12/27/13 4:00pm
12/27/2013 4:00 PM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Chipper the dog resting at North Fork Animal Welfare League’s shelter in Calverton. The paralyzed animal was rescued about two weeks ago.

An abandoned, paralyzed dog recently found wandering the streets around town is being nursed back to health at North Fork Animal Welfare League’s shelter in Calverton.

A father and son found the 10-year-old border collie about two weeks ago shivering, emaciated and struggling to move due to a spinal injury that left his back legs paralyzed. They then wrapped the dog, now named Chipper, in a blanket and took him to the animal shelter.

Although the veterinarians there aren’t able to determine how long Chipper has been paralyzed, they believe he was someone’s pet because he’s sociable and neutered.

Gillian Wood, NFAWL’s executive director, said Chipper is able to move around using his front legs. Dragging his belly on the floor, the dog can drink from a water bowl, fetch treats and greet visitors. Unlike other dogs with similar injuries, she said Chipper is able to control his bowels.

“It’s hard to believe someone would just leave him,” Ms. Wood said. “He is a pretty special guy.”

In order to help Chipper with his recovery, NFAWL volunteer Scott Kessler has modified the shelter’s small rolling cart to help the dog move around. As Chipper continues to get healthier, Ms. Woods said her group hopes to find him a loving home.

“He doesn’t have a mean bone in his body,” she said. “He is as sweet as could be. That’s why we named him Chipper.”

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11/27/13 8:22am
11/27/2013 8:22 AM


About two dozen educators as well as students took to a podium at Tuesday night’s Common Core forum in Manorville to, for the most part, poke holes in the state’s rollout of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

Click on the video below to see what they, and state education commissioner John King, had to say.

10/26/13 5:23pm
10/26/2013 5:23 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | John Dunleavy, Millie Thomas, Jodi Giglio and Bill Bianchi.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | John Dunleavy, Millie Thomas, Jodi Giglio and Bill Bianchi.

Riverhead Town council candidates, Republican incumbents John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio and Democratic challengers Bill Bianchi and Millie Thomas, took the stage on Thursday night at the Suffolk Theater for a debate co-sponsored by the Riverhead News-Review and RiverheadLocal.

(supervisor debate video)

The four answered questions about downtown, Enterprise Park at Calverton, Route 58 and more, even getting the chance to ask each other questions during the debate.

Check out their responses by clicking here or below.

board2 from Carrie Miller on Vimeo.

10/20/13 5:20pm
10/20/2013 5:20 PM
TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009.

TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk opening her State Senate campaign in the summer of 2009.

New Suffolk attorney Regina Calcaterra was one of several subjects featured in a CBS Sunday Morning cover story on human resiliency and the “science of survival,” which first aired this morning.

Ms. Calcaterra, an aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, was interviewed by CBS news correspondent Susan Spencer about how she overcame a difficult childhood with an abusive mother and years spent living in foster homes. Her childhood is the subject of Ms. Calcaterra’s recently released memoir “Etched in Sand.” (She sat down with The Suffolk Times for an interview on the day the book was released.)

Asked if she believes she’s resilient, Ms. Calcaterra said, “Yes, absolutely, I do. If I’m pinged or knocked down, I get up very quickly and just move forward, and I always have.”

“Do you get annoyed at people when they get all upset about life’s little issues?” Spencer asks later in the interview.

“Absolutely, I do,” laughed Calcaterra. “I actually think that it’s good that they get upset about the small things, because then they didn’t experience such pain and suffering. So then they’ve had a good life, if the little things set them off.”

Editor’s Note: Ms. Calcaterra first appears at the 3:54 mark of the video.

10/07/13 8:13am
10/07/2013 8:13 AM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | The Elks Lodge in Riverhead held its final lawnmower race of the season Sunday.

A misty October Sunday might not be the best time to spend an afternoon on a lawnmower. But for the folks who race lawnmowers around the dirt track at the Riverhead Elks Lodge, the conditions were perfect.

The track was just slick enough to keep the dust from flying as a dozen racers zipped around the course on ride-on lawnmowers.

Co-organizers Tom Lescenski and Tom Grodski started the races in 2001. Following noise complaints from neighbors, the group took a brief hiatus several years ago, but now they say the races are more popular than ever.

“The races are growing,” Mr. Lescenski said. “We get more and more mowers each year.”


The Riverhead Elks Lodge held its final lawnmower race of the season Sunday with more than 100 people in attendance. From April through October the organization holds at least four competitions to raise money for the Elks building and its programs.

As the popularity of lawnmower racing has grown in recent years, people have come to think of it as a motor sport. Competitors often craft their own motors, keeping the original engines, but removing the blades for safety.

And it’s not just for the boys.

Racer Lauren Kollen participated for a second time on Sunday after her husband and friends encouraged her to join the competition.

“I like to do different things,” she said. “We’re kind of motorheads. so I figured, ‘Why not try it?’ There are so many people here that know me and are behind me.”

As the Elks race season ended Sunday, the racers were already looking ahead.

“We’re looking forward to more mowers and more fun next year,” Mr. Lescenski said.

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09/21/13 8:00am
09/21/2013 8:00 AM

SOUTHOLD HISTORICAL SOCIETY COURTESY PHOTO | Written on this Charles Meredith photo, dated Sept. 22, 1938: ‘John Dyer, “Seven Gables,” Orient, L.I.’

The Hurricane of 1938, which made landfall 75 years ago today, was responsible fore approximately 700 deaths in the United States. The 500-mile wide storm was nicknamed the ‘Long Island Express’ and ‘Yankee Clipper.’

Special Report: Remembering the ‘L.I. Express hurricane of 1938′

See a video below of what it was like when the storm hit.