07/10/15 6:00am
07/10/2015 6:00 AM
Clockwise from left: Anthony Meras, third-generation owner of Star Confectionery; Cliff Saunders III, second-generation owner of Cliff’s Rendezvous; Liz Strebel, second-generation owner of Riverhead Diner & Grill; Mary Ann Alexander, third-generation owner of Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home; Todd Griffing, third-generation owner of Griffing Hardware; Barry Barth, third-generation owner of Barth’s Drug Store; former Star Confectionery owner Tony Meras; Christina Saunders and Erik Saunders, wife and son of Cliff Saunders III. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Clockwise from left: Anthony Meras, third-generation owner of Star Confectionary; Cliff Saunders III, second-generation owner of Cliff’s Rendezvous; Liz Strebel, second-generation owner of Riverhead Diner & Grill; Mary Ann Alexander, third-generation owner of Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home; Todd Griffing, third-generation owner of Griffing Hardware; Barry Barth, third-generation owner of Barth’s Drug Store; former Star Confectionary owner Tony Meras; Christina Saunders and Erik Saunders, wife and son of Cliff Saunders III. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Seated in a booth flipping through a large binder bursting with old pictures, brochures and menus, Tony Meras, the 80-year-old former owner of the Star Confectionery, and his 48-year-old son Anthony, the diner’s current owner, recently reminisced about the 95 years the business has been located on Main Street in Riverhead.

As they thumbed through memorabilia, the father and son were stopped several times by loyal customers who wanted to catch up by saying hello. Some of these patrons swing by the diner almost daily; others, only a handful of times a year. But all are treated the same way — as friends. (more…)

07/09/15 11:58am
07/09/2015 11:58 AM
Jeff Heidtmann and Robert Frey see each other for the first time after a dramatic water rescue behind their homes. This photo earned Katharine Schroeder a third-place award from the National Newspaper Association Thursday.

Jeff Heidtmann and Robert Frey see each other for the first time after a dramatic water rescue behind their homes. This photo earned Katharine Schroeder a third-place award from the National Newspaper Association Thursday.

The Suffolk Times was named a finalist Thursday for the National Newspaper Association Award for General Excellence.

The winner will be announced Oct. 3 at a reception in St. Charles, Mo., though the paper is guaranteed at least a third place finish in its circulation category.

The award was one of seven given to Times Review Media Group when the NNA announced the winners of its 2015 Better Newspaper Contest Thursday morning.  (more…)

07/08/15 6:00am
07/08/2015 6:00 AM
A couple crosses W. Main St. on Monday afternoon in front of Farm Country Kitchen. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

A couple crosses W. Main St. on Monday afternoon in front of Farm Country Kitchen. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Backing out of their parking spaces on West Main Street can get tricky for some Farm Country Kitchen customers.

In fact, according to one Planning Board member, parking has become so dangerous there that he’d feel guilty if someone got injured while cars try to maneuver around one another at the popular eatery — which he feels is bound to happen if nothing changes.

So, the Planning Board is moving to change it. (more…)

07/06/15 8:22pm
07/06/2015 8:22 PM
Bob Castaldi, owner of the Second Street firehouse building, and Paul Karlin, right, of Long Beard Brewing Co. address the Riverhead IDA Monday

Bob Castaldi, owner of the Second Street firehouse building, and Paul Carlin, right, of Long Beard Brewing Co. address the Riverhead IDA Monday.

The owners of a fledgling brewery that’s proposed for the former Second Street firehouse are seeking tax exemptions from the Riverhead Town Industrial Development Agency to help them get started.

“Any little help we can get is important to us,” said Paul Carlin, the co-owner of Long Beard Brewing Company. “We chose Riverhead because we feel it something that’s coming back.” (more…)

07/06/15 1:02pm
Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards hold three of the winery's four 93-point wines, as awarded by The Wine Advocate. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards hold three of the winery’s four 93-point wines, as awarded by The Wine Advocate. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Long Island wines received enthusiastic and record-breaking reviews from one of the industry’s most influential wine publications last month.

In the most recent edition of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate — arguably the wine world’s most important publication — 78 wines received scores of 90 and above, a number commonly recognized to denote an outstanding wine.

Two wines received a 94 — the highest ever for a Long Island wine — while five others received a 93 and 17 received a 92. The previous record was 92 points, a score several wines have received from wine critics over the years.

“They were simply impressive, completely refuting any notion anyone might have that this is not a serious wine region,” wrote Wine Advocate critic Mark Squires. “There is plenty of evidence that the region has arrived and is on the cusp of maturity, no longer an outlier, but increasingly reliable in good vintage years.

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07/05/15 12:00pm
07/05/2015 12:00 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 close to 70 positions are available from teaching positions to a lifeguard to a bartender.

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

Check out the listings below: (more…)

07/02/15 2:39pm
07/02/2015 2:39 PM
On Thursday, Scott DuBois at Breeze Hill Farm was selling corn he purchased from Georgia, but by Friday or Saturday, he will begin selling his own corn — just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)

On Thursday, Scott DuBois at Breeze Hill Farm was selling corn he purchased from Georgia, but by Friday or Saturday, he will begin selling his own corn — just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. (Credit: Chris Lisinski)

Fret not, barbecue lovers of the North Fork: you should be able to enjoy local corn during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

Despite a brutal winter and a somewhat rainy June, several local farms said they have already begun harvesting corn — and they’re anticipating plenty of demand over the next few days.

“We just pulled some [Thursday] morning and it’s looking very good,” said Herbert Barron, an attendant at Wesnofske Farm in Peconic. “They look very good despite the rough winter. Actually, they look better than last year, in my opinion … For early stuff, it’s quite large.” (more…)