07/30/15 6:00am
Fernanda (Credit :Kendall Stark)

Fernanda Menegassi (Credit: Kendall Stark)

It might be time to trade in your generic bar of store-bought soap for an organic, all natural one made right here on the North Fork.

North Fork Natural, a new store which specializes in additive-free skincare products, is expected to open August 15 at the former location of Scoops Ice Cream Shoppe in Cutchogue.


07/28/15 6:00am


Goodale Farms in Aquebogue, with its dirt driveway and noisy goats meandering out front, might not at first glance look like a full-scale dairy and butchery.

But the Aquebogue farm, which was founded just 10 years ago, boasts those facilities as well as 60 acres of land, 25 dairy cows, 125 goats, 10 beef cows, 20 pigs and 250 chickens. This past Wednesday, Peconic Land Trust teamed up with Goodale Farms to offer an educational tour of the property. (more…)

07/22/15 10:53am
A charging station at the Tanger Outlet Center. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A charging station at the Tanger Outlet Center. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The summer season brings more traffic and that means a wider variety of cars on the North Fork — but not all that require gasoline as a fuel source.

Electric cars still make up a tiny percent of the market, but there were 740,000 on the road worldwide in 2014, 290,000 in the U.S. alone. That’s up from under a 100,000 in 2012, according to German research firm The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research.

So if you’re in the market for an e-ride, it’s probably a good idea to know where the local public charging stations are. (more…)

07/16/15 4:48pm
The back of Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient. The space has been dubbed "Mr. Gallery" and showcases artists' works. (Credit: Aubrey Mayer)

The back of Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient. The space has been dubbed “Mr. Gallery” and showcases artists’ works. (Credit: Aubrey Mayer)

A pie shop might seem like an unlikely place for an art gallery. But at Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient, a makeshift display of artists’ works from near and far appears to flow seamlessly in the quaint setting.

The space at the rear of the building was conceived by its proprietors, husband-and-wife team Aubrey Mayer and Toby Bannister. Four and Twenty Blackbirds is an Orient outpost of a Brooklyn bakery of the same name that is owned by Bannister’s friend Emily Elsen.

They have dubbed the dedicated space “Mr. Gallery.” (more…)

07/14/15 6:02am
Credit: Kendall Stark

Credit: Kendall Stark

From tall ships, to multi-million dollar yachts, to fireboats, many spectacular vessels can be seen in Greenport. But for some, the most fascinating ones are not the most gargantuan.

Testing the waters in the Greenport harbor by the Shelter Island Ferry, The East End Seaport Museum’s model yacht club met for the first time last month.

Ed Chimney, an organizer at the museum and founder of the club, said that the club will meet every third Saturday of the month through October at the museum starting at 1:30 p.m. Upcoming events will be held on July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. (more…)

07/13/15 6:00am


Robin Newman wants young readers to chase down clues and solve the mystery of a lost dessert with the characters of her new book, “A Wilcox and Griswold Mystery: The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake” (Creston Books, 2015).

The early chapter book follows two mouse detectives who call themselves “MFIs,” or Missing Food Investigators, and work from a shoebox on Ed’s farm in the hunt for that titular piece of cake.

Newman, who is a Manhattanite and Orient weekender, said that the libraries of the East End have helped influence her in her writing career.

“I love the libraries on the North Fork,” said Newman, an attorney turned children’s author. “The children’s sections are warm and inviting, and they have incredible free programs.” (more…)