01/31/15 5:05pm
Red-tailed hawk. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Chris Paparo)

Red-tailed hawk. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Chris Paparo)

Mario Didomenico of Hampton Bays still gets an adrenaline rush every time he goes on a hunt with his falcons and hawks — even after 30 years as a master-class falconer.

“I think it’s the pinnacle of outdoor activities where you can take a wild bird and train it into a hunting partner,” he said. (more…)

01/31/15 11:00am
Mattituck native Christina Halliday, second from left, sings vocals for Philly-based band Sheer Mag. The group is featured in Rolling Stone's "10 Artists You Need to Know Now: January 2015" article. (Credit: Courtesy)

Mattituck native Christina Halliday, second from left, sings vocals for Philly-based band Sheer Mag. The group is featured in Rolling Stone’s “10 Artists You Need to Know Now: January 2015″ article. (Credit: Courtesy)

Mattituck native Christina Halladay said it was “a bit overwhelming” to find out Rolling Stone had featured her Philly-based band, Sheer Mag, in its “10 New Artists You Need to Know: January 2015” article.

After all, the group’s 29-year-old lead singer told northforker, Sheer Mag (that’s short for “Sheer Magnitude”) doesn’t have a Facebook fan page and its members actively avoid promoting themselves.

Chalk it up to word-of-mouth, then. (more…)

01/31/15 9:34am
Herbs from Bonac Farms. (Credit: Kendall Stark)

Herbs from Bonac Farms. (Credit: Kendall Stark)

The message that pharmaceuticals can relieve everything from insomnia to back pain is a dominant one in our society. According to the World Health Organization, the global pharmaceuticals market is worth 300 billion US dollars a year, and is expected to rise to 400 billion dollars within the next three years.

But one 26-year East Hampton native wants to offer an alternative to over-the-counter pain relievers and sleep aids. (more…)

01/31/15 7:00am
 Manuel Lopez, an 8 year veteran working at Bedell Cellers pruning vines earlier this month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Manuel Lopez, an 8 year veteran working at Bedell Cellers pruning vines earlier this month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If you have a garden with fruit trees or grapevines, you know how important it is to prune these perennial plants every winter. By judiciously choosing branches or canes that will provide maximum exposure to sunlight and limit crop to the capacity of each plant, you will enjoy the best possible fruit from the coming summer’s harvest.  (more…)

01/30/15 12:24pm
The 24-foot video wall at Smitty's All-American Grill in Riverhead during the World Cup final this summer. The bar is one of many on the North Fork with great Super Bowl specials this week. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The 24-foot video wall at Smitty’s All-American Grill in Riverhead during the World Cup final this summer. The bar is one of many on the North Fork with great Super Bowl specials this week. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

One team in this year’s Super Bowl is a cocky, outspoken defending champion. The other deflates footballs and spies on opponents.

The teams may be somewhat unlikable, but there’s no doubt the game between the Seahawks and Patriots will be one for the ages.

Here’s a rundown of some of the best places on the North Fork to watch the game this Sunday along with the number of TVs at each location and a list of specials. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.  (more…)