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…)
Birchwood is expected to re-open by November. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)
When it opens later this fall, it will have a new menu, catering room and name — technically.
But the new owner of the Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town made something very clear recently: Everything locals loved about the venerable eatery, which has been closed since June, will stay the same. (more…)
A Center Moriches man was arrested for drunken driving during an early morning traffic stop in Flanders Saturday, according to a state police news release.
Elmantas Valys, 26, was pulled over about 3:25 a.m. on County Route 31, state police said. Mr. Valys took a breath test and had a .19 percent blood alcohol content, according to the release.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released with a future court date in Southampton Town.
The Riverhead Police Department is hosting a free drug collection day this Saturday for residents to safely get rid of unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication. (more…)
Parto’s (inset) is under new ownership. Claudio (left) and Joe Sciara from Uncle Joe’s pizzeria have taken over. (Credit: Paul Squire)
The oval sign above the front door of the West Main Street pizzeria still says Parto’s, and it’ll stay that way for a while, said new manager Claudio Sciara.
But once the new menu is set up, the staff gets settled in and the town’s permits go through, that sign will come down, replaced by a new one showing the popular eatery’s new ownership: Uncle Joe’s.
Joe Sciara, Claudio’s father and owner of Uncle Joe’s, closed a sale to buy the pizzeria from previous owner and chef Frank Spatola Wednesday, and immediately took over.
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Code enforcement officer Richard Downs goes through some of the files stored in metal cabinets inside the department’s office. (Credit: Paul Squire)
Inside the metal filing cabinets stacked against the wall in Riverhead Town’s tiny code enforcement office are dozens of manila folders, each marked with a property address and filled with legal documents, site plans and notes.
The town attorney’s office is home to dozens more filing cabinets filled with cases; code enforcement doesn’t have room for them all, nor the room for the handful of new complaints that pour into the office each week. (more…)
Riverhead Councilman John Dunleavy is the liaison to the Anti-Bias Task Force. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
Riverhead Town’s Anti-Bias Task Force is back — and it’s looking for members. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)
Beginning next month, school will start 10 minutes later for Shoreham-Wading River elementary school students as administrators try to correct a series of complaints about the district’s new busing system. (more…)