03/24/14 11:00am
03/24/2014 11:00 AM
The owners of Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices, Ivan Albert (left) and Frank LoPresti in 2012. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The owners of Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices, Ivan Albert (left) and Frank LoPresti in 2012. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

It may not be summer yet, but it’s never too early for a sweet treat from Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices in Riverhead.

To celebrate spring’s arrival, Ralph’s is offering kids a chance to win a free ice or ice cream.

Read more about the offer on northforker.com.

03/21/14 11:08am
03/21/2014 11:08 AM
Chuck Chockalingam suggested that he feels the board was biased against him. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

An application filed by Chuck Chockalingam was rejected on Thursday night. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A plan to build a 3,200-square-foot restaurant on three-tenths of an acre on Route 58 was rejected by the Riverhead Planning Board Thursday, following a debate in which the applicant implied there was a bias against him, though stopped short of calling it racism.

On a resolution to approve the 24-seat restaurant, the vote was 3-2 against, with board members Ed Densieski, Stan Carey and Lyle Wells opposed, and Richard O’Dea and Joe Baier in favor. The vote on the application — first filed in October of 2012 — had been delayed for several meetings due to a lack of a full board at the last four meetings, and the three board members who voted against the application had all publicly stated their position at prior meetings.

Applicant Chuck Chockalingam, who said he is of Indian descent, suggested that he feels the board was biased against him in a memo to the board asking the board members who opposed the application to “reconsider their votes based not the merits of the application without any prejudice and bias.”

Bill Duffy, the planning board attorney, asked Mr. Chockalingam to specify what he was meant by that.

“Have you received anything from this board that said anything to make you think they’re being prejudiced or biased?” Mr. Duffy asked.

“No, but the indications are leading to that, because following the hearings going over two years, I’ve basically done everything the board has wanted,” Mr. Chockalingam said.

He said every time he meets a requirement the board makes, another one is added on, such as the color of the bricks, the need for windows on the building or a solution to traffic stacking on Harrison Avenue. The lot on which the restaurant is proposed is between Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue.

“You’re alleging some type of prejudice or bias when all they’ve only talked about are site plan issues,” Mr. Duffy said.

Pressed by Mr. Duffy as to whether he was saying the board was prejudiced because of his race, Mr. Chockalingam replied, “I don’t want to.”

Mr. Chockalingam said he felt the board’s vote was pre-determined.

The vote on the application, formally issued by Guddha LLC, was delayed or deadlocked for several months because the board failed to have all five members present for the past four meetings. The outcome was not unexpected, since all of the board members had previously voted, at least once, the same way they voted Thursday at a prior meeting, but those votes never led to a decision because the board lacked five members and never got a three-vote majority one way or the other.

A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A two-story restaurant is being proposed for a sliver of land between the Route 58 Taco Bell and Harrison Avenue. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Mr. Chockalingam, who acquired the lot from the county in a tax default, said the county Department of Public Works did not oppose the project and only one person opposed the project at the public hearing, and that was Richard Israel, who owns the adjacent property that contained a Taco Bell and an office building.

Town planner Rick Hanley said Mr. Chockalingam’s application failed to meet several parking guidelines which the board has the discretion to waive, but has not done so.

And Planning Board member Lyle Wells said his vote was based on the fact that the lot was too small and was teardrop-shaped.

“I think you’re asking for an over-intensification of the lot,” Mr. Wells said.

Mr. Densieski said Mr. Chockalingam spoke with him about the application several times.

“I think I treated you with utmost respect. I don’t think I biased you in any way,” Mr. Densieski said.

Mr. Carey defended his vote, saying the lot is very small and oddly shaped.

“You’re trying to make a building fit on that piece of property that in my opinion, is going to give the appearance of being out of character for this area,” he said. He also cited the fact that the application doesn’t meet all of the parking guidelines.

Officially, Thursday’s vote constitutes a “no action,” rather than a denial, since it failed to garner three votes on a resolution to approve the application, according to Mr. Duffy.

In order to officially reject the application, the board will have to take up a separate resolution to reject the project, and then approve that resolution, he said.

The Planning Board will likely do that at its next meeting, but in the interim, the applicant also can make changes to try and meet the concerns of the board.

tgannon@timesreview.com

03/18/14 12:40pm
03/18/2014 12:40 PM
Jeff McKay, co-owner of Vines & Hops Café in Riverhead, with the store’s remaining bottle of the 2012 Vertical Epic brew, currently on sale for $200. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jeff McKay, co-owner of Vines & Hops Café in Riverhead, with the store’s remaining bottle of the 2012 Vertical Epic brew, currently on sale for $200. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Local craft beer lovers now have an opportunity to get their hands on the final part of an epic brewing journey.

The Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, Calif., embarked on a 12-year brewing process in 2001 for a series of beers called “Vertical Epic,” one of which is now offered at Vines & Hops Café in Riverhead.

After selling one bottle of the 2012 batch the day it came in, Vines & Hops co-owner Jeff McKay said he’s selling the other for $200.

Read more about the brew on northforker.com

03/15/14 3:00pm
03/15/2014 3:00 PM
Looking for work? Check out the Times/Review classified section.

Looking for work? Check out the Times/Review classified section.

Looking for work, or know someone who is?

Times/Review classifieds offers local companies a place to advertise their job openings each week, and this week over 60 positions are available from restaurant help, to a mason, to sailing instructors.

And for anyone interested in submitting a classified ad, email: classified@timesreview.com

Check out the listings below:

A-TECH: Needed for independent repair shop. Electrical expertise essential. Must have tools and transportation. Call 631-727-5200 or apply in person at 1290 Flanders Road, Riverhead.

ASPHALT PAVING FOREMAN: F/T for the right candidate. Mix of private, commercial and public work. Strong leadership, training and safety skills a must. Must have experience with asphalt paving and equipment, asphalt calculation, grades and pitch. CDL license a plus. Benefits and 401(k) available. Call 631-283-0037 or email general@southforkasphalt.com (S)

ASSISTANT COOK: 10 week summer position at sleepaway camp for children. P/T spring and fall. Email resume to md83@cornell.edu

ASSISTANT COMPTROLLER: F/T. Must travel 1 day/week to Queens. Bachelor’s in business administration plus 5 years’ experience in accounting and/or finance with not-for-profit agency or accounting firm. Little Flower Children and Family Services in Wading River, N.Y. Fax resume to 631-929-6203 or send towadingriver-jobs@lfchild.org EOE

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNICIANS: Immediate start. A, B, C, transmission and diesel technicians, lot person needed for busy, expanding service department. Inspector’s license required. Excellent benefits and working conditions. Call Donna, 631-765-9200.

CALL CENTER REPRESENTATIVE POSITIONS: F/T, P/T, various shifts available. Must be able to work a Saturday or Sunday every week. For corporate headquarters located in Southold. For complete details about the position visit,www.seatow.com/csr

CAMP COUNSELORS: F/T, 35 hours/week. For summer camp, 6/30- 8/22/14. Must be 18 years old. Education majors preferred. Salary: $10.50/hour. Fax resume to 631-298-4376 or call 631-298-9573.

CAREGIVERS: F/T, P/T, 24 hour live-in. Join the number 1 non-medical home care provider as we help care for our greatest generation. No certification necessary. Home Instead Senior Care, 631-594-2180.

CHILD CARE WORKERS: P/T and F/T shifts including weekends. For our Residential Treatment Center supervising teenage boys and girls with daily living activities. Prior experience required. Degree preferred. Must have valid driver’s license. Little Flower Children and Family Services in Wading River, N.Y. Fax resume to 631-929-6203 or emailwadingriver-jobs@lfchild.org

CHILDCARE ASSISTANT: P/T hours plus on-call, Monday-Friday. Must have clean record. Dory’s Day Care. For application, call 631-369-9229.

CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR/DRAFT PERSON: P/T, F/T. Residential experience helpful. 631-734-7455.

CONSTRUCTION ASSISTANT: Office work, drafting, design, job-site visits, some bookkeeping. Fax resume to 631-734-5249.

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR/ CIVIL CONSTRUCTION: F/T. Responsibilities include maintaining client pre-qualification requirements, bid document preparation and review, contract compliance management. Email letter of interest in confidence to inquiries14-office@yahoo.com EOE

COUNSELOR: P/T, overnights, Friday-Sunday, 12- 8 a.m. Requires experience working in a similar setting or with people with mental illnesses. Must have a valid driver’s license. Riverhead. Send resume tocareers@concernhousing.org

DELI HELPER/SANDWICH MAKER: P/T, F/T. Experienced. 631-765-6408.

DELIVERY DRIVER: P/T, turf and agricultural products. Warehouse responsibilities, some fork lift experience helpful. Riverhead location. Call/fax, 631-749-0621.

DIESEL/HEAVY EQUIPMENT MECHANIC: Heated shop. Must have own tools/transportation. 516-458-7328.

DISHWASHER: Daytime schedule, some nights. Prep work. North Fork Country Club. Call between 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., 631-734-7069.

DOCK BUILDER: F/T, year round. Experienced. Driver’s license required. South Shore. Benefits. 516-458-7328.

DRAFT PERSON/CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR: P/T, F/T. Residential experience helpful. 631-734-7455.

DRIVER/WAREHOUSE PERSON: P/T, locally. Clean license. Suffolk Designer Lighting, South- ampton. Call Bill or Dolores, 631-283-4800. (S)

DRIVER: For specialty vegetable farm located in Calverton. CDL a plus. Must have good knowledge and driving experience in Manhattan and outer boroughs. Salary commensurate with experience. Email info@saturfarms.com or call 631-734-4219.

DRIVER: P/T for landscaping com- pany. CDL required. Able to drive 10-wheeler, tri-axle and roll-off truck. Fax resume to 631-765-9026 or call for appointment, 631-765-4617.

DRIVER: P/T, for container nursery in Cutchogue. No CDL required, clean driving record. Call 631-765-3546.

DRIVERS: F/T, P/T, many shifts available. Earn extra cash. CDL Class A and B drivers needed for busy greenhouses. Contact Art, 631-727-1980, ext. 226.

HOTEL POSITIONS: Guest services assistant: P/T, year round. Nights, weekends and holidays a must. Applicant should be computer proficient, professional, reliable and have strong interpersonal skills. Housekeeping: F/T, weekends/holidays a must. Experienced. Seeking a detail-oriented, take-charge person with excellent housekeeping and organizational skills. English speaking/ writing skills a plus. Competitive compensation with room for growth. Bookkeeper: P/T, 3 days/week with room for growth. Applicant should be professional, organized and detail-oriented. Experience with payroll, A/P, A/R. Email resume/cover letter to Jacqueline, jdube@theharborfrontinn.com

INTERNSHIP: For Historic Films, a documentary producer/film archive in Greenport. A commitment of at least 2 days/week for 8 weeks or longer. Unpaid but travel stipend. Send information/resume to anthea@historicfilms.com

IRRIGATION INSTALLER/SERVICE TECH: Clean driver’s license required. 631-298-0288.

JANITOR: 10-week summer position at sleepaway camp for children. P/T spring and fall. Email resume to md83@cornell.edu

LADIES LOCKER ROOM ATTENDANT/HOUSEKEEPER: F/T, P/T, seasonal for prestigious East End golf course. Great job in a posi- tive work environment. Good com- munication skills and references a must. Email resumes toeastendgolfclub@gmail.com

LANDSCAPE COMPANY POSITIONS: For Summerhill Landscapes Inc., based in Sag Harbor. Landscape construction forepersons: to lead landscape installation crews, NYS driver’s license, 3 years’ experience. Maintenance forepersons: to lead landscape maintenance crews, NYS driver’s license, 3 years’ experience. Landscape laborers: experience and NYS driver’s license preferred. Maintenance laborers: experience and NYS driver’s license preferred. Machinery operators: excavation, planting and grading experience nec- essary. CDL driver: NYS driver’s license, Class A. Farm manager: to oversee two locations. NYS driver’s license, 3 years experience. 631-725-0005, fax 631-725-8669,info@summerhilllandscapes.com (S)

LIFEGUARD: 1 day/week for 8 weeks of summer camp. Salary: $15/ hour. Fax resume to 631-298-4376 or call 631-298-9573.

MARINA STAFF: Summer dock staff, lifeguard: F/T, P/T positions. Hardworking, friendly. Emailkneedham@chmarineyachts.com

LITTLE FLOWER CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES: Seeks the following at our Wading River, N.Y. campus. Program Supervisor/applied behavior specialist: P/T for our Day Hab. Minimum 5 years’ OPWDD experience and 2 years’ supervisory experience. Master’s in psychology required. Day habilitation workers: P/T to work with our MR/DD adult population. High school diploma and valid driver’s license required.

PSYCHOLOGIST: F/T, licensed with PhD to provide oversight at various residential OPWDD programs (IRA, ICF, family care). May include working at other sites located in Brooklyn and Queens.

RN: P/T, on-call. For our Day Hab and Individual Residential Alternative. Previous experience working with MR/DD population required. Send resume towadingriver-jobs@lfchild.org

MASONRY FOREMAN: Working foreman. Qualified candidates should possess 5 years’ experience directing and managing crews of 3-5 workers. Working with stone veneer and dry-layed stone walls, custom-cut stone installations, retaining walls, etc. Sal- ary/benefits package relative to experience and ability. Email resume to  jobs@sevensonsinc.com

MASONRY LABORERS: Driver’s license a plus. Salary relative to experience and ability. Call 631-329-9373.

MECHANIC: F/T, P/T. Clean driver’s license, own tools, marine background preferred. Willing to train motivated individual. Please call 631-734-4278.

MEDICAL ASSISTANT: P/T for general practice office located on Shelter Island. Six months’ experience and phlebotomy certificate preferred. Recent graduate considered. Email resume to jkelt@winthrop.org

MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST: F/T, will train. For Riverhead ophthalmology practice. Benefits include 401(k). Email resume todeedeemq@gmail.com

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST/TYPIST: P/T, F/T. Call 631-591-1086.

ORDER ENTRY SPECIALIST: Generate orders based on analysis of customer needs. Maintain data on what needs to be shipped and what has been shipped. Good analytical and math skills necessary, 3 years in a customer service environment desirable. For consideration, please submit resume toivyacreshr@ivyacres.com

PESTICIDE APPLICATOR: F/T, P/T for landscaping company. Must be licensed/certified. Fax resume to 631-765-9026 or call for appointment, 631-765-4617.

PLUMBER’S HELPER: Minimum 2 years’ experience. Pay based on experience. Must have driver’s license and own transportation. Call Nate, 631-767-9595.

POOL COMPANY POSITIONS: Pool service technicians: 3- 5 years experience. Responsibilities include but are not limited to, pool opening/ closing, vacuuming, equipment repair/installation, automation repairs, heater/heat pump troubleshooting, tile/coping repairs, water chemistry. Pool construction worker; minimum 5 years experience who can flip-flop between building/renovations and service. Must have experience with forming, steel work, plumbing and tile/coping installation. Responsible and able to work independently with a team and have a clean driver’s li- cense. Background check required. Please call, 631-734-7600.

POOL MECHANIC: Must be familiar with all phases of vinyl and gunite construction and repairs. Excellent pay. Please call 631-283-4040 or send resume toinfo@minoguebros.com

POOL SERVICE TECHNICIANS: Experienced. Excellent pay. Please call 631-283-4040 or send resume to info@minoguebros.com

RECREATION SPECIALIST: For our residential treatment center to de- velop, plan, organize and direct programs for recreation. BS degree in recreation or a minimum 5 years’ related experience. Little Flower Children and Family Services in Wading River, N.Y. Send resume towadingriver-jobs@lfchild.orgor fax to: 631-929-6203. EOE

RESTAURANT HELP: F/T, P/T. Bartender, servers, cheese shop counter person. Salamanders, 631-477-3711

RESTAURANT HELP: P/T, host/ hostess. Jamesport Manor Inn, 631-722-0500.

RESTAURANT HELP: F/T, P/T, year round. Host/hostess, waitstaff, busperson. Experience preferred but will train. 631-734-5123.

RESTAURANT STAFF: F/T, P/T, seasonal bartenders and servers for prestigious East End golf club. Experience preferred. Emaileastendgolfclub@gmail.com

RN: F/T. Provide primary nursing care as part of interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals and volunteers. BSN with recent public health or hospice experience strongly preferred. Current RN license/registration and valid NYS driver’s license required. Competitive salary and benefits, supportive working environment. Fax resume to Priscilla Ruffin, president, East End Hospice, 631-288-8492 or emailpruffin@eeh.org (S)

ROOFING HELPER: No experience necessary. ID required. 631-722-4434.

SAILING INSTRUCTORS: Summer 2014. Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett seeks F/T sailing instructors for June through August 2014. Our sailing students range in age from 7-15 years old. Recreational and com- petitive lessons are taught on Optimists and C420s. Instructors must have current CPR and first aid and must have or be able to obtain US Sailing small boat level 1 certification. Experience preferred. Great pay plus additional income from lessons and big-boat crewing. Please email your resume to: employment@devonyc.com

SAILING INSTRUCTORS: Summer 2014, Mattituck Yacht club seeks F/T, P/T senior/junior sailing instructors. All lessons taught on Sunfish and C420s. Experience preferred. Visit website for qualifications/application www.mattituckyachtclub.com, email resume/application tohiring@myc.cc or send to P.O. Box 1126, Mattituck, NY 11952.

SALES REPRESENTATIVE: Outside sales calling on new and existing builders, architects and landscapers. Minimum 5 years’ sales experience. Salary, commission and bonus. Send resume to jcm@oceanspraypoolsandspas.com (S)

SALES/MECHANIC: F/T. Immediate start. Experience a plus. Riverhead Trailer, 631-727-623

SALES/REGISTER POSITION: F/T, P/T, seasonal. For North Fork garden center. Duties include indoor sales, displays, stocking, register. Retail and/or horticultural experience a plus. Call for appointment, 631-722-4388 or send resume to verderbersgardencenter@optonline.net

SALON POSITION: Receptionist: permanent position, 4 days/week, including Saturday. Experience/references necessary. For very busy Southold salon. 631-876-5550.

SECRETARY: Customer service, some retail, scheduling and reports. Active office environment. Salary/ benefits commensurate with experience. Email resume to:  jcm@oceanspraypoolsandspas.com (N)

SPECIAL PUBLICATIONS EDITOR: Times/Review Newsgroup is searching for a special publications editor who would also serve as editor of the company’s lifestyle blog, northforker.com. Strong feature writing and photography skills and knowledge of the North Fork’s food, wine and real estate industries are a must. A minimum of five years’ experience in print and web journalism is required. The editor should also expect to work nights and weekends covering events. The ideal candidate would have experience managing social media feeds and a working knowledge of Word Press and Photoshop. Competitive salary. Please send resume to: gparpan@timesreview.com

STONE MASONS: Experience with stone veneer and dry-layed stone walls. High level of attention to detail necessary. Driver’s license a plus. Salary relative to experience and ability. Email resume to  jobs@sevensonsinc.com

SUBSTITUTES NEEDED: For Westhampton Beach UFSD. Teacher aides, nurses, clerical, monitors, cus- todial, food service. Fax resume, 631-288-6509.

SUMMER INTERNS: The Shelter Island Reporter is looking for Summer Interns for the 2014 season. Interesting and varied assignments will be given to support our editorial efforts during the busy summer season, for both our print and web editions, including features and sports writing as well as covering a weekly sports beat. These positions are for credit/experience only. College students whose schools offer internships for credit programs are welcome. Expenses connected to assignments will be covered, and we provide ferry passes. The Shelter Island Reporter is the weekly newspaper of record for the Town of Shelter Island and the Village of Dering Harbor. Please email cover letter and  resume to sales@sireporter.com

TASTING ROOM HELP: P/T. For Jason’s Vineyard. Claire, 631-734-6200, ext. 100.

TEACHER AIDES: Immediate openings. P/T and substitutes for pre-school. Love for children a must! Must be at least 18 years old. Salary: $10.50/hour. Fax resume to 631-298-4376 or call 631-298-9573

VILLAGE OF GREENPORT POSITIONS:For Mitchell Park and Marina: Dock/maintenance, marina office staff and carousel staff. Also accepting applications for summer positions such as Bay Beach lifeguards and summer day camp counselors. Flexible hours, must be over 18 for some positions and be able to work weekend shifts. For an application or additional information, contact Donna at 631-477-2200, ext. 1. Applications may also be obtained at Village Hall,236 Third Street, Greenportor from our website: www.villageofgreenport.org

VINEYARD CATERERS: Now Hiring Waitstaff. Experience Preferred. Will Train Team Players. Weekends A Must. Apply in person. Mon.-Thurs. 10 am-6 pm. 978 Main Road, Aquebogue.

631-722-3200

03/13/14 12:34pm
03/13/2014 12:34 PM
Gates at Great Rock are locked as the course and Blackwells restaurant have been closed since Jan. 1. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Gates at Great Rock are locked as the course and Blackwells restaurant have been closed since Jan. 1. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Great Rock golf course and Blackwells restaurant, which occupy the same property in Wading River, have been closed since January and one of the property owners says the complex will likely be sold soon.

“There’s a sale pending,” said Paul Elliott, a principal in the group that owns the property. (more…)