04/06/14 8:00am
04/06/2014 8:00 AM

Keeping fun in the game is part of the plan for the owners of Cedars Golf Course, Tim McManus, left, and Paul Pawlowski. (Credit: Jay Dempsey)

When I was in seventh grade back in the 1950s, it was my dream to own a transistor radio and a new set of golf clubs. The modest earnings from my Long Island Press newspaper route put my wish list items on hold.

Paul Pawlowski had a dream when he was in seventh grade of one day owning something far more grand than a radio and a set of golf clubs.  (more…)

04/04/14 2:09pm
04/04/2014 2:09 PM

A pilot program that offered reduced greens fees for veterans was expanded to permanent status this golf season by Suffolk County lawmakers, and is now in effect as the weather starts to turn and golfers start to dust off the clubs.

The program offers discounted rates to golfers at the county’s four municipal courses, including Riverhead’s Indian Island Golf Course. Other courses include Bergen Point Golf Course in Babylon, West Sayville Golf Course, and Timber Point Golf Course in Great River.

County leaders started offering vets discounted rates for park fees on all activities beside golf, starting in 2012. The following year, a pilot program was pitched by Legislator Jay Schneiderman, and after 2013′s trial run, the discounts were made permanent by lawmakers earlier this month.

The discounts are as follows: Monday – Friday (excluding holidays), $17.00; Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, $30.00; twilight hour rate, $11.00.

County golf courses opened up on March 14.

04/03/14 9:32pm
04/03/2014 9:32 PM
Riverhead's Cody Weiss handles a ground ball at second base during Thursday's game in Deer Park. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Cody Weiss handles a ground ball at second base during Thursday’s game in Deer Park. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

BLUE WAVES 4, FALCONS 1

Kenny Simco and Bobby Dilworth combined on a four-hitter to help Riverhead to its fourth consecutive baseball win, a 4-1 non-league victory over host Deer Park on Thursday afternoon.

Simco (2-0) pitched the first six innings before Dilworth relieved him at the start of the bottom of the seventh inning. (more…)

04/02/2014 4:00 PM

The Shoreham-Wading River tennis courts have been condemned. Replacing the courts will cost about $750,000. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The Shoreham-Wading River School District closed its tennis courts late last month after the district’s insurance company deemed the facilities “hazardous” and “unsafe,” school officials have confirmed.

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04/02/14 6:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings will open on Friday.

Buffalo Wild Wings in Riverhead will donate up to 15 percent of its sales Wednesday to a local youth lacrosse team. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Buffalo Wild Wings in Riverhead will donate up to 15 percent its sales Wednesday to a local youth lacrosse club. Rampage Lacrosse, which was formed in 2012, is the first Riverhead-based youth lacrosse club.  (more…)

04/01/14 7:19pm
04/01/2014 7:19 PM
Mercy's Louis Arrester tries to check Mattituck middie Joe Bartolotto. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mercy’s Louis Arrester tries to check Mattituck middie Joe Bartolotto. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

TUCKERS 18, MONARCHS 2

Late in the fourth quarter Tuesday, during a seemingly mundane moment, first-year McGann-Mercy coach Tom Palasek spotted a teaching opportunity.

As one defenseman headed toward the sideline, another player prepared to race onto the field as his replacement. Only he was about to cross onto the field too early and at the wrong spot on the field. During a lacrosse game, players race on and off to the field with regularity, the kind of little detail a coach rarely has to pay attention to during the action. (more…)