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Tips from a local: Starting your own vegetable garden

Apr 21, 2022 | People

Planting your own garden can be one of the most satisfying activities you engage in this season. It can also seem intimidating and scary. What if the plants don’t grow? How much water do they need? What if the rabbits eat…

Community Spotlight: Northport Native Garden Initiative

Apr 18, 2022 | People

For a little over a year now, the Northport Native Garden Initiative (NNGI) has been spreading the news about the positive impact that native landscaping practices have on the community’s ecosystem. Conceived in February of…

From an eating disorder to health, wellness and a focus on women empowerment

Apr 12, 2022 | People

When she was 15 years old, Sarah Maresca struggled with negative body image. A couple of years later, she began denying herself food. Now 22, the East Northport resident is hosting her first ever Women’s Empowerment Spring…

Special guest comes onstage at A Bronx Tale’s opening night, shocking cast and audience

Mar 28, 2022 | People

The Saturday, March 26 performance of A Bronx Tale: The Musical, which debuted at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport Village this weekend, was followed by a five-minute standing ovation with a very special guest…

Northport Historical Society welcomes new executive director

Mar 11, 2022 | People

Caitlyn comes to the society from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum in Huntington, where she was events and media director for three years. An accomplished artist specializing in large scale paintings and murals, Caitlyn is…

Haven Gallery donates profits from Ukrainian artist’s work to families and soldiers in need

Mar 1, 2022 | People

Northport’s Haven Gallery is donating profits from works by Kseniia Boko, an artist based in Kyiv, to support families and people in need within Ukraine, including the artist herself. Boko is a full-time artist with a dreamy…

Finding Athena: Community rallies together to bring missing dog home

Feb 28, 2022 | People

A five-week-long search for a missing dog ended this past Thursday evening, when Athena, a rescue from Texas whose photograph on fliers dotted neighborhoods throughout East Northport and Commack, was found and reunited with…

Town board and CDA offer free at-home Covid-19 tests and onsite testing to TOH residents

Feb 6, 2022 | People

The Huntington Community Development Agency (CDA) will be distributing over 10,000 over-the-counter Covid-19 test kits to Town of Huntington (TOH) residents beginning this Monday, February 7 at Manor Field Park in Huntington…

#FreezerBern fame helps land local snow sculptor in international competition

Jan 27, 2022 | People

It’s an image etched into many of our minds: a masked and frozen Bernie Sanders, sitting crossed-legged on a Northport Village park bench, readily available for selfies and group photos with amused passersby.…

Northport resident Christopher Viviano, FDNY, mourned on Main Street

Jan 24, 2022 | People

Northport resident, active FDNY firefighter and World Trade Center first responder Christopher Viviano was laid to rest at St. Philip Neri Cemetery in Northport today, following a funeral mass at St. Philip Neri Church on…

NHS graduate aims to make life “better every day” for Afghan guests at Liberty Village

Jan 21, 2022 | People

Col. Bernadette Maldonado, commander of the 108th Mission Support Group, is one of two governors at Liberty Village. “Our mission here at Task Force Liberty is to provide Department of Defense support for our civilian…

Freemasonry and Northport: A long history of ritual and relationships

Jan 17, 2022 | People

Peter Walters must have passed the Masonic lodge in Northport Village hundreds of times growing up. Not once did he think it would play such a big role in his life. “I used to drive up and down Main Street. I didn’t know the…

The Takeout Project returns, calling residents to support local eateries and neighbors in need

Jan 15, 2022 | People

The Takeout Project was created by Northport Village resident Barbara Bolen, who in winter 2021 devised a unique way to get warm meals into the hands of families in need, all while supporting local businesses. …

Town of Huntington residents take part in the “Betty White Challenge” for dogs in need

Jan 12, 2022 | People

What better way for the (self-proclaimed) Capital of Long Island Dog Lovers to honor Betty White than to take part in the “Betty White Challenge,” a charitable endeavor encouraging fans of the late actress, who was an animal…

Open call to young performers for Engeman Theater’s Frozen Jr. production

Jan 11, 2022 | People

The John W. Engeman Theater in Northport Village is having virtual auditions for Frozen Jr. in preparation of its winter production. The theater is seeking young performers between the ages of 10 and 18, only. …

Boy Scout Joseph Luft rebuilds steps on Vanderbilt Museum Trail

Jan 3, 2022 | People

Northport Boy Scout Joseph Luft rebuilt the steps on a steep trail at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum as part of his project to become an Eagle Scout. Joseph, a junior at Northport High School and member of Troop 41…

Michael Dowling recognized as one of the “Most Influential People in Healthcare”

Dec 29, 2021 | People

Northport resident and Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling has been named one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare,” ranking third overall. This is the CEO’s 15th…

A “taste of history” for the holidays: Isabelle Quinlan’s gingerbread cookie recipe

Dec 5, 2021 | People

Isabelle fell in love with Cornelius Quinlan, the Catholic boy who lived across the street, her parents forbid them from marrying. So the couple eloped and ran away to America in 1881 with only $28 in their pockets.…

Labor of love: East Northport Christmas house is back, with major fundraising event this weekend

Nov 25, 2021 | People

It’s a tradition many families can relate to: kids in the backseat of the car, sipping hot chocolate in their pajamas, while parents navigate neighborhoods near and far in search of the best holiday displays. That radio…

Coogan’s Way: Award-winning documentary by Northport High School alum gets local air time tonight at 9pm

Nov 24, 2021 | People

A journalist, documentarian, professor and 1998 Northport High School graduate, Glen Osten Anderson premiered his first feature-length documentary at the Harlem International Film Festival this past May, where it won the 2021…

Assemblyman Keith Brown talks cannabis, the healthful environment proposition, and more on Cow Harbor Conversations

Nov 13, 2021 | People

Assemblyman Keith Brown sat down with Doug Roberts for another episode of Cow Harbor Conversations. The two spoke about Brown’s election to the New York State Assembly for District 12, which includes Northport Village, Eaton…

Northport Alliance: a selective group of neighbors plan and prepare how to “best navigate and even survive these uncertain times”

Nov 11, 2021 | People

Since late summer, signs advertising a new group in town – the Northport Alliance – have been appearing on the windows of vacant storefronts. Taped to the outside of windows in the Village, the blue and white flyers share a…

Candlelight vigil against hate and intolerance brings state, town, school and community members together in a message of solidarity

Oct 31, 2021 | People

Over 300 people gathered for a candlelight vigil against hate last Thursday evening in Northport Village Park, an event initiated by Northport Village board members, and the mayor, after a succession of hateful and hurtful…

NIOT in the Park event highlights community, solidarity and hope

Oct 18, 2021 | People

Hundreds of community members, together with local leaders and law enforcement, stood united in Northport Village this past Saturday morning for Not In Our Town Northport’s second annual NIOT in the Park event. The gathering…

Meet the candidates for Suffolk County District Attorney

Oct 9, 2021 | People

On November 2, Suffolk County residents will cast their ballots in the 2021 Suffolk County General Election, where they’ll have the chance to decide who they wish to have as their District Attorney. According to the Office…

Stay informed: Huntington Town Council candidates discuss local issues during online forum

Oct 7, 2021 | People

The Journal’s Doug Roberts, along with Northport High School senior Harrison LeBow, hosted a virtual Huntington Town Council candidate forum yesterday evening focusing largely on Northport and East Northport issues. Town…

“Super Friendliness” hash club gathers in Northport to puff (or not) at peace

Aug 7, 2021 | People

Rich is a baby boomer whose home features a large heated pool with an outdoor entertainment area and a breathtaking view of Northport Harbor just down the road. On Friday evenings, since the legalization of marijuana use in…

Judge votes in favor of TOH Councilman Eugene Cook, validating the Stop LIPA petitions for supervisor spot

Aug 4, 2021 | People

The New York State Supreme Court ruled that Town of Huntington Councilman Eugene Cook will be on the November ballot in the race for supervisor, on the Stop LIPA line. Petitions for Councilman Cook’s candidacy were challenged…

“Big chair” built by local Eagle Scout designed to bring visitors to Scudder Park for a seat with a view

Jul 28, 2021 | People

Scudder Park has a playful new addition to its beach area, and a great place to sit and enjoy the view. The “Northport Big Chair,” an oversized Adirondack-like chair measuring four feet wide and six feet tall, was recently…

Fort Salonga home burglarized, distraught homeowner offers $10,000 reward for information

Jul 20, 2021 | People

A retired Suffolk County police officer and Fort Salonga resident of over 20 years is offering up to $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen items that hold sentimental value. His home on…

Eagle Scout project honors “Mr. P” with a native garden, includes time capsule for Bellerose Avenue

Jul 10, 2021 | People

When it came time for Pixie Ryan to plan her final Eagle Scout project, she set out with a lofty goal: to build her community back up after a very sad and difficult time. A rising eighth grader at East Northport Middle School…

Pandemic passion project turns into small business for East Northport resident Lauren Kearon

Jun 24, 2021 | People

East Northport resident Lauren Kearon is a mother and teacher who, like so many of us, turned to a creative outlet during the most isolating months of the pandemic. Beyond taking a daily selfie with her 7-year-old daughter…

Families and special guests attend Troop 41 Eagle Court of Honor, recognizing six highest ranking local Scouts

Jun 22, 2021 | People

Boy Scout Troop 41 Northport celebrated its Eagle Court of Honor this past Sunday, June 20, on the lawn of the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, fittingly named “Eagle’s Nest.” Troop 41 is sponsored by the Northport American…

Lawsuit after lawsuit: Town Councilman Cook discontinues lawsuit with TOH; fellow board member Smyth files lawsuit alleging petition fraud

Jun 19, 2021 | People

The race for Huntington Town Supervisor is getting more complicated by the minute, as two of the three candidates, Councilman Ed Smyth and Councilman Gene Cook – both Republicans – continue to clash on their way to the…

Three candidates vying for spots on the TOH council ballot

Jun 16, 2021 | People

On Tuesday, June 22, three candidates will vie in a primary election for two spots on the Democratic ballot line for town council next fall. Hunter Gross, Jen Hebert and Joe Schramm have thrown their hats into the race…

Little free flower stand is a magnet for positivity and kindness

Jun 6, 2021 | People

It’s little, the flowers are free, and the concept is making hearts happy. “I feel like as a community, we have so many different resources that the more we can just share with each other, we’ll make our community healthier…

Tammie Topel on her advocacy, purpose and future goals; an excerpt from the Northport Journal podcast

Jun 3, 2021 | People

Tammie Topel has been a Northport resident for 27 years. She’s a well-known special education advocate who ran for BOE trustee this past May, but fell short of a win. “I’m very active, my mouth is open, I’m putting out the…

Memorial Day Observance remembers fallen service members; honors first responders

May 31, 2021 | People

A Memorial Day Observance, held in Northport Village this morning, remembered the sacrifices of our military service members and honored the men and women who lost their lives for their country. Bill McKenna, the commander of…

Where Are They Now: Jamie Kutch

May 24, 2021 | People

As a Northport High School senior back in 1992, Jamie Kutch used to sneak bottles of fancy wine to keg parties out on Makamah Beach. Today, he’s living a life built entirely around wine – a big departure from his first career…

Short-term stewards: Rehabilitating a historic home on Highland Avenue

May 23, 2021 | People

So many Long Island house renovations nowadays involve demo work and new construction. Buyers often find a home with “good bones,” gut it, and make it their own. What happens, though, when your new home is an 1890s Queen…

Cow Harbor Conversations: A Q&A with Village Trustee Dave Weber

May 14, 2021 | People

The Northport Journal’s first podcast episode features Northport Village Trustee Dave Weber. He’s the owner of Seymour’s Boatyard, and involved in many local programs and organizations. Last March, he was elected to serve as…

Putting on a brave front; a reflection on mothering during a pandemic

May 11, 2021 | People

We’ve all seen the statistics and reports: millions of women have left the workforce to care for their children and oversee virtual, at-home schooling during the pandemic. Those who kept working, did it amidst schedule…

Community rallies in support after the death of NYPD officer Anastasios Tsakos

May 4, 2021 | People

Funeral services for NYPD Officer Anastasios Tsakos were held at St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church in Greenlawn this morning. A procession from the church to the Tsakos home in East Northport, then to the Northport Rural…

ENMS student treats healthcare workers

Apr 11, 2021 | People

When Covid-19 closed schools mid-March of last year, East Northport middle-schooler Abby Goldman thought she and her friends would be separated from their classmates, routines, and lives together for two weeks, tops.…

Our Ordinary Heroes: Who stepped up during the pandemic?

Apr 11, 2021 | People

Life as usual was not an option during the first year of Covid-19; many people were left without essentials like food and toiletries while businesses struggled for support. As we reflect on the past year and the many…