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Joseph Pinciaro

11/21/14 12:00pm
BOE member Sue Koukonas, Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney, Shania Daniel and Annie Harris. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

BOE member Sue Koukonas, Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney, Shania Daniel and Annie Harris. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

It might have happened over a month ago, but Annie Harris and Shania Daniel still aren’t mad that their cross-country season ended without them finishing their last race.

In fact, they made the choice not to finish it. Instead, they helped out a fallen runner find emergency help.  (more…)

11/20/14 8:00am
The Shoreham-Wading River High School tennis courts have been closed and locked since March after they were declared unsafe. Fixing them up will cost over $800,000. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The Shoreham-Wading River High School tennis courts have been closed and locked since March after they were declared unsafe. Fixing them up will cost over $800,000. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River School District residents will vote Jan. 13 on a $48 million bond proposal on capital improvements throughout the district.

On Tuesday, the district released an itemized list of upgrades that will be paid for — should the vote pass — as well as a packet for the public summarizing the project, which the district’s public relations firm has dubbed ‘Renewal.’

“Since the formation of our district decades ago, only minimal work to our schools has ever been undertaken with the exception of emergency projects (roof at Briarcliff) or small infrastructure projects,” the material states. “Meanwhile, communities all around us have addressed deteriorated or inefficient building systems and instructional environments with upgraded facilities.”

The district will hold two separate meetings in early December for residents to learn more about the proposal.

On Dec. 2, a presentation will be given by architects hired by the district to complete the work. On Dec. 9, the public will have the opportunity to speak with board members and administrators about the proposal.

Below are the highest-ticketed items proposed.

• $5.6M: Wading River Elementary School: Four new classrooms, multipurpose room.

• $4.6M: Miller Avenue Elementary School. Four new classrooms and reconstruction of library/media wing.

• $3.7M: Prodell Middle School: kitchen and cafeteria addition.

• $2.4M: Miller Avenue Elementary School: New bus loop/parking.

• $2.3M: Wading River Elementary School: New bus loop/parking.

• $1.7M: High school: Synthetic field turn and lighting for multipurpose field.

• $1.4M: Miller Avenue Elementary School: New roof.

• $1.3M: High school: New window system.

• $976K: Prodell Middle school: New window system.

• $811K: High school: Tennis court reconstruction.

For a complete list of the proposed upgrades, as well as the Renewal packet released by the school district, see the following page.

After one woman spoke out at a recent Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education meeting, and members of the community have spoken at large in opposition to a 60-acre solar farm near the district’s middle school, the board seems poised to respond in opposition — not necessarily to the solar farm itself — but rather how it was approved.

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11/16/14 2:00pm

HelpWanted (1)

Looking for work, or know someone who is?

Times/Review classifieds offers local companies a place to advertise their job openings each week, and this week close to 40 positions are available from a barista, to a librarian, to a plumber.

And for anyone interested in submitting a classified ad, email: classifieds@timesreview.com.

Check out the listings below: (more…)

11/15/14 12:00pm
GREENLOGIC COURTESY FILE PHOTO  |  A ground-mounted solar array similar to one that was installed on Gabrielsen Farms' Aquebogue greenhouse.

GREENLOGIC COURTESY FILE PHOTO | A ground-mounted solar array similar to one that was installed on Gabrielsen Farms’ Aquebogue greenhouse.

The owners of a Northville farm will have to wait until next month to find out if they’ll get the variance needed to erect solar panels on site which would be used to sell energy back to power provider PESG-LI.

At Thursday night’s Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, it appeared as though the board was poised to reject the variance request from the business, Plant Connection, which was first made last month. However after further consideration, the board put the vote on hold and adjourned the vote until Dec. 11. (more…)

11/12/14 11:45am
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The lights have been dimmed, but they’re not being turned off.

At least, not yet.

Plans to build at least one peaker plant at the Enterprise Park at Calverton — to produce energy that would be sold to the Long Island Power Authority — are now on hold. But much remains in motion while LIPA decides whether renewable energy projects at the Calverton site are worthwhile, a decision that will affect Riverhead taxpayers directly, since balancing next year’s budget hinges, in part, on lease agreements with private power vendors at EPCAL. (more…)

11/10/14 1:57pm
Chamber

Riverhead Chamber of Commerce 2014 award recipients (from left) Joe Gergela, Dan Burke, Greg Martin, brothers Bob and Scott Gammon, Nancy and Keith Kouris, Verna Campbell and Carl James. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Business was good for these folks in 2014.

The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce announced its annual award recipients on Monday, and will honor the group at its yearly ceremony in December. (more…)

11/10/14 11:30am
Baggies of Hollywood-branded heroin seized by the East End Drugs Task Force during an investigation into a Riverhead drug ring. (Credit: Paul Squire file)

Baggies of Hollywood-branded heroin seized by the East End Drugs Task Force during an investigation into a Riverhead drug ring. (Credit: Paul Squire file)

Tuition and books will be cheaper over the next three years at Suffolk County Community College for students looking to study drug and alcohol counseling.

SCCC recently received nearly $850,000 from the federal government to go toward its Chemical Dependence Counseling program, which “prepares students for employment or advancement in the field of chemical dependency counseling.” (more…)