03/22/14 11:57am
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A fourth-grade Phillips Avenue teacher was revived by EMTs and volunteers in the Riverhead High School gym during Friday night’s Crazy Sports Night event. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Hours after he collapsed at Riverhead High School’s Crazy Sports Night and was revived by a team of Riverhead EMTs and medical volunteers from the crowd, Phillips Avenue teacher Lonnie Hughes is in good condition Saturday morning, school officials said.

“He’s OK … He was smiling, joking around,” said Superintendent Nancy Carney. “The police and the EMTs were great.” (more…)

03/21/14 3:30pm
Dan Doroski stands in front of his company's Engine No. 3 at the Jamesport firehouse (Credit: Paul Squire)

Dan Doroski stands in front of Engine No. 3 at the Jamesport firehouse (Credit: Paul Squire)

Firefighter Dan Doroski is one of Jamesport Fire Department’s newest members.

And this is something he’s always wanted to do, he says.

A student at Suffolk County Community College who is also getting his EMT certification, Mr. Doroski took time to chat with The Riverhead News-Review about his training, his experiences in the department and about the time a Jamesport rescue team came to his house decades ago to save him.

Q: When you were young, the Jamesport Fire Department helped care for you during an emergency. Do you remember that day?
A: Personally, I don’t. I was less than a year old, but my parents have told me the story and one of the guys [in the department] actually remembers coming to my house. I think I was 6 months old and I had a seizure from a fever and that why they were out here. It was pretty amazing.

Q: Did that inspire you to join the department?

A: Yeah… I was about halfway through my senior year. I just wanted to join because … I liked the whole brotherhood aspect of it and I wanted to help. It’s something I wanted to do when I get out of school. I also want to join the city fire department.

It’s like a big family. It’s good. Everybody has your back. Everybody jokes around, but its serious when it’s time.

Q: What’s the training like for a new firefighter?

A: It took me about six months to go through. We have to do a bunch of sit down classes and then we go into these hands-on training [sessions] where you do hose handling or simulate a firefighter down and car fires and flashovers and all that. And then you have your test … It’s not easy training, but it’s definitely well worth it.

Q: You’ve been out on calls since you joined the department. Do you remember the first time you volunteered?

A: My first call was a car accident on the Main Road. It was a guy with a truck and he took out a telephone pole. I remember just seeing that… you never forget your first call. Like my EMT teacher says, you always forget your first of everything: your first death, your first car accident, your first fire.

Q: What do you say to friends who ask you about what it takes to be a firefighter?

A: It’s well worth it. Me and one of my other friends, we got a lot of our new friends to join their fire departments. I’m always being asked how it is. [I say] it’s worth joining. It’s worth the experience.


03/21/14 8:00am

Father Roman Malyarchuk talks with parishoners Irene Andreadis and George Rakowsky Tuesday morning at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church. As tension in the Crimean peninsula, a region of Ukraine, has continued to escalate in recent weeks, parishoners have been praying for conflict to be resolved. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

Every morning for the past few months, parishioners at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Riverhead have gone through the same nerve-wracking ritual.

About 50 families who attend the parish — many of them immigrants or the children of émigrés from the western parts of Ukraine — wake up and check their email for messages from family members still in the country.  (more…)

03/15/14 8:30am

(Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Update, Saturday: Riverhead Police arrested a 46-year-old Riverhead man in connection with Friday afternoon’s bank robbery at Capital One on East Main Street. Robert J. Santoro was charged with first-degree robbery after being found at the Budget Host Inn, police said.

Mr. Santoro allegedly handed the teller a note declaring a robbery and demanded money while threatening the use of a gun, police said. Mr. Santoro fled on foot. He was arrested without incident, transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

Update: Police have released surveillance photos of the man they say robbed the Capital One Bank on East Main Street Friday afternoon.

The man — described by police as white, between 35 and 45 years old, approximately 180 pounds and 5’11” tall — was wearing glasses, and had  short hair with slight facial hair, according to police. The suspect was wearing brown shoes, blue jeans and a black hooded “Carhartt” brand jacket.

Police say the man fled the scene of the robbery in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information about the incident or who may be able to identify this suspect is encouraged to call Riverhead police detectives at (631) 727-4500. All calls will remain confidential.

A Riverhead Police car at the East Main Street Capital One bank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead Police car at the East Main Street Capital One bank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Original Story: Riverhead Town and New York State Police are investigating the robbery of an East Main Street bank Friday afternoon.

Police were called down to the Capital One Bank about 3:40 p.m., said Lt. David Lessard.

According to police, a white man in a dark sweatshirt, in his late 20s to early 30s, gave a note to a teller demanding money. He reportedly left with an undetermined amount of cash.

A state police K-9 unit was on scene, and no arrests have been made.

Lt. Lessard said it appears that no weapon was used in the robbery and no one was injured in the incident. No additional information about the robbery was available.

03/14/14 12:00pm
Snow blanketed Calverton during a winter storm last month (Credit: Paul Squire)

Snow blanketed Calverton during a winter storm last month. (Credit: Paul Squire)

With the official start of spring less than a week away, Riverhead may be in for one more blast of snow Sunday night, weather forecasts predict.

Though predicted snow totals aren’t available yet, National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Morrin said the area could receive “a few to possibly several inches” by Monday morning. (more…)

03/14/14 10:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | A dugout at the Flanders Little League baseball field at Iron Point Park.

A dugout at the Flanders Little League baseball field at Iron Point Park. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

In 1971, just south of the Peconic River and the turf of the long-established Riverhead Little League, a separate four-team league was formed in Flanders. It was something for the community to rally around, as much a part of its identity as the Big Duck or the Men’s Club.

But slowly, the Flanders Little League waned. Fewer children were interested in joining and sponsors dried up. Four teams became two.

The popularity of other sports had eaten into its base of players, which was already shrinking as fewer families moved into the area and demographics of the hamlet changed. (more…)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Shoreham-Wading River School District has proposed using more than $1.5 million of its state aid reserves to address school building repairs in next year’s budget, while also using leftover funds from this school year to keep the tax levy increase more than $400,000 below the state mandated cap, district Superintendent Steven Cohen said. (more…)