The machine crawls down Main Street. In a cloud of dust, and a coterie of men in yellow vests, the machine lifts, chews and spits out years of pavement and patches. Now, the road is wide and dusty and level. It is easy to see where potholes were, and will be again. I always want them to take it down more. Down to the lost change of 1975, down to wagon ruts and cattle tracks. There was lengthy discussion about how the roads, in this half-restored condition, had actually achieved the goal of the public good, and maybe they could ... by Staff Writer
Among the most moving words about the novel coronavirus outbreak were those of Governor Andrew Cuomo to National Guard troops involved in converting the Javits Center into a hospital for coronavirus patients. “You are living a moment in history,” said Mr. Cuomo. “This is a moment that is going to change this nation. This is a moment that forges character, forges people, changes people — makes them stronger, makes them weaker. “Ten years from now, you will be talking about today to your children, and your children and you will shed a tear, because you will remember the lives lost ... 6 Apr 2020 by Staff Writer
At sundown, a line of nine lanky great blue herons sifts up Sagg Pond. They fly slowly. They are low but not quite ready to land as they ease past. Pterodactyls, marionette-like, the line hooks left, toward white walls and the mouth of the swamp. As night falls and the spring peepers begin to chant, the peacefulness of our immediate surroundings tries to take hold. But from house to house already comes the shared light, the blue flicker of a television screen. Everybody, stay inside. It used to be dark in Sagaponack. But houses, even when empty, threaten to emit ... 31 Mar 2020 by Staff Writer
The signs on Route 27 that usually warn of an accident up ahead or tell people not to text while driving were announcing, alternatively, “Stay Home” and “Stop The Spread.” Along Montauk Highway, restaurant after restaurant was shut down, many with hand-drawn signs posted about takeout being available. At a supermarket, people were wearing face masks. In front of a grocery store in Westhampton Beach, a crowd had gathered and items were being sold, to one customer at a time, from a table outside. Driving home, I passed the Southampton Full Gospel Church, with a sign in front of it: ... by Staff Writer
The first tomatoes germinate. Unlike lettuce, or even onions, this little green shoot, wiring up from the shallow flat of potting soil, makes me take a deep, meditative breath. Of all the things we raise, the tomato seems like the one with the most variables and expectations. The one most desired and adored, the one that takes so much attention and so much time. “Maybe,” I think, as I gently flick the stem with my index finger and watch it barely wobble, “it will be a perfect year.” Rain is hammering the greenhouse. Wind compresses the air that inflates the ... 24 Mar 2020 by Staff Writer
If the novel coronavirus doesn’t kill me, then this social distancing will. I am a social animal and love to be with people. I love having dinner parties and cooking for friends. I think fondly of our last social events — the Rotary Club spaghetti-and-meatball dinner at Edgewater on March 9, and my Book Group meeting that I hosted on March 10. It feels like a million years ago as we isolate ourselves at home and watch the news as the situation changes day to day and hour by hour. We read “Working” by Robert Caro, and I highly recommend ... by Staff Writer
It’s a modern-day plague: the deaths, the quarantines, the states of emergency, the declaration of a worldwide pandemic, the lockdown of cities and entire countries, the shutdown of schools and businesses, the mass layoffs, the courage of those doctors and nurses and other health care providers treating people with an infectious disease despite the danger to themselves, the fear we all have of getting infected, the “social distancing” … and on and on. It’s a health disaster, a calamity on a global scale. “Our lives are all changing in ways that were unimaginable just a week ago,” said New York ... by Staff Writer
When the news came down from the publisher that weekly columns such as mine would be temporarily suspended due to impending doom and economic shortfall, I asked if I could write for free — and my suggestion was not rejected. I have written here for about 25 years, and now seemed like a bad time to stop. I joked that if I wrote for the money, I would have never started. It is not charity; it is opportunity. By design farmers are preppers. We need things before we need them — it’s part of our annual budget and the reason ... 17 Mar 2020 by Staff Writer
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