01/26/15 8:00am
The Riverhead Flower Shop will move into the former Woolworth building the week after Valentine's Day, owner Peggy Kneski said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Flower Shop will move into the former Woolworth building the week after Valentine’s Day, owner Peggy Kneski said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A longtime downtown Riverhead business is moving up the street and into a newly renovated building.

Peggy Kneski, owner of Riverhead Flower Shop on East Main Street, said her store is moving into a presently vacant 1,100-square-foot space next-door to Goldberg’s Famous Bagels the week after Valentine’s Day. The shop will be located in the former Woolworth building, which also houses Ultimate Fitness. (more…)

01/24/15 12:00pm
Sisters Yamileth and Maritza Carbajal, of Westhampton and Central Islip respectively, fill out paperwork for their monthly food allowance Friday afternoon as Long Island Council of Churches food pantry manager Carolyn Gumbs looks on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Sisters Yamileth and Maritza Carbajal fill out paperwork for their monthly food allowance Friday afternoon as Long Island Council of Churches food pantry manager Carolyn Gumbs looks on. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

For years, the Long Island Council of Churches has provided food to families in need.

Now, the faith-based nonprofit is searching for a new home.

The organization’s executive director, the Rev. Thomas Goodhue, said he was informed Thursday afternoon that the Osborn Avenue building LICC has occupied for the past eight years is in the process of being sold and that it must vacate the premises when their lease is up at the end of April.

The building has been on the market for the past 18 months, the Rev. Goodhue said.

“We’ve known that this was a possibility and now we need to start looking in earnest,” he said. “We live in hope, as we say in the church, that we’ll find something good.”

LICC currently plays $1,236 per month in rent plus utilities, said Carolyn Gumbs, the organization’s food pantry manager. The Rev. Goodhue added that they “can’t afford any more rent than we’re paying now” and would like to stay in Riverhead.

Yamileth and Maritza Carbajal leave LLIC Friday afternoon as clients Anthony Thomas (left) and Thomas Anderson, both of Riverhead, wait to go inside.

“The challenge for us, and every other nonprofit that is helping people, is that the needs are always greater than your resources,” he said. “We really don’t have a huge amount of money to spend on rent or paying mortgages. The money we get goes toward helping people.”

LICC doesn’t receive any Riverhead Town or county funding, the Rev. Goodhue said. It does receive some funds from the Town of Southampton, he said, and in January 2014 officials announced they had been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation for Hunger Relief. The Council of Churches is a nonprofit with offices in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

On Friday, a representative for East End Disability Associates, which owns the building at 407 Osborn Ave., declined to comment on future plans for the structure. The Rev. Goodhue said he hasn’t yet learned of the buyer’s identity but that EEDA told him the buyer plans to completely change the building’s use.

Ms. Gumbs said LICC’s current one-story location has served the organization well because it’s easy for customers to find and handicapped accessible.

The mood at the food pantry is “sober,” Ms. Gumbs said, but she and LICC’s other employees aren’t letting the news affect their mission.

“We have to keep an upbeat mood,” she said. “We can’t have a down mood; that’s not going to help our clients any and it’s not going to help us any.”

Caption: Yamileth and Maritza Carbajal leave LLIC Friday afternoon as clients Anthony Thomas (left) and Thomas Anderson, both of Riverhead, wait to go inside.

ryoung@timesreview.com

01/10/15 4:00pm
From left: Friends Christopher Lull, Isabella "Izzy" DiPierro and Tyrek Highsmith were honored by Heidi's Helping Angels Saturday for their part in rescuing a man Dec. 29. (Credit: Rachel Young)

From left: Friends Christopher Lull, Isabella “Izzy” DiPierro and Tyrek Highsmith were honored by Heidi’s Helping Angels Saturday for their part in rescuing a man Dec. 29. (Credit: Rachel Young)

On Saturday morning, three local teenagers were honored by Heidi’s Helping Angels for their part in rescuing an unidentified Medford man who Riverhead police said fell into the Peconic River near McDermott Avenue Dec. 27.  (more…)

01/10/15 2:50pm
Stylist Ashley Fogerty gives Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue highlights Saturday afternoon at Gabriel Loren the Salon in Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Stylist Ashley Fogerty gives Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue highlights Saturday afternoon at Gabriel Loren the Salon in Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young)

A Riverhead native has opened a chic new hair salon on Howell Avenue, directly across the street from Town Hall.

Gabriel Loren the Salon had a soft opening Dec. 27, owner Raquel Dispenziere said, and will celebrate its grand opening at 4 p.m. today. The event will feature food catered by Papa Joe’s on West Main Street and various raffles.

Ms. Dispenziere, a hairstylist who grew up on the North Fork and later moved to California to become an educator at Paul Mitchell Schools, said she came back to Riverhead in May. She was looking for a space to open her own salon when she noticed a “For Rent” sign in the window at 212 Howell Ave., which had been vacant for around a decade and once operated as a laundromat.

“It was just something I stumbled upon and I’m really glad I did,” Ms. Dispenziere said.

The building was in “rough shape,” she said, so the walls were replaced and repainted and a stained concrete floor was poured. To enhance the space’s industrial vibe, Ms. Dispenziere said, she left the ceiling’s beams exposed.

Gabriel Loren the Salon has five stylists including Ms. Dispenziere and offers a variety of services for men, women and children. It also offers specialty add-ons like hair and eyelash extensions and organic spray tans. In addition, the salon has a $200 a month package that includes unlimited haircuts, color, styling and treatments, Ms. Dispenziere said.

The salon was abuzz with activity Saturday afternoon, where stylist Ashley Fogerty was giving 12-year-old Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue blond highlights. Nearby, Grace’s younger sister, Sierra, 10, was admiring her own hair’s newly dyed pink tips.

“I like it,” she said of the salon. “It’s really neat.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

12/30/14 4:00pm
The Hyatt in downtown Riverhead.

The Hyatt in downtown Riverhead.

Professionals said business was good in 2013, but 2014 was even better.

Across the board, key figures in banking, auto sales, hospitality and big and small retail outlets reported strong sales and increased growth. Much of this, said Steven Shauger, general manager of Hyatt Place East End in Riverhead, can be attributed to a developing public perception of the North Fork as a year-round destination. (more…)

12/14/14 2:00pm
Natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald of Cutchogue, wearing a shawl she made, demonstrates how she sets up the loom in her home studio before starting work on a new piece. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald of Cutchogue, wearing a shawl she made, demonstrates how she sets up the loom in her home studio before starting work on a new piece. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Time doesn’t exist when natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald is at her loom.

“It’s hard to say,” she said when asked how long it took her to complete a double-woven reversible jacket on view at “Weaving My World,” her exhibit at Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library. “I have no sense of time at all.”

Patience, on the other hand, is something she has in abundance.  (more…)

12/14/14 12:00pm
Candy canes, flowers and other decorations — including a holiday-themed doormat and Christmas table runner — helped make this open house in Mattituck more appealing, said real estate agent Beth Pike. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Candy canes, flowers and other decorations — including a holiday-themed doormat and Christmas table runner — helped make this open house in Mattituck more appealing, said real estate agent Beth Pike. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The holidays have long been considered the worst time of year to put your home on the market. But could listing your property between Thanksgiving and the New Year actually not be such a bad thing?

“Look: It’s never the wrong time to sell your house,” said Sheri Winter Clarry, licensed associate real estate broker at Corcoran in Southold. “Once you’ve made that decision, go for it with your full effort.”  (more…)

11/27/14 2:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOOliver is awake (briefly).Before Oliver, a 2-year-old tabby, was adopted in 2012, he was a stray kitten doing his best to survive in an old barn behind a Southold church.

Now, the blue-eyed beauty is Mr. August 2015 in North Fork Animal Welfare League’s first calendar.

Photographed by volunteer photographer Katharine Schroeder of Cutchogue, the “Adopt Love!” calendar features portraits of cats and dogs that have been adopted from or are still waiting at NFAWL, which operates shelters in Riverhead and Peconic.

NFAWL director Gillian Wood-Pultz said the calendar, which is available for purchase at both shelters and at three local businesses, is selling well. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit group.

“They’re great gifts for Christmas,” she said. “Everybody needs a calendar.”KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOCamo caught in mid-yawn.

Ms. Schroeder, a freelance photographer for Times Review Media Group, said photographing the animals, who were chosen using a lottery system after interested owners sent in pictures of their pets, was “very challenging but lots of fun.”

“Most of the dogs were so friendly they charged right at the camera, trying to lick either me or the lens,” she said. “I used treats and sound effects to get good expressions from them.”

Ms. Schroeder said one dog, a beagle named Bailey, liked having her picture taken so much that she led the photographer to various locations throughout the house and “posed and posed and posed. I never saw anything like it.”

Not surprisingly, getting the cats to cooperate was a bit trickier.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOLayney.“Oliver falls asleep when he gets stressed or loses interest in something,” Ms. Schroeder said. “After taking only a handful of shots of him, he nodded off and there was nothing we could do to wake him up. Luckily, one of the shots was perfect.”

“Adopt Love!” is available for $10 at NFAWL’s Riverhead and Peconic shelters and at Groom and Gear in Mattituck, Dog Town in Southold and Harbor Pets in Greenport.

The calendar is also available for $15 (price includes shipping costs) at nfawl.org.

ryoung@timesreview.com

Captions: One-year-old Camo (top, right) was adopted by the Schoenstein family in 2013 and is much more canine than feline, his owners say. Layney (middle, left), a 3-year-old pit bull mix, loves playing with the dogs in her neighborhood.