02/24/15 8:00am
Volunteer firefighters practicing ice rescues in Mattituck. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A volunteer firefighter giving a hand signal to rescue workers on shore during an ice rescue drill Monday night in Mattituck. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

The Jamesport and Mattituck fire departments ran an ice rescue drill Monday night at the southern end of Mattituck Inlet, where volunteers practiced pulling victims out of a frigid pool of ice dug into the creek.

Mattituck Fire Department Chief Steve Libretto said this winter’s historically cold temperatures have created very thick ice on waterways, making for ideal conditions for these types of drills. (more…)

02/22/15 3:07pm
Today's sunshine and warmer temps melted some snow here on Main Road. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Today’s sunshine and warmer temps melted some snow here on Main Road. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Don’t let Sunday afternoon’s sunshine fool you into thinking winter weather has passed.

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures are going to drop below freezing tonight with a low at around 15 degrees.

And with Sunday’s sunny skies at a high near 38 degrees, some melted snow could cause black ice conditions.

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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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