02/16/15 10:30pm
A candlelight vigil was held in Wading River on Monday to honor 17-year-old Danielle Lawrence. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

A candlelight vigil was held in Wading River on Monday to honor 17-year-old Danielle Lawrence. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Riverhead High School sophomore Amaya Coach knew Danielle Lawrence since the third grade.

On Monday, Amaya broke down in front of a group of about 70 people and told them how much she loved her friend, who was killed the night before in an apparent double-murder suicide.

“She shouldn’t have died the way she did,” Amaya said, after placing a small stuffed teddy bear in the snow.

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'I hope with everyone’s help we can honor Tom [Cutinella's] memory in a respectful way,' said Ryan Ledda, who is proposing a memorial for Tom as his Eagle Scout project. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

‘I hope with everyone’s help we can honor Tom [Cutinella's] memory in a respectful way,’ said Ryan Ledda, who is proposing a memorial for Tom as his Eagle Scout project. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Ryan Ledda didn’t know SWR football player Tom Cutinella personally. But when Tom, 16, suffered an injury on the football field that led to his death last fall, Ryan was greatly affected by the tragedy. (more…)

Shoreham-Wading River athletic director (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Shoreham-Wading River athletic director Mark Passamonte addressed the school board Tuesday night. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Shoreham-Wading River school board members are in agreement with athletic director Mark Passamonte’s recommendation to ban student athletes from using their own safety equipment like helmets and shoulder pads.

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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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