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Grant Parpan

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

12/28/14 7:17pm
The 2014 Russell Athletic ‘Fight Like Dylan Award’ is presented to Shoreham-Wading River High School during the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl Press Conference; L-R, Clemson University head coach Dabo Swinney; Russell Athletic senior vice president, general manager, Robby Davis; Shoreham-Wading High School assistant coach Tom Fabian; University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. (Credit: Russell Athletic, courtesy)

The 2014 Russell Athletic ‘Fight Like Dylan Award’ is presented to Shoreham-Wading River High School during the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl Press Conference; L-R, Clemson University head coach Dabo Swinney; Russell Athletic senior vice president, general manager, Robby Davis; Shoreham-Wading High School assistant coach Tom Fabian; University of Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. (Credit: Russell Athletic, courtesy)

Dylan Rebeor wasn’t around for his team’s finest moment on the football field.

Diagnosed with colon cancer in spring 2010, the 16-year-old from Columbia, Tenn. didn’t live long enough to see his Columbia Central teammates win a state title.

But before he died, he made a pledge to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for his team to receive new uniforms.

Since his passing, Russell Athletic has honored his memory by awarding a $50,000 uniform and equipment grant to a high school  that overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity while embodying Dylan’s spirit and courage.

On Sunday, the “Fight Like Dylan” award was presented to Shoreham-Wading River High School, whose football team finished its first unbeaten season last month as Long Island champions, despite the October death of lineman Thomas Cutinella, who died hours after suffering an on-field injury(more…)

12/24/14 4:00pm

We asked our crew what 2014 stories they most enjoyed reading or meant the most to them. Here are just a few of our responses. Have any favorites of your own from 2014? Share them below in the comments section.


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Laura Huber, editorial assistant: “I loved reading about Brandon Boardman and how the story connected the details many of us miss about people living with Asperger’s. I think it’s good for kids to see positive stories about young people in our community.”  


 


Jen_BWJen Nuzzo, associate editor: “The dinosaur theater that never happened. If you haven’t seen the ‘Dino-A-Live’ program in action, check it out on YouTube.”


 


Vera_BWVera Chinese, northforker editor: “I like how local historians have pieced together an account of the battle to save the Cutter Eagle by using tales from a variety of unreliable narrators. That story brought a little known but important piece of Riverhead history to life for me.”



Andrew_BWAndrew Olsen, publisher: “Having spent many hours on the baseball and softball fields with my kids, my favorite story was Shoreham-Wading River freshman pitcher Brian Morrell beginning his varsity career by throwing back-to-back no-hitters.



Rachel_BWRachel Young, staff writer: “Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Shoreham-Wading River football team endured the pain of Tom Cutinella’s untimely death to win the Long Island championship. An incredible story.”


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12/19/14 10:00am
A life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus climbing a ladder takes center stage in the winter wonderland that Kevin and Tammy Kruger start working on each November on Mechanic Street in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A life-sized sculpture of Santa Claus climbing a ladder takes center stage in the winter wonderland that Kevin and Tammy Kruger start working on each November on Mechanic Street in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

There are people who love Christmas and then there’s Kevin and Tammy Kruger.

The Krugers, who have been decorating each holiday season for two decades, created a unique setting, using practically every inch of their property at 640 Mechanic St. in Southold. For that, they’ve earned the grand prize in our first Deck the Halls holiday decorating contest, which includes a $1,000 gift certificate courtesy of Riverhead Building Supply.

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11/28/14 8:25am

Picture an entire street decorated as a winter wonderland. Now imagine dozens of them.

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This was something I witnessed as an editor at a local newspaper in Santa Clarita, Calif., where the paper hosted an annual Holiday Lights Tour. Individual houses and streets would be evaluated each year by a team of judges from the newspaper staff. We’d determine which were the best, award them prizes and publish a list of the top holiday houses in the valley so our readers could go see them firsthand.

The contest eventually grew so large that the judges were all chauffeured in a limousine, touring the houses for more than eight hours. We’d be greeted with bribes — we actually gave out a prize for best bribe — of food, drinks and trinkets from the contestants. I still have the Homer Simpson-talking Santa figure a producer on “The Simpsons” gave me in hopes I’d choose his house. Though I ultimately voted for the house that fed us the killer tortilla soup.

For the past several winters, we’ve toyed with the idea of bringing such a contest to the North Fork and encouraging each of our readers to find their inner Clark Griswold as we seek to identify the best-decorated house.

This year we’re giving it a try.

We’re going to start out small, by picking one winning house and a handful of honorable mentions.

To participate, you’ll need to fill out the form in the ‘At Home’ section of this week’s paper or email us (gparpan@timesreview.com) the relevant information.KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO

You will also need to be home on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 14, when our judges will make the rounds to decide which home is the best decorated. We will call all contestants several days before our visit to let you know an approximate time we’ll stop by.

We will judge your home based on style and taste, the difficulty of setting up the decorations and the uniqueness of your display.

We will consider interiors, exteriors or both.

The winning houses will be featured on our real estate page in the Dec. 18 issue, and the grand winner will get the perfect gift for homeowners who want to improve their houses even more for next year’s contest: a $1,000 gift certificate to Riverhead Building Supply.

Do you think you have the best-decorated house on the North Fork? Prove it.

Photos credits: Katharine Schroeder

11/22/14 8:00am
St. Anthony's High School rowers during the annual Snowflake Regatta, which this year made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

St. Anthony’s High School rowers during the annual Snowflake Regatta, which this year made national headlines for all the wrong reasons. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

My wife and I were at a local restaurant the other night. The family of four sitting next to us was finishing dessert when a busgirl, who appeared to be around 14 or 15, let a glass of water slip from her hand. It didn’t splash anybody and no one appeared to be hurt, but it was an inconvenience for a few of the surrounding tables as the water spread across the floor and needed to be cleaned up.

What surprised me most about the incident was how the mother at the table, who appeared to be in her 40s or 50s, reacted to the spill.  (more…)