04/20/14 7:00am
Credit: Clip art/Microsoft Images

Credit: Clip art/Microsoft Images

Riverhead High School has one of the earliest start times on Long Island and we’re trying to change that. Why? Because there is a growing body of evidence showing that moving school start times later than the 7 a.m. hour improves student test scores and health.  (more…)

04/19/14 7:00am
04/19/2014 7:00 AM
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(Credit: Times/Review stock art)

His audience was a group of Cub Scouts. Their motto: Do your best.

And the children did their best to give Riverhead highway patrol officer Dennis Cavanaugh honest answers.

“How many mommies and daddies were on the cellphone as they were driving here today?” asked Officer Cavanaugh, who had volunteered to talk to the kids that day about law enforcement.  (more…)

04/14/14 6:00am
04/14/2014 6:00 AM
As a young boy, it was hard for me to imagine that not everyone grew up with a big lake down the street. And then I met Dale.

As a young boy, it was hard for me to imagine that not everyone grew up with a big lake down the street. And then I met Dale.

Growing up a sports nut who lived up the block from a lake, I spent my childhood outdoors.

As soon as the weather got warm enough, I was running as fast as I could, splashing my way into Lake Panamoka.

To live on a street where hardly any cars passed, on a property big enough to hold a sandbox and a swingset, I took a lot of my childhood freedom for granted. I was living the middle class dream — my father working at a local newspaper and my mom teaching in my school — a lot of kids would have given anything for.

And I had no idea.  (more…)

04/13/14 6:00am
04/13/2014 6:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I must admit I was surprised at Bill Toedter’s response to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s commitment to address the damage to the quality of our waters that excess nutrient loading is causing. It is a complex issue and we should be glad to have a politician brave enough to take action.  (more…)

04/12/14 7:00am
04/12/2014 7:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) for nitrogen reduction are being investigated for use in Suffolk County, and while they may have utility in some cases, they are not a panacea to our individual wastewater treatment issues.

Here are some facts that one should consider before installing such a system.  (more…)

04/06/14 12:00pm
04/06/2014 12:00 PM
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Students in Ms. Salmaggi's class work with iPads Tuesday morning at Southold High School.

Students in Ms. Salmaggi’s class work with iPads in 2012 at Southold High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Just as the SAT exam is not new, neither are educational standards. In a Guest Spot piece titled “SAT, Common Core don’t match up,” published in the News-Review newspaper and website, as well as on suffolktimes.com, Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen brings changes to the SAT exam to readers’ attention.

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04/05/14 12:00pm
04/05/2014 12:00 PM
Former taxi driver Charlie, homeless since September, sits outside the Riverhead Free Library one recent afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Former taxi driver Charlie, homeless since September, sits outside the Riverhead Free Library one recent afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

John’s Place and Maureen’s Haven are programs whose main objectives are to help the homeless. In the winter months, these nonprofits work with various churches across the East End to provide dinner, a place to shower, a safe environment to sleep in overnight and a place to receive a bagged lunch for the next day.

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