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.”

CHECK OUT A VIDEO FROM THE RACE

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.

cmurray@timesreview.com

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.

08/31/2013 3:00 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Repairs are scheduled to begin at the Shoreham-Wading River track this week.

PAUL SQUIRE FILE PHOTO | Repairs started on the Shoreham-Wading River High School track in July. The track has since been completed.

Shoreham-Wading River High School and other schools in the district received some uplifting news this summer. At the high school, the track was resurfaced, a project that came from a $1.6 million track and tech proposition.

Voters approved the proposition, which was to upgrade the district’s aging computer system, in October.

Watch below to see some of the improvements at SWR this year heading into the 2013-14 school year.

Video via swrschools.org

08/27/13 9:00am
08/27/2013 9:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Town Board candidate Anthony Coates, from left, and Town board members John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio address the moderators at Monday's debate at the Suffolk Theater.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Town Board candidate Anthony Coates, from left, and Town board members John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio address the moderators at Monday’s debate at the Suffolk Theater.

The first of two town political debates sponsored by local media took place at the historic Suffolk Theater Monday night.

Monday’s first debate featured Democratic supervisor candidates Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and Angela DeVito, followed by Republican town council candidates Anthony Coates, John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio.

The debates were moderated by News-Review executive editor Grant Parpan, RiverheadLOCAL editor and publisher Denise Civiletti and News-Review editor Michael White.

The Democratic candidates debated first, for about 45 minutes, followed by the Republican candidates.

The debate can be rewatched at the link below. The Democrats start at the 7-minute mark; Republicans begin one hour, 20 minutes in.

08/25/13 2:30pm
08/25/2013 2:30 PM
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | NY USO Troupe performed for the crowd at the 2nd Annual Riverhead Walk for Alzheimer’s & Clambake

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | NY USO Troupe performed for the crowd at the 2nd Annual Riverhead Walk for Alzheimer’s & Clambake

Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center hosted the second annual Riverhead Walk for Alzheimer’s & Clambake Saturday morning, bringing participants together to walk for a cause.

Eighteen teams of walkers enjoyed breakfast and a show by New York’s USO Liberty Bells before hitting the path at Milton L. Burns Park. The walk concluded at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center where those who raised more than $100 for the non-profit enjoyed a clambake and entrance to the museum.

To make a donation, visit the center’s fundraising page. The walk raised nearly $28,000 as of Saturday night. The goal was $50,000.

08/22/13 5:00am
08/22/2013 5:00 AM

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The crowd dances along to Monday night’s concert at Martha Clara Vineyards.

Legendary funk artist and music producer Nile Rodgers helped bring more than 4,500 cross-generational concertgoers to Martha Clara Vineyards for what ended up being a sold-out charity concert Monday evening in Riverhead.

See more photos here.

08/08/13 6:00am
08/08/2013 6:00 AM

SCREENSHOT | Lorenza Leal came to America from Guerrero, Mexico in 2002 to start a family.

An ancient Mexican language called Mixteco — which originated, and is still spoken, in the mountainous regions of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla — can be heard in area parks, stores and schools.

Click here for the full story and see the video below: