Articles by

Donna Giancontieri

08/23/16 10:30am
(Credit: David Benthal)

(Credit: David Benthal)

Don’t even think about frowning or complaining in Rosemary Martilotta’s yoga class. You won’t get away with it.

“Big smile. Happiest day of your life,” she says at each class. “Breathe, breathe, breathe.”

The 68-year-old Cutchogue mother of five began practicing yoga at age 40, during a particularly stressful stage in her life and at a time when yoga wasn’t nearly as mainstream as it is today.

“I thought it would be a bunch of hippies,” Martilotta said. “But I had to do something to relieve the stress.”

She signed up for a class at a Cutchogue church and hoped for the best. (more…)

08/25/15 6:00am
A mason bee. (Credit: Stock photo)

A mason bee. (Credit: Stock photo)

Spurred in part by concerns over declining bee populations, backyard beekeeping has surged in recent years. And while enthusiasts have traditionally focused on honey bees, more people are now raising mason bees in a trendy practice called bee ranching.

“Mason bees are the unsung heroes of bees,” said Laura Klahre of Blossom Meadow Honey and Coffee Pot Cellars Winery in Cutchogue. “They are a good alternative to honey bees or even a way to augment the work of other pollinating bees.”

Mason bees don’t produce honey, but they’re pollinating powerhouses. And these tiny, docile bluish-black bees rarely sting ­— eliminating the need for bee suits and other protective gear. (more…)