02/11/15 6:30am
(Credit: Paul Squire)

(Credit: Paul Squire)

There are 16 students in Riverhead sophomore Shannon Zeltmann’s AP Physics class. But all but two of the students go without a lunch period each day, she said.

The reason why the kids are skipping lunch? There’s just not enough time in the school day, the sophomore said. (more…)

02/04/15 9:00am
RHS senior and NJROTC cadet Brianne Corwin (center) with her parents, Todd and Mary Anne Corwin. (credit: Paul Squire)

RHS senior and NJROTC cadet Brianne Corwin (center) with her parents, Todd and Mary Anne Corwin. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Brianne Corwin said she had no idea why Navy Recruiting District Commander David Byrd called her in for a second interview late last year. Brianne, a cadet in the Riverhead High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, had applied for a scholarship and had already done one interview.

She figured this one was more paperwork. But after an hour-long discussion, she learned why she had been singled out.

“At the very end he said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve chosen you for the scholarship,’ ” she said. “It was so fast it’s almost like you could have missed it … I was so surprised.”

In December, Brianne was handpicked by Commander Byrd to receive a four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship. The prestigious scholarship — earned through the ROTC’s Immediate Scholarship Reservation — covers the full cost of tuition at selected schools.

She was one of six cadets chosen out of thousands in the NJROTC district to win the scholarship. Brianne will commit to five years of service in the Navy through the scholarship program after she graduates.

Brianne said she joined the NJROTC as a freshman with a few of her friends. Back then, she said, she was much more shy. She credits the cadet program with helping her open up.

“It looked fun and they were having a good time,” she said. “It was a good opportunity …”

During her four years in the program, Brianne has been a leader within the Riverhead ROTC unit. She is now the Executive Officer of the unit and is the Commander of the Air Rifle and Personal Inspection Teams.

In addition to spending about eight hours each week practicing or spending time working with the NJROTC, Brianne is also an accomplished student and athlete. According to a news release, she is in the top six percent of her class.

She is a member of the Students Against Drunk Driving Club and the National Honor Society.

Brianne is also on three school varsity teams: golf, tennis and track and field. She also enjoys volunteering, working with the Rotary Club through the NJROTC, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and her local church — First Congregational Church of Riverhead — to help others.

Brianne said she’d like to pursue a major in material sciences, specifically to work with 3D printing. She’s still waiting to hear back from her first-choice college, the University of Florida, and recently applied to the Naval Academy as well.

In a statement, Brianne’s guidance counselor Chris Martin said, “I am thrilled for Brianne and very proud of her accomplishments.  She really earned this. It is rare for me to see a student work so hard to achieve and improve her self.”

psquire@timesreview.com

02/01/15 10:22am
Chris Paparo with his red-tailed hawk, Emmy, on a farm in Baiting Hollow. Mr. Paparo, a licensed falconer, has trained the bird to catch prey and come to him on demand, an activity that dates back thousands of years. Emmy has caught more than two dozen animals so far this falconing season. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Chris Paparo with his red-tailed hawk, Emmy, on a farm in Baiting Hollow. Mr. Paparo, a licensed falconer, has trained the bird to catch prey and come to him on demand, an activity that dates back thousands of years. Emmy has caught more than two dozen animals so far this falconing season. (Credit: Paul Squire)

High over the wooded hills just north of Lewin Farm in Baiting Hollow, Emmy the red-tailed hawk sits in her tree, watching me intently. Somehow, I sense her disapproval as the thick underbrush snags on my jeans and jacket. I fumble my way out of the thorns.  (more…)

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.

(more…)

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…)