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Barbaraellen Koch

03/20/14 11:17am

Lyle Markowski as Meleager (right) and Sarah Brennan as Atalanta. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The annual Riverhead Middle School Roman Banquet will present ‘How Atalanta Got her Groove Back’ Thursday evening at the school under the direction of Magistra Laurentia Calpurnia Custer, who’s in her 17th year. (more…)

02/26/14 7:00pm

Patrick O’Brien of Riverhead as Biff (on floor), Danielle Allen of Riverhead as Linda, Ian Byrne of Baiting Hollow as Willy and Max Crean of Farmingville as Ben, Willy’s older brother. (Barbaraellen Koch photo)

The McGann-Mercy Theater Company will present Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller beginning Thursday night in the school auditorium. The show runs through Saturday with start times of 7:30 p.m.  (more…)

01/10/14 3:15pm

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | The main characters, George and Mary Bailey, are played by Alex Bowe and Shannon McAlister.

The Riverhead Blue Masques are presenting “It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play” beginning tonight at 7 p.m. Additional performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Charles Cardona Auditorium at Riverhead High School.

The performance is under the co-direction of music teacher Dena Tishim and English teacher Jessica Guadagnino.

The performance is inspired by the classic American film of the same title. It is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Fifty students divided into two ensembles will perform this weekend. The actors in the photographs below will be performing Saturday night.

The main characters, George and Mary Bailey, are played by Alex Bowe and Shannon McAlister, respectively. The angel, Clara, is played by Kaitlyn Jehle and the superintendent of angels by Jesse Goodale. The announcer Freddie Fillmore is played by Kamaria Harris. Musical accompaniment on the piano is Jessica Sisti.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at door and $5 for seniors. For more information, contact Dena Tishim at 369-6741.

01/10/14 10:40am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Store manager (far right) Christopher Marinos cuts the ribbon as customers waited outside Friday morning.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Store manager (far right) Christopher Marinos cuts the ribbon as customers waited outside Friday morning.

Discount grocery retailer Aldi opened at 9 a.m. Friday morning after a brief ceremonial ribbon cutting as around 50 customers waited outside in the cold. It is the fourth store to open in the Route 58 shopping center where Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Christmas Tree Shops is located. It is also the fourth store to open in Suffolk County of the privately held company, which came stateside in 1973 and has 1,300 store in 32 states.

The 18,000 square-foot store has five aisles which are open and bright with large signage and grocery items are stocked by case to make it more efficient. One of the aisles is stocked with non-grocery discount items which vice  president Bruce Persohn called “here today gone tomorrow” sale items. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

District manager Matt Schapiro said that they are in the middle of a coast-to-coast expansion, locally with stores in Lake Grove, Lindenhurst and Bay Shore. They are currently eyeing a location in Patchogue based on customer response. “We look to locate where there is anybody who needs groceries and likes to save money is a great customer as far as I’m concerned.”

Bridget and Frank Sears of Houston flew up just for the opening. His parents live in Riverhead and they shop at some of the five Aldi stores at home. They said that they love the shopping experience and discounts of the grocery chain.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | A customer grabs some goods at the Aldi opening on Friday morning.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Gorg Westermann of Wading River, formerly of Solatu, German, grabs some goods at the Aldi opening on Friday morning.

12/06/13 9:00am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Big Duck all lit up for the holidays.

Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman quizzed the crowd at the 25th annual Big Duck lighting ceremony Thursday evening in Flanders. He discovered that the couple hundred people in attendance came from all around the East End, from the North and South Forks out to Nassau County — there was even a family from Switzerland.

For the 10th consecutive year, the Riverhead Middle School Show Choir, under the direction of Nadine Greenberg, sang holiday songs with “ducky” twists on the words such as “Have a Wacky Quacky Big Duck” to the tune of “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”

The Flanders Fire Department, with Chief Todd Ryan, escorted Santa Claus to the Big Duck Ranch via fire truck, sirens blaring, where he flicked the switch on the lights with the help of a group of children and then stayed around to listen to Christmas wishes.

11/28/13 7:52am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Culinary students Kristina Caschetta (left) Anastasia DeRosa (center) and Alexa Cimino with the carved up roasted turkeys that were prepared for the Dominican Sisters Wednesday morning.

Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary School in downtown Riverhead partnered for the fourth year with the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service to cook and prepare about 140 dinners for long-term patients and home-bound seniors of the Dominican Sisters of Hampton Bays.

Local businesses on the North and South Forks teamed up to raise money for the feast.

Chef instructor Vinny Winn worked with about 40 students and high school volunteers in the culinary’s kitchen to prepare the meal. They cooked 15 turkeys weighing 15 pounds each, 100 pounds each of mashed and sweet potatoes, seven gallons of gravy and 20 pounds of stuffing. There were also rolls, cranberry sauce and 24 apple pies and 24 pumpkin pies.

Local elementary schools students made and decorated trays for the meals.