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Grant Parpan

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

09/13/14 11:00am
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The interior of Times/Review headquarters, northforker.com’s parent company. (Credit: Gil Amiaga File Photo)

When visitors enter our building on Main Road in Mattituck for the first time, they almost always marvel at what a unique office space we work in.

Built in 1988, and designed to look somewhat like an old potato barn, the building was intended to look different from most any other newsroom — both inside and out. (more…)

09/02/14 5:00pm
Bob Mirabelli and Irene Krizek and the boat they were on that exploded. (Credit: Lou Grasso)

Bob Mirabelli and Irene Krizek and the boat they were on that exploded. (Credit: Lou Grasso)

35 years ago this week

Pair escapes unharmed after boat explodes

A Flanders man and woman reached shore safely after a 21-foot boat they were riding in exploded and burst into flames in Meetinghouse Creek on Sept. 4, 1979.

Bob Mirabelli and Irene Krizek jumped to safety and swam to shore following the explosion.

They had just left Larry’s Lighthouse Marina when the boat stalled. After checking the carburetor, Mr. Mirabelli attempted to start the boat up again when the engine exploded.

“There was too much flame to put out,” he said. “So we jumped into the water and started swimming to shore. Even before we got halfway there the whole boat was a mass of flames.”

Riverhead police officer Bob Boden threw a police boat’s anchor onto the burning boat to keep it from drifting to a neighboring dock or the wooden shoreline and the Riverhead Fire Department extinguished the fire, we reported in that week’s issue of the News-Review.

Nobody was injured but the boat was “burned to the waterline,” we reported.

Vice President George Bush in Calverton in 1984. (Credit: News-Review archives)

Vice President George Bush in Calverton in 1984. (Credit: News-Review archives)

30 years ago this week

Vice President Bush comes to Calverton

Vice President George Bush attended a ceremony at the Grumman facility in Calverton on Aug. 27, 1984. The event was held to mark the rollout of the X-29 Fighter.

“I’m proud to be here,” the vice president said. “Proud because today, in a sense, marks the strengthening of America’s defenses.”

The computerized, 48-foot long X-29 was described as the “wave of the future.”

The first “Wine Country” signs were installed 25 years ago. (Credit: Suffolk Times archive)

25 years ago this week

First ‘Wine Country’ signs erected

It was 25 years ago this week that the North Fork was officially dubbed Long Island Wine country in signs welcoming visitors to the region.

The original Wine Country signs, donated by the Long Island Wine Council, were placed on Main Road in Aquebogue, Southold and Orient and along Sound Avenue in Riverhead, we reported in the Aug. 31, 1989 issue of the News-Review.

Butch Langhorn, left, and Rev. Charles Coverdale review the model of the Family Community Life Center. (Credit: Glenn Jochum, 1989)

Butch Langhorn, left, and Rev. Charles Coverdale review the model of the Family Community Life Center. (Credit: Glenn Jochum, 1989)

Family Community Life Center gets cool shoulder

Organizers met with a somewhat skeptical Riverhead Town Board about their plans to build the Family Community Life Center behind First Baptist Church in Northville on Aug. 28, 1989.

The organizers, led by Rev. Charles Coverdale, presented a large-scale model showing what the center would look like, which was built with a $10,000 grant.. The group was asking for “100 percent support” from the Town Board, which would have made it easier to secure additional funding for the then-$8 million project.

The group is still actively pursuing the housing plan.

08/25/14 4:00pm

RE Roundtable

What is your view of the current local real estate market?

Millie Thomas, Landmark Realty, Wading River: This year our market seems to have gotten a late start with the bad winter conditions. Therefore, the spring selling season was short. I do predict that the local prices will be going up, but slowly.

Thomas Uhlinger, Douglas Elliman, Mattituck: Yeah, it’s on an upswing, but not a fast one. Certain price breaks are moving rapidly. Inventory is building in Southold Township.

Ike Isreal, Richmond Realty, Riverhead: Our market right now is trying to improve. We are definitely stable. Deals are happening every day, buyers are realizing that the market is improving and they are coming off the sidelines into the game. Sellers are seeing more activity and it’s causing properly priced properties to sell very quickly.

Penelope Moore, Saunders & Associates, Shelter Island: The real estate market on Shelter Island has been rising steadily since last summer, with many properties that had been on the market, in some cases since before the downturn having sold. In nearly every category there have been strong sales.

Jerry Cibulski, Century 21 Albertson Realty, Southold: It is very active with homebuyers who are taking notice of the region and are looking within their budgets for homes that fit their taste and lifestyle. 

08/18/14 4:00pm
A 'lost' ad published frequently in the County Review after Margaret Metzner disappeared in 1939. (Source:Livebrary/County Review archives)

A ‘lost’ ad published frequently in the County Review after Margaret Metzner disappeared in 1939. (Credit: Livebrary.com/County Review archives)

75 years ago this week

No trace of woman lost in woods

A Valley Stream woman disappeared on Aug. 13, 1939 while picking berries with her family near the Suffolk County Airport in Westhampton, prompting a search by ground and air through the woodlands between Riverhead and Eastport.

Margaret Metzner, who was 88 at the time was still being searched for when The Riverhead News went to press on its Aug. 18, 1939 edition. Neither bloodhounds nor a Navy blimp that flew over what was then referred to as the Quogue Plains could find her. (more…)

08/15/14 12:00pm
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Ezra Fife re-enacts finding a note on his work pickup telling him that a good Samaritan found something he dropped before meeting his wife Cori and son York to see a movie. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

What would you do if you found $800 underneath a pickup truck parked at a shopping center?

That’s the dilemma 15-year-old Matti Gibson faced on Sunday afternoon outside the Rite Aid store in the Mattituck Plaza. (more…)