05/04/15 1:18pm

RIVERHEAD RACEWAY ROUNDUP

The 65th anniversary season of Riverhead Raceway racing got underway Saturday night at on a clear but chilly evening that turned out to be a big one for Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead.Rogers swept the Twin 30 NASCAR Modified features for his 32nd and 33rd career NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified victories. (more…)

05/04/15 12:54pm
Joe Van de Wetering, the Garden Festival's founder, outside Peconic Bay Medical Center on Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Joe Van de Wetering, the Garden Festival’s founder, outside Peconic Bay Medical Center on Friday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When Joe Van de Wetering told Central Suffolk’s board of trustees he could earn the hospital $100,000 through an on-campus plant sale, they didn’t believe him.

They rejected the idea, but a year later, after some deliberations, the board approved the project — with some restrictions, however.

His plan to feature a Battle of the Bands?

It would have been too loud, he was told.

His pitch to sell shellfish and other farm goods?

The health department would never go for it.

Still, he organized the first Garden Festival  in 1995.

It raised just $7,000.

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05/04/15 10:00am
Heidi Behr's family and friends gathered Sunday at Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp's headquarters for a memorial service. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos and video)

Heidi Behr’s family and friends gathered Sunday at Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corp’s headquarters for a memorial service. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps has unveiled a memorial to honor two of its members that died in a crash while transporting a patient to the hospital in 2005.

The “Heidi J. Behr William A. Stone Reflecting Memorial” consists of a fountain surrounded by a pair of benches at the ambulance headquarters on Osborne Avenue.

Kim Pokorny, president of the ambulance corp, said Allan Schule of Sound Shore Pond and Landscape in Wading River donated the memorial and worked hard to make sure it was prepared for Sunday, which marked the 10th anniversary of when Ms. Behr and Mr. Stone were killed.

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05/02/15 2:00pm
05/02/2015 2:00 PM
Suffolk County Planning Commission, Mill Road, Riverhead

The Concordia project had originally been planned for this Mill Road property. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The people behind Concordia Senior Communities have not given up on developing an assisted living facility in Riverhead and may soon return to with a slightly scaled down version of their original proposal.  (more…)

05/02/15 10:30am
Jaqulynn Vaughn (Credit: Riverhead Police)

Jaqulynn Vaughn (Credit: Riverhead Police)

Update: A woman with multiple prostitution arrests, Jaqulynn Vaughn was held on $25,000 bail at an arraignment in Riverhead Town Justice Court Saturday morning before Judge Allen Smith following an assault Friday.

The 26-year-old did not make bail and was being held at the Suffolk County Jail. She’s due back in court in Monday.  (more…)

04/29/15 7:30pm
04/29/2015 7:30 PM
Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell threw his third career no-hitter Wednesday in a win over Amityville. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Brian Morrell threw his third career no-hitter Wednesday in a win over Amityville. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 10, WARRIORS 0

The 2015 season may not have started the way Brian Morrell envisioned. The Shoreham-Wading River sophomore carried an 0-3 record into Wednesday’s game against Amityville, one year after he threw no-hitters in his first two varsity starts.

Some of it was hard luck. He pitched a gem in a non-league game against St. John the Baptist April 21, losing 1-0 on a seventh-inning home run.  (more…)

04/22/15 5:47pm
04/22/2015 5:47 PM
Riverhead's Karla Vanston went 2-for-2 Wednesday against Walt Whitman. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Karla Vanston went 2-for-2 Wednesday against Walt Whitman. (Credit: Bill Landon)

As the dark clouds crept closer and light rain began to fall, the brand new scoreboard adjacent the left field line at Riverhead’s softball field turned off. By that point, in the fourth inning, the Blue Waves didn’t need any reminders of the score.

Walt Whitman hit early and often Wednesday afternoon to bring the Blue Waves’ three-game winning streak to a screeching halt.  (more…)