03/06/19 2:00pm

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This week, Ms. Dempsey, reports on local whites from the front lines of the vineyards.

One of the best treats in these winter months is a visit to one of the many wineries that dot the north and south forks. This time of year, many of them are still open, and not busy with the tours and wedding parties of the summer. The staff can take the time to explain as much or as little as you’d like to know about the wine-making process while providing the opportunity to sample their wines.

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12/11/17 12:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The Long Island turnip served mashed with a whole roasted fish and caramelized onions.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | The Long Island turnip served mashed with a whole roasted fish and caramelized onions.

When 91-year-old Wanda Wittmeier passed away in May of 2014, she went out at the top of her game. The Modern Snack Bar, a diner she founded in 1950 in Aquebogue, managed by her sons John and Otto, had just been named one of the country’s 10 best, and her lemon meringue pie garnered similar honors.

Of all the dishes served by the Wittmeier family at their venerable restaurant on the Main Road, the old-school take on mashed turnips connects most directly to the food and the culture of Long Island. (more…)

10/14/15 2:00pm
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COURTESTY PHOTO

If you experience a medical emergency, you may not be able to tell first responders what health conditions you have or what medications you’re taking.

You may not be able to communicate at all. This can make the job of emergency medical technicians more difficult, potentially even putting your life at risk. (more…)

05/03/15 8:00am
KARL GROSSMAN

KARL GROSSMAN

And then there was one.

With the closing of the Chester Massey & Sons duck farm in Eastport at the end of last year, all that’s left of a Long Island industry, which in the 1950s consisted of more than 90 duck farms, is the Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue. (more…)

01/29/14 10:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Police Officer Anthony Rando, right,receives  a plaque from Police Chief Jim Read as Officer of the Year January 25 at the Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue.

COURTESY PHOTO
Police Officer Anthony Rando, right,receives a plaque from Police Chief Jim Read as Officer of the Year January 25 at the Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue.

Shelter Island Police Officer Anthony Rando was honored Friday as the department’s Officer of the Year for making an instinctive call that likely saved a local woman’s life. (more…)