11/24/14 7:00am
11/24/2014 7:00 AM
Parents Alfred and Karma Marshall help Georgette Zenk (center) carve up the 25 pound turkey at Roanoke Elementary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Parents Alfred and Karma Marshall help Georgette Zenk (center) carve up the 25 pound turkey at Roanoke Elementary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Students at a pair of Riverhead elementary schools were plenty thankful for what they experienced last week.
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11/20/14 8:00am
11/20/2014 8:00 AM
The Shoreham-Wading River High School tennis courts have been closed and locked since March after they were declared unsafe. Fixing them up will cost over $800,000. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The Shoreham-Wading River High School tennis courts have been closed and locked since March after they were declared unsafe. Fixing them up will cost over $800,000. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River School District residents will vote Jan. 13 on a $48 million bond proposal on capital improvements throughout the district.

On Tuesday, the district released an itemized list of upgrades that will be paid for — should the vote pass — as well as a packet for the public summarizing the project, which the district’s public relations firm has dubbed ‘Renewal.’

“Since the formation of our district decades ago, only minimal work to our schools has ever been undertaken with the exception of emergency projects (roof at Briarcliff) or small infrastructure projects,” the material states. “Meanwhile, communities all around us have addressed deteriorated or inefficient building systems and instructional environments with upgraded facilities.”

The district will hold two separate meetings in early December for residents to learn more about the proposal.

On Dec. 2, a presentation will be given by architects hired by the district to complete the work. On Dec. 9, the public will have the opportunity to speak with board members and administrators about the proposal.

Below are the highest-ticketed items proposed.

• $5.6M: Wading River Elementary School: Four new classrooms, multipurpose room.

• $4.6M: Miller Avenue Elementary School. Four new classrooms and reconstruction of library/media wing.

• $3.7M: Prodell Middle School: kitchen and cafeteria addition.

• $2.4M: Miller Avenue Elementary School: New bus loop/parking.

• $2.3M: Wading River Elementary School: New bus loop/parking.

• $1.7M: High school: Synthetic field turn and lighting for multipurpose field.

• $1.4M: Miller Avenue Elementary School: New roof.

• $1.3M: High school: New window system.

• $976K: Prodell Middle school: New window system.

• $811K: High school: Tennis court reconstruction.

For a complete list of the proposed upgrades, as well as the Renewal packet released by the school district, see the following page.

11/20/14 6:00am
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From left, Caitlin Jacobs of Mattituck as Charlotte Hay; Max Cream of Farmingdale as George Hay; and Johnny Tumminello of Jamesport as Howard. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The McGann-Mercy Theatre Company will present “Moon over Buffalo” at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 20-22 in the school auditorium in Riverhead.

Set in the 1950s, the comedy tells the story of two aging actors waiting for their “big break” in Buffalo and the obstacles that threaten their dreams.

Tickets: $10, available at the door. 727-5900, ext. 310.

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11/19/2014 10:00 AM

After one woman spoke out at a recent Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education meeting, and members of the community have spoken at large in opposition to a 60-acre solar farm near the district’s middle school, the board seems poised to respond in opposition — not necessarily to the solar farm itself — but rather how it was approved.

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11/15/14 12:25pm
11/15/2014 12:25 PM
A shooting 'victim' is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning's active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

A shooting ‘victim’ is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning’s active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

David Wicks said he couldn’t help but get a bit emotional during Saturday’s active shooter drill in Calverton, where police and ambulance workers simulated a mass shooting inside Riley Avenue Elementary School.

About 70 high school students and other volunteers also participated in the drill, during which two people were “killed,” and several others were dragged from the school or carried out, fake-bloodied and bandaged.

A Suffolk police helicopter also landed in a nearby field.

“It was very real for me; I had chills,” said Mr. Wicks, a Riverhead School District assistant superintendent. “I felt myself getting emotional. The real sobering thing is how much time can pass before help gets here.

“But it made me feel good because our lockdown procedures do help.”

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