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

05/10/13 10:00am
05/10/2013 10:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOS | From left, Riverhead school board candidates Christopher Dorr, Amelia Lantz and Jeff Falisi met Wednesday night in Calverton.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOS | From left, Riverhead school board candidates Christopher Dorr, Amelia Lantz and Jeff Falisi met Wednesday night in Calverton.

Riverhead school board candidates introduced themselves to the community Wednesday at the Greater Calverton Civic Association’s meeting and answered questions.

Challenger Christopher Dorr of Baiting Hollow will face incumbents Jeff Falisi of Calverton and Amelia Lantz of Riverhead. There are two seats carrying three-year terms up for grabs on the seven-member board.

Residents will go to the polls to vote on the budget and school board election May 21.

Pick up the May 16 issue of the Riverhead News-Review for full coverage.

05/09/13 11:00am
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Patricia Monzon, a nurse a PBMC Health demonstrates CPR compressions during Nurses Week's Community Health Fair on Wednesday | CARRIE MILLER PHOTO

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Patricia Monzon, a nurse a PBMC Health, demonstrates CPR compressions during Nurses Week’s Community Health Fair on Wednesday.

Peconic Bay Medical Center is celebrating National Nurses Week, taking time to thank the nurses who make up much of their healthcare services staff.

In honor of Nurses Week, PBMC Health is holding a Community Health Fair, free to all. It is being held in the hospital’s front lobby. Staff nurses will be on hand giving out information on medicine safety, community CPR, and a stroke awareness and blood pressure monitoring.

The Suffolk County Sheriffs Department will also be present to provide a car seat safety check.

Community Health Fair Schedule: Thursday, May 9

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community CPR

10 a.m.-2 p.m.:  Stroke Awareness, Risk Factor Evaluation and Blood pressure Monitoring

1 p.m. -3 p.m.: Car Seat Safety Check

05/04/13 11:56am
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The male bumblebee (center) just watch as the workers buzz about.

Master beekeeper Chris Kelly of The Plantage in Mattituck has been teaching aspiring beekeepers the dos and don’ts of caring for bees for 10 years. And with over 40 years experience, he offers a lot of guidance.

The past several years have been tough on bees, and their keepers. Colony collapse, parasites and even pesticides are causing harmful effects, culminating in what some North Fork beekeepers said was just the toughest season to date.

Luckily, raised awareness of the bees’ recent difficulties has resulted in more people interested in becoming beekeepers.

But you don’t have to become a beekeeper to help these little pollinators.

Mr. Kelly explains how to help feed the bees.

03/12/13 4:00pm
03/12/2013 4:00 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead junior Dan Normoyle, one of three Blue Waves to pole vault 14 feet in the same meet, took first place in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle, shown at the Long Island Elite Track Invitational, set a school record Friday at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.

At the New Balance Indoor Nationals Friday, Riverhead senior Dan Normoyle cleared 15 feet 3 1/2 inches to set a school record in the pole vault. Normoyle was one of three Riverhead pole vaulters to compete at the meet in the emerging elite division.

Watch below to see Normoyle’s jumps:

03/04/13 10:00am
03/04/2013 10:00 AM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Firefighters responded to a fire on Trout Brook Lane in Aquebogue at 4 a.m. Monday.

Riverhead firefighters rushed to the scene of a house fire on Trout Brook Lane at 4 a.m. Monday and began fighting the blaze, using a ladder truck to get onto the roof of the house. Flanders Fire Department also aided in putting out the fire, according to a fire report.

02/22/13 12:58pm
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Aquebogue slashing

COURTESY PHOTO | A blood-soaked stoop where a slashing victim ended up early Thursday on Shade Tree Lane, where he was pleading with the home’s occupants for help.

It was a bloody week in Riverhead Town, as police reported a slashing and a stabbing within three days of each another, both happening in the early morning hours.

In the first case, police received a 12:45 a.m. call Tuesday to East Main Street in Riverhead for two men fighting on a front lawn across from Town Hall.

Responding officers soon located Rodney Brooks, 25 of Riverhead, who had been stabbed in both of his legs. Mr. Brooks told police he did not know the man who had stabbed him. Police did not say what the fight was over.

STabbing in Riverhead

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | A lawn near where Tuesday’s stabbing is occurred on East Main Street.

Mr. Brooks was transported by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center, officials said.

Additional police units, as well as a K9 unit, were brought in to search for the suspect, but he was not located, police said.

But after being discharged from Peconic Bay Medical Center, Mr. Brooks was placed under arrest for two outstanding warrants for petit larceny.

He was arraigned in Riverhead Justice Court and is due back in court March 5, police said.

Two days later,  at about 12:15 a.m., Riverhead police were notified about a stabbing victim found on Shade Tree Lane in Aquebogue.

Ezra Fife of Shade Tree Lane reported a blood-soaked man had shown up on his doorstep asking for help. The victim, later identified as Albert Zachery, had been slashed on the right shoulder near his neck, said Detective Sergeant Joseph Loggia of the Riverhead Police Department.

“It was like a scene from a movie,” Mr. Fife said told the News-Review. “He was just standing there covered in blood. He got down on his hands and knees and said, ‘Please help me, please help me.'”

Mr. Fife said he and his wife called police and helped Mr. Zachary, trying to calm him down.

“He got his second wind and headed back to the [nearby] trailer park,” Mr. Fife said. “My wife yelled ‘Who did this to you?’ He said, Billy.'”

Police later located and arrested William Artale, 49 of Riverhead for second-degree assault in relation to the slashing. Mr. Artale was arraigned Thursday morning in Justice Court, where he pleading not-guilty.

Bail was set at $1,000 and he was transported to county jail. He is due back in court Feb. 26.

Mr. Zachary was treated and released from Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Police said is unclear what started the dispute, which happened inside the mobile home park.

“It was an argument,” said Sgt. Loggia, who described the victim’s wound as more a laceration rather than an actaul stab. “Nobody is giving 100 percent of the truth.”

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