02/11/15 12:00pm
02/11/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead school board member Lori Hulse pitches the need to limit the kinds of contracts the district superintendent can sign without board approval at a board meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Riverhead school board member Lori Hulse pitches the need to limit the kinds of contracts the district superintendent can sign without board approval at a board meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Riverhead school board voted to limit the kinds of contracts Superintendent Nancy Carney can sign without needing board authorization, arguing that it protects taxpayers and adds extra oversight to limit mistakes.

The superintendent had been able to sign off on contracts under $25,000 without board approval. That limit was decreased to $10,000 or less. (more…)

02/09/15 3:39pm
Roanoke Avenue Elementary School teacher Samantha Heidtmann wiped away tears of joy after being handed her award. (Credit: Barbaraellen Kock)

Roanoke Avenue Elementary School teacher Samantha Heidtmann wiped away tears of joy after being handed her award. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

“Overwhelmed, excited and honored” were the words Riverhead teacher Samantha Heidtmann used to describe being named a Project Fit America’s 2014 National All Star Teacher of the Year. (more…)

02/04/15 9:00am
02/04/2015 9:00 AM
RHS senior and NJROTC cadet Brianne Corwin (center) with her parents, Todd and Mary Anne Corwin. (credit: Paul Squire)

RHS senior and NJROTC cadet Brianne Corwin (center) with her parents, Todd and Mary Anne Corwin. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Brianne Corwin said she had no idea why Navy Recruiting District Commander David Byrd called her in for a second interview late last year. Brianne, a cadet in the Riverhead High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, had applied for a scholarship and had already done one interview.

She figured this one was more paperwork. But after an hour-long discussion, she learned why she had been singled out.

“At the very end he said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve chosen you for the scholarship,’ ” she said. “It was so fast it’s almost like you could have missed it … I was so surprised.”

In December, Brianne was handpicked by Commander Byrd to receive a four-year Navy ROTC Scholarship. The prestigious scholarship — earned through the ROTC’s Immediate Scholarship Reservation — covers the full cost of tuition at selected schools.

She was one of six cadets chosen out of thousands in the NJROTC district to win the scholarship. Brianne will commit to five years of service in the Navy through the scholarship program after she graduates.

Brianne said she joined the NJROTC as a freshman with a few of her friends. Back then, she said, she was much more shy. She credits the cadet program with helping her open up.

“It looked fun and they were having a good time,” she said. “It was a good opportunity …”

During her four years in the program, Brianne has been a leader within the Riverhead ROTC unit. She is now the Executive Officer of the unit and is the Commander of the Air Rifle and Personal Inspection Teams.

In addition to spending about eight hours each week practicing or spending time working with the NJROTC, Brianne is also an accomplished student and athlete. According to a news release, she is in the top six percent of her class.

She is a member of the Students Against Drunk Driving Club and the National Honor Society.

Brianne is also on three school varsity teams: golf, tennis and track and field. She also enjoys volunteering, working with the Rotary Club through the NJROTC, Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch and her local church — First Congregational Church of Riverhead — to help others.

Brianne said she’d like to pursue a major in material sciences, specifically to work with 3D printing. She’s still waiting to hear back from her first-choice college, the University of Florida, and recently applied to the Naval Academy as well.

In a statement, Brianne’s guidance counselor Chris Martin said, “I am thrilled for Brianne and very proud of her accomplishments.  She really earned this. It is rare for me to see a student work so hard to achieve and improve her self.”

psquire@timesreview.com

01/23/15 12:00pm
01/23/2015 12:00 PM
Kyle Frost (from left) as Scrooge, Tanner Dispenziere (center) as Scrooge's nephew Fred and Jacob Raynor as Bob Cratchit rehearse a scene for the production of 'Scrooge.' (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kyle Frost (from left) as Scrooge, Tanner Dispenziere (center) as Scrooge’s nephew Fred and Jacob Raynor as Bob Cratchit rehearse a scene for the production of ‘Scrooge.’ (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Middle School Masques open their production of “Scrooge” tonight in the Pulaski Street School Auditorium.  (more…)

01/22/15 10:00am
01/22/2015 10:00 AM
Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers holds a package of Island Harvest food that students take home in their backpacks for the weekend. The new food pantry opens today; hours will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers holds a package of Island Harvest food that students take home in their backpacks for the weekend. The new food pantry opens today; hours will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside will open the district’s first school food pantry today.

Principal Debra Rodgers said closet space was recently converted into a food pantry as a way for the school to increase its efforts to provide food for families in need.  (more…)

01/18/15 8:00am
01/18/2015 8:00 AM

 

The Rev. Charles Coverdale speaks to the Riverhead school board at its meeting Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Rev. Charles Coverdale at the Riverhead school board on Tuesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Shirley Coverdale, president and CEO of the Family Community Life Center, gave a presentation at Tuesday’s Riverhead school board meeting in an effort to gather support for the nonprofit’s project.

The multi-use center, which was conceptualized by Ms. Coverdale and her husband, the Rev. Charles Coverdale of First Baptist Church, would include 125 apartments, an Olympic-size indoor swimming pool, a 25-seat theater and media center, 24-hour adult child day care services and more.

The Coverdales also described the project as an investment for the community.

(more…)