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The North Fork has a place in the history of nuclear weapons.

Einstein’s Long Island Summer of ’39

https://www.longislandpress.com/2013/02 ... the-beach/
The same can’t be said for the memorable months he spent out east in 1939 when he rented a cottage on Nassau Point in Cutchogue so he could put his sailboat in Horseshoe Cove. Before that summer was over Einstein would sign a letter to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt warning him that the United States couldn’t afford to wait while Nazi Germany was possibly making a nuclear weapon.

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Fortunately, Einstein had a big fan in Southold. David Rothman, who had opened Rothman’s Department Store in 1919, hadn’t graduated high school but he had maintained an avid interest in science. He recognized Einstein’s stepdaughter Margot when she entered his store looking for a chisel sharpener (she was a sculptor). Rothman presented it to her as a gift and asked her to convey his “respects to her father,” as he recalled.

The next day, Einstein came into the store himself looking for “sundials.” Or so Rothman thought and he dutifully showed him the one he had in the backyard. Einstein pointed to his feet. He really needed sandals, so Rothman sold him the largest pair he had left: women’s size 11. Einstein, who’d described himself in a letter to a friend as “a kind of ancient figure known primarily for his non-use of socks and wheeled out on special occasions as a curiosity,” gladly wore them all summer, along with a pair of shorts tied around his waist with a piece of rope, and a white sports shirt.

When the 60-year-old scientist had first entered his store, Rothman, then 43, was playing Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40” on his phonograph and they started talking about music. Rothman had begun playing the violin when he was 36; Einstein had started when he was six, but he insisted they play together. The next evening Rothman came out to Nassau Point with his instrument and some sheet music, but he was out of his league almost immediately and so they spent the rest of the night chatting. They clicked, and later Rothman arranged many musical evenings at his Southold home where Einstein and a few friends would play. Sometimes almost a hundred people listened outside, hoping for a glimpse of the famous scientist.
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The Rothman Department Store is still in business having recently moved to a building next door to its original building which is now Einstein Square.
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The North Fork has a place in the history of nuclear weapons.
Einstein’s Long Island Summer of ’39

https://www.longislandpress.com/2013/02 ... the-beach/
Actually, the East End (not the North Fork specifically, but pretty darned close) played host to a very important moment in the history of physics as well. In 1947, after the war ended, the people at the highest levels of the American physics community had not met in a number of years, because so many were involved in the war effort and were operating under classification rules that prevented them from discussing any physics, even ideas unrelated to developing the atomic bomb.

Several researchers in New York organized a conference to take place in the summer of 1947, at the Ram's Head Inn, on Ram Island, a small island linked by causeway to Shelter Island on Great Peconic Bay, between the two forks of the east end of Long Island. The Ram's Head Inn is still there today. The physicists took the train from NYC to Greenport, the urban metropolis of the North Fork, then boarded the ferry for the quick trip across the bay, where they were driven to the inn. So they did at least touch down on North Fork soil, so this is on topic after all...

The Wikipedia article (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelter_Island_Conference) has a small overview of the key breakthroughs in quantum mechanics that were first discussed there. The small attendee list includes a staggering number of current and future Nobel laureates.

You can still visit the picturesque and remote Ram's Head Inn today, as I did this summer. It was pretty cool to be walking in the same halls where these legends trod. I don't know if they have records to tell you who stayed in the room that you booked that night. If I were to stay overnight there, I'm torn between requesting the Richard Feynman room or the John Von Neumann room.

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Netflix Film About Gilgo Beach Killer Shot On North Fork Debuts

https://patch.com/new-york/riverhead/s/ ... =riverhead
A new Netflix movie filmed on the North Fork in 2018 about the Gilgo Beach murders which rocked Long Island and led to the desperate search for a serial killer who has never been found is set to debut.

According to imdb.com, "Lost Girls"is set to premiere on Jan. 28 at the Sundance Film Festival and then be shown on Netflix.

:snippity:

According to a filming permit from Always Am Productions, Inc. approved by Southold Town, the crew began on Oct. 26, 2018 at the Kenney's Beach parking lot, continued on Oct. 29 with an actor "leading a march of women" to a gate; filming continued at a private home on Leeton Drive.

One day of shooting included an actor "leading a vigil" at the Kenney's Beach parking lot; on the next day, filming on Leeton Dr. included a "girl running down" the street.
Gilgo Beach is actually located on Jones Beach Island which is one of the barrier islands south of Long Island.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Island_serial_killer
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With Netflix's movie about the Gilgo Beach murders about to premiere the Suffolk County Police held a news conference today.

Police release picture of new evidence in Gilgo Beach murder case

http://longisland.news12.com/story/4157 ... ch-murders
Suffolk police held a news conference this afternoon, releasing images of a belt from the scene of the Gilgo Beach murder case.

Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said the black leather belt was embossed with WH, HM, and they believe it was handled by the suspect and did not belong to any victims.

Police did not reveal the exact location the belt was found in found.

Police are expected to release new information about the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders.
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Native American artifacts tell the story of life in Aquebogue thousands of years ago

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/01/15/n ... years-ago/
“There were tons of villages here, a lot more than you can imagine,” says Lisa Cordani, a professor of anthropology and archaeology at Suffolk County Community College and an Aquebogue resident.

“Aquebogue is in the right place. It’s got the right land. You have fresh, brackish and salt water. And you’ve got the cutouts at Mattituck inlet and James Creek. You can go east-west and north-south. This was the center,” she says.

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It was a common thing for farmers in the area to find and collect Native American artifacts, Lewin says. There were so many of them, owing to the fact that Aquebogue was populated with so many Native American villages, settled thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. He says he personally knows of several other farm family descendants who also have large collections of artifacts.

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“As soon as native people came to this area, they came to Aquebogue. It was called the capital of the North Fork,” he says, explaining: “It had relatively high ground and therefore would stay dry. Also, it’s at the mouth of the Peconic River which had a salmon run. Peconic Bay had 16-foot Atlantic sturgeon, right whales, salmon, herring, abundant fish of all kinds — 50-pound lobsters, crabs, clam beds a quarter mile long and three feet deep. As soon as the native people arrived on the North Fork, they most likely abandoned the seasonal round and began to live a more sedentary lifestyle, which gave rise to more complex life ways,” Horowitz says.
Peconic Bay no longer has 16-foot Atlantic sturgeon, right whales, salmon, or 50 pound lobsters or any lobsters for that matter. There still are herring, crabs and clam beds.

https://www.peconicestuary.org/discover ... l-history/
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New police website about Gilgo Beach murders.

https://gilgonews.com/
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:crying:

True Value in Jamesport is for sale as owners look to retire after four decades

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview ... vZ6tD0pf4E
A letterboard sign outside of the store announces: “Hardware store for sale. Retiring.”

The store, at 1403 Main Road, had been a local go-to for tools, hardware, electrical, plumbing, lawn and garden supplies since brothers Bob and Rich DiTusa started the business with their father in 1981.

“After so many years, we both want to retire,” Bob DiTusa, 70, of Holtsville said. “We’ve had a good time over the years. We’ve made a good living and three families have lived off of this.”

The brothers are hoping to sell to someone who will continue running the store.
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These guys were great. I and all of Jamesport will miss them. :(
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Valentine's Day Cat Cafe Coming To Greenport

https://patch.com/new-york/riverhead/s/ ... eYS1K_7a0c
GREENPORT, NY — Cat cafes are springing up in communities on Long Island and across the world, giving animal lovers a chance to unwind and enjoy the company of their four-legged friends.

Now, the North Fork Animal Welfare League is hosting a "Valentine's Day Cat Cafe." The event is slated for Saturday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Floyd Memorial Library, located at 539 1st Street in Greenport.

"Get cozy with our adoptable cats and kittens and a hot cup of coffee," the NFAWL said. "Adoption for those who fall in love."

Coffee will be provided by the Hampton Coffee Company.
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What a lovely, clever idea.
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Parasite in local bay scallops contributed to last year’s die-off: DEC

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/02/01/p ... e-off-dec/
This is the first reported detection of a coccidian parasite (member of the Apicomplexa) in bay scallops in New York waters that is associated with a large-scale mortality event, Seggos said.

The parasite is not harmful to humans and does not pose a public health threat but could significantly affect the bay scallop fishery, according to the DEC.

“The discovery of a protozoan parasite in bay scallops from Peconic Bays represents a significant threat to this commercially important fishery,” Seggos said.

“While the parasite is not a public health concern, DEC is working with the Stony Brook’s Marine Animal Disease Laboratory to investigate environmental factors that promote disease development of the parasite and monitor its geographical extent in bay scallops in Peconic Bays in order to protect and restore this ecologically and economically important resource.”
It may take years for the scallop population to recover. :(
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South Fork.

Man Stole 125 Pine Trees From Peconic Land Trust Property: Cops

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According to East Hampton Town Police, Cesar A. Sarpes-Santos, 46, sometime between Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. and Jan. 26 at 9:26 a.m. on Old Northwest Road, used a shovel to dig up and remove 125 Eastern white pine trees, valued at more than $1,000, from "private, protected land belonging to the Peconic Land Trust." Sarpes-Santos, police said, "admitted to taking the trees himself."

He was arrested and charged with fourth degree grand larceny, value of property greater than $1,000; fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, property value exceeds $1,000, a felony; and third degree criminal trespass, property fenced in or enclosed, a misdemeanor, police said.
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Brrrrrrr!

Out on the water with an oyster farmer in winter

https://northforker.com/2020/02/out-on- ... in-winter/
The temperature was a brisk 35 degrees. The sun, high in the sky, reflected off the calm water. Small waves distorted its glare as its ray reached as far as the horizon. The wind whipped strong gusts against the boat, but the vessel didn’t seem to mind. Dressed in a black and orange snowsuit that zipped all the way up to his neck, Steven Schnee moved around the rocking boat with ease.

:snippity:

Out on the water, Schnee’s peppery gray hair flipped back and forth as the wind changed. He sat down on the edge of his boat, named Grey Hawk, and pulled on a line that led into the depths of the ocean. Hanging off the slippery rope were strings of glistening sea plants that resembled algae. Schnee pulled on the rope until he could attach it to a machine that lifted the oyster racks out of the water.

As it rose from the depths, a strange, slippery substance hung off the cage’s exterior, the same substance that clung to the ropes. Schnee said it’s called slip gut.

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Schnee maneuvers the rack and gently sets it on deck. He opens up the racks to reveal two rows of oyster bags made out of a dense mesh material. He pulls one out and vigorously shakes it, before dunking it in the water several times. The oysters ricochet off each other, sounding like falling rain. He then opens up the bag and dumps the oysters into a metal crate, revealing their bright whites and hues of brown. With his bright orange rubber gloves, he sorts through them, quickly distinguishing between market size and too small. The large ones are lucky enough to eventually be enjoyed by his family and friends, but the small ones go back in the bag and into the water.
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Not good. :(

Parasite linked to scallops die-off in Peconic Bay, DEC says

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/20 ... 9ZCQed27ls
Researchers have discovered what they believe is a contributing cause of the “near-unprecedented” Peconic Bay scallop die-off of 2019: a parasite found in a sample of adult bay scallops.

This is the first time the coccidian parasite has been seen in New York waters, according state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos.

“The parasite is not harmful to humans and does not pose a public health threat but could significantly affect the bay scallop fishery,” the DEC said a press release Friday.

In November, the DEC had arranged for disease diagnostic testing to be conducted on a sample of 32 bay scallops collected from Hay Beach in Shelter Island. Working with Stony Brook University’s marine animal disease laboratory, the team detected a single-celled protozoan parasite infecting the kidneys of both juvenile and adult bay scallops in all the samples, the DEC said.
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North Fork legislator takes the lead in dealing with rising waters. :thumbs: As waters rise the North Fork would be one of the first areas of Long Island to be severely affected.

Suffolk County creates task force to focus on sea level rise and coastal erosion

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/02/13/s ... 1PARKoIPHc
The task force was proposed by North Fork Legislator Al Krupski, who said its purpose is to develop strategies for dealing with severe storms, coastal erosion and rising sea levels.

A resolution establishing the task force was unanimously approved by the county legislature at its meeting Tuesday.

The task force will have 21 members, including representatives of each of Suffolk’s 10 towns, county government, the state environmental conservation, transportation and state departments, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Peconic Estuary Program and the Nature Conservancy. Krupski, as chairperson of the legislature’s Public Works, Transportation and Energy committee, will serve as task force chairperson.

“The idea is to get people who are affected by this from a jurisdictional standpoint in the same room to discuss strategies,” Krupski said. “We have to have everyone in the same room,” he said.
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Community Covid-19 transmission on the North Fork! :eek2:

Coronavirus on the East End: Suffolk’s first case is a man in his early 40s, hospitalized in Southampton after transfer from Greenport

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/03/08/c ... greenport/
Suffolk’s first confirmed coronavirus case is “a male in his early 40s who is currently hospitalized and in isolation,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a statement this afternoon.

A spokesperson for the county executive would not disclose the location of the patient, but a source with knowledge of the situation said the man is in Stony Brook/Southampton Hospital. He was reportedly transferred to Southampton from Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport on Thursday and is being treated in the intensive care unit, according to the source.

:snippity:

County officials believe the man contracted the virus in the community, according to Bellone.

:snippity:

New York reported its first confirmed coronavirus case one week ago. Since last Sunday, the The total number of confirmed cases in New York jumped to 105, according to state officials.
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Shoreham-Wading River closes schools after staff member’s spouse believed infected with coronavirus

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/03/09/s ... s-schools/
Shoreham-Wading River schools are closed today after district officials learned that a high school staff member’s spouse is suspected of infection with coronavirus.

The district has been in contact with the Suffolk County Department of Health and while we await confirmation and guidance from them we have decided to cancel classes at all schools today out of an abundance of caution, a district spokesperson said.

Some students had already arrived at school when the decision was made. Buses still in transit were turned around.

The school district will utilize one of its unused snow days for the closing, according to a notice posted on the district’s website Friday, detailing contingency plans. There is one additional unused snow day available before additional school closing days would begin replacing other planned days off, including Superintendent’s Conference Day April 28, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend on May 22, and then the spring break days from April 9 to 14.
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Greenport Harbor Brewery Worker Is 1st Suffolk Coronavirus Case
One of the brewery's locations is closed for cleaning; school staffer worked there, too. Town announces coronavirus preparedness.


https://patch.com/new-york/northfork/su ... aign=alert
Suffolk County's first case of the new coronavirus is an employee at a popular Long Island brewery. The man, who is in his 40s and was reportedly treated at Eastern Long Island Hospital and then taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital works at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Peconic, the business confirmed to Patch on Monday.

"On Sunday afternoon, March 8, we were notified directly by an employee that they had been diagnosed with COVID-19," the business said in a statement. "This staff member had not been at the workplace since February 24, two weeks earlier."

The brewery said it alerted Suffolk County health officials and immediately notified its employees. The business is following recommended guidelines set forth by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The [Department of Health] expressed their approval and full agreement with these actions," the brewery said.
Good thing it isn't the summer. That location is jam packed during weekends.
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Coronavirus Stops Meals Inside Town's Senior Center

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After Suffolk County's first coronavirus patient was identified as a worker at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Peconic, Southold Town officials and others began announcing precautions to protect seniors, one of the most vulnerable groups in the face of the virus.

On Monday, Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell announced that "out of an abundance of caution," while no directive has been ordered, the town is suspending its congregate meals program offered weekdays at the town's Human Resource Center in Mattituck.

"Meals for the homebound, however, will continue to be provided," Russell said. "Protocol has been put in place that will protect, to the greatest extent possible, those who rely on this much-needed service."

Those who are over the age of 60 and mobile, but who want to limit their risk of exposure, can call 631-298-4460 for meals that will be served curbside, Russell said. People must call and register prior to receiving the service.
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Coronavirus on North Fork: Bellone says two Southold Town cases connected

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview ... -briefing/
A per-diem employee at Peconic Landing, a lifecare and retirement community that’s home to more than 450 residents aged 62 and older, has tested positive for COVID-19, coronavirus, a community spokesperson has confirmed.

The announcement came Tuesday evening as County Executive Steve Bellone announced that three more people in Suffolk County have tested positive for the virus. Mr. Bellone, who said Wednesday that there are six cases in the county, added that they are believed to have been contracted through community transmission.

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Suffolk County now has six confirmed coronavirus cases, including two connected cases in Southold Town, county officials said Wednesday morning.

During a media briefing in Hauppauge, County Executive Steve Bellone gave an update on the cases, which include a 42-year-old Greenport man who remains in isolation at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital and a Southold Town woman in her early 20s who is under home isolation. Mr. Bellone declined to say how the two are connected, but said there is a “direct” connection.
The former director of the now defunct Recorder Orchestra of NY (of which Mrs. V. was a member) and her partner now reside at Peconic Landing. The Orchestra used to do a concert there every year so we have been there many times.
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The second Covid-19 case on the North Fork is the taxicab driver who drove the first case to the hospital.

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/20 ... WWVDqjhyX4

In other NoFo news Cutchogue is not canceling its St. Patrick's Day parade. They are canceling a related indoor event that evening.

Well, this parade only attracts hundreds of spectators not hundreds of thousands.
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Our NoFo UU Fellowship is suspending services in an abundance of caution. We have several older members.
Dear friends,

I am no alarmist, but considering the other disruptions to business and daily life due to concern over spreading COVID-19, I cannot in good conscience risk your health. Thus, after discussion with a few of you, as your Fearless Leader I am making an executive decision to suspend our services.
I hope to be able to resume soon, but I must admit that we are probably looking at a month, at least. Based on what has been seen in China, where they took rather drastic steps to reduce the spread, 8 weeks seems to be about the time it takes to turn matters around. We shall see.
I appreciate your patience, and I look forward to seeing you again as soon as possible. If you need anything during these weird days, let me know.

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They have come to their senses. :thumbs:

Cutchogue St. Pat's Parade Canceled

https://patch.com/new-york/northfork/de ... aign=alert
CUTCHOGUE, NY — Coronavirus fears have led to the cancellation of the 2020 Cutchogue St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 14.

Parade Chairman Joe Corso from the North Fork Chamber of Commerce said the level of concern among residents led to the decision.

An open mic night scheduled by the Chamber for March 30 at Noah's has also been canceled "out of an abundance of caution," he said.
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Re: Meanwhile on the North Fork.............

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Post by Volkonski »

An important message from Times Review Media Group

We have learned that a part-time member of our staff has tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus after seeking medical attention at Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital. This employee has not worked since March 3 and we will work closely with the Suffolk County Department of Health, State Health Department and CDC following their recommended protocols.

The employee does not interact with the public in their role on our staff, but we have proactively put procedures in place. Our office will be temporarily closed and our employees will work from home until further notice. The good news is our colleague is feeling significantly better and is well on their way to making a full recovery.
The press seems to be a bit at risk. The Houston Chronicle today reported memebers of its staff may have been exposed and CBS News in New York reported yesterday that one of its staff was exposed.
Image“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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