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Grant Parpan

Grant Parpan is the executive editor for Times/Review Newsgroup.

07/04/14 2:00pm
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Jen Becker making hats for newborns and preemies at her home in Southold this week.

At 4 a.m. the morning after my son was born, a nurse ducked into the room as my wife and I were falling asleep and gave him his first bath. When she was done, she swaddled him up tight and placed a red, green and white knit cap on his tiny bald head.

It was two days before Christmas and baby Jackson had his first hat. Even with a dresser drawer full of infant caps, the hospital freebie kept his skull warm long after the holidays.

Perhaps it’s because it was made by hand, or maybe just because it was sturdier than the others, but we loved that darn hat. While we realize he’ll never wear it again, there’s no way we’re tossing it in the garbage any time soon.

It turns out we’re not alone. (more…)

06/29/14 7:03pm
The crew of the Speedie Edie celebrates its victory down the home stretch of the team's heat of the Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Race in downtown Riverhead Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The crew of the Speedie Edie celebrates its victory down the home stretch of the team’s heat of the Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Race in downtown Riverhead Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

With seven kids and two adults on board, it’s hard to imagine the crew of Speedy Edie fitting another person in their boat.

But if you ask the nine passengers what it was that willed them to victory in their heat of the “anything goes” race at the Fifth Annual Carboard Boat Races in downtown Riverhead Sunday, they’ll tell you it was the 10th member of their team: Edie.

Edie Penny of West Islip passed away Saturday. A grandmother to some on the boat, a cousin and friend to others, she was looking forward to the annual Cardboard Boat Race, which her friends and family members, some from Cutchogue, have participated in each of the past three years.  (more…)

06/27/14 10:00am
Michael Kringle takes a break near a field outside Bennettsville, S.C. It was 95 degrees that day. (Credit: Michael Kringle)

Michael Kringle takes a break near a field outside Bennettsville, S.C. It was 95 degrees that day. (Credit: Michael Kringle)

You’ll have to excuse Michael Kringle for failing to make it all the way to the Florida Keys during his recent bicycle excursion from SUNY Binghamton in upstate New York.

Though reaching Florida’s southern limits was his initial goal, the 2010 Riverhead High School graduate called it quits after crossing into Florida and ultimately reaching Jacksonville.

Your initial reaction might be, ‘Why didn’t he just push himself for a few more days?’   (more…)

06/24/14 4:20pm
Laura Courtney with the note and $10 bill left at her house Monday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Laura Courtney with the note and $10 bill left at her house Monday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A Jamesport homeowner said she was a little surprised to find a note and a $10 bill left at her front door when she returned home from a brief excursion to Greenport Monday afternoon.

But she was downright shocked when she realized that, in exchange for the money, the person took a metal table and three stained glass beads from her backyard.

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06/22/14 1:21pm
Sheila Tradeski, Polish Town's very first queen, places the crown on the head of this year's queen, Anna  Sadowski. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Sheila Tradeski, Polish Town’s very first queen, places the crown on the head of this year’s queen, Anna Sadowski. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

As a young woman born and raised in Polish Town, whose own parents grew up in Poland, Anna Sadowski has always drawn inspiration from the queen of the Polish Town Fair and Festival.  (more…)

06/19/14 2:00pm
Jacqueline Celentano, 21, of Calverton is led out of Southampton Police Department headquarters in Hampton Bays Wednesday morning for a Justice Court appearance. (Credit: Carrie Miller file)

Jacqueline Celentano, 21, of Calverton is led out of Southampton Police Department headquarters in Hampton Bays Wednesday morning for a Justice Court appearance. (Credit: Carrie Miller file)

A Calverton woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of failing to report an accident following a hit-and-run crash that badly injured a Riverhead man last May, according to online court records.  (more…)