07/24/14 5:18pm
The driver of this sedan was airlifted to Stony Brook Medical Center on Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Riverhead Fire Department)

The driver of this sedan was airlifted after a crash on River Road on Thursday afternoon. (Credit: Riverhead Fire Department, courtesy)

A woman was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center after being injured in an accident in Calverton Thursday, Riverhead fire department officials said at the scene.

A woman was driving alone in a white sedan at around 4 p.m. when her vehicle collided with a transit bus on River Road after she exited Kent Animal Shelter, fire chief Joseph Raynor said.

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07/24/14 11:40am
Celentano in hit and run

Jacqueline Celentano of Calverton is led out of Southampton Police Department headquarters in Hampton Bays for an arraignment following her arrest last year. (Credit: Carrie Miller file)

More than a year after he was hit by a car and left badly injured on the side of the road in Flanders, 25-year-old Aaron Hartmann still has memory problems, his mother, Linda, said. He stumbles over his words sometimes and has lost the peripheral vision in both his eyes.

When Mr. Hartmann gets tired, he limps on the leg that was broken in the crash, she said, making it difficult for him to get a job to support his young child.

“My son’s life is destroyed,” Ms. Hartmann said. (more…)

As eighth-graders, former Shoreham students Kari Quinn (left), Nick Bottari and Kaitlyn Brosco all excelled on varsity in their respective sports. (File photos)

As eighth-graders, former Shoreham students Kari Quinn (left), Nick Bottari and Kaitlyn Brosco all excelled on varsity in their respective sports. (File photos)

After years of debate, the Shoreham-Wading River’s athletics program now has a “selective classification” policy on the books.  (more…)

07/22/14 8:00am
A sign remains on the front door of the Birchwood, which closed suddenly last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

The Birchwood restaurant in Riverhead closed suddenly last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sheet of paper taped to the glass door of The Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town states the restaurant is closed for renovations.

“We will be Renovating the Restaurant over the next several weeks!!” reads the notice, which was still posted as of Monday and signed “The Owner.”

Although the sign was posted last month, there’s been little sign of construction at the shuttered site.

Andrea Mayer, ex-wife of the restaurant’s previous owner, James Loo, told the News-Review Monday that the restaurant would undergo “cosmetic” changes that wouldn’t require building permits from Riverhead Town.

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07/21/14 4:30pm
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

A Riverhead man accused of swearing at police, exposing his genitals and resisting arrest at a local campsite this weekend is being held on $10,000 bail, according to town court documents.

Brian Bishop, 29, is also accused of keeping a loaded shotgun in his tent while drunk and taking care of a 3-year-old child, according to charges filed against him.  (more…)

07/18/14 3:00pm
Riverhead Ironmen compete in their drill competition in July 2013. This year's competition will be held Saturday afternoon.  (Credit: Paul Squire)

Riverhead Ironmen compete in their drill competition in July 2013. This year’s competition will be held Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Riverhead Fire Department will host its 28th annual motorized drill tournament on Saturday.

The Ironmen — the volunteers’ racing team — is sponsoring the tournament, which will include fire departments from across Suffolk County competing in events like the bucket carry, the motorized pump and the three-man ladder. Central Islip Fire Department will attempt to defend its title after it won last year’s competition.

The drill will begin at noon at the fire department’s training ground near the Armory on Route 58.

Tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for children and can be purchased at the tournament. Food and refreshments will be available.

See below for a video from last year’s competition:

psquire@timesreview.com

07/16/14 11:23am
The front of the plane's fuselage was falling off as the plane was returned to land last Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The front of the plane’s fuselage was falling off as the plane was returned to land last Monday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

An initial federal investigation has revealed the home-built plane that crashed in Long Island Sound last week went down last Sunday night, roughly 14 hours before it was first discovered floating off Mattituck.

The cause of the fatal crash that killed 41-year-old pilot Zubair Khan has not yet been determined, investigators said. (more…)