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Barbaraellen Koch

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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11/26/14 12:09pm
Matthew Kollmeier of Northport (right) and Jason Thomas of Riverhead carving up some of the over 250 pounds of roasted turkey. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Matthew Kollmeier of Northport (right) and Jason Thomas of Riverhead carving up some of the over 250 pounds of roasted turkey. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Culinary arts student Jason Thomas of Riverhead is volunteering to make Thanksgiving dinners for seniors in need as part of Suffolk Community College’s Community Arts program.

“This is hospitality. It is what we do, we are chefs,” he said as he was carving up one of the roasted turkeys in the school’s kitchen early Wednesday morning.  (more…)

11/20/14 6:00am
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From left, Caitlin Jacobs of Mattituck as Charlotte Hay; Max Cream of Farmingdale as George Hay; and Johnny Tumminello of Jamesport as Howard. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The McGann-Mercy Theatre Company will present “Moon over Buffalo” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20-22 in the school auditorium in Riverhead.

Set in the 1950s, the comedy tells the story of two aging actors waiting for their “big break” in Buffalo and the obstacles that threaten their dreams.

Tickets: $10, available at the door. 727-5900, ext. 310.

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11/11/14 2:48pm
The Riverhead Combined Veterans Committee held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Combined Veterans Committee held its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Combined Veterans Committee hosted its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday morning at the First World War Memorial on West Main Street, honoring those who have served and are currently serving in the United States’ armed forces.

Comprised of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, the committee welcomed Councilman John Dunleavy — himself a Vietnam veteran — to speak at the ceremony.

Below is an excerpt from his speech. Click through for more photos from the ceremony.

“Today is truly an American holiday. It’s the day we recognize the men and women who have fought and worked to ensure our freedom as citizens of this great country. These veterans have played crucial roles in over 20 major military conflicts throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Future veterans are currently engaged in action throughout the world. These men and women wake up each day with one mission — to protect the interests of the United State of America and to ensure the freedoms we enjoy daily to remain protected now and in the future.”