06/13/18 2:00pm


Interested in the Great Outdoors? This Thursday, June 14th, Cindy Belt and Bethany Ortmann invite kids in grades pre-k through 4 to “Feeling Fishy,” a Town Recreation Department-sponsored program that encourages the exploration of the wildlife at Mashomack Nature Preserve. Children will be taken to Mashomack on the Recreation Bus after school and be picked up at the Mashomack Visitor Center. The program will cost $10. Register at (631) 749-0309.


10/08/17 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | During their visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida last spring, Poppy Johnson, her grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law came across a familiar name in an unexpected place.

COURTESY PHOTO | During their visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida last spring, Poppy Johnson, her grandchildren, son and daughter-in-law came across a familiar name in an unexpected place.

I thought I’d let my readers know that I sent the receipt (proving that I took the “safe driving class” I described last week) to my insurance company, and I received a check representing 10 percent of my premium for liability and collision coverage.

Pretty fast work. I am delighted. So sign up for the next class set for December 5. Just call Laurie at (631) 749-1059 to register.

Meanwhile, I thought I’d pass on some information I gathered from a piece in Newsday last Sunday called “When Generations Travel Together.” It’s by Treva Lind and originally appeared in The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. (more…)

07/19/17 4:30pm


If you are looking to have an off-Island adventure, look no further than the Shelter Island Library’s activity lineup this week. The library is hosting a field trip to the Southold Recreation Center for the “Erik’s Reptiles” program on Friday, July 21. (more…)

06/08/13 10:45am

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Two children read magazines at the Perry day care center Friday.

Citing ongoing financial woes, Greenport’s Perry Day Care Center may soon close its doors for good, according to director Joan Marie Cortez.

The center has enough money to cover operational costs for the next three to six months, she said, but its future beyond that is uncertain.

“Many local working parents and grandparents will find it very difficult to work if the center is forced to shut its doors,” Ms. Cortez said. “The center’s in a precarious financial situation. It’s getting scary.”

The nonprofit day care facility, which has served hundreds of Southold and Shelter Island children since it opened in 1992, is New York State-licensed and run by a volunteer board of directors. Its $180,000 annual budget covers the cost of supplies, food, building maintenance and salaries for five employees, all of whom hold certifications in child development.

The day care center’s financial status took a turn for the worse in 2010, when the state slashed its funding by roughly $10,000 a month, according to Ms. Cortez. By laying off staff, raising the price of programs and fundraising, the center has since managed to stay afloat.

With donations trailing off, however, the day care’s finances reached crisis level in November 2012, prompting the board of directors to meet with local politicians, including Greenport Mayor David Nyce, Southold Supervisor Scott Russell and representatives from the office of state Senator Ken La Valle (R-Port Jefferson) seeking assistance in trying to secure additional funding.

While Southold Town was able to obtain a $5,000 annual grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, most local municipalities were unable to help due to their own cutbacks, Ms. Cortez said.

Recently, the center applied for grants from private Long Island-based foundations, but Ms. Cortez said it needs the community’s help to stay in business.

“We have been very reliant upon the support of our local community,” she said. “Now more than ever we are counting on their compassion and generosity.”

The day care offers programs for preschoolers, toddlers and families. Each day, children participate in a variety of activities, ranging from music, art and story time to a host of age-appropriate and educational games. They are also served two meals day.

Contributions may be made to Perry Day Care Center, 612 Third St., Greenport, NY 11944 or online via PayPal at perrydaycare.org.

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