03/03/17 10:16am

Summer on the North Fork means trips to the beach, wine tasting, farmers markets and fresh strawberries.

But if you’re a fan of great local music, summer may also be synonymous with dancing the night away to East End rock and roll legends Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks at local bars and restaurants. (more…)

03/02/17 10:09am
Jess Dunne with Knox, a pit bull mix she adopted from death row at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Despite training, Knox remained too aggressive toward smaller dogs to keep, she said. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne with Knox, a pit bull mix she adopted from death row at a Brooklyn animal shelter. Despite training, Knox remained too aggressive toward smaller dogs to keep, she said. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Jess Dunne jumped in her car on an autumn morning in 2015 and raced nearly 100 miles to Brooklyn to save a dog’s life. The animal was scheduled to be euthanized that afternoon and Dunne — who co-owns North Fork Roasting Co. in Southold — felt compelled to act after reading a call for help online.

After she arrived at the animal shelter, two workers there started to cry; Lazarus, a pit bull-boxer mix with a dark patch of fur over his eye, was about to be put down.

Dunne and the 1-year-old dog met in a back room; he licked her cheek and crawled into her arms, she recalled. Through tears, she agreed to adopt him.

What followed was a year and a half of “stressful days,” “loving moments” and tension, Dunne said in an interview last week.

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02/15/17 6:00am
Bedell Cellars winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbch will host a barrel tasting as part of Long Island Winterfest. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Bedell Cellars winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich will host a barrel tasting as part of Long Island Winterfest. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Winterfest 2017 is shaping up to be about much more than live music and wine tastings.

For its 10th anniversary, the event is expanding to provide visitors with a wider range of offerings and experiences.  (more…)

12/11/16 8:12am

A cold wintery day didn’t stop a cadre of Santas from storming downtown Riverhead for the third annual Santacon Pub Crawl.

The event, which started off slow but picked up steam as the sun set and the night grew colder, was set up in part to support a good cause. Proceeds from bracelet sales at Santacon benefitted RSVP Animal Welfare & Rescue Group, a nonprofit group that works against animal abuse and neglect. (more…)

12/06/16 6:10pm
Brady Rymer will perform a free concert at Mitchell Park in 2014. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Brady Rymer will perform a free concert at Mitchell Park in 2014. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Brady Rymer, Southold’s own Grammy nominee, has been nominated for the prestigious award for a third time.

Rymer and his band, the Little Band That Could, were nominated last Tuesday for Best Children’s Album for this year’s record, “Press Play.”

“You’re blown away,” Rymer said. “It’s excitement and it’s a nice, big honor.” (more…)

10/11/16 9:47am
Uncle Joe's pizzeria on Main Road y is now under new management.

Uncle Joe’s pizzeria on Main Road in Mattituck will soon become North Fork Espresso. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Just a few weeks after backing out of downtown Riverhead, Uncle Joe’s has left Mattituck, too.

The pizzeria on Main Road near the Mattituck-Laurel Library is now under new management, according to signs on the door and the new owner of the business, Corrado Paini.

In an interview Friday afternoon, Paini said he took over the storefront last Monday. The doors were locked this week as Paini prepares to reopen the pizza place under a new name: Espresso North Fork. (more…)

09/22/16 6:02am
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Underwater rover pilot Campbell ‘Buzz’ Scott takes the controls of a remotely operated vehicle exploring the sea floor. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Underwater rover pilot Campbell “Buzz” Scott has been all over — or, more accurately, under — the world’s oceans, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Antarctic. But Mr. Scott, the president of an educational program designed to teach youngsters about marine life and the environment, said he’s excited for his next adventure.

“We’ve never been to Greenport,” he said.

At this year’s East End Maritime Festival, Mr. Scott and Long Island-based scuba diver and shipwreck explorer Brett Curlew will give kids a chance to see Greenport Harbor like never before, from cameras mounted on an underwater rover.

And children won’t just get to look at the bay bottom: they’ll get a chance to pilot the remote device — a roughly 250-pound 3-foot-square device called a Saab Seaeye Falcon DR. (more…)