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01/30/15 7:55pm
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(L-R) Ex-Chief Steve Beal, firefighter Anthony Chiaramonte, Ex-Captain J.R. Renten and Ex-Captain Kevin Burgess, who rescued an unconscious man from a burning home Thursday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Riverhead firefighter Ex-Captain J.R. Renten crawled on his hands and knees under a cloud of waist-high, obscuring smoke inside the burning house on Middle Road, circling around to the couch as his fellow firefighters sprayed down the kitchen.

The only lights inside were firefighters’ flashlights and the glow of a circular florescent lamp hanging on the wall by the bar.

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01/28/15 12:00pm
Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop earlier this month. One proposed bus shelter would be built at the intersection where the students demonstrated. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Ethan Sisson, a junior at Southold High School, demonstrates with other students from Project Bus Stop earlier this month. One proposed bus shelter would be built at the intersection where the students demonstrated. (Credit: Paul Squire)

This month, Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski’s office submitted a request to build six new bus shelters in the county, including two by Calverton National Cemetery.

He has said Suffolk County stands at the ready to fund such shelter requests. (more…)

01/26/15 10:00am
Local historian Richard Wines (left) along with Doris McGreevey and Richard Radoccia stand in the Jamesport Meeting House, where Mr. Radoccia and Ms. McGreevey hope to present a play about the Civil War on the 150th anniversary of its end. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Local historian Richard Wines (left) along with Doris McGreevey and Richard Radoccia stand in the Jamesport Meeting House, where Mr. Radoccia and Ms. McGreevey hope to present a play about the Civil War on the 150th anniversary of its end. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Richard Radoccia of Laurel said he was stunned to hear little local fanfare was planned to observe the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

So the amateur historian is setting out to change that.

Mr. Radoccia and Doris McGreevy of Mattituck plan to produce a play he wrote about the Civil War to commemorate its April anniversary.  (more…)

01/19/15 4:57pm
Robert "Bubbie" Brown, seen here in an undated photo, was honored at Monday's MLK Memorial Breakfast. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Robert “Bubbie” Brown, seen here in an undated photo, was honored at Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

This year’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast in Hauppauge marked the 30th anniversary of the event. But the annual breakfast — sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Riverhead and the Rev. Charles Coverdale — was special for more than its noteworthy recurrence.

Local advocate and civic leader Robert “Bubbie” Brown of Riverside was honored Monday for his many years of service to the community. Mr. Brown — the News-Review’s Public Servant of the Year in 2010 — spoke with the newspaper Monday to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and what must still be done to fulfill his dream. (more…)

01/18/15 8:00am

 

The Rev. Charles Coverdale speaks to the Riverhead school board at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Rev. Charles Coverdale at the Riverhead school board on Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Shirley Coverdale, president and CEO of the Family Community Life Center, gave a presentation at Tuesday’s Riverhead school board meeting in an effort to gather support for the nonprofit’s project.

The multi-use center, which was conceptualized by Ms. Coverdale and her husband, the Rev. Charles Coverdale of First Baptist Church, would include 125 apartments, an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, a 25-seat theater and media center, 24-hour adult child day care services and more.

The Coverdales also described the project as an investment for the community.

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01/17/15 8:00am
Assistant Superintendent David Wicks discusses Tuesday night possible ways to spend more than $2 million allocated to the district for technology upgrades. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Assistant Superintendent David Wicks discusses Tuesday night possible ways to spend more than $2 million allocated to the district for technology upgrades. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The state education department has allocated $2.1 million for the Riverhead School District to use for technology purchases, district officials announced at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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01/15/15 12:38pm
The manager of this MCN Distributors in Riverhead says he was forced at gunpoint to help robbers steal inventory from his store. The robbery lasted three hours, he said. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The manager of this MCN Distributors in Riverhead says he was forced at gunpoint to help robbers steal inventory from his store. The robbery lasted three hours, he said. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A manager at MCN Distributors in Riverhead was staying late at the office Tuesday night. He is usually the last person to leave the Main Road office, and that night he had more paperwork to do.

It was about 5:30 when the men, armed with a gun, burst in the unlocked door.

It was the beginning of what would be an hours-long ordeal at gunpoint that ended with the manager tied up, having been forced to load his inventory into one of his own trucks, which was stolen by the suspects.

“They were like professionals,” the manager, who asked not to be identified, told the News-Review. “They knew what they were doing.”

Riverhead police said the incident is still under investigation.

“Detectives are handling it,” said police Lt. David Lessard. “They are looking into all aspects of that story.”

The manager said the two men came in after-hours through the unlocked front door. He said he tends to keep the door unlocked, since he’s never had trouble in the 14 years of working at MCN.

The robbers ordered him to operate a forklift to load the company’s heating and air conditioning inventory into a company truck.

The manager loaded up one of his box trucks and when one of the robbers drove it away, the other remained, keeping him at gunpoint and demanding he ready more items.

“I was thinking about my wife and kids,” he said. “I didn’t want to get shot.”

The robber returned with a third man, the manager recalled. The manager said the robbers left three times with his truck, always coming back with it empty.

He said one of the men was dressed in camouflage; another wore a green sweater.

“Half of it is just a blur,” he said.

There is one thing he distinctly remembers about the robbers: their black Sketcher’s sneakers.

After loading up the truck for a fourth time, the robbers tied up the manager using wire sold in his shop. Then one of the men picked up a broken pallet and struck him across the face.

On Thursday, the manager pointed to the red mark on his left cheek. They didn’t have to hit him, the manager said.

“It’s like they hit me just for fun,” he said.

With the men gone, the manager struggled until he was able to get his feet out of the restraints. He said he dialed 911 with his tongue; his hands were still bound behind his back.

A police officer arrived on scene within minutes, the manager said. In all, the robbery lasted three hours.

Police later found the truck used in the robbery on Reeves Avenue near Doctors Path.

The robbery was reported not long after a man robbed the Damaris Multi Service, located at 725 East Main Street around 7:15 p.m. The suspect was described as wearing a ski mask and holding a handgun. Police have not said if the incidents are related.

The manager said the company had an alarm system, but it was only used when no one was in the office. He said MCN is planning upgrades to its security system.

He also said he won’t stay late at the office anymore.

“The paperwork can wait,” he said.

psquire@timesreview.com