris Kelly of The Plantage in Mattituck has been teaching aspiring beekeepers the dos and don’ts of caring for bees for the past ten years. With over 40 years of experience, he has a lot of guidance to offer.
The past several years have been tough on the bees, and their keepers. Colony collapse, parasites and even pesticides are causing harmful effects, culminating into what some North Fork beekeepers said was the toughest season to date.
Luckily raised awareness of the difficulties bees have been facing has resulted in more people interested in becoming beekeepers.
But you do not necessarily have to become a beekeeper to help these little pollinators.
Mr. Kelly explains how to help feed the bees.
Robert Beaver, owner of the Frisky Oyster, created an absinthe mojito for his Greenport restaurant.
Robert Beaver, the 35-year-old executive chef and owner of The Frisky Oyster, unleashed the Green Fairy on the North Fork Valentine’s Day, when he began selling absinthe mojitos at his Greenport restaurant.
“Absinthe itself was intriguing to me because of the mystery of it,” Mr. Beaver said of the controversial liquor, which is rumored to cause hallucinations.
“It was first found in Switzerland and moved to France where it became popular among artists, which interested me because it was drank among the inner circles of writers and artists. It wasn’t widely known.”
The brand of absinthe carried at The Frisky Oyster, Absente, advertises itself on its website as the “first legal absinthe recipe in the U.S. since 1912.”
In addition to mojitos, Mr. Beaver said along with his wife Shannon, they developed an absinthe ice cream that is used to top one of their dessert items, a chocolate ginger cake.
Watch a video below of Mr. Beaver preparing one of their signature absinthe mojitos and pick up a copy of next week’s Suffolk Times for more on this story.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone in the moments before Sunday afternoon’s press conference.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone held a press conference at the county’s Office of Emergency Management Sunday afternoon.
You can watch the complete briefing below:
Times/Review Newsgroup teamed up with The Press News Group of Southampton to co-sponsor a 90-minute debate between Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Republican challenger Randy Altschuler of St. James at Bridgehampton High School tonight.
The first half of the debate focused on jobs and the economy. Press executive editor Joe Shaw served as moderator for the debate, which also included questions submitted by audience members.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Congressman Tim Bishop (left) and Republican Challenger Randy Altschuler on the stage at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall last month.
Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) filed a bill on Tuesday urging the county to go to court to seek a refund of about $12 million in MTA payroll taxes the county paid to the state over the past four years.
A similar resolution was submitted in Brookhaven Town by Councilman Dan Panico, who said that town is seeking a refund of about $917,000 from the MTA.
Mr. Romaine is also running for Brookhaven Town supervisor in November.
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico discuss plans for Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven to receive refunds from the former MTA payroll tax.