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.

11/23/14 10:00am
Minnie Rose, a high-end women's cashmere line, opened its first brick-and-mortar store at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead last week. (Rachel Young photo)

Minnie Rose, a high-end women’s cashmere line, opened its first brick-and-mortar store at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead last week. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Minnie Rose, a high-end clothing line specializing in luxury women’s cashmere, opened its first brick-and-mortar shop at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead last week.

“We’re excited about the response to the cashmere and just educating everyone about who Minnie Rose is,” said a spokeswoman for the store’s owner, Lisa Shaller-Goldberg. (more…)

11/22/14 10:22am
Local store owners show items to make a Thanksgiving table stand out. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

Local store owners show items to make a Thanksgiving table stand out. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

Between trimming the turkey, whipping the mashed potatoes and baking the pumpkin pie, who has time to think about decorating for Thanksgiving? The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a chore. Local store owners from Calverton to Greenport identified for northforker.com six items they believe can add a touch of style to any holiday table.

See their suggestions on northforker.com

11/17/14 12:00pm
(Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society)

(Credit: Suffolk County Historical Society)

Most people are familiar with the story of Helen Keller, the blind and deaf girl who learned how to communicate with the help of her beloved teacher, Anne Sullivan. Fewer know that as an adult Ms. Keller traveled around the country delivering inspirational lectures.  (more…)

10/12/14 5:52pm
Leroy Hines, co-owner of the soon-to-open JL's Chicken, Fish and Ribs, behind the grill at Riverhead Country Fair Sunday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Leroy Hines, co-owner of J&L’s Chicken, Fish and Ribs, behind the grill at the Riverhead Country Fair on Sunday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

J&L’s Chicken, Fish and Ribs fed a steady stream of customers from its tent Sunday on the Peconic Riverfront at the Riverhead Country Fair.

Anyone who didn’t have the chance to the taste their food Sunday is in luck: J&L’s will open a brick-and-mortar store in downtown Riverhead at the location of the former Kratoville’s Luncheonette in the next few weeks, co-owner Leroy Hines said.

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10/11/14 5:25pm
The inside of PeraBell in Patchogue Saturday. The owners plan to open a Riverhead location this spring. (Credit: Rachel Young)

The inside of PeraBell in Patchogue Saturday. The owners plan to open a Riverhead location this spring. (Credit: Rachel Young)

East Main Street in Riverhead reminds restaurateur John Peragine of how downtown Patchogue looked around a decade ago, he said.

“It has the same kind of feel to it,” he said.  (more…)

10/11/14 8:28am
The scene Saturday morning on East Avenue in Riverhead near where a 19-year-old was shot twice. (Credit: Rachel Young)

The scene Saturday morning on East Avenue in Riverhead near where a 19-year-old man was shot twice. (Credit: Rachel Young)

UPDATE: The 19-year-old Riverhead man who police said was shot twice in the back Friday night as he was walking home on East Avenue is in critical condition at Stony Brook University Medical Center, a hospital spokesperson said Saturday afternoon.

ORIGINAL STORY: A 19-year-old Riverhead man was shot twice in the back Friday night as he was walking home on East Avenue, Riverhead police said.

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