12/12/14 1:44pm
 Joe Johnson (top) leaves court in 2012 with a lawyer. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Joe Johnson (top) leaves court in 2012 with a lawyer. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

A former Phillips Avenue teacher fired this year after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge has filed a federal lawsuit against the Riverhead School District, its superintendent, school board and several administrators.

He claims he was fired because he is black. (more…)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board harshly criticized a recent state proposal to mandate additional standardized testing called “field tests” for grades 3 through 8.

In a resolution read aloud at its meeting Tuesday night, the board denounced the planned change as benefiting the companies that provide the tests more than the students. The change would result “in the reduction of students’ learning opportunities” and was proposed to create more ways to evaluate teachers based on testing scores, according to the resolution.

In the resolution, the board called the proposal a way to “subsidize private enterprise without public discussion.”

Previously, any participation in the tests was on a voluntary basis. The Board of Regents is currently considering the State Education Department’s proposal.

The district has previously taken stances against standardized testing. The school board called on state and federal educators to end the “over-reliance” on state testing for students.

This March, as the “opt-out” movement over standardized testing grew, Superintendent Steven Cohen issued a letter detailing how district parents could refuse to have their children take the tests.

Mr. Cohen has previously expressed concerns over standardized testing and its effect on students’ educations.

psquire@timesreview.com

12/11/14 4:30pm
Developer Michael Butler leads Pat Snyder, the East End Arts director, on a tour of the building during an open house Wendesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Developer Michael Butler leads Pat Snyder, the East End Arts director, on a tour of the building during an open house Wendesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Forty people have already put in applications for the 19 available apartment spaces in the newly-renovated former Woolworth building.

But developer Michael Butler said potential renters shouldn’t be discouraged; the building is set to take in its first tenants next year, he said, but it will still have openings.  (more…)

(Credit: Paul Squire)

Supporters of the Shoreham-Wading River school bond review a map of where to place signs around the district. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Sets of tables and chairs were arranged in the Miller Avenue Elementary School gym Tuesday night, right next to a row of display boards showing overhead construction plans with alterations highlighted in yellow and green.

At the tables sat Shoreham-Wading River School District administrators and school board members, ready to answer questions about the district’s proposed $48.5 million plan to refit and repair district schools.  (more…)

12/10/14 1:00pm
Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser accepts the Rutgers Trophy on the team's behalf at Monday night's all-county dinner. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser accepts the Rutgers Trophy on the team’s behalf at the Dec. 1 all-county dinner. Millheiser was selected by the New York Giants as the “Coach of the Year.” (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Add one more accolade to Shoreham-Wading River’s stunning football season.

Coach Matt Millheiser has been named “Coach of the Year” by the New York Giants, earning the program $4,000 in donations, according to the organization.  (more…)

A view of two of Shoreham's tennis courts last spring, which have become unplayable after years of neglect. A proposed $48.5 million construction project would repair the courts. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

A view of two of Shoreham’s tennis courts last spring, which have become unplayable after years of neglect. A proposed $48.5 million construction project would repair the courts. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

Want to find out more about Shoreham-Wading River’s proposed school bond before the big vote next month? Clear your Tuesday night plans.

(more…)

12/09/14 9:50am
National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration satellite images show a nor'easter that is scheduled to hit the East End late Monday.

National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration satellite images show a nor’easter that is scheduled to hit the East End late Monday.

Update (Tuesday 5 p.m.): Riverhead police say no roads have been closed a early winter nor’easter moves across Riverhead Town.

Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Update (Tuesday 10 a.m.): Hazardous weather advisories remain in effect Tuesday as a nor’easter brings heavy rain and strong wind gusts to the area.

In preparation, Riverhead Highway Department readied equipment ahead of the nor’easter. Tree removal crews are on standby in anticipation of heavy rain and wind downing trees, Highway Superintendent Gio Woodson said.  (more…)