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Suffolk Closeup: Farmers’ Victory

The lawsuit brought by the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, which would have crippled Suffolk County’s visionary and nationally heralded Farmland Preservation Program, is no more.

Point of View: Rising Up to Paradise

Coming from the Eastern End of Long Island, I thought I knew something about paradise and paradise lost. That being said, I found that New Year’s Eve on the North Shore of Kauai in Hawaii offered a glimpse of a paradise that was previously unimaginable.

Suffolk Closeup: Losing Students in an Unaffordable Region

I was unaware of a problem that is hitting most Suffolk schools hard — a declining number of students — until I was talking to a former college journalism student of mine.

Suffolk Closeup: The Nicotine Cabal

The nicotine cabal is hard at it, what with smoking tobacco having declined, promoting continued nicotine use by pushing electronic cigarettes and what’s called vaping.

Notes from the Field: Winter Walks and Wonderings

Carving a path for nature from one side of this island’s fork to the other is all very interesting, you say, but why am I talking to you about the swamp at a time of year when all its flora is naked and all its fauna is hunkering down for the winter?

Eye on Public Heath: A New Year’s Resolution We All Need

There is one resolution we should all be making that was nowhere to be found on the list: Detoxing.

Suffolk Closeup: The Race Is On … Kind Of … for County Executive

The leading political contest in Suffolk in 2019 will be the race for county executive, the top post in Suffolk County government.

On the Road: Pine Fresh Holidays…Feels Like Real Fir!

Welcome to the nights before Christmas, a time when most couples argue over how much to spend on already entitled children, which relatives to invite for the duration of the holiday break, or whether or not to bother sending greeting cards this year.

Home: Gertrude Katz ‘Happy to Be Home’

Mrs. Gertrude Katz welcomed me in with her warm smile and I was taken back to a time when life felt new and simple.

Point of View: Who’s Ready To Play

All over the world today there are kids waking up wondering whether they can play baseball. They’re wondering whether their field is okay and how many players are coming. I know, because I’m still one of those kids.

On the Road: California Dreamin’… and Real-Life Nightmares

Thousand Oaks became the site of the country’s latest massacre with 12 people gunned down at the Borderline Bar. Ironically, when I was 16, it was the first place I traveled on my own.

Spanish Influenza: We Still Aren’t Sure What Hit Us in 1918

Even the name, “Spanish Flu,” is a head fake.

Small Town Crank: Lost in the Madhouse

In his classic postmodern short story, “Lost in the Funhouse,” John Barth begins his tale with a simple question: “For whom is the funhouse fun?”

Column: Romanticizing Abuse

It is no secret that many famous relationships in novels, films, and music are glorified despite the abusive behaviors of the characters.

Home: Evie Ramunno Helps Those Who Call Sag Harbor Home

Evie Ramunno, the director of the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, was waiting for a delivery. “’Fresh is Best,’ is our motto,” she said as she walked me through the maze of refrigerators, freezers and shelves of carefully organized canned goods.

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Whales Have a Long Time To Wait for a Baseball Game

Pierson was granted a playoff exemption and will play a New York State Class C Southeast Regional Final on June 8 against a team from either Section I or Section IX.

S. Sgt. Edwin R. Bill: Tennessee Mountain Proved More Deadly Than 38 B-17 Missions

Memorial Day is about remembering those men and women who gave their lives for their country, including those whom time is beginning to erase from living memory.One was Edwin Woodruff Bill, a descendant of whaling captains on both sides of his family tree who was born and raised in Sag Harbor.