06/26/14 3:24pm
Riverhead High School student Emily Green (right) glues figurines last month on a diorama depicting a battle from the War of 1812. She and Megan Carrick (from left), John Vega, and Brian Brenton were students in Justin Cobis' history class. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead High School student Emily Green (right) glues figurines last month on a diorama depicting a battle from the War of 1812. She and Megan Carrick (from left), John Vega, and Brian Brenton were students in Justin Cobis’ history class. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In April, a group of Riverhead High School sophomores, juniors and seniors visited a spot on the Long Island Sound near Hallockville Museum Farm, standing just a few hundred feet away from where some of Riverhead’s founding fathers fought off the British in a once-forgotten battle from the War of 1812.  (more…)

(Credit: Paul Squire)

Shoreham-Wading River athletics director Mark Passamonte discussing an athletics club proposal to the school board at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Shoreham-Wading River School District’s student athletes has a new club to join that gives them opportunities to gain management experience and raise money for sports teams.

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06/25/14 4:00pm
Police at the scene of the fatal hit and run on Route 58 near Woodcrest Avenue in  July 2013. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Police at the scene of the fatal hit and run on Route 58 near Woodcrest Avenue in July 2013. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Harsher punishments for those who flee the scenes of serious car accidents will have to wait another year, lawmakers say, after a pair of bills — one passed by the state Senate, another by the Assembly — failed to get enough support in the opposite house.

The legislative session in Albany ended last week with no agreement on the bills.

In May, the Senate had approved legislation — co-sponsored by state Senator Ken Lavalle — that would have increased penalties across the board for those who flee from accidents, minor or serious. That bill died in the Assembly transportation committee.

Meanwhile, the Assembly passed their own bill last Thursday night, with just hours left in the legislative session.

That legislation was co-sponsored by local Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo, and would have created a new charge for those who flee serious or fatal accidents while driving with a suspended license or a prior conviction for drunk driving or leaving the scene of an accident.

In an interview this week, Mr. LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) said there wasn’t enough time left to compromise on the differences between the two bills. The Assembly’s bill also lacked support in the Senate. 

(Credit: Bill Landon, file)

(Credit: Bill Landon, file)

In an effort to clear up legal issues and red tape over donations to the district’s athletic teams, the Shoreham-Wading River school board is expected Tuesday night to discuss creating a club for student athletes that could raise funds while still under district supervision.  (more…)

06/23/14 9:48am

State police arrested a 21-year-old Flanders man Sunday for driving while ability impaired by drugs on Flanders Road, according to a police statement.

Zachary Leonard was driving south when he was stopped for traffic violations, according to a statement.

He was charged with DWAI-Drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, police said.

He was released with a future court date.