05/19/15 12:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

Riverhead school district voters will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on a budget that carries a 3.94 percent tax levy increase over last year. In addition, a series of propositions are on the ballot that would move the district’s outdated transportation facility to a new location in Calverton, call for a new turf field by borrowing $1.2 million, and create a new $5 million reserve account. (more…)

05/19/15 12:00pm

BOEOne incumbent and four challengers are running for two Riverhead school board seats that are up for grabs Tuesday night.

Incumbent and board vice president Susan Koukounas is facing former board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse, past candidates Greg Fischer and Laurie Downs and newcomer Brad Harnig. (more…)

05/05/15 5:00pm
George Gaffga, a retired pastor from Mattituck, judging last year's spelling bee. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

George Gaffga, a retired pastor from Mattituck, judging last year’s spelling bee. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

The second annual Community Spelling Bee event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, at the historic Jamesport Meeting House.

Twenty-five people participated in last year’s contest. That inaugural event raised over $4,500 to restore the 284-year-old meeting house, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

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05/04/15 10:00am
Heidi Behr's family and friends gathered Sunday at Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp's headquarters for a memorial service. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos and video)

Heidi Behr’s family and friends gathered Sunday at Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp’s headquarters for a memorial service. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps has unveiled a memorial to honor two of its members that died in a crash while transporting a patient to the hospital in 2005.

The “Heidi J. Behr William A. Stone Reflecting Memorial” consists of a fountain surrounded by a pair of benches at the ambulance headquarters on Osborne Avenue.

Kim Pokorny, president of the ambulance corp, said Allan Schule of Sound Shore Pond and Landscape in Wading River donated the memorial and worked hard to make sure it was prepared for Sunday, which marked the 10th anniversary of when Ms. Behr and Mr. Stone were killed.

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04/23/15 3:41pm

About 34.8 percent of students in the Riverhead School District that were expected to take state-mandated math assessments Wednesday declined to sit for the exams, the News-Review has confirmed.

Superintendent Nancy Carney said 812 students out of 2,332 did not take math assessments, which are in progress through Friday.

[Related story: Did more outspoken leadership play a role in ‘opt out’ results?]

“We have about 100 students who are taking the regents (advanced math) in 8th grade instead of the 8th grade assessment,” Ms. Carney wrote in an email.

In 2014, about 15 percent of the district’s students didn’t take the math assessments. Last week, 26 percent of the district’s third through eight graders declined to take the English Language Arts assessments.

Correction: The story has been updated to reflect Nancy Carney’s email to the News-Review about eighth-grade math assessments. The News-Review regrets the error.

jnuzzo@timesreview.com

04/16/15 8:00am
Medical professionals are concerned e-cigarettes have been glamorized and targeted toward young people. (Credit: Getty images stock)

Medical professionals are concerned e-cigarettes have been glamorized and targeted toward young people. (Credit: Getty images stock)

High school students sometimes notice classmates slyly puffing away — in class — behind a book, blowing smoke into their sleeves.

During a fire drill on a brisk day, some brazen students might even sneak a smoke out in the open, believing teachers and principals will mistake the small clouds as exhaled cold air.

Sure, teenagers are still huddling in obvious areas like bathrooms or just off school grounds to light up, but most of them aren’t using a lighter to smoke a butt. They’re “vaping” with electronic cigarettes. And schools are finding that the devices are becoming more popular among students than traditional cigarettes.

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