North Fork News


Save Water!

Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith is strongly urging residents and businesses to reduce lawn irrigation to help conserve water for the foreseeable future.

Due to hot temperatures, the town is having difficulty replenishing water tanks, which are currently seeing levels dropping. The town is urging residents and businesses to reduce sprinkler and irrigation use, which can drive up water usage as much as 80 percent.

The town encourages residents and businesses to follow sprinkler/irrigation guidelines, such as using irrigation systems on alternative days or every third day, double-checking to make sure that sprinkler heads are working properly and adjusting the systems so that only the lawn, and not the street, are being watered. For more information, visit

Historical Society Author Talks

Christopher Verga will talk about his book, “Saving Fire Island from Robert Moses: The Fight for a National Seashore,” at the Suffolk County Historical Society’s Book & Bottle series at 6 PM on Thursday, July 25.

The series is free for members; $5 for nonmembers. The events include wine and cheese and a book sale and signing. Reservations are required. For more information, visit

Caregiver Workshops

Peconic Bay Medical Center will host free caregiver workshops with a talk on keeping control of your assets with Brian Andrew Tully, a certified elder law attorney, on Wednesday, July 24, from 11 AM to 12 PM.

For more information, visit

Mattituck-Laurel Library Programs

The Mattituck-Laurel Library will host “Erik’s Reptile Edventure,” an educational hands-on learning experience with lizards, snakes, an alligator, and other reptiles, for the whole family on Thursday, July 25, at 1 PM.

The library will screen “Ladies in Black” (2018 PG), a comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in Australia during the late 1950s, on Friday, July 26, at 1:30 PM.

Eco-Photo Explorers will give a presentation on “Galapagos: Darwin’s Enchanted Islands,” and take viewers through Darwin’s five-week exploration on Friday, July 26, at 6 PM. Registration is required.

Author-historian Bill Bleyer will give a talk on Long Island maritime history starting with the first landing on Plum Island on July 29 at 6:30 PM.

Students in grades 7 through 12 can take funny photos with friends and family using the library’s green screen technology on July 31 from 1 to 6 PM. Photo booth props will be provided, and attendees can take home their own four-by-six-inch photos. The event is free, but registration is required.

Eakta Gandhi will give authentic henna tattoos at the library on July 31 at 6 PM. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, visit

Educational Tick Programs

With tick season now in full swing, Stony Brook Southampton Hos-
pital’s Tick-Borne Disease Resource Center will continue to offer educational programs throughout the summer.

Rebecca Young, RN, BSN will give a talk on “Tick-Borne Disease: What You Need to Know” on Wednesday, July 31, at 5:30 PM at the Shelter Island Public Library. Scott Campbell, PhD will give a talk on “Ticks! What You Need to Know” at the Southold Presbyterian Church on August 1 at 7 PM.

There will be other events held throughout August. For more information, visit

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