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Barbaraellen Koch

04/27/15 4:53pm
Paul Weissman of Bohemia (middle, white shirt) was diagnosed two years ago with ALS. He says Chris Pendergast gives him hope and. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Paul Weissman of Bohemia (middle, white shirt) was diagnosed two years ago with ALS. He says Chris Pendergast gives him hope and faith. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

For the 18th year, Chris Pendergast of Miller Place took to the streets of Rivehead with local students to bring awareness to the cause of finding a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

This year Mr. Pendergast — a 1966 Mercy High graduate — was accompanied by junior high students from Bishop McGann-Mercy as ALS Ride for Life trek across Long Island kicked off Monday morning.

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02/04/15 11:00am
The staff at J&L's. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The staff at J&L’s. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It’s been nearly three weeks since business partners Joe Clarke and Leroy Hines opened the doors to J&L’s Chicken, Fish and Ribs at 1020 E. Main St. in the former Kratoville’s Luncheonette. And there were big smiles on their faces as they waited with general manager Caprice Crippen and kitchen manager Mattie Johnson for the official ribbon cutting, featuring customary giant scissors, Tuesday afternoon. (more…)

01/17/15 11:00am
Riverhead's middle school basketball team went 10-0 this season. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead’s middle school basketball team went 10-0 this season. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

What better way to celebrate an undefeated season than a pizza party?

The 15 players and manager on Riverhead’s middle school basketball team toasted to a 10-0 season Friday afternoon with cheese and pepperoni. The boys closed out their season Thursday, defeating Mount Sinai 87-55.  (more…)

12/23/14 6:00pm
The Riverhead Charter School choir sing in the lobby of Peconic Bay Medical Center Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Charter School choir sing in the lobby of Peconic Bay Medical Center Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Charter School choir filled the halls of Peconic Bay Medical Center with holiday songs and good cheer Tuesday morning.

About 40 of the fourth- to seventh-grade students gathered around the grand piano in the lobby and later the physical therapy department in the surgical pavilion where patients were doing their rehab exercises. They also visited the Skilled Nursing facility to sing a few songs.

Jose Valdivia, a 10-year-old fourth-grader from Riverhead, performed two solos on piano, “Jingle Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

They performed under the direction of music teachers Kenny Davis on piano and Jordan Hadgeoff on saxophone and flute.

“It is an excellent opportunity to do something positive in the community and it brings holiday spirit to those who are not as fortunate as we are,” Mr.Davis said. “It is difficult being in the hospital during the holidays.”

(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The event was coordinated by acute care nurse manager Aimee LoMonaco, who has a second grader in the school and is also on the charter school board.

“It is very heart warming to see two places I am committed to, PBMC and RCS, to come together and spread holiday cheer to our community,” she said.

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