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04/20/15 8:00am
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A rare and potentially fatal tick-borne illness is becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the Northeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control. (more…)

04/16/15 2:00pm
JOSEPH PINCIARO PHOTO |Reporter Cyndi Murray makes a sour face while biting into a lime outside the newsroom last Thursday.

JOSEPH PINCIARO PHOTO |Reporter Cyndi Murray makes a sour face while biting into a lime outside the newsroom last Thursday.

Chances are if you don’t have Lyme disease you know someone who does.

Taking the necessary steps to prevent tick bites when you venture into the great outdoors becomes second nature here when the weather warms up. We all know the drill — wear light clothing, tuck your pants into your socks, conduct full-body checks for ticks after a day in the park, etc. Or just avoid wooded areas all together. (more…)

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04/06/15 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A look at government's actions to ensure clean water for the East End.

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CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A look at government’s actions to ensure clean water for the East End.

 Several million dollars in the state’s newly passed $142 budget has been allocated to fund water quality initiatives across New York State, including two projects on Long Island.

Here is a breakdown of water quality initiatives supported in the 2015-16 state spending plan:

NITROGEN MITIGATION

What’s going on?

The state budget includes $5 million in funding to create The Long Island Nitrogen and Mitigation Plan, a comprehensive strategy for mitigating nitrogen pollution in Suffolk and Nassau county waterways.

Why is it needed? (more…)

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03/31/15 10:00am
 CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO  Island scallopers heading out from Congdon Creek at sunrise last November.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Island scallopers heading out from Congdon Creek at sunrise last November.

There’s a silver lining to the prolonged winter for local fishermen and seafood lovers: Bay scallop season has been extended an extra month to help area fishermen recoup losses contributed to the brutally cold weather.

Drastically low temperatures caused East End water bodies to ice over for more than a month of the regular bay scallop season, preventing fishermen from harvesting in Peconic Bays since early February. (more…)