11/25/17 3:00pm
PETER REICH PHOTO A water-colored dawn.

PETER REICH PHOTO A water-colored dawn.

Suffolk County government has, at long last, embraced the “advanced” wastewater treatment systems that remove substantial amounts of nitrogen that leach from traditional cesspools. (more…)

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09/08/17 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

Ban the phones
To the Editor:
I am a retired teacher who taught at the Shelter Island School from 1976 until 2015.

There have been many changes at the school over the years that have reflected the times. When I started working at the school, all the doors were open for students, staff, parents and visitors, but several years ago the doors were locked, and a secured entrance was established to protect the children. This was inconvenient yet needed. (more…)

03/11/17 8:00am
BEVERELA WALZ Scallopers on Coecles Harbor.

BEVERELA WALZ Scallopers on Coecles Harbor.

The Town of East Hampton is moving ahead with a program to provide financial assistance to homeowners and businesses to upgrade their cesspool systems with new technology that drastically reduces nitrogen discharges.

It’s a program that should be countywide, and could be through a bill authored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag harbor). (more…)

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05/09/16 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Jane Richards  picking up garbage at Mashomack  a year ago as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. More than 180 plastic pieces were collected, many from plastic bags.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Jane Richards picking up garbage at Mashomack last year as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. More than 180 plastic pieces were collected, many from plastic bags.

Suffolk County residents hoping for a decision regarding a proposed ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores across the county will have to keep waiting.

During a May 5 meeting at the County Center in Riverside, the Suffolk County Legislature Health Committee voted unanimously to table a resolution on the bill, which was introduced in early March, but has not come to a vote. (more…)

02/06/16 9:00am
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO

“We need to look with an overall perspective of how toxic chemicals affect everything — not just one nuisance,” Suffolk Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai) said.

Ms. Anker has been a minority voice on the Suffolk County Legislature regarding an especially toxic chemical called methoprene that the Suffolk Division of Vector Control has been using widely and enthusiastically to kill mosquitoes. States, including neighboring Connecticut, and municipalities all over the United States have banned the use of methoprene. (more…)