04/03/15 10:00am
A Riverhead highway crew begins patching up potholes along Sound Avenue Wednesday morning. The workers said this year is the worst they can remember. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead highway crew begins patching potholes along Sound Avenue Wednesday morning. The workers said this year is the worst they can remember. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Hopefully, the suspension of your car is ready this spring because 2015 is shaping up to be the worst year for potholes in a long time.

“It’s twice as bad as I’ve ever seen it,” said Riverhead Highway Superintendent George “Gio” Woodson.

The town’s employees are scrambling to fill in potholes — large and small and numbering up to 5,000 — across town that were cratered in a snowy and frigid February, according to Mr. Woodson.

The crews are focusing on main roads first, moving to secondary roads and then finally streets in housing developments. (more…)

Superintendent Steven Cohen and board president William McGrath at Tuesday's school board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Superintendent Steven Cohen and board president William McGrath at Tuesday’s school board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Warrantees for new computer equipment, new uniforms and equipment for the district’s sports teams and more community programs.

That’s what Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen has proposed for the 2015-16 school year, according to a budget presentation made at Tuesday’s school board meeting.  (more…)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen presents a portion of his proposed budget Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen presents a portion of his proposed budget Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A preliminary look at the 2015-16 Shoreham-Wading River spending plan has revealed the district administration plans to stay under the state-mandated tax levy cap, despite still waiting for the state to release how much aid the district will get.

According to a budget proposal presentation by Superintendent Steven Cohen, the Shoreham-Wading River budget would increase by .9 percent in total from the 2014-15 school year spending plan.

That increase includes a jump in the tax levy of 1.5072 percent, just under what the district’s allowable tax limit will likely be, based on district calculations, Mr. Cohen said.

Due to budget disputes in Albany, the district still doesn’t know how much its state aid will increase, if at all, so the administration has budgeted for state aid to remain level.

Mr. Cohen said the district would rely less on its reserves and could tax less thanks to concessions from the teachers and employees unions. Under his proposed plan, special education would get a big boost, with an additional eight positions being added in the elementary and middle schools.

That would cut the ratio of special education to regular students in so-called inclusion classes in half, Mr. Cohen said.

“That is a huge increase in quality,” he said.

The full details of the budget will be revealed in the coming weeks.

psquire@timesreview.com

Kelli Cutinella (left), the mother of Shoreham-Wading River student Tom Cutinella, who died last year playing football, hugs Wildcat Athletics Club board member Regina McGee at a school board meeting Tuesady night. The booster club had just presented Ms. Cutinella with a $106,000 check to help start a foundation and scholarships in Tom's memory. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Kelli Cutinella (left), the mother of Shoreham-Wading River student Tom Cutinella, who died last year playing football, hugs Wildcat Athletics Club board member Regina McGee at a school board meeting Tuesady night. The booster club had just presented Ms. Cutinella with a $106,000 check to help start a foundation and scholarships in Tom’s memory. (Credit: Paul Squire)

It’s one thing to say that the memory of a life lost too soon won’t soon be forgotten.

It’s quite another thing to raise over $100,000 in donations to keep that memory alive.

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Shoreham-Wading River community, and so many others, the memory of Tom Cutinella will live on for years to come, his mother, Kelli, said.  (more…)

03/24/15 5:34pm
The Frohnhoefer family (from left) Kristen, Joseph III and parents Joseph and Georgia in July 2012. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

The Frohnhoefer family (from left) Kristen, Joseph III and parents Joseph and Georgia in July 2012. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Joseph Frohnhoefer Jr., the charitable businessman who founded the Southold-based marine assistance company Sea Tow Services International and donated to several causes across the North Fork, died Tuesday. He was 71.

Mr. Frohnhoefer was a former Coast Guard captain and a licensed electrician who taught for 20 years at Mattituck High School. After serving as a Bay Constable for Southold Town police, he founded Sea Tow in 1983 to help boaters stranded on the water. (more…)

03/20/15 2:58pm
(Credit: file)

(Credit: file)

Several North Fork residents last week trekked into New York City Wednesday to publicly criticize a proposal to add 3,000 more freight trucks to local roads by diverting more traffic across the Long Island Sound into Orient.

Their comments came at a New York Metropolitan Transportation Council public hearing. The council oversees long-term use of federal transportation funds.

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