09/13/14 8:00am
Randy Clement (left) and Mile Weber Jr. of Clement Carpentry of Jamesport working on the Witch's Hat restoration Thursday morning.

Randy Clement (left) and Mike Weber Jr. of Clement Carpentry of Jamesport working on the Witch’s Hat restoration Thursday morning.

The curiously shaped “Witch’s Hat” in Aquebogue is getting a much-needed makeover thanks to donations from area businesses and volunteers.

Spearheaded by the Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Commission, along with the Save Main Road preservation advocacy group, the roadside structure — named an official town landmark in 1987 — will be restored back to its original specifications.

The stand was built in 1926 by Henry and Lena Flemming, and used to sell gas, candy, cigarettes, and eventually ice cream to motorists from the 1930’s to 1970.  (more…)

09/12/14 12:00pm
Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate (center) with Estabon, 16, and Pedro, 14, and their mother Marta in July. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate (center) with Estabon, 16, and Pedro, 14, and their mother Marta in July. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

As young immigrants known as “border children” continue to reunite with families in Riverhead, the school district is reporting an influx of non-English-speaking students — and is unable to find the necessary personnel to accommodate their growing numbers.

Through July of this year, 4,244 “border children” have ended up in New York State, many fleeing their violence-plagued homelands in Central America, according to data released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ office of refugee resettlement.  (more…)

09/12/14 8:00am
A buffalo calf feeds at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead Tuesday. Owner Ed Tuccio said the dry summer season decreased the newborn mortality rate. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A buffalo calf feeds at North Quarter Farm in Riverhead Tuesday. Owner Ed Tuccio said the dry summer season decreased the newborn mortality rate. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

The dog days of summer weren’t very dogged this year, at least not in terms of 90-plus degree days. That, combined with a lack of rain, created some ideal conditions for local produce and livestock farmers.

“Overall it has been tremendous for growing,” said Joe Gergela, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau. “The quality of produce and fruit is unbelievable, actually. Just really magnificent crops.”  (more…)

09/07/14 2:00pm
Members of the (almost) undefeated R.M. Masonettes softball team during Saturday's fourth annual reunion fundraiser. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Members of the (almost) undefeated R.M. Masonettes softball team during Saturday’s fourth annual reunion fundraiser. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Former players of the R.M. Masonettes and R.M. Blockbusters gathered for their fourth annual reunion Saturday afternoon to raise money for a good cause and remember the man who started it all: Roy Mack Sr.

During a cookout block party on Hinda Boulevard, a younger generation could be seen playing games, while their elders told stories of the good old days, when the Mack family patriarch ran the show. (more…)

09/06/14 2:00pm
Helen Anne Livingston recently moved to Riverhead to join St. Isidore's as the first lay principal in the school's 52-year history. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Helen Anne Livingston recently moved to Riverhead to join St. Isidore’s as the first lay principal in the school’s 52-year history. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Along with a new computer lab and resource room, students at St. Isidore Elementary School will be also be greeted by a new face this fall — Helen Anne Livingston.

Ms. Livingston, St. Isidore’s new principal, brings with her more than 15 years’ experience and has worked as both an elementary school teacher and principal and, most recently, as superintendent of schools at Roosevelt Children’s Academy Charter School in Roosevelt.  (more…)

09/06/14 12:00pm
Credit: Clip art/Microsoft Images

Credit: Clip art/Microsoft Images

It’s a constant struggle during the teenage years. The kids fall asleep late at night, then struggle to wake up hours later, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with minimal time to catch the bus.

Experts agree that it might be time to allow teenagers more time to sleep.  (more…)