03/24/15 9:00am
Linda Durgan and her son Keith on the opening day of The Pitted Olive in July 2014. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Linda Durgan and her son Keith on the opening day of The Pitted Olive in July 2014. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Linda Durgan and her late husband, David, used to fantasize about moving to a little village and running a business — a bed-and-breakfast, perhaps, or a small shop in a seaside village.

Now, 10 years after David passed away from a heart attack at the age of 60, Linda has made their dream come true. (more…)

03/23/15 9:00am
Carol Cohen Hohl (left) and her friend Susan McGraw Keber. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Mark Fallows, North Fork Apparel)

Carol Cohen Hohl (left) and her friend Susan McGraw Keber. (Credit: Photo courtesy of Mark Fallows, North Fork Apparel)

At 71 years old, Carol Cohen Hohl, who splits her time between Manhattan and the North Fork, has had an illustrious career in the fashion industry. 

She worked for Japanese fashion house Sanyo for years and has taught at Parsons The New School for Design, among her many ventures.

But last year Cohen Hohl and her son Michael Cohen, 45, launched North Fork Apparel, their new basic wear and accessory clothing line influenced by the simple, yet authentic lifestyle of Long Island’s quieter fork. (more…)

03/22/15 9:00am
Rosemary McKinley in her Southold home. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Rosemary McKinley in her Southold home. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

My life plan was to continue teaching well into my 60s. I enjoyed working with children and never minded the hard work that went into my profession. Then my mother was battling cancer and I wanted to be by her side when she needed me. Her time was short here on earth but I still managed to be with her until the end by working around my teaching schedule. (more…)

03/21/15 9:00am
Credit: Photo courtesy of Richard Brewster

Credit: Photo courtesy of Richard Brewster

Richard Brewster, 76, Cutchogue

In 1995, I unexpectedly received an opportunity for early retirement from Westinghouse Electric Corporation. I had spent almost 30 years with that company, most of that time involved in the design and construction of nuclear power stations in the U.S. and overseas. (more…)

03/20/15 8:00am
Charles Woodcheke of April Rain. (Credit: Diane Woodcheke courtesy)

Charles Woodcheke of April Rain. (Credit: Diane Woodcheke courtesy)

Charles Woodcheke, 52, Calverton

Originally I was a tradesman — carpentry and cabinetry — but several years ago I became ill with a rheumatic disease called sarcoidosis. I was down for quite some time and still suffer from it. I could no longer work in my field. (more…)

03/19/15 11:00am
Felecia Wilson. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Felecia Wilson. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

“Timing is everything.” At least that’s what I believe. Whether it comes to my career or my personal life, if the timing wasn’t right, it just wasn’t meant to be.

My reinvention has been a marathon, not a sprint, and just when I thought I was done, opportunity knocked on my door. (more…)