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Grant Parpan

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

07/31/14 12:00pm

Anthony Venetz family seeks benefits

More than 400,000 soldiers are buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

One of them is Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Venetz Jr., who was brought back to the United States from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan on Jan. 30, 2011, two days after his death. He was carried off a plane at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware by seven servicemen on an U.S. Army carry team — an American flag draped over the case carrying his body.

Eleven days later, the Wading River native was laid to rest at Arlington with full military honors.

A married 30-year-old father of two, the Green Beret was remembered as a hero by those who attended his burial in section 60, site 9509 of America’s second most populated national cemetery.

That plot may be where Sgt. Venetz’s decade-long service to the military ended, but for the family he left behind, the battle continues today.  (more…)

07/21/14 8:00am
Southold Town trustee candidate Abigail Field, left, of Cutchogue signs a petition to create the Women's Equality Party line. The petition was being circulated by a group of fellow Democrats at the King Kullen in Cutchogue Sunday, including Jennifer Maertz of Rocky Point, center, and local committeewoman Lynn Summers of Southold.

Southold Town trustee candidate Abigail Field, left, of Cutchogue signs a petition to create the Women’s Equality Party line. The petition was being circulated by a group of fellow Democrats at the King Kullen in Cutchogue Sunday, including Jennifer Maertz of Rocky Point, center, and local committeewoman Lynn Summers of Southold.

Days after lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul announced she and Gov. Andrew Cuomo intend to run on a new Women’s Equality Party line, local Democrats were out collecting signatures to make sure the line gets added to the ballot in time for the November election. (more…)

07/14/14 2:31pm
Paul and Barbara Stoutenburgh being interviewed in their Cutchogue home in 2011. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Paul and Barbara Stoutenburgh being interviewed in their Cutchogue home in 2011. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

When Paul Stoutenburgh was a boy roaming the fields of Cutchogue and fishing in its creeks, it would have been impossible to imagine the impact he’d one day have on the region’s precious natural resources.

But given the gift of hindsight last year, at a ceremony renaming Arshamomaque Pond Preserve in Mr. Stoutenburgh’s honor, county Legislator Al Krupski did his part to put it in perspective.

“He helped change the culture of the town,” Mr. Krupski said of the longtime environmentalist. “He really had a vision of the town going into the future.”

Mr. Stoutenburgh, a longtime Cutchogue resident, died at his home Sunday surrounded by family members. He was 92.

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07/13/14 11:59am
Tim Steiskal of Brookhaven was the winner of the Mighty North Fork Triathlon with a time of 46:36. The event was held at Cedar Beach in Southold Sunday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Tim Steiskal of Brookhaven was the winner of the Mighty North Fork Triathlon with a time of 46:36. The event was held at Cedar Beach in Southold Sunday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Tim Steiskal calls one minute, 10 seconds an “eternity” in a triathlon.

Yet that’s how far behind the leader he was when he made the final transition from bicycle to running in Sunday’s Mighty North Fork Triathlon.

“I really had to hunt,” the Brookhaven hamlet resident said. ”I had to push myself to the limits of where you don’t want to have to push too often.”

It was worth it.  (more…)

07/13/14 11:10am
Jennifer Place of Southold leads the women's division during the Bicycle leg of the Mighty North Fork Triathlon Sunday. (Credit: Daniel DeMato)

Jennifer Place of Southold leads the women’s division during the Bicycle leg of the Mighty North Fork Triathlon Sunday. (Credit: Daniel DeMato)

Jennifer Place has always felt at home in Southold.

It’s where she ran her first triathlon, back in 2007.  It’s also long been where her parents have lived. And for the first time this year, the new Southold resident can also say it’s her hometown.

So even after winning the Mighty North Fork Triathlon at Cedar Beach four other times since 2007, the 40-year-old felt a little added pressure Sunday. That didn’t stop her from finishing in her usual first place spot among female athletes.  (more…)