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01/14/19 4:30pm

TARA SMITH PHOTO County Executive Steve Bellone was among the elected officials on hand to celebrate the official opening of the outpatient clinic.

When Anton DeMartino left the Army in the 1960s, he never could have imagined a time when veterans were welcomed home, cared for and embraced. (more…)

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01/23/18 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Officials participating in the January 20 clean water forum at the school auditorium. From left, seated, Deputy Suffolk County Deputy Executive   Peter Scully, Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board Chairman Mark Mobius,Town Engineer John Cronin. Standing, form left,  Brokerage Manager Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty Catherine Debackere, Mashomack Preserve Director Jeremy Samuelson.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Officials participating in the January 20 clean water forum at the school auditorium. From left, seated, Deputy Suffolk County Deputy Executive Peter Scully, Water Quality Improvement Projects Advisory Board Chairman Mark Mobius and Town Engineer John Cronin. Standing, from left, Brokerage Manager Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty Catherine Debackere and Mashomack Preserve Director Jeremy Samuelson.

Some 30 people attended a January 20 community forum on Shelter Island water quality in the school auditorium. It was the second in a series sponsored by Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International realty and the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve. (more…)

12/10/17 3:00pm

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The Long Island Commission for Aquifer Protection will hold a meeting next week to consider a “Draft Groundwater Management Plan.” It’s a massive — 321 pages — and major element involving what I’ve been writing about in this space for the past two weeks: the water crisis. (more…)

07/23/17 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor. Executive Director Cara Loriz addressed the Irrigation Committee on the Manor farm's methods.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Farmers at work at Sylvester Manor.

“America has been losing over 40 acres of farmland every hour to development,” said the letter I recently received from the American Farmland Trust. “This land — the most fertile soil in the world — is irreplaceable and urgently needed to grow food. It’s a national disgrace on a catastrophic scale.”

With the letter was an American Farmland Trust bumper sticker: “No Farms No Food.” (more…)