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(Credit: Paul Squire)

Pallbearers carry the casket of Tom Cutinella at Tuesday’s funeral service in Wading River. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Editor’s Note: This story appeared in the Oct. 9 print edition of the Riverhead News-Review.

It was second-down-and-five with 3 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter on the overcast afternoon of Oct. 1. The Shoreham-Wading River football team led host Elwood/John Glenn by a score of 17-12.

The call was for a simple running play.

Wildcats quarterback Danny Hughes handed the ball to tailback Chris Rosati, who began to run to his left.  (more…)

10/10/14 8:00am
A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)

A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)

Football, a sport that has been as bruised and battered as some of its players sometimes, has taken hit after hit in recent years. In the NFL, we have seen Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson involved in domestic abuse and child abuse cases, respectively. The commissioner, Roger Goodell, has come under fire for his handling — or mishandling — of the Rice case. The danger of concussions hangs over the sport like a sword of Damocles. College football has had its own misdeeds, scandals and problems.  (more…)

10/09/14 7:40pm
10/09/2014 7:40 PM

BLUE WAVES 6, CLIPPERS 1

The last day of the high school girls tennis regular season brought one last chance for Riverhead and Southold/Greenport to win — something they haven’t done a lot this fall. In search of a rare victory, the two bottom teams in Suffolk County League VIII that began the day with only one win between them, were in for a surprise.

When the teams arrived in Peconic for Thursday’s match, they found the four courts at Robert W. Tasker Memorial Park unavailable because of maintenance work being done to the courts. That meant that all seven of the individual matches had to be played on the three courts across the street at Jean W. Cochran Park. Southold/Greenport usually uses the courts at both of the parks for their home matches.

With less than three hours of daylight to work with (the courts are not lighted), both Riverhead coach Jerry Duvall and Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismar agreed that each match would be a pro set, with the first to win eight games the winner.

It worked out well for Riverhead, which snapped a five-match losing streak and finished its season on a winning note thanks to a 6-1 result. It was the Blue Waves’ first win since they defeated the Clippers by the same score on Sept. 19. (more…)

10/08/14 2:42pm
10/08/2014 2:42 PM
Michael Butler, managing partner with Woolworth Revitalization, LLC, said Riverhead has "all the components."

Michael Butler, managing partner with Woolworth Revitalization, LLC, said Riverhead has “all the components.” (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Michael Butler and his wife launched an environmentally sustainable eco-lodge in the Costa Rican rainforest 13 years ago, so opening 19 units of affordable housing on East Main Street in Riverhead doesn’t seem quite as daunting.

“That’s why this doesn’t seem as crazy, right?” he said (more…)

10/08/14 10:00am
West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for Tom Cutinella. (Credit: courtesy photo)

West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for their son, Tom. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Tom Cutinella dreamed of attending West Point, his father, Frank, said during a eulogy for the 16-year-old Tuesday morning.

It was a dream that, in a way, became reality one day earlier thanks to the effort of a Shoreham-Wading River alumnus and the football staff at West Point.  (more…)

10/08/14 8:03am
The Riverhead girls cross country team, pictured in a meet earlier in the season, improved to 3-1 with a win Tuesday. (Credit: Charles Christ)

The Riverhead girls cross country team, pictured in a meet earlier in the season, improved to 3-1 with a win Tuesday. (Credit: Charles Christ)

Heading into the season this year, Riverhead girls cross country coach Justin Cobis didn’t know how his team might match up in a league that featured plenty of new teams compared to last year. Now as the dual meet season winds down, Cobis has gotten the answer.

The Blue Waves are right there with every team in the league.  (more…)

10/07/14 3:53pm
Tom Cutinella's family embrace after the teen's funeral Tuesday morning. The 16-year-old was killed after being injured while playing football last week.

Tom Cutinella’s family embraces after the teen’s funeral Tuesday morning. The 16-year-old was killed after being injured while playing football last week. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Tom Cutinella was a gifted athlete, an exceptional student and a patriotic young man who planted flags at Calverton National Cemetery and had dreams of going to West Point, his father Frank said to hundreds during a eulogy opening his funeral service Tuesday morning.

But while the teen loved his country and competing in sports, to Tom, his family always came first.  (more…)