As eighth-graders, former Shoreham students Kari Quinn (left), Nick Bottari and Kaitlyn Brosco all excelled on varsity in their respective sports. (File photos)

As eighth-graders, former Shoreham students Kari Quinn (left), Nick Bottari and Kaitlyn Brosco all excelled on varsity in their respective sports. (File photos)

After years of debate, the Shoreham-Wading River’s athletics program now has a “selective classification” policy on the books.  (more…)

07/22/14 8:00am
A sign remains on the front door of the Birchwood, which closed suddenly last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

The Birchwood restaurant in Riverhead closed suddenly last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sheet of paper taped to the glass door of The Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town states the restaurant is closed for renovations.

“We will be Renovating the Restaurant over the next several weeks!!” reads the notice, which was still posted as of Monday and signed “The Owner.”

Although the sign was posted last month, there’s been little sign of construction at the shuttered site.

Andrea Mayer, ex-wife of the restaurant’s previous owner, James Loo, told the News-Review Monday that the restaurant would undergo “cosmetic” changes that wouldn’t require building permits from Riverhead Town.

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07/21/14 4:30pm
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

A Riverhead man accused of swearing at police, exposing his genitals and resisting arrest at a local campsite this weekend is being held on $10,000 bail, according to town court documents.

Brian Bishop, 29, is also accused of keeping a loaded shotgun in his tent while drunk and taking care of a 3-year-old child, according to charges filed against him.  (more…)

07/18/14 3:00pm
Riverhead Ironmen compete in their drill competition in July 2013. This year's competition will be held Saturday afternoon.  (Credit: Paul Squire)

Riverhead Ironmen compete in their drill competition in July 2013. This year’s competition will be held Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Riverhead Fire Department will host its 28th annual motorized drill tournament on Saturday.

The Ironmen — the volunteers’ racing team — is sponsoring the tournament, which will include fire departments from across Suffolk County competing in events like the bucket carry, the motorized pump and the three-man ladder. Central Islip Fire Department will attempt to defend its title after it won last year’s competition.

The drill will begin at noon at the fire department’s training ground near the Armory on Route 58.

Tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased at the tournament. Food and refreshments will be available.

See below for a video from last year’s competition:

psquire@timesreview.com

07/16/14 11:23am
The front of the plane's fuselage was falling off as the plane was returned to land last Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The front of the plane’s fuselage was falling off as the plane was returned to land last Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

An initial federal investigation has revealed the home-built plane that crashed in Long Island Sound last week went down last Sunday night, roughly 14 hours before it was first discovered floating off Mattituck.

The cause of the fatal crash that killed 41-year-old pilot Zubair Khan has not yet been determined, investigators said. (more…)

07/15/14 2:23pm
Guillermo Alvarado Ajcuc was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday morning for the murder of Mirian Yohanna Garcia Mansilla. (Credit: James Carbone, Newsday)

Guillermo Alvarado Ajcuc was sentenced to 25 years to life Tuesday morning for the murder of Mirian Yohanna Garcia Mansilla. (Credit: James Carbone, Newsday)

The sister and mother of Mirian Yohana Garcia Mansilla each went up to the podium in a Suffolk County courtroom and faced the judge.

As they took their turns speaking, each glanced over at the man standing in a white T-shirt and jeans surrounded by court officers, the man who killed their beloved “Yohana.”

They urged the court to make sure that man spends the rest of his life in prison.  (more…)

07/14/14 2:18pm
A county police helicopter prepares to airlift a crash victim near Pulaski Street School in Riverhead Sunday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

A county police helicopter prepares to airlift a crash victim near Pulaski Street School in Riverhead Sunday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 9:30 p.m. with additional information from Town Supervisor Sean Walter.

The 23-year-old taxi driver who crashed into a parked car in Riverhead Sunday night, seriously injuring his passenger, is not registered to operate a taxi in Riverhead Town — a requirement under legislation passed in 2011 — according to town license records.

Town Supervisor Sean Walter said the driver — who worked for the Day and Night Taxi Limo Service — had been issued summons for driving while unregistered four times, with the most recent citation resulting in an arrest for an outstanding Suffolk County criminal mischief warrant.

“I’ve asked the town clerk to revoke Day and Night’s permits,” Mr. Walter said Monday night. “This is ridiculous … At this point, they should not be in business in this town.”

Mr. Walter added that he will instruct police officers to ticket Day and Night taxis operating in Riverhead Town once the company’s license is revoked.

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