06/30/15 1:00am

From left, the Rev. Nathaniel Heyward and Valerie Shelby of the Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church in Greenport at Monday’s vigil. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo video and photos)

As Valerie Shelby looked at a crowd of about 200 people in Greenport on Monday night, she asked the group to name flowers.

After several different flowers were called out, Ms. Shelby started listing each color.

“Don’t you see?” she asked. “Together, they make a beautiful bouquet. We have to stop fighting each other.”

Ms. Shelby and Loretta Hatzel-Geraci, both of the Southold Town Anti-Bias Task Force, organized Monday’s candlelight vigil to express solidarity with the victims killed June 17 at a church in Charleston, S.C.


06/29/15 12:00pm
Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church in Greenport. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church in Greenport. (Credit: Paul Squire)

There will be a candlelight vigil held tonight, June 29, in Greenport to express solidarity with the victims killed June 17 in a Charleston church.

The vigil will start at 7 p.m. in the Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church, located at 614 Third St. in Greenport, and participants will then walk to the nearby Third Street Park.

All are invited to attend. Members of the faith community will be present, as well as poets that participate in Poetry Street, an open mic poetry session held at Blue Duck Bakery and Cafe in Riverhead.

[Related: Local church leaders react to Charleston shooting]

06/23/15 5:42pm
(Photo by Stephen Melkisethian/flickr)

All the across the country, people are mourning and holding vigils like this one in Washington, D.C. A local vigil is planned for Monday in Greenport. (Photo by Stephen Melkisethian/flickr)

Lela Heyward received a phone call at midnight last Wednesday from her hometown of Charleston, S.C. She couldn’t believe the news.

Although her nephew didn’t belong to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, he knew many people there and had just paid a visit the week before.

He called to say there had been a mass shooting at the historic black church and that he was devastated. The church’s pastor was among the dead.

Ms. Heyward, whose husband, the Rev. Nathaniel Heyward, is pastor at Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church in Greenport, said that although she grew up with segregation and left Charleston after high school in 1961, her hometown and its Baptist church have never left her heart.

“I went through the struggles — I had to go out the back door, drink from a separate water fountain and sit at the back of the bus,” she said Monday. “I never felt threatened in church. I always thought of it as a safe place. I’m really hurt and can’t believe it.”


06/18/15 7:21pm
This car was involved in an accident Thursday on Route 58. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

This car was involved in an accident Thursday on Route 58. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Two people were hospitalized Thursday following a two-car crash in Riverhead on Route 58, Riverhead Town police said.

Heavy rescue efforts were required after the vehicles collided shortly before 6:30 p.m. near the Target shopping center, police said.

The driver and passenger of one of the vehicles suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

At around 7 p.m., police at the scene confirmed one victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center and the other was either going to be taken to same same hospital or transported by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The driver and passenger of the second vehicle weren’t taken to the hospital, police said.

The Riverhead Fire Department also responded to the scene and a portion of Route 58 was closed during the rescue efforts.


06/15/15 9:08pm
(Credit: File)

Robert Beodeker. (Credit: Times Review file photo)

The Aquebogue man charged over two years ago with driving under the influence of crystal meth after he was involved in a double-fatal crash in Nassau County was sentenced to four to 12 years in prison on Monday, according to a press release issued by acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.