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:

08/07/13 8:00am
08/07/2013 8:00 AM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | McGruff the Crime Dog poses for a photo as part of National Night Out.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | McGruff the Crime Dog poses for a photo as part of National Night Out.

Riverhead police officers and McGruff the Crime Dog toured the town Tuesday night as part of National Night Out, an anti-crime neighborhood watch program now in its 30th year.

National Night Out encourages residents to connect with neighbors and remain alert in their communities. Riverhead police officers split into two teams to visit six block parties Tuesday night.

The winners of this year's National Night Out poster contest.

The winners of this year’s National Night Out poster contest.

The Riverhead Town Board also announced six winners of the annual National Night Out poster contest, who won certificates to mini-golf, Splish Splash and other prizes courtesy of Schwing Electric:

5 & 6-year-old age group:

1st Place: Kristina Langhorne, 6

2nd Place: Alivia Swiatosha, 5

7 & 8-year-old age group:

1st Place: Kenny O’Brien, 8

2nd Place: Riley Oak, 7

9 – 12-year-old age group:

1st Place: Sarai Velazquez, 11

2nd Place: Marissa Freeman, 11

Watch below as Lt. Rick Boden and new police officer David Von Voigt greet residents on Jerome Circle and hand out gifts as part of the event.

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08/02/13 12:30pm
08/02/2013 12:30 PM

NAVY COURTESY PHOTO | Daniel Murphy, father of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, stands as President George W. Bush delivers his remarks during the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House in October 2007.

The trailer for “Lone Survivor,” a major motion picture release showing how one Wading River man’s son received the military’s highest honor was released this week.

The film recounts the battle with Taliban forces that claimed the life of Lieutenant Michael Murphy of Patchogue and three of his fellow Navy SEALs on June 28, 2005 in the mountains of Afghanistan.

The SEAL team became the most decorated in history with Lt. Murphy, the son of Wading River resident Daniel Murphy, posthumously receiving the Medal of Honor and three others being awarded the Navy Cross, the branch’s second highest honor.

Lt. Murphy is portrayed in the film by actor Taylor Kitsch, perhaps best known for playing Tim Riggins on the popular NBC series “Friday Night Lights.” Filmmaker Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Hancock”) directed the film, which stars Mark Wahlberg in the title role. Then-Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class Marcus Luttrell was the only of Lt. Murphy’s SEAL Team 10 members to survive the ambush.

The film is based on the book, “Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL team 10,” co-written by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson.

06/29/13 3:31pm
06/29/2013 3:31 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | News-Review reporters Cyndi Murray (left) and Carrie Miller compete in the fourth annual Cardboard Boat Race Saturday.

Long Islanders gathered Saturday in downtown Riverhead to watch paddlers compete against each other in the fourth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront.

The popular event was organized by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and hundreds of people lined the riverfront, enjoying a day of fun, food and friendly competition.

Riverhead News-Review reporters Carrie Miller and Cyndi Murray competed in the Grand National Regatta race. With a video camera strapped to the front of their boat, the duo recorded their race as they tried navigating through the water among more than a dozen boats.

Click on the video below for a first-person view of the race.

See more photos at northforker.com.

05/14/13 8:00pm
05/14/2013 8:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead rowers Jonathan Schmitt (left) and Ethan Zaweski finished second overall in the Boys Lightweight 150 Double at the state championships last weekend.

The Riverhead High School rowing team won four medals at last weekend’s New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs. The Riverhead team picked up two silver medals and two bronze competing against 73 teams.

Ethan Zaweski and Jonathan Schmitt won silver in the Boys Lightweight 150 Double with a net time of 6 minutes 29.66 seconds. Schmitt won another medal shortly after when he joined Rohan Sment in the Boys Pair race where the duo won bronze. They were sixth overall in 7:01.17. Scholastic teams are sorted separately from the club teams when medals are awarded.

Sment and Schmitt switched to a sweep event at the last moment and medaled despite only four practices in the boat. It was the first medal ever for Riverhead in a senior sweep event at the state championships.

Riverhead students Danny O’Neill and Hunter Bingham, who race for East End Rowing, which is not affiliated with the school team, won a gold medal in the boys Senior Doubles Sculls event, blowing away the competition in 5:46.6. The next closest competitor crossed the finish line in 6:03.69.

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The girls Senior Quadruple Sculls won silver in their event as the second-fastest scholastic boat. The four girls racing for Riverhead were Erin Hesler, Emily Harsch, Samantha Kuepp and Amber Giambone. They were fifth overall in 7:33.44.

The Riverhead Boys Novice Four club of Anthony Ortega, Tristin Krueger, Ivan Stapon and Liam Sment won bronze with Kara Reese of McGann-Mercy as their coxswain. It was the first medal for Riverhead in a sweep event. It was also the first year Riverhead had novice rowers qualify for the state championships.

Riverhead had a fourth-place finish from the freshmen Boys Double team of Bryce McKissick and Nolan Renshaw. There were was no novice or freshmen doubles event at states, so the duo raced in the Senior Lightweight 160 Double event. They were sixth overall in 7:01.68.

McGann-Mercy rowers Julia Halsey and Reese were fifth overall in the Girls Pair, finishing in 8:10.68.

Boys Doubles

Boys Lightweight 150 Double