Articles by

Joe Werkmeister

08/01/14 12:39pm
The plane is taxied back to its hangar Wednesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The plane is taxied back to its hangar Wednesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The tandem skydiving accident that killed a 25-year-old Medford man and critically injured the instructor was “unequivocally” caused by a mini-tornado known as a “dust devil,” according to the national director of the United States Parachute Association.  (more…)

07/24/14 5:00pm
Shannon Rosati, a 2014 Shoreham graduate, will play in a Suffolk vs. Nassau all-star game Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Shannon Rosati, a 2014 Shoreham graduate, will play in a Suffolk vs. Nassau all-star game Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The first Long Island All-American lacrosse event will pit the top girls from Suffolk County against Nassau County this weekend. Five games will be played at Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  (more…)

07/23/14 1:07pm
TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009.

Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009. (Credit: Tim Kelly, file)

In mid-September, the three co-chairs of a high-powered commission aimed at rooting out corruption in state politics arranged for a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who set up the commission last summer. In the governor’s mid-town office, William Fitzpatrick, a district attorney from Syracuse, raised concerns he felt were hampering the commission’s effort, the New York Times reported today .

At the center of those concerns were alleged roadblocks  planted by Regina Calcaterra, a New Suffolk attorney who had been appointed the commission’s executive director. The commissioners threatened to quit, alleging that Ms. Calcaterra was running interference on investigations that pointed back to the governor’s office.

Lawrence Schwartz, the secretary to the governor, responded by saying of Ms. Calcaterra: “She is not going anywhere.”

These bombshell revelations were detailed by a three-month New York Times investigation published today.  (more…)

07/23/14 12:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alex Kuhnle recently met soccer star Alex Morgan. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Alex Kuhnle recently met soccer star Alex Morgan. (Credit: Bill Landon)

In her travels across the country playing soccer, Alex Kuhnle had met big-time stars before. Mostly, though, the encounters were brief and in a group.

As a freshman at Shoreham-Wading River last year, Kuhnle made a big impact on varsity as a striker. A quick, skilled player, Kuhnle has already generated interest from Division I schools like UCLA and the University of Miami, Shoreham coach Adrian Gilmore said. (more…)

07/22/14 4:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River guard Caitlin Mirabell goes up for a layup against Bayport-Blue Point Monday night. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River guard Caitlin Mirabell goes up for a layup against Bayport-Blue Point Monday night. (Credit: Bill Landon)

The summer league roster for Shoreham-Wading River is divided into two general camps: the softball girls and the lacrosse girls. Depending on which day of the week it is, the Shoreham girls basketball team playing in the Town of Brookhaven Basketball League can count on at least one group’s absence.  (more…)

07/15/14 4:00pm
Riverhead freshman Faith Johnson-DeSilvia goes up for a basket Monday against Central Islip. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead freshman Faith Johnson-DeSilvia goes up for a basket Monday against Central Islip. (Credit: Bill Landon)

It’s been only five months since the end of the high school basketball season, yet Riverhead coach Dave Spinella has already seen his team grow by leaps and bounds.

“We’re a thousand times better than we were last year,” he said.  (more…)