08/08/17 6:01am

JABS fitness center is expanding to Riverhead. From left: Jason Leonard, Nicollette Gebhardt, Cindy MacLeod, Jill Schroeder and Michelle Fevola. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

To get ahead in business you have to take chances.

That’s something Jill Schroeder learned at just 27 years old, when she opened her first JABS fitness center.

Now, nearly seven years later, Schroeder is taking yet another leap of faith by expanding her business into Riverhead with a new JABS on Route 58. (more…)

08/02/17 6:02am

Participants in the Broads on Boards class. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s 7 a.m. and I’m walking down a sandy beach in South Jamesport with a group of North Fork women and preparing to climb atop a paddleboard for the first time in my life.

Mattituck resident Cherryl Bradley surveys the early morning sun rising above a mirror-like Peconic Bay and says the thing we’re all thinking: “Oh my gosh, this seriously couldn’t be better.” (more…)

08/02/17 6:01am

A female blue crab tagged with a DEC tag. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

As we enter August, the summertime blues will slowly creep-up as the realization that we are halfway through our summer vacations begins to sink in. I however, welcome a different type of summertime blues. They have created many fond memories over the years and are the foundation of many of my summer cookouts.

My favorite is the blue crab. Another is the bluefish

This former can be found throughout the small back bays, creeks, and harbors of the Peconics and the Sound. Their olive-colored carapace (topside) allows them to go unnoticed while they lurk along the seafloor searching for their next meal. Although they are scavengers, their sharp, powerful claws can crush through the shells of armored prey such as clams, mussels, oysters, snails and even other blue crabs. Additionally, their paddle-like rear legs enable them to chase down fast moving prey, such as fish, with ease. (more…)

07/29/17 6:02am

Get out on Peconic Bay in a pontoon boat through Lighthouse Marina in Aquebogue. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

When you want to explore the bays and harbors of the East End, swimming sometimes just doesn’t cut it.

If you don’t have a boat, you may feel your options are limited, but have no fear. When you get tired of floating around on one of those hipster swan floats, consider these fun and easy ways to get out on the water around the North Fork this summer. (more…)