10/17/14 4:00pm
John Rienzo setting up his Divco memorabilia in the display case at Riverhead Free Library, where it is on view during October. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

John Rienzo setting up his Divco memorabilia in the display case at Riverhead Free Library, where it is on view during October. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The milk business runs through John Rienzo Jr.’s veins.

After all, the Calverton man’s grandfather was a milkman. So were his grandfather’s two brothers-in-law and his great-uncle.

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10/16/14 7:59am
Yating Liu (right) meets with Annie Wieland, the store manager who discovered her purse at Tanger Outlets earlier this month. Ms. Wieland had the purse sent halfway around the world to China, hoping to return it to its owner. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Yating Liu (right) meets with Annie Wieland, the store manager who discovered her purse at Tanger Outlets earlier this month. Ms. Wieland had the purse sent halfway around the world to China, hoping to return it to its owner. (Credit: Paul Squire)

One of the first things Yating Liu did when she came to the United States in late August was buy herself a little blue purse.

Ting, as friends call her, is a native of China who is currently a junior exchange student at McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead. She said she bought the purse, which is about six inches long and looks more like an oversized wallet, while shopping with her host mother, Joan Sattler of Hampton Bays, and Fiona Yang, another international student living with her at Ms. Sattler’s home.

Ting needed a new purse for her nearly year-long stay in the country. After purchasing it, she filled it with bank and identification cards, family photos and hundreds of American dollars.

But less than a week later, the purse was gone — lost while shopping at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

“I got very nervous about it,” Ting, 16, told the News-Review.

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10/11/14 3:00pm

A state audit of the Flanders Fire Districts finances found no discrepancies in the money paid out by the district, but warned that district procedures and records weren’t “adequate” to prevent errors or irregularities.

The district says they have already changed their policies to comply with all of the state’s suggestions.

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10/09/14 1:00pm
Anthony Wayne Smith mug shot from May 2014 (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Anthony Wayne Smith mug shot from May 2014 (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

An ex-con charged in a 15-count indictment with slashing and punching a group of people in downtown Riverhead last month claims that he was acting in self-defense after the group tried to steal his bike, taunted him, and then started a fight, the man’s defense attorney claimed.  (more…)

10/02/14 4:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Northampton Flanders Volunteer Ambulance Corps first responder Ronnie Hintze (left), driver Matt Deerkoski (center) and paramedic Marco Guecha take the accident 'victim' to an ambulance after it was removed from the car with the 'jaws of life' during a demonstration at the corps headquarters on Bell Avenue in Flanders Saturday afternoon. They enlisted one new member Saturday and three during the week.

Northampton Flanders Volunteer Ambulance Corps first responder Ronnie Hintze (left), driver Matt Deerkoski (center) and paramedic Marco Guecha handle an accident ‘victim’ to an ambulance during a demonstration at the corps headquarters in 2012. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Local fire department and ambulance chiefs are praising recently signed legislation that protects volunteer firefighters and EMTs from losing their regular jobs for missing work while responding to disasters and crises.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law Sept. 23. The new law provides excused leave for volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers who are called away to help out during a state of emergency. (more…)