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.
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.
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.
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.”
A view toward the end of a time-lapse video that condensed 13 hours of footage into under five minutes.
Reader Matthew Graziano of Riverhead created this time-lapse video of the blizzard from Friday night into Saturday. Every five seconds a picture was taken. It added up to 13 hours of video condensed to just under five minutes.
By the end of the blizzard, Mr. Graziano — a 2006 Riverhead graduate — said there was 21 inches of snow.
It was the first time-lapse video he created, he said.