Long Island, with a centuries-long history of farming, has undergone an agricultural revolution in just a few decades, sparked in 1973 by a pair of pioneers in planting grapes for fine wine, Louisa and Alex Hargrave.
Ms. Hargrave in her wonderful book, “The Vineyard,” writes: “I was 25 and Alex was 27. With no farm experience and little life experience, we really didn’t think the vines would need much attention. Before we bought the farm in Cutchogue, neither one of us had grown so much as a vegetable garden … The idea of the vineyard at that point was still a fantasy whose only tangible basis in reality lay in the 10,000 rooted, grafted vines we had bought.” (more…)
50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
People were reading Jacqueline Susann’s novel, “Valley of the Dolls.” (more…)
TIM GANNON PHOTO Former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and former Suffolk County Planning Commission chairman David Calone at Tuesday’s debate at Southold High School.
The two candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for the First Congressional District seat in a primary argued over who has better job creation ideas during a debate held by the Southold Democratic Club Tuesday night at Southold High School. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | South Ferry executive Nicholas Morehead has been selected to represent Shelter Island on the Suffolk County Planning Commission.
County Executive Steve Bellone has tapped Nicholas Morehead, South Ferry’s chief operating officer, to represent Shelter Island on the Suffolk County Planning Commission. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, has yet to sign the bill authorizing a regional alliance.
In a county as populous and diverse as Suffolk, coordinating the planning efforts of towns and villages should be a priority — especially in the face of the myriad challenges the area faces.
Individual municipalities from Shelter Island to Huntington continue to confront issues involving water quality, affordable housing, the lack of high-paying jobs and the infrastructure needed to support future development. But these challenges also concern the region as a whole. So they must be addressed collaboratively as well. (more…)