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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12/29/14 8:00am
The plane in the July 30 skydiving accident being taxied back to its hangar. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The plane in the July 30 skydiving accident being taxied back to its hangar. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

A New York City corrections officer was killed a day before his birthday and another man was critically injured in a July 30 skydiving accident at Skydive Long Island in Calverton. (more…)

12/27/14 4:00pm
Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

January — Bishop McGann-Mercy High School hires Paul Mastronardi as its new athletic director. He replaces John Lonardo, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector. Mr. Mastronardi, a longtime coach and physical education teacher, previously coached the Eastport-South Manor varsity football team.  (more…)

12/26/14 8:00am
Joe Ogeka retires from Riverhead

Joe Ogeka talks to Riverhead school officials on election night in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The state’s highest-paid public school employee outside New York City last fiscal year was longtime Riverhead School District administrator Joe Ogeka — a recently retired assistant superintendent who was kept on the payroll for consulting work, according to a report. (more…)