Vera Chinese

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Vera Chinese

Vera Chinese has been the editor of northforker.com and northforker magazines since May 2014. Prior to that she spent two and a half years as a staff reporter for the New York Daily News. She joined the Riverhead News-Review as a staff writer in January 2010 and was named Associate Web Editor nine months later. She previously worked for the Southampton Press Western Edition and was named the third place 2008 Rookie Reporter of the Year by the New York Press Association. She graduated from Wagner College in 2006 where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She earned a master's degree in English education from New York University in 2007. She is a 2002 graduate of Eastport High School and has lived on the East End for more than 20 years.

04/21/17 6:01am
Credit: Madison Fender

A man on a bike in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Greenport photographer and northforker contributor Madison Fender will show off photographs from her recent trek through Southeast Asia in an exhibit at Industry Standard this month.

There will be a kickoff party at the restaurant on Tuesday, April 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. The photos will remain on display for one month. The party is open to the public and is free to attend. (more…)

04/14/17 6:02am
Garden of Eve Farm Brewery Beer

“Cheers” from Garden of Eve Organic Farm Brewery owner Chris Walbrecht-Kaplan. The organic farm and market is now brewing beer. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Many beer fans have been known to visit the breweries that make their favorite pints.

Far fewer ale lovers have made a trip to the farm field where the grain for the beverage’s malt was grown.

Unless, of course, those two things happened in the same place. (more…)

04/13/17 6:00am

For 20-year-old Reese Dunne of Southold, a hobby that began as a stress-relieving activity has made her one of the North Fork’s youngest entrepreneurs.

Dunne, a 2014 Southold High School graduate, recently started selling her handmade soaps — some infused with locally grown ingredients like lavender from Lavender by the Bay in East Marion — under the brand NoFo Sudsations.

The soaps are made with certified organic, vegetable-based glycerin, a natural humectant that moisturizes the skin. Other ingredients, like Egyptian calendula and Indian-grown turmeric, are also organic.

“I was really inspired because I am a vegetarian, so I care a lot about what goes into my body,” said Dunne, who is enrolled in the dietetic technician program at Suffolk County Community College. “And it was important for me, also being a ginger, [to use] something for sensitive skin.” (more…)

04/11/17 6:00am
This homeon Bridle Lane in Cutchogue has been listed for $2,199,000. (Credit: Photos by Liz Glasgow, courtesy of Century 21 Albertson Realty)

This homeon Bridle Lane in Cutchogue has been listed for $2,199,000. (Credit: Photos by Liz Glasgow, courtesy of Century 21 Albertson Realty)

This private North Fork estate comes with one unique guarantee — the promise of no new neighbors.

That’s because the property is surrounded by preserved farmland, meaning the adjacent parcels will not be developed, according to its listing agent.

Located on Bridle Lane in Cutchogue, the five bedroom, four and a half bathroom house is set on nearly four acres. It just hit the market on Wednesday, April 5 and is listed for $2,199,000. (more…)