05/25/18 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | ‘Tis the season for burgers ... so get grilling!

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | ‘Tis the season for burgers … so get grilling!

Play ball!

Memorial Day is the opening pitch of the summer grilling season, time for me to step outside, heft the spatula and connect with an orb of ground beef.

If I’m doing it right, there will be smoke. Like playing baseball and spray painting wicker porch furniture, cooking hamburgers is an activity best done outdoors. (more…)

05/24/18 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

EVENTS

THURSDAY, MAY 24

Virtual Reality: HTC Vive, an after-school session for kids. 2:30 p.m., library. (631) 749-0042.

Mashomack Wildlife Explorers, for grades Pre-K to 4. “Birds of Spring”  with Cindy Belt and Bethany Ortmann. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Children taken to Mashomack on the Recreation bus after school. Pick up at Mashomack Visitor Center. Sponsored by the Town Recreation Department. Register at (631) 749-0309. (more…)

09/07/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO  |  Summer sunset seen from the Pridwin.

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,

Old time is still a-flying;

And this same flower that smiles today

Tomorrow will be dying.”

This first stanza of the poem “To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time” by 17th-century British poet Robert Herrick that comes to mind each year as I watch another summer end. (more…)

05/28/17 3:00pm
PETER WALDNER

PETER WALDNER

A few years ago a reporter from this paper on assignment to do a Memorial Day story, visited the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale where those who fought and died in America’s wars are buried.

He came upon Roberto Gonzalez, a Vietnam veteran and a caretaker of the cemetery, washing and polishing headstones, working alone in the aisles of white marble. Mr. Gonzalez said that when cleaning, “I like to do it by myself. Do it right.” (more…)

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06/01/16 12:00pm
ANNETTE HINKLE Dan Fokine munching on wild onions during a recent foraging expedition.

ANNETTE HINKLE Dan Fokine munching on wild onions during a recent foraging expedition.

With Memorial Day behind us, we can look forward to locally grown fruits and vegetables that will soon start populating local farm stands. But did you know that in addition to farm stands, there’s another way to get your greens?

Try eating weeds. (more…)