11/09/13 3:15pm
11/09/2013 3:15 PM
MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Construction under way for the 'New Village at Patchogue.'

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTOS | Construction under way for the ‘New Village at Patchogue.’

During the recent town political debates at the Suffolk Theater, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter mentioned the once-beleaguered Patchogue Village on the South Shore as a potential model for downtown Riverhead.

The renovation and 1999 reopening of the Patchogue Theater is widely credited with helping the village make its turnaround.

After the theater opened, bars, restaurants and more retail shops followed.

The village became a destination.

Then came a housing boom, with blocks upon blocks of townhouses being built south of the Main Street area in recent years, along with the “Artspace” a mixed-use project, and another four-story building housing shops and apartments on Main Street.

In 2011, the Patchogue YMCA opened, greeting visitors coming from the west. Next door to the YMCA is a rehabbed mill that’s now home to an Ultimate Fitness and classroom space for Briarcliffe College.

All this is being punctuated by the building of a sprawling, $100 million mixed-use project called “New Village at Patchogue.”

Photos by News-Review editor Michael White.

11/03/13 11:00am
11/03/2013 11:00 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead senior Jeremiah Cheatom powered the Blue Waves’ offense on the ground Saturday against Newfield.

The Riverhead football team put the finishing touches on a 7-1 regular season Saturday with a 21-8 win over Newfield in Division II. The Blue Waves will enter the playoffs next week as the No. 1 seed and will face Half Hollow Hills West.

Recap: Blue Waves beat Newfield, even with a short-handed squad.

Check out photos from Saturday’s big win:

10/31/13 7:58pm
10/31/2013 7:58 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Kids lined up behind a Jamesport firetruck today

BamBam and an Evil Princess were just some of the costumes kids were wearing at the Jamesport Fire Department’s station today as they enjoyed the Halloween festivities.

About two dozen children, ranging from 10 months to about 10 years old, lined up behind a fire truck with the sirens blaring as they walked across Main Road ro the George G. Young Community Center. Treated with orange gatorade, chips, cheetos and hot dogs, the kids also got to see a 30-minute magic show.

The fire department has held the annual tradition since 1995, according to former Fire Chief Howie Waldman.

10/31/13 4:00pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Witches were the theme Thursday at the Riverhead Town Senior Center in Aquebogue on Halloween.

Riverhead Town Senior Center site manager Debbie Schwarz presided over the Halloween costume contest at the Riverhead Town Senior Center in Aquebogue Friday morning. Of the 14 women and one brave man, there were seven variations on the witch theme.

In the end Julie Nava, 63, of Riverhead beat the odds and won hands down with her belly dancer costume.

10/31/13 12:00pm
Jeff and Melissa Micari won the best costume contest at Suffolk Theater this weekend.

Jeff and Melissa Micari won the best costume contest at Suffolk Theater this weekend.

If you’re really proud of your Halloween costume this year or you think your kid will be the cutest in the neighborhood, then share your photos for all to see on in our gallery.

Several of our staff’s favorite photos will appear on the cover of the community section in the Nov. 7 issue of The Riverhead News-Review.

There are three different ways you can submit photos:

• Click the blue “upload tab” at the top of the gallery below.

• Or hashtag your photos #northforker when you post them on Twitter and Instagram.

• Or email your photos to jennifer@timesreview.com or gparpan@timesreview.com.

10/31/13 8:00am

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | This ‘corpse’ is part of a spooky scene in Wading River.

Ghosts, graves and ghastly goblins — these are just a few of the props local homeowners are using to decorate their houses and lawns for Halloween. From menacing masks and cobwebs to spooky scarecrows and the Grim Reaper, here are photos of some of the scariest-looking spots around.

For a chance to have a Halloween photo in the Nov. 7 edition of The Riverhead-News Reivew, click here to read more.

10/28/13 7:00am
10/28/2013 7:00 AM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead's Jaron Greenidge runs with the ball against West Islip during Saturday's football game.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead’s Jaron Greenidge runs with the ball against West Islip during Saturday’s football game.

Riverhead won again Saturday with a 33-21 victory  against West Islip in a Suffolk County Division II football game at Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field.

The win solidified the Blue Waves’ prospects of hosting at least one game in the upcoming playoffs, which are to begin on the weekend of Nov. 9.

Check out our football photos here and upload your own pics from Saturday’s victorious game below: