03/20/15 7:00am
03/20/2015 7:00 AM

Kelly Wooten and friends Mary Higgins-Maresco and Tom Higgins traveled to Paris, France, March 4-8 to celebrate Mary’s birthday. The trio toured Notre Dame and enjoyed the beautiful architecture and stained glass windows. At the Louvre, they saw the Mona Lisa and all the other beautiful pieces of art. They viewed the Eiffel Tower at night, which was simply spectacular with the lights flashing. (more…)

03/16/15 10:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOTristin Krueger and his mother, Raven, in front of their fire-damaged home on Twomey Avenue in Calverton. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Tristin Krueger and his mother, Raven, in front of their fire-damaged home on Twomey Avenue in Calverton in January. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

When Caraline Krueger’s employers at the Cooperage Inn told her they wanted to host a fundraiser to help raise money for her family, whose Calverton home was badly damaged in a Jan. 17 fire, she almost began to cry. (more…)

03/14/15 3:00pm
03/14/2015 3:00 PM
‘Building and Grounds workers were at the Fresh Pond School house Thursday morning doing renovations to the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

‘Building and Grounds workers were at the Fresh Pond School house Thursday morning doing renovations to the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

Built in 1821, the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse was once one of 15 single-room schoolhouses in Riverhead Town. Boys would sit on one side of the room; girls, on the other side.

The schools were heated by wood stoves, fueled by wood brought inside by the students themselves.

These days, the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse — located on the ground of East End Arts — is in the process of getting a top-to-bottom renovation, soon to be in use by the arts nonprofit as a multi-use building for events such as poetry readings and film presentations. (more…)

03/14/15 6:00am

Kevin Mann, retired teacher of Shoreham-Wading River High School, gave me the heads-up that for many years the high school students have traveled to Kenya and worked with and supported the children of Hope Children’s Home. One of those children, Betty Gakii, who came to the home in 2008 at age 15, recently finished her teacher training studies at Chuka University. She then got a teaching job at a local secondary school, got engaged and just became Mrs. Samuel Kathurima. The newlyweds live in Meru, a town not far from the home. Lesson learned: “The actions of high school youth do change lives … forever!” (more…)