01/22/15 10:00am
Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers holds a package of Island Harvest food that students take home in their backpacks for the weekend. The new food pantry opens today; hours will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers holds a package of Island Harvest food that students take home in their backpacks for the weekend. The new food pantry opens today; hours will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside will open the district’s first school food pantry today.

Principal Debra Rodgers said closet space was recently converted into a food pantry as a way for the school to increase its efforts to provide food for families in need.  (more…)

01/20/15 4:00pm
Melanie Stafford speaks at a press conference in Hauppauge Tuesday with Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (far right), state Senator John Flanagan (second from right) and family members of hit-and-run victims. Ms. Stafford's uncle was killed in 2012 while crossing the street in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Melanie Stafford speaks at a press conference in Hauppauge Tuesday with Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota (far right), state Senator John Flanagan (second from right) and family members of hit-and-run victims. Ms. Stafford’s uncle was killed in 2012 while crossing the street in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota and the families of hit-and-run victims are calling on state lawmakers to increase penalties for those convicted of fleeing the scene of a fatal accident.

Mr. Spota and members of several families, including a relative of Scott Wayte — the Brookhaven man who was struck and killed in 2012 while crossing East Main Street in downtown Riverhead — held a press conference in Hauppauge Tuesday, saying they want the state to increase the maxiumn sentence for fatal hit-and-run crimes from seven years to 15 years in prison.  (more…)

A capital improvements referendum passed on Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A capital improvements referendum passed on Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Shoreham-Wading River school district residents made their voices loud and clear on Tuesday: they want upgrades to their schools.

A $48.5 million construction project passed 1,421 to 585 on Tuesday, with 70.8 percent of voters approving the measure. The capital improvement project will require issuing a $33.5 million bonds and using another $15 million in reserves for additional construction work.

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01/13/15 12:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

The Riverhead school board is expected to vote tonight on an agreement to pay the legal fees for several past and present administrators and school board members in an upcoming federal case against the district, according to Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

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01/08/15 8:58am
Carl James in his office last year at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. Mr. James, 79, retired in June after working in the building for nearly 54 years as a custodian. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Carl James in his office last year at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. Mr. James, 79, retired in June after working in the building for nearly 54 years as a custodian. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Last winter, this newspaper set out to find the longest-tenured employee of any North Fork school district.

Turns out that person wasn’t a teacher, or an administrator. It was 79-year-old Carl James, head custodian at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. The resulting News-Review article, published Dec. 12, 2013, focused on Mr. James’ career and his perseverance, but also indicated he was considering retirement. And he was serious this time.  (more…)

01/06/15 10:10am
Integrated first grade co-teachers Lindsay Davis and Anthony Dohrenwend set up a teaching objectives display in their classroom Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Integrated first grade co-teachers Lindsay Davis and Anthony Dohrenwend set up a teaching objectives display in their classroom Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Charter School teachers have been moving into their new classrooms over the past week in preparation for Tuesday’s opening of the recently constructed two-story school in Calverton.

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