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Jennifer Gustavson

Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: File)

Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: File)

The Shoreham-Wading River School District is expected to receive nearly $9.42 million in state aid next fiscal year, which represents a 8.04 percent hike for 2014-15, according to data released Monday by state Senator Ken LaValle’s office.


04/01/14 6:00am

Little Flower

The Vineyards in Aquebogue is hosting the ‘Tastings of Long Island’ fundraiser to benefit Little Flower this Sunday, April 6, from  3-7 p.m.

The event includes tastings from local vineyards and breweries, a cold food station, auction, and entertainment by The Filthy Crickets.

Advance tickets: $35; $60 per couple. Mail check to: Little Flower Educational Foundation, 2460 North Wading River Road, Wading River, NY 11792.

Tickets at door: $40; $70 per couple. For more information, contact Christine Evola at 631-929-4300.

03/31/14 5:00pm
The Riverhead Fire Department firefighters at  (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Riverhead Fire Department firefighters at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School Sunday evening. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Update 5:20 p.m.: Bishop-McGann Mercy High School officials have confirmed the school will be opened Tuesday.

Principal Carl Semmler also issued the following statement:

“Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School was inspected by the Riverhead Fire Marshall, the Suffolk County Department of Health and a team of private environmental engineers.  It has been determined that the building is safe for the students, faculty and staff to return tomorrow, April 1.  The major debris has been removed, the student areas have been cleaned, including the use of air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  The kitchen surfaces will continue to be disinfected tomorrow.  As such, all students and faculty have been advised that there will be no food service tomorrow and to bring a bag lunch.”


The Riverhead Fire Department responded to an electrical fire Sunday evening at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School in Riverhead.


03/28/14 7:00am
The Riverhead NJROTC drill team in 2012. (Credit:  Courtesy, file)

The Riverhead NJROTC drill team in 2012. (Credit: Courtesy, file)

The Riverhead NJROTC is hosting its annual fundraiser April 5 between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school.

Nearly 100 gift certificates and 60 gift baskets are expected to be included in the raffle. Over 150 gifts will be available, including: autographed NY Islanders and Jets memorabilia, winery tours, hotel stays, ferry tickets and jewelry.

The total value of the prizes is about $9,000, officials said. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward  new equipment and drill meet travel expenses. Riverhead High School, 700 Harrison Ave, Riverhead.

The drawing is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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03/27/14 1:00pm

Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney, left, and Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen.

Amid increasingly intense scrutiny of standardized testing as a means of improving teacher and student performance, the opt-out movement — which encourages refusal to take the tests used to measure New York’s educators — appears to be gaining some traction locally. This year, in the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River districts, and at the Riverhead Charter School, more parents than ever before are refusing to let their children sit for the upcoming state assessments.  (more…)