06/25/10 12:00am
06/25/2010 12:00 AM

Congressional hopeful Chris Cox, pictured here in front of
Julia’s Pizzeria and Restaurant on East Main Street, visited
downtown Riverhead Friday.

An NBC news crew followed Congressional hopeful Chris Cox as he toured Riverhead’s Main Street and met with local business owners Friday. A staffer said the tour was an NBC exclusive and that Mr. Cox, pictured here in front of Julia’s Pizzeria and Restaurant on East Main Street, would not be able to give an interview.
Mr. Cox will soon open a second campaign office on Main Street in Riverhead, a staffer said. His campaign headquarters is located in Smithtown.
Mr. Cox is one of several Republicans vying to run for the seat currently held by Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton.)
The county’s Republicans did not choose a candidate for the First Congressional District during their convention earlier this year, instead opting for an “open primary.” If more than one would-be candidate files nominating petitions by the July deadline, party members will fill the slot following a Sept. 7 primary election.
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06/25/10 12:00am

Little Flower Children and Family Services is locked into a legal
battle with the City of New York over the loss of its foster care
contract earlier this year.
the heart of the lawsuit is a recent request for proposals system that
saw the city offer new contracts to different agencies and not Little
Flower. The cases of about 1,400 foster children — including 85 on
Long Island — will be transferred to other agencies to administer
under the new contracts. The lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan
against the city and the Administration of Children’s Services June 14,
alleges the contract selection process by which Little Flower was
dumped was unfair. The complaint alleges proposal writing was valued
more than the quality of Little Flower’s services and the evaluation
and scoring of the proposals were not transparent.
City law department spokeswoman Elizabeth Thomas declined comment on the pending litigation.
Flower Children and Family Services was founded in 1927 by a Roman
Catholic priest who wished to set up an orphanage for homeless children
on a 122-acre piece of property in Wading River. The organization
branched out over the years to provide services for children, families
and developmentally disabled adults. There are presently three office
locations including Wading River, Queens and Brooklyn.
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06/24/10 12:00am
06/24/2010 12:00 AM

The state Department of Environmental Conservation wants to be lead agency in the review of the proposed subdivision to separate the 755 acres Riverhead Resorts wants to buy from the rest of the Enterprise Park at Calverton, according to Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter.
The DEC also is asking that a comprehensive wildlife study of the entire 2,900 acres at EPCAL be completed, Mr. Walter said.
If that study is required before the subdivision is completed, the town will not be able to complete its sale of 755 acres before the end of the year, which could present budget problems for the town, officials said.
“The DEC is taking us down the path of needing another generic environmental impact statement, which would be a two-year process,” Mr. Walter said.
EPCAL is home to two endangered species

06/24/10 12:00am

Gay pride service planned
Gay pride will be celebrated at First Universalist Church of Southold during the Sunday, June 27, worship service, which starts at 10:30 a.m. Members of the congregation will present historical accounts of this celebration, with special music under the direction of pianist Charlotte Day.

Graduation ceremony set
Riverhead High School will graduate its 2010 seniors on Saturday, June 26, at 9:30 a.m., on the varsity football field, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the high school gymnasium.
 Bishop McGann-Mercy High School held its ceremony on June 2.    

Become a day care provider
Little Flower Day Care Network is offering continuous recruitment for those interested in becoming registered New York State child day care providers. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
To arrange an appointment for orientation and instruction on how to apply for state registration, call 631-929-6200, ext. 1239, and a day care social worker will visit you in your home.

Sailor Kids need boats
North Fork Women’s Resource Center is asking for donations of boats for its underprivileged children’s sailing and boating programs as well as appliances, bikes, furniture, cars, trucks for its thrift shop.
Donations are tax-deductible. Call 631-734-4233.

Computer classes offered
The North Fork Women’s Resource Center is sponsoring computer classes for beginners and intermediates in Microsoft Word, Power Point, Publisher and Excel.
Classes of six students will meet twice a week for five weeks; the fee is $250. Private sessions are also available at a cost of $45 per class. Schedules will be determined by students’ needs. Call 734-4233.

06/24/10 12:00am

Faye Swett, 13, of Jamesport sits in the wooden boat made at
last year’s Peconic River Day.

Art Sites on West Main Street in Riverhead hosted the second annual Peconic River Day held on June 19. The event, which celebrates ecology, community and artistry along the Peconic River, according to a press release, featured art-making, boat launching, local artist presentations and a potluck community picnic.

06/24/10 12:00am

Riverhead Police have made another arrest in connection with the theft of more than $25,000 worth of jewelry and other goods from Town Board Member Jodi Giglio’s house in Baiting Hollow in February.

Jason Scott, 22, of East Patchogue was charged at town police headquarters Thursday with second-degree burglary, authorities said.

Police said he and 17-year-old Sage Hervan, of Baiting Hollow broke into Ms. Giglio’s house and swiped the items while the Giglio family was on vacation.

Ms. Hervan was charged with second-degree burglary and petit larceny last week after the councilwoman’s husband, Mike, allegedly threatened the girl while he was holding a baseball bat. Mr. Giglio was charged with second-degree menacing.

Police also arrested Brian Deboer, 18, of Baiting Hollow on a petit larceny charge. He’s accused of stealing loose change and a bottle of rum during a separate incident that also allegedly involved Ms. Hervan.


06/24/10 12:00am

Dr. Anthony Bennardo of Cut-chogue died June 20 at the age of 58.

He was born in Brooklyn on Jan. 25, 1952, to Angelo and Benedetta Bennardo. After high school, he attended St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, and went on to earn his medical degree in Italy from the University of Rome.

He married Lois Genova in Jamaica, Queens, on Aug. 4, 1979.

Dr. Bennardo practiced medicine in Gramercy Park in Manhattan for 15 years before moving to Cutchogue and establishing his medical practice in Southold, where he’s practiced for the last 10 years. In 2007, he also earned a master’s degree in public health from Stony Brook University.

He was program administrator and medical director of the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank and medical director at Peconic Landing in Greenport. He was also an attending staff physician at both Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead and Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport and served as physician for Greenport School District and the McGann-Mercy High School football team.

According to his family, Dr. Bennardo was a “loving friend, most faithful employee, but above all, a trusted physician to his patients, who always came first.”

Dr. Bennardo was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in Cutchogue, where he was also a Eucharistic Minister and a past president of the parish council.

He is survived by his wife; his children, Blaise, Aidan and Christian; and his brother, Peter, of New Jersey.

The family will receive visitors today, Thursday, June 24, from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Coster-Heppner Funeral Home in Cutchogue. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, June 25, at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Mattituck. Entombment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.

Memorial donations may be sent to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978; Peconic Landing Wellness Center, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport, NY 11944; or Sacred Heart Parish, P.O. Box 926, Cutchogue, NY 11935.

06/24/10 12:00am

Funding for a $17 million health and fitness center at Suffolk County Community College’s eastern campus in Northampton will be included in the county’s 2011 capital budget.

County Executive Steve Levy vetoed nearly $40 million in budget amendments Monday, including $30 million for improvements at the community college’s three campuses, but the county Legislature voted Tuesday to override that veto.

Construction on the new facility, of which the state is expected to pay half the cost, is slated for 2013, said Legislature William Lindsay (D-Holbrook).

“Our colleges are bursting at the seams,” Mr. Lindsay said Wednesday. He said improved infrastructure at the college campuses is greatly needed in the poor economy as attendance has swelled. There are currently more than 24,000 students enrolled at the college.

“It is the best bang for your buck,” he said.

Mr. Levy said the upgrades at the college are unnecessary as the school was never intended to have three state-of-the-art gymnasiums at its separate campuses.

“It is beyond our means to have a third gym and a third $15 million library within this system,” Mr. Levy said in a release, referring to the eastern campus, and a new library at the Grant campus in Brentwood, which is also included under the plan. “We must look at Suffolk Community College as a single college with satellite divisions.”