12/26/14 6:00am

Joyce Rienzo, librarian at Riverhead Free Library, was thrilled with the presentation on sidesaddles given Nov. 25 by Aquebogue resident Cathy Springer for the library’s “Horsing Around” program. Ms. Springer is a rider with Smithtown Hunt and has ridden in four presidential inaugural parades. Her husband, Harry, even got to ride in one of them. (more…)

12/24/14 4:00pm
12/24/2014 4:00 PM

We asked our crew what 2014 stories they most enjoyed reading or meant the most to them. Here are just a few of our responses. Have any favorites of your own from 2014? Share them below in the comments section.


Laura Huber, editorial assistant: “I loved reading about Brandon Boardman and how the story connected the details many of us miss about people living with Asperger’s. I think it’s good for kids to see positive stories about young people in our community.”  


Jen_BWJen Nuzzo, associate editor: “The dinosaur theater that never happened. If you haven’t seen the ‘Dino-A-Live’ program in action, check it out on YouTube.”


Vera_BWVera Chinese, northforker editor: “I like how local historians have pieced together an account of the battle to save the Cutter Eagle by using tales from a variety of unreliable narrators. That story brought a little known but important piece of Riverhead history to life for me.”

Andrew_BWAndrew Olsen, publisher: “Having spent many hours on the baseball and softball fields with my kids, my favorite story was Shoreham-Wading River freshman pitcher Brian Morrell beginning his varsity career by throwing back-to-back no-hitters.

Rachel_BWRachel Young, staff writer: “Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Shoreham-Wading River football team endured the pain of Tom Cutinella’s untimely death to win the Long Island championship. An incredible story.”

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12/24/14 6:00am

I would like to wish everyone a beautiful Christmas. May it be full of love, laughter and joy. I love that Christmas feeling — the way total strangers smile at each other and extend their greetings. Even though it’s a crazy and frantic time, Christmas makes my heart feel good. I love seeing the little ones trying so hard to be good, knowing that not only is Santa watching but so is that little red elf on the shelf.  (more…)

12/23/14 6:00pm
12/23/2014 6:00 PM
The Riverhead Charter School choir sing in the lobby of Peconic Bay Medical Center Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Charter School choir sing in the lobby of Peconic Bay Medical Center Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Charter School choir filled the halls of Peconic Bay Medical Center with holiday songs and good cheer Tuesday morning.

About 40 of the fourth- to seventh-grade students gathered around the grand piano in the lobby and later the physical therapy department in the surgical pavilion where patients were doing their rehab exercises. They also visited the Skilled Nursing facility to sing a few songs.

Jose Valdivia, a 10-year-old fourth-grader from Riverhead, performed two solos on piano, “Jingle Bells” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

They performed under the direction of music teachers Kenny Davis on piano and Jordan Hadgeoff on saxophone and flute.

“It is an excellent opportunity to do something positive in the community and it brings holiday spirit to those who are not as fortunate as we are,” Mr.Davis said. “It is difficult being in the hospital during the holidays.”

(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The event was coordinated by acute care nurse manager Aimee LoMonaco, who has a second grader in the school and is also on the charter school board.

“It is very heart warming to see two places I am committed to, PBMC and RCS, to come together and spread holiday cheer to our community,” she said.