10/21/12 1:10pm
10/21/2012 1:10 PM

We thought it might be fun for those of you who couldn’t test drive a new car at Riverhead Raceway this weekend to see what it’s like sitting in the passenger seat as a Chevy Corvette whips around the race track.

Here’s a one-minute video that puts you in the passenger’s seat:

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Michael Lucki of ARC Test Drive, which organized this weekend's event.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Michael Lucki of ARC Test Drive, which organized this weekend’s event.

10/20/12 2:12pm
10/20/2012 2:12 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Jerry Dicceco of Jerry and the Mermaid restaurant makes 10 gallons of clam chowder that he hands out for free each year at the Run for the Ridley.

Riverhead Foundation executive director Robert DiGiovanni explains how the Run for the Ridley 5K, which celebrated its 15th anniversary Saturday, benefits his organization.

More than 400 runners participated in the race this year.

10/15/12 7:45pm
10/15/2012 7:45 PM

Times/Review Newsgroup teamed up with The Press News Group of Southampton to co-sponsor a 90-minute debate between Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and Republican challenger Randy Altschuler of St. James at Bridgehampton High School tonight.

The first half of the debate focused on jobs and the economy. Press executive editor Joe Shaw served as moderator for the debate, which also included questions submitted by audience members.

CD1, Tim Bishop, Randy Altschuler, Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Congressman Tim Bishop (left) and Republican Challenger Randy Altschuler on the stage at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall last month.

10/09/12 4:28pm
10/09/2012 4:28 PM

Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) filed a bill on Tuesday urging the county to go to court to seek a refund of about $12 million in MTA payroll taxes the county paid to the state over the past four years.

A similar resolution was submitted in Brookhaven Town by Councilman Dan Panico, who said that town is seeking a refund of about $917,000 from the MTA.

Mr. Romaine is also running for Brookhaven Town supervisor in November.

Read more about the bill in Thursday’s paper.

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine and Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico discuss plans for Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven to receive refunds from the former MTA payroll tax.

09/29/12 11:00am
09/29/2012 11:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Congressman Tim Bishop (left) and Republican Challenger Randy Altschuler on the stage at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall Thursday evening.

Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) and his Republican opponent, Randy Altschuler of St. James, debated Thursday night at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead.

The debate, moderated by Suffolk Times editor Tim Kelly, can be seen below in three parts.

09/21/12 1:00pm
09/21/2012 1:00 PM
Long Ireland, Wet Hopped, Riverhead, Polish Town

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Long Ireland co-owner Dan Burke (left) removes spent grain from the mash tank used in the making of the company’s ‘Black Friday’ beer. Brewery assistant Fred Keller bottles Wet Hopped Pale Ale.

Long Ireland Beer Company bottled the first 1,500 22-ounce bottles of its much-anticipated Wet Hopped Pale Ale on Wednesday.

Co-owner Dan Burke said the product will be for sale at the brewery and in select local stores by today, Friday.

The pale ale was made at the Pulaski Street brewery in Riverhead using fresh hops from Condzella Farms in Wading River, picked more than a month ago by the Long Ireland team.

This marks the first batch of beer brewed using North Fork hops, making it the most local beer that’s been produced in recent memory, though a truly local beer is impossible without locally-grown malted barley.

The 22-ounce bottles are available in the brewery’s tasting room, as well as at Riverhead Beverage on Osborn Avenue, Thrifty Beverage on the Circle in Riverside and Village Beverage in Wading River where routes 25 and 25A meet, among other beer distributors.

The Wet Hopped Pale Ale is a limited release that will only be brewed once this year.

See the video below

09/02/12 12:01pm
09/02/2012 12:01 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead High Graduate Miguel Maysonet scored three touchdowns in the Stony Brook University football team’s season-opening win Saturday.

Former Riverhead High Hansen Award winner Miguel Maysonet tallied 196 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns to lead Stony Brook University to a 49-17 victory over Central Connecticut in his senior-season opener Saturday.

Maysonet, who was named to the watch list for the Walter Payton Award as the top offensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, ran for scores of 84 and 5 yards and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kyle Essington.

Saturday marked the first season-opening win for Stony Brook since 2008. Stony Brook is 8-3 all-time against Central Connecticut, having never lost at home.

The Seawolves (1-0) play at home again next Saturday at 6 p.m. against Pace (0-1). Fans looking for a double dose of football can also check out Riverhead High hosting its opener against West Babylon at 2 p.m. Saturday.


16 carries, 171 rushing yards

1 catch, 25 receiving yards

3 touchdowns


Of the 84-yard touchdown run he told the college’s media relations department: “(Mike) Lisi made a nice block, and as I saw the defender coming at me, I leaped over him.  I kind of got tired at the end, but Adrian Coxson helped me into the end zone.”


08/28/12 1:00pm
08/28/2012 1:00 PM

The much-anticipated All Star Bowling Alley saw some competitive bowling action Monday night for the first time, with the staffers inviting family and friends to roll while a digital Mick Jagger watched over them above the pins.

“We’re extremely ecstatic to be opening and to be part of the Eastern Long Island community,” general manager Peter Sgroi said.

The Riverhead bowling alley on Route 25 will have a soft opening to the public Thursday between 6 p.m. and midnight, but that could extend from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., depending upon business.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Mr. Sgroi said. “We had a booth at the Polish Town fair and I think people don’t realize it’s a different ownership because a lot of people were saying, ‘Finally! You’re finally opening!”

Mr. Sgroi, who is a partner in the business, along with Jeffrey Rimland and designer Christopher Smith, said opening the business has been a swift process for them; construction started in April.

The restaurant portion of the bowling alley should “hopefully” be open by the soft opening, advised the full menu would not be initially available, Mr. Sgroi said.

“Where we’re going to start is definitely not where we’re going to take it,” Mr. Sgroi said. “We’re going to be working to make sure we’re selling the best product possible.”

With 30,000 square feet, there’s plenty of space for folks to move around.

One unique feature of the bowling alley is the rows of large screens that run above the pins. Monday night, the alley management had Mick Jagger and other performers on loop. There are also several screens around the open-air circle bar and Mr. Smith said the dining area will also feature a wall of screens that could either display several different images or one large image.

There’s also an arcade in addition to the lanes and mini golf on the property could be in store for the future.


GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | All Star Bowling Alley opened its doors for the first time Monday night. A soft opening for the public will be Thursday.