03/09/17 6:01am

Artists often say the canvas decides what it wants to become.

For jewelry-maker Carolyn Wells, an avocado pit occasionally calls out to say it would rather be a smiling sloth.

The 25-year-old Greenport High School graduate uses dental tools and other carving implements to turn avocado stones, which she said start out with the consistency of cold butter, into tiny statues. The pits harden as they dry and, at that point, she coats them with linseed oil and polishes them with Renaissance Wax. The process can take anywhere from a day to two weeks.

“Every little pit is like a little mystery,” she said during a recent interview in her airy, plant-filled Southold studio. “You kind of know that this one wants to be a scarab or an octopus.” (more…)

03/07/17 5:59am
The view from 105 Hill Road. (Credit: Douglas Elliman)

The view from 105 Hill Road. (Credit: Douglas Elliman)

If you love to entertain, this listing might catch your eye.

This traditional Cape Cod-style home in Southold, which has four bedrooms and four baths, features three outdoor areas perfect for hosting family and friends during warm-weather months. (more…)

03/06/17 6:00am
Two banquet tables set for a wedding at Sparkling Pointe in Southold. (Credit: Ina McConnell, Sparkling Pointe courtesy photo)

Two banquet tables set for a wedding at Sparkling Pointe in Southold. (Credit: Ina McConnell, Sparkling Pointe courtesy photo)

Calling all of Long Island Wine Country’s brides and grooms to be.

Sparkling Pointe, the North Fork’s only all sparkling wine producer, will hosts its first wedding showcase on Friday, March 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. (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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02/14/17 6:00am
2750 Minnehaha Blvd. in Southold.

2750 Minnehaha Blvd. in Southold has been listed for $1,550,000.

This four-bedroom, 3.5-bath expanded ranch is located in Southold’s Laughing Water community near Corey Creek and offers stunning views of Peconic Bay from most of its rooms.

Set on about two-thirds of an acre, the 2,300-square-foot home comes equipped with a private beach and dock.

“It’s a trophy home on the water,” said listing agent Matthew Hormann of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. “It’s a piece of North Fork paradise.” (more…)