06/25/13 4:53pm
STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters put out a fire on the roof of Cliff's Rezdezvous in Riverhead.

STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters put out a fire on the roof of Cliff’s Rendezvous in Riverhead.

The roof of a popular downtown restaurant was damaged Tuesday afternoon when a grease fire spread from the kitchen, Riverhead fire officials said.

One employee of the restaurant suffered a minor burn and was treated at the scene.

The fire broke out in a fan unit in the kitchen at Cliff’s Rendezvous on East Main Street shortly before 3 p.m., said Riverhead second assistant chief Kevin Brooks.

The fire then spread to the roof, charring a section near the chimney.

Riverhead firefighters quickly got to the scene with multiple fire engines and began fighting the blaze. Fire crews used ladders to get onto the roof of the restaurant to reach the fire.

Mr. Brooks said the injured employee had a minor burn to his hand, but refused further medical attention.

East Main Street was closed between Union and Maple avenues while fire crews put out the blaze.

By 3:30 p.m. the fire was under control.

Mr. Brooks said the fire “had the potential” to be worse had firefighters not responded as quickly. The Riverhead Fire Marshall was on scene to investigate the fire.

By 4 p.m., fire crews reopened the roads and were leaving the scene.

06/25/13 11:32am


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an air quality health advisory for all of Long Island Tuesday.

The alert will remain in effect between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Ground level ozone is forecasted to hit levels that may be unhealthy for sensitive groups, like individuals with lung disease, children, older adults, and people who are active outdoors.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that high levels of ozone can make it more difficult to breathe, cause coughing, aggravate diseases like asthma, emphysema or bronchitis, and make the lungs more susceptible to infection.

The New York State Department of Health has warned residents to limit strenuous physical activity when pollutions levels are high.

More information is available by calling the DEC’s toll free air quality hotline at 1-800-535-1345.

06/11/13 5:00pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The driver of this Toyota Tercel walked away from a rollover crash on County Road 105 Tuesday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The driver of this Toyota Tercel walked away from a rollover crash on County Road 105 Tuesday afternoon.

A woman walked away unharmed after her car flipped into the median on County Road 105 Tuesday afternoon, Riverhead Town police said.

The woman was driving southbound about 3:40 p.m. in a red Toyota Tercel when she overturned the vehicle into the median of the road, police at the scene said.

Riverhead ambulance crews were called to the crash scene, but the woman suffered no injuries and declined further medical attention.

Police closed the left lane of the road while the woman’s car was removed from the median.

06/04/13 5:30pm

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River High School was under lockdown this morning. The school day resumed at 8 a.m.

The Shoreham-Wading River school board will update voters at tonight’s meeting on a recently approved proposition that will make repairs to district roofs, renovate high school science labs and fix code violations in the high school.

The proposition, which was approved by voters last month, authorizes the board to spend up to $4.98 million to make repairs.

The high school’s code violations — which include dead-end hallways, classroom egress issues and other areas in the building not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act — were holding up a previously approved voter proposition last year to install new technology and repair the high school track.

District officials had said the state education department refused to approve plans for that proposition, saying the state would only allow the proposition to move forward if the district addressed the code violations.

Also during time for public discussion, students will propose to create a Gay/Straight Alliance Club before the board.

The meeting will be held at 8 p.m. this evening in the Shoreham-Wading River High School library.