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Editor’s Journal
The week ahead on the North Fork

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

2015_0917_civiletti_column_badgeHappy Monday to you on this bright, sunny morning. Enjoy today’s sunshine because we won’t be seeing much more of it until Friday. Clear skies tonight will make for a perfect full moon walk hosted by the Group for the East End at Down’s Farm Preserve from 6:30 to 7:30 this evening.

It was a busy weekend – crowds flocked to the wineries for the kickoff of L.I. Winterfest 2016, which continues with music and wine events through March 20.

A big crowd turned out for a huge chinese auction and funraising event at the Greenport Fire Department to support Danielle Harrison-Meraz of Southold, a former Greenport resident who’s battling cancer. It was a terrific party, with live country music, line dancing, food and friends. Check out these photos.

We finished moving into our new office at 54075 Main Road in Southold this weekend and look forward to seeing you around town. The number there is 631-876-5288.

On Saturday, I stopped in at the Reichert gallery next door for a talk by Don Fisher of the Railroad Museum of Long Island all about “Trains,trains, trains!” As always, Don was so informative and entertaining. And as always, I love the expressions on the faces of the kids around the table watching the model trains go round. I love local history, so having an office just a few steps away from the Southold Historical Society is really right up my alley.

There’s quite a bit happening across the North Fork this week — the last full week of February. How time flies — though, to be honest, can February ever really fly too fast? Not in my book.

Today and tomorrow from noon till 8 pm there’s a fundraiser going on at Skipper’s in Greenport for the American Legion roller rink. Tickets are $20 and there’s a choice of three entrees: pot roast, chicken parm and stuffed flounder. It includes salad, vegetable, potato, dessert and coffee. You can’t beat that. A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to check out the progress on the roller rink reconstruction and to chat with a couple of the men who are the driving force behind the project. Check out my story and photos.

Birthday wishes go out today to Southold Supervisor Scott Russell, who turns 52. Happy Birthday, Scott. Enjoy it!

It’s a big “meetings week” in town. In my line of work, these are a blessing and a curse: a blessing because there’s always something to write about, and a curse because, well, they can be tedious.

This evening at Southold Town Hall, the Heritage at Cutchogue proposal is back on the planning board agenda. The public hearing on the plan is scheduled to be continued. Also on the agenda: a 12-lot subdivision of a 37-acre parcel on Cox Neck Road in Mattituck.

Tomorrow, land use is the topic d’jour at town hall as the town board and planning board hold a joint meeting to discuss the draft land use chapter of the comp plan.

The town board holds its regular meeting tomorrow too, convening for a work session at 9 a.m. and the regular meeting at 7:30.

The Greenport Village Planning Board meets on Thursday evening at 5, followed by the Trustees at 7. After a four-plus hour work session last week, I’m bringing a bleacher cushion with me. Those old-fashioned wooden chairs in the firehouse start to hurt after a couple of hours — even when you have plenty of built-in cushioning as I do.

If you’re looking for things to do that don’t involve government meetings, check out our LOCAL events calendar. You’ll find information about library programs, music at the wineries, community events and other goodies. Drop me a note to have your event listed — send me an email.

After all those meetings, I’ll be ready for a nice Italian dinner at Peconic Landing Friday night, when CAST holds its annual Have-A-Heart fundraiser. And then, it’s time for some belly laughs at the North Fork Chamber of Commerce comedy night Friday night at 8 at Raphael.

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“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” -John Steinbeck

Have a great week!


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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter and editor, an attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a “writer of the year” award from the N.Y. Press Association in 2015. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.