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Joe Werkmeister

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07/31/15 3:51pm

Medical-marijuana-sign

The New York State Department of Health announced on Friday its selection of five organizations to manufacture and dispense medical marijuana.

And while the application from Jack and Kurt Van de Wetering, under THC Health Inc., to grow marijuana at their Ivy Acres farm was not among those selected, a dispensary from another organization is slated for Riverhead.  (more…)

07/18/15 7:00am
Darren Stakey of Riverhead will attempt to sing and play piano nearly five straight days next month. (Credit: courtesy)

Darren Stakey of Riverhead will attempt to sing and play piano nearly five straight days next month. (Credit: courtesy)

Let’s get right to the first question.

In the 111 hours, 11 minutes and 11 consecutive seconds that Darren Stakey attempts to sing and play the piano, can he take a bathroom break?

“Obviously, it’s a big concern,” the 33-year-old Riverhead native said.  (more…)

07/15/15 11:19pm
Riverhead Tomcat's Dan Jagiello pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday's all-star game. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead Tomcat’s Dan Jagiello pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Wednesday’s all-star game. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

HCBL ALL-STAR GAME  |  NORTH 2, SOUTH 1

Eddie Haus posed for a picture alongside Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League president Brett Mauser when a woman came rushing toward the field, camera in hand.

Haus, an outfielder for the Shelter Island Bucks, turned and smiled wide as the woman steadied her camera for a shot of her own.

It was his mother.  (more…)

07/04/15 1:22pm
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Ryan Udvadia ('14) won the annual July 4 5K race Saturday morning. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Ryan Udvadia (’14) won the annual July 4 5K race Saturday morning. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Longtime Shoreham-Wading River track coach Bob Szymanski stood alongside three of his most successful runners Saturday morning. The trio — John Lee, Ryan Udvadia and Matt Gladysz — had just crossed the finish line of the annual SWR July 4 5K in Shoreham when Szymanski pointed out an interesting tidbit.

Standing together, the three friends represented the last five county champions in varsity cross country.  (more…)

07/03/15 2:30pm
Robert Mince, 66, has his artwork on display in the hallway of the Riverhead Town Senior Center, where he spends a lot of his time during the week. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Robert Mince, 66, has his artwork on display in the hallway of the Riverhead Town Senior Center, where he spends a lot of his time during the week. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

As a visitor approaches, the man with graying hair sits at a table, blending in among the dozen or so other senior citizens. He turns his head and introduces himself, politely asking if he can finish his oatmeal. He loves oatmeal.

“A lot of people complain that they don’t like it,” he later comments.

His name is Robert Mince, the son of a famous clarinet player, a man who can sing opera, who plays the piano and spends much of his time painting abstract drawings using bright, vibrant colors.  (more…)