10/03/17 6:01am
Colleen McCaffery

Colleen McCaffery inside Aura, her new Mattituck yoga studio. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Colleen McCaffery of Mattituck has been practicing yoga for more than a decade. But she only began pursuing the tradition more seriously after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis in March 2015.

She found the ancient practice and its focus on balance to be a welcome antidote for the debilitating disease, which affected her equilibrium. That, coupled with medication and a modified diet incorporating fermented foods, has helped her manage her symptoms.

“It’s the best medicine,” she said. “Because I do yoga, I am in touch with my body. My balance is a little better. I am not tired as much.” (more…)

09/06/17 9:50am

A scene from an East End Seaport Museum lighthouse cruise. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Visit some of the oldest and most storied lighthouses from here to Rhode Island during a lighthouse “super cruise” next week.

Riders will visit 12 lighthouses during the annual cruise sponsored by the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation. The event is set for Monday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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09/06/17 6:01am

A monarch butterfly. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

With the passing of Labor Day, it is as if Mother Nature flips a switch and shuts down summer. The days are noticeably shorter. Winds begin to blow from the north, pushing in cooler temperatures and forcing local beach bums to vacate their favorite haunts. Not only do the beachgoers hightail it out of here at the onset of autumn, but so does much of our local wildlife.

Seasonal migrations are very common in the animal kingdom. The most noted of the local journeys is the one taken by the osprey. Osprey of the North Fork head to Central and South America every fall, returning the following spring. Although this is an extremely far distance, it is not hard to fathom how such a powerful bird can make such a flight. (more…)

09/02/17 6:33am

A session at the Long Island Buddhist Meditation Center in Jamesport. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Parnel Wickham is the only daughter in a family with roots in Cutchogue that date to 1699. Her father, John, was an iconic farmer who was widely known across Suffolk County. Her mother, Anne, a church organist, was the granddaughter of the minister at Mattituck Presbyterian Church, who was also a local historian.  (more…)

08/31/17 6:01am

The Shipwrecks in Riverhead. (Credit: Rod Richardson)

If crowds and the blazing sun isn’t your bag, you might find the fall the best time for a beach stroll. An early autumn breeze and Indian summer make this time of year the best for searching for seashells, beach glass and other gifts from the sea. You’ll also find that parking is easier as some town beaches don’t require a permit after Labor Day. If you go, here are some pointers.  READ

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…)