In some ways, the methods John Warner uses to handcraft tombstones at Peconic Monument Works in Riverhead haven’t changed much since the business was founded in 1842. A third-generation stone carver, Mr. Warner dexterously engraves memorials that range, in his words, “from markers to mausoleums.” He learned by watching his father, Hollis.
“I’d walk over here after school and spend the afternoon in the shop doing homework,” he said.
Soon, he was learning the trade like those before him: tracing letters and numbers onto a sheet of rubber, cutting them out carefully with an X-Acto knife, laying the stencil onto the stone and using a pneumatic hammer to chisel away. READ
A proposed Calverton retail development to be anchored by a Tractor Supply Company store will likely be built in phases, since the applicant doesn’t have any other tenants lined up yet, according to Riverhead Town officials.
New England Retail Properties Holdings received approval in July for a three-lot subdivision of the 51-acre site, a former sand mine owned by Calverton Industries and partially used by Sky Materials as a construction and demolition processing center. READ
Island International Exterior Fabricators will stay in Calverton after all.
Earlier this year, the company’s owner, Tim Stevens, said he was considering moving the business out of Enterprise Park at Calverton, where it’s been since 1999, because it needed additional space that wasn’t available. He had said he had gotten enticing offers from places like New Jersey and Pennsylvania. READ