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Our favorite North Fork Italian restaurant is having midweek takeout specials. We aren't there to get them. :(
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South Fork-

State Police Enforce Social Distancing At Crowded Montauk Parks

https://patch.com/new-york/riverhead/s/ ... =riverhead
With crowds headed to Montauk despite a stay-at-home mandate to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, New York State Police have been deployed to Montauk's state parks to enforce social distancing protocols — and close the parks when they reach capacity, officials said.

After expressing concerns about the numbers of visitors to state parks in East Hampton Town and urging that New York State officials act to ensure adherence to safe social distancing requirement, East Hampton Town Supervisor Van Scoyoc said he was notified that additional New York State park police and New York State police officers will be deployed to monitor the parks in Montauk.

The officers have begun enforcing social distancing, limiting visitors, and closing the parks when they reach social distancing capacity, according to Theresa Santoro, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Suffolk County regional representative. The enforcement officers will be working increased hours to address the "increased crowds" in Montauk, Santoro said.

"I applaud Governor Cuomo and his staff for their leadership and responsiveness to my request and our residents' concerns," Van Scoyoc said. "As spring weather continues drawing people outdoors to use park lands and beaches, town officials will be implementing additional measures, as needed, to reduce risk and ensure compliance with social distancing and other mandates."
Most of Montauk's 17.5 square miles is occupied by 6 state parks-

Hither Hills State Park

Shadmoor State Park

Montauk Downs State Park

Amsterdam Beach State Park

Camp Hero State Park

Montauk Point State Park

Montauk, which has only 3300 full time residents, has 47 hotels totaling 2030 rooms. Tourists they get.
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One of the North Fork's earliest in the season festivals is canceled. If things on LI don't somehow become dramatically better more will follow. :(

Mattituck Strawberry Festival canceled, but organizers want to keep traditions alive

https://northforker.com/2020/05/strawbe ... PfAtqcMdCs
After a meeting Friday night, the Mattituck Lions Club has decided to cancel the 66th annual Strawberry Festival typically held Father’s Day weekend.

“Naturally, due to the circumstances, with no large gatherings allowed by the county and state and more importantly for the health and safety of all of our attendees and their families, we decided to cancel the festival,” said Rob Nine, immediate past president of the Mattituck Lions Club.

But that doesn’t mean the 66-year-old tradition will die.

Instead, members of the festival’s steering committee have come up with an alternative plan for the festival. The club plans to sell fresh North Fork strawberries, strawberry shortcake and daiquiris via drive-thru service at the usual festival location at Strawberry Fields.
This is hard on the charities that Lions Club supports as this is their largest fundraiser.

Also already canceled are the Rotary Uncorked event on May 20 as well as the Oysterponds Historical Society’s North Fork Fresh tasting event planned for June 13 and their benefit gala on Aug. 8.

This could prevent major fundraisers by our local volunteer fire department and the 1731 Meeting House which fund raise in the summer because that's when a lot of people with money come to the North Fork.
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The North Fork's Rites of Spring Music Festival | 2020 will be online only.

https://www.ritesmusic.org/2020-festiva ... 3f29b8fa45

Subscription cost is $100.00 for 4 concerts which goes to pay the musicians.
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Big spike in NY Covid deaths. Not yet sure why.

Suffolk’s coronavirus death toll leaps by 227, New York State’s by 952
State data shows unusual spikes in reported fatalities in Suffolk, Nassau and NYC


https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/05/07/s ... es-by-952/
The coronavirus death toll jumped by more than 200 in Suffolk County and by 952 across New York State, according to new data released by the State Health Department last night.

:snippity:

The jump of 227 deaths in Suffolk County is the largest one-day increase in fatalities reported since the outbreak began. The sharp increase in deaths statewide is also far higher than the 232 new deaths Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at his briefing earlier in the day.

The state’s COVID-19 tracker, which usually releases daily data by 2 p.m., states that yesterday’s dramatic increase in fatalities reflects both new data as well as identification of confirmed fatalities within nursing homes and adult care facilities.

But only 34 new deaths – both confirmed and presumed COVID-19 – have been reported in Suffolk County nursing homes and adult care facilities since May 3, when the state last updated its nursing home data. Deaths in those facilities would therefore represent only a small portion of the new 227 deaths reported in Suffolk County last night.
NYS total deaths now at 25,956 per Worldometers.
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Maybe this is a good time not to be on the North Fork. ;)

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That doesn't look like fun at all. They were talking about a possible cyclonic bomb for the NE at one point. Not my idea of a good time.
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BREAKING: Long Island MacArthur Airport recorded a trace of snow early this morning. Incredibly, that means Long Island has officially had a snowier May than February.
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:o

In our hamlet now 44F going down to 32F, gusts to 36 MPH. In May.
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Spend a minute on the North Fork-

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By the time we get back to the North Fork it may be a changed place. :?

Economists, business leaders predict period of great change on horizon

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview ... wxsXTmXB1Q
Restaurants and wineries are of particular concern. They make up a large portion of the North Fork economy and will be among the last operations to reopen to in-house service. While many continue to serve take-out and some have adapted to offer free delivery to meet consumer demands, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to offer seated service for several more weeks or months. When they do reopen, they will almost certainly be facing density restrictions that could challenge them to turn a profit.

“For a [debt] leveraged restaurant, it’s going to be a very hard row to hoe,” said Tom Flesher, an associate professor of economics at Suffolk County Community College. “They are so dependent on getting their cash flows in on a very regular basis. For them, particularly if we’re talking about a restaurant that’s at a higher price point … they’re going to have to make a choice between coming back and offering the same experience they’ve offered before and having fewer customers because of social distancing guidelines or offering a higher-revenue experience like curbside or delivery or offering something that has lower food costs.”

Mr. Flesher noted that one way restaurants have already changed business models and “held down the fort” during the shutdown is by offering family pack meals. Food and beverage products that go out the door — instead of “continuing to sell the experience” — might remain a key to some level of success even after the shutdown ends, he said.

Still, Mr. Flesher called it a “conservative estimate” to project that half the region’s restaurants will go out of business — or never reopen — in the coming months. “You see restaurants as a high-failure-rate business in the first place because it’s very difficult to build a base of new customers,” he said.
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In a pinch this recipe could be made with ingredients not grown on the North Fork. ;)

Booze Bites: Making strawberry tart with Jamesport Albariño

https://northforker.com/2020/05/booze-b ... AmrfoU5T8U
Recipe-

Ingredients
Crust

170 grams or 1 ⅓ cup AP flour
½ tsp salt
9 tbsp unsalted butter, cold

Ricotta filling

1 cup ricotta
3 tbsp sugar
¼ cup Jamesport Vineyards Albariño wine

Strawberry topping

1 lb Catapano Farms strawberries, sliced
2 tbsp sugar
½ lemon

Directions

Whisk together the salt and flour. Cut the butter into cubes, and add to the mixture. Use your fingers to flatten the cubes of butter. Once all the cubes are incorporated, add in 3 tablespoons of ice water. Mix in with your hands until it forms a loose ball. It should feel a little dry. If it still isn’t coming together, keep adding a tablespoon of water until it does. Wrap and let rest in the fridge for 30 minute, or ideally, overnight.

Meanwhile, make the strawberry topping. Slice strawberries. Mix with sugar and the juice from the lemon. Cover and place in the fridge until assembly.

Remove the dough from the fridge, and roll it out into a rough square about ¼ inch thick. Prick all over with a fork to prevent bubbles. Brush with an egg wash, and place in a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely.

While the pie crust is cooling, make the ricotta filling. Mix together ricotta, sugar and wine. Place in the freezer until ready to use, but at most for two hours.

Assemble the tart. Spread the ricotta mixture on the pie crust. Place the strawberries on top of that, being sure to pour the juice leftover in the bowl. Cut and serve immediately.
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Now I 'm Hungary, looks really good.
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Editorial: This is now the time to reimagine our hamlets

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview ... gSaGdTaxcY
America in the 1940s and today seem like two different countries. During World War II, America united behind the cause of defeating fascism. Now, in this viral war, we protest and shout at each other and sling assault weapons over our shoulders to express our extreme contempt for what the government is doing. We don’t just disagree with people; we are completely disgusted by them.

When experts we have interviewed say North Fork businesses must reinvent themselves if they are to survive this pandemic, they are saying they won’t and can’t go back to where they were before. Entrepreneurs will have to be creative and find new models. These businesses will have to find a new gear to run on or they will die.

For example, some in Greenport propose turning Front Street into a pedestrian walkway so restaurants can set up tables in the street and thus attract customers while maintaining social distancing. Front Street is part of Route 25, a state highway. How long will the state Department of Transportation take to consider this and what will they decide? Meanwhile, as the wheels of government slowly turn, more and more businesses will simply wither away.

Downtown Riverhead has been trying for several years to model itself after the Village of Patchogue, with downtown apartments, a walkable business district, busy restaurants and a convenient train station for commuters. Looking at this now, it’s hard to see widespread construction continuing downtown at the same pace when the economy restarts.
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As Memorial Day weekend arrives, expect a different type of summer on the North Fork this year

https://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview ... YbR0EK_Luk
Under the governor’s plan, the number of beach visitors will be limited to 50% usual capacity, no group activities such as volleyball will be allowed and picnic areas, playgrounds, pavilions and concessions must remain closed.

:snippity:

Splish Splash in Riverhead, originally set to open May 23, has pushed off its opening day. “While it’s too soon to confidently provide an opening date, we remain committed to opening Splish Splash this summer as soon as safely possible,” a spokesperson for the water park said recently. “Our highest priority remains the safety of all of our team members and guests. We will continue to closely follow the guidelines set forth by federal, state and local government officials and health experts as we prepare to resume operations.”

:snippity:

It’s also unlikely that the monthly First Friday fair on Love Lane will return this year. “Under the current executive order from the state and CDC’s recommendations, trying to host such a gathering is not in the best interest of public health or safety,” Mattituck Chamber of Commerce president Dave Perrin said Tuesday. “We are looking forward to another great season in 2021.”

The Riverhead Business Improvement District had already planned to reduce the number of Alive on 25 events this year from four to two. Now, it’s unclear if the popular street festival will return at all this year.
It is unlikely that concerts will be allowed at wineries and other venues this summer.
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https://patch.com/new-york/northfork/s/ ... aign=alert

Inside this article about a tiff between NYC and LI over beach access is some interesting news.
The county executives said that large fireworks displays and concerts were canceled this summer.
That's Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester Counties. Iince Suffolk the adjective "large" is meant to apply to concerts as well as fireworks displays? And how large is large?
According to New York State's regional monitoring dashboard Thursday, Long Island dropped to meeting four of the seven required metrics; as of Wednesday, it had been meeting five. The new metric that it failed to meet pertains to the share of hospital beds available; the necessary number the region needs to meet is 30 percent. Long Island also has not yet metrics involving either a 14 day decline in hospital deaths or fewer than five deaths on a three day rolling average; the region also has to meet a contact tracing metric.
As of Thursday, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Suffolk County was 38,553, Bellone said, with an increase of 142, a higher uptick than has been seen in some time. "We'd like to see this number lower," he said; up until Thursday the number had been below 100.
Since Suffolk beaches are opening today there may be increased transmission.
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Previously unidentified victim of Gilgo Beach murders to be identified
The victim had been referred to as Jane Doe #6.


https://abcnews.go.com/US/previously-un ... itter_abcn
Police in Suffolk County, New York, announced Friday they will release the identity of a previously unidentified victim of the Gilgo Beach murders.

Officials said in a statement they had positively identified the “Manorville Jane Doe,” also referred to as “Jane Doe #6," whose remains were located in Manorville in 2000 and Gilgo Beach in 2011.

It was not immediately clear when they would make the announcement.

In 2010 and 2011, the remains of 10 people were discovered in Gilgo Beach.
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Crowds prompt county to hire attendant for Cedar Beach park

https://suffolktimes.timesreview.com/20 ... each-park/
Photos taken at Cedar Beach County Park in Southold show throngs of fishermen crowding the shoreline, few of them observing the social distancing and mask guidelines put in place due to COVID-19.

Even some who wore masks discarded them on the beach, along with other litter: dirty diapers, empty beer cans and fishing equipment.

:snippity:

Mr. Miller reported seeing tents pitched on the beach and people defecating outside, as well as a food truck and kayak rental truck operating illegally in the parking lot. Though county parks were supposed to be open to county residents only, many vehicles parked in the lot reportedly had license plate brackets from Queens, Brooklyn, Connecticut and even New Jersey.

:snippity:

Southold police responded to Cedar Beach at least twice over the holiday weekend, according to this week’s blotter report. An anonymous person called police around 1 a.m. Saturday to report loud music and crowds at the park, prompting a response from both Southold officers and Suffolk County park rangers.
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South Fork-

Beaches Closed To Day Trippers After 'Hellish' Holiday Weekend
Memorial Day weekend saw large crowds swarming Southampton beaches, littering, urinating, and not social distancing, supervisor says.


https://patch.com/new-york/northfork/s/ ... aign=alert
Schneiderman signed an emergency order Thursday temporarily closing all town beaches to daily visitors; town beach parking lots were already restricted to residents and renters under a prior emergency order.

The new emergency order limits the use of all town beaches, not just parking lots, to residents and legal renters until May 31 and restricts roadside parking near beaches, as well, Schneiderman said.

:snippity:

Weather conditions were not ideal for sunbathing which limited beach attendance, but, even in the rain, people flocked to other beaches to go fishing, the supervisor added.

The problem, he said, became "acute" at the end of North Sea Road in North Sea when nearly 500 people congregated on a narrow stretch of beach on Saturday evening. Police were forced to close the beach after determining that social distancing could not be achieved based on the volume of people, Schneiderman said.
This is the end of North Sea Road-
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Maybe it is just as well we aren't currently on the North Fork. Things are going crazy there. :?

Police respond to shooting in Jamesport

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/05/28/p ... jamesport/
A reported shooting on Manor Lane in Jamesport last night sent at least one person to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Police responded to a call about gunshots in the area on Manor Lane just before 8 p.m. At 8:17 p.m. Suffolk County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services dispatched Jamesport Fire Department rescue to the scene for a gunshot wound.

The Suffolk County Police Department mobile command post unit was placed at the intersection of Manor Lane and Main Road last night.

Manor Lane was closed to all traffic until at least midnight. A long stretch of the road was still closed to traffic this morning at 6 a.m. The Suffolk command post vehicle had been relocated to a site just north of the Jamesport Fire Department headquarters. A N.Y. State Police car was blocking the road about a mile south of Sound Avenue.
As I was wondering why the Suffolk and NY State Police responded instead of the Riverhead Town Police a 2nd article appeared-

Man shot by police in standoff on Manor Lane last night

https://riverheadlocal.com/2020/05/28/m ... ast-night/
An armed man who barricaded himself in a house on Manor Lane was shot by police after he emerged from the house with a shotgun and began firing at officers during a standoff on Manor Lane in Jamesport last night, Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said in an interview this morning.

No police officers were injured, Hegermiller said.

The suspect, who Hegermiller did not identify, was subdued and taken into custody and transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment, where he remains under arrest, the chief said.

Because it is a police-involved shooting, Hegermiller said Suffolk County Police Department’s Homicide Division is handling the investigation. The Riverhead chief said he is waiting for guidance from Suffolk County Police on which agency would provide further details about the incident, including the suspect’s identity.
Manor Lane is 2 miles long and mostly runs thru farmland. There are a few houses south of the Turtle Rescue facility on the west side. This is about 1/2 mile from our cottage.
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