01/31/12 10:00pm
01/31/2012 10:00 PM

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior John Lee won the 3,200 Tuesday night at the League V Championship.

Before John Lee could even break a sweat Tuesday night, his nearest competitor in the 3,200-meter race who nowhere to be seen. Lee, a Shoreham-Wading River senior, surged ahead of the pack from the opening gun and was never tested in the opening event of the League V Championship.

So much so, he was surprised at how far ahead he got so quickly.

“I was 20 meters ahead and that didn’t seem right,” Lee said in describing the early portion of the race.

With Port Jefferson’s runners completing the race at a more casual pace, focused instead on securing points rather than a fast time, Lee had the track at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood all to himself. He finished in 9 minutes 53.58 seconds, well ahead of Port Jefferson freshman James Burke, who clocked in at 10:01.17.

“They were trying to get extra points in distance events,” Lee said.

It was the second league title for Lee for his career in the winter season and first in the 3,200. He was a league champion in the 1,600 last year.

This season a newcomer from Port Jefferson denied Lee a repeat title. After Lee edged Burke in the 3,200, the two switched places in the next event. Burke, who’s had a superb season this year as a ninth-grader, ran 4:37.43. He led by a wide margin for most of the race and Lee closed the gap a bit late to finish in 4:39.51.

Lee spent most of the race by himself, with Burke ahead of him and Port Jefferson senior Andrew Keresztes behind him in third place by a wide margin.

“My coach just wanted me to come in at least third just to get extra points,” Lee said. “I knew Burke was going to beat me. He’s a crazy freshman. I figured I could out-muscle Keresztes.”

Thanks in large part to Lee, the Wildcats finished third as a team with 65 points. In addition to his two individual performances, Lee ran the anchor leg of the 4 x 800 relay team that placed third in 8:55.73.

“Too bad he can’t run eight [events],” quipped Shoreham coach Bob Szymanski.

Port Jefferson won the meet with 117 1/2 points and Amityville was second with 97.

Looking ahead to the county meet, Lee will turn his focus to the 3,200.

“I have a good chance to make it to states in that if I have a good day at state quals,” he said.

Lee has made it to states in cross country, but hasn’t yet in winter track. Last year dealt him plenty of adversity throughout the season with an ankle injury. By the time he reached the state qualifier, Lee finished 10th in the 1,600 with a time close to 18 seconds off his seed time.

“I’m having a much better winter season than last year,” he said. “Last year was just terrible.”

Shoreham had another second-place finisher Tuesday with senior Tyler Keys in the 1,000. He went up against Keresztes, who took the lead for good with about two laps to go. Keresztes ran 2:39.15 and Keys finished second in 2:40.76.

The Wildcats also got four points in the event from sophomore Jack Kelly with his fourth-place finish in 2:48.38.

In the 600 sophomore Matt Leunig was fourth in 1:36.77.

While the Wildcats did well in the distance events, they couldn’t compete in the sprints and field events. They failed to score at all in the sprints and compiled eight points in the field events.

Sophomore Maxwell Maritato was third in the high jump by clearing 5 feet 4 inches. Junior Charlie DeMaio was fifth in the shot put with a top throw of 38-01.

The Wildcats took third in both the 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relays.

McGann-Mercy scored two points in the 4 x 800 relay with a fifth-place finish in 9:43.25. Senior Jay Marano was sixth in the long jump with a top mark of 17-10 1/4.

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01/31/12 9:03pm


Junior guard Ryan Bitzer scored six of his team-high 16 points during a 4:26 span late in the game to help the Riverhead High School boys baskebtall team to a 47-37 victory over visiting Newfield High in a Suffolk County League III game on Tuesday night.

Despite shooting only 23 percent from the field, the Blue Waves (7-8, 5-4) won, thanks to a ball-hawking defense that forced 20 turnovers by Newfield (2-12, 1-7).

The Blue Waves, who need only one victory in their final three regular-season games to clinch a Class A playoff berth, went on a 13-5 spurt over the final 4:27 of the second quarter to enter halftime with a 24-15 lead.

Junior Willie Jackson led the Wolverines with 19 points.

01/31/12 4:41pm

Hans J. Kuehl of Riverhead died Jan. 25 at the age of 75.

He was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Kiel, Germany, to Johannes and Henny (Kloth) Kuehl.

In 1960, he married Joan Tyrell and they lived in Flushing and later West Hempstead and Lindenhurst. He worked for many years as an electrician for the New York City Transit Authority until he retired. He and his wife then moved to North Carolina and Florida, but eventually they returned to Long Island and settled in Jamesport, and more recently, Riverhead.

Mr. Kuehl enjoyed model trains, car shows and traveling, according to family members. He was a member of Advent Lutheran Church in Mattituck and American Legion Griswold Terry Glover Post No. 803 in Southold.

He is survived by his wife; his sons, John, Joseph and Paul, all of Lindenhurst, and James, of Arizona; his sister, Ellen Schmahl of Germany; and two grandchildren.

The family received friends Jan. 29 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, where Mr. Kuehl’s fellow Legionnaires conducted services. On Jan. 30, the Rev. George Summers also conducted services at the funeral home. Interment with U.S. Army military honors was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

01/31/12 4:41pm

A case of whooping cough has been reported at Riley Avenue School, according to Riverhead School District Superintendent Nancy Carney.

Letters were sent home to parents Tuesday and officials were planning to post a notice on the district website.

“The student has been treated and is cleared to return to school,” Ms. Carney said, though she wouldn’t disclose the age of the student.

In December, a Riverhead High School student was diagnosed with the disease. And four students in Southold Town were also diagnosed late last year.

More than 250 cases have been reported in Suffolk County since June, according to Suffolk County Department of Health Services director Grace Kelly-McGovern. That compares with just 11 cases in the first six months of 2011.

Whooping cough, which is transported through the air by coughing, is especially dangerous and can be fatal for infants.

Early symptoms of whooping cough are a mild cough, a runny nose and a low fever, according to the Center for Disease control. As the disease persists the traditional symptoms of a high pitched “whooping” cough, vomiting and exhaustion after coughing fits may appear. Coughing fits may persist for weeks. The best way to prevent the disease is immunization, the CDC states on its website.

Adults and children, however, may develop pertussis even if they are up to date on their vaccination since immunization wanes over the years, according to the county Department of Health and Human Services. If you suspect that your child has contracted whooping cough, it is urged you contact their physician and request your child is tested for the disease using a special nasal/throat swab.

Those suffering from whooping cough are asked to stay home until he or she has completed five days of antibiotic treatment, according to the county health department.

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01/31/12 4:18pm

Longtime Riverhead resident John E. Mickaliger died at home Jan. 25. He was 96.

He was born Feb. 2, 1915, in Aquebogue to Katarzyna (Trojanowska) and Martin Mikolajczyk.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from January 1942 through October 1945 aboard the USS Bunker Hill, one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the U.S. Navy, and attained the rank of master technical sergeant. He survived the May 1945 Japanese kamikaze attacks on the ship, which lost hundreds of her crew, becoming one of the most heavily damaged carriers to survive the war.

Mr. Mickaliger married Cathleen Doroski on Nov. 12, 1950, in Cutchogue. He worked as a route salesman for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Westhampton.

He was a member of the Marine Corps League and the USS Bunker Hill Association. He enjoyed camping, hiking, canoeing, birdwatching and traveling, according to family members.

Mr. Mickaliger is survived by his wife; his sons, Michael (Judy), of Maryland, and James (Karen), of Riverhead; his daughter, Kathryn, of California; his grandchildren, Meredith Mickaliger and Jon and Richard Press; and his great-grandchildren, Joseph and Elsa Press. He was predeceased by his brothers, Louis, Alex, Charles, Martin, George and Frank, and his sister, Marion.

A service was held Jan. 28 at St. Isidore R.C. Church in Riverhead, Father Robert officiating. Interment was at the church cemetery. Arrangements were handled by McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead.

Donations may be made to East End Hospice or St. Isidore R.C. Church.

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01/31/12 3:30pm

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | Riverhead Fire Department volunteers extinguished a brush fire near the wrack line on the Long Island Sound in August.

The Riverhead Fire Department responded to 1,091 alarms last year, just four less than the all-time record set in 2010, said Riverhead fire chief Nick Luparella in his annual report released on Friday.

Volunteers responded to 84 structure fires, 25 vehicle fires, 41 reports of gas odor, and 82 carbon monoxide alarms. In all, firefighters spent 10,346 hours responding to the incidents, over half of which were for automatic alarms, Mr. Luparella said.
The department also spent roughly 15,000 hours in training, drills, meetings, and work details.

The department’s 180 volunteers dedicated more than 900 hours for fire safety education at Riverhead’s public schools and the annual Riverhead Fire Department open house held last October. Thanks to outreach programs, more than 2,500 elementary school students learned about fire safety in 2011, Mr. Luparella wrote.

Mr. Luparella thanked Riverhead for supporting the fire department, adding that “our 180 volunteers live and work in our community and it is important that many businesses allow their employees to respond when called to protect lives and property.”

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01/31/12 2:34pm

William H. Mills Jr. of Riverhead passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, January 25, 2012. He was 94.

Mr. Mills was born in Astoria, N.Y., the son of William H. Mills Sr. and Hilda Celander. In 1942, he was drafted by the United States Army and landed in Normandy, France. He served under General George Patton with the 774 Tank Destroyer Battalion. He married Adeline Donley shortly before going overseas. Over the next years, he repeatedly distinguished himself in combat as part of Patton’s 3rd Army. By the time they arrived in Berlin, he was the company first sergeant.

Returning to New York, he and Adeline settled in Elmhurst, Queens, and he returned to his job at the post office, a career begun shortly before he was drafted. In 1948, they moved to Levittown, becoming one of the original families of this iconic Long Island town. They spent 28 years on Bucket Lane.

His career with the post office continued to flourish and, in the early 1950s, he volunteered for an assignment in Long Island City and again distinguished himself as a supervisor of men. This brought him to the attention of the New York regional office at Penn Station. After several different assignments, he designed and implemented the Postal Service Officers Program. His men then fanned out over the New York region, providing technical support and operational assistance to various post offices from Boston to Philadelphia and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Mills was cited several times for superior performance, most notably during the famous Morgan Annex fire of the 1960s. His plan redirected mail from New York City to Buffalo, N.Y., where it was rerouted and sorted. In 1968, he was again promoted to Regional Director of Marketing, a position he held for three years, until his retirement in 1971.

In 1976, he and Adeline moved to their favorite vacation spot, Southold, N.Y., where he took up boating, fishing and grandfathering full time.

Adeline predeceased him in 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Bennett; his grandchildren, Kirsten Bennett O’Rourke and Sean Bennett; and four great-grandchildren, Ava, Madeline, Tessa and Eamonn.

Visitation was held January 29, 2012, at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service was held January 30 at the funeral home, with burial following at Calverton National Cemetery.

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01/31/12 2:03pm

COURTESY PHOTO | An example of an Aldi market.

An international specialty supermarket is looking to come to Riverhead.

It’s not Trader Joe’s, which some Riverhead residents have been trying to lure to the town for years, having even started an online petition and a Facebook site – called the “Trader Joe’s Riverhead, NY Location Request Group.”-  for that purpose.

But it’s close. Well, sort of.

Instead, it’s Aldi Supermarkets, a Germany-based discount supermarket chain founded by Karl Albrech, who is reportedly the richest man in Germany. His brother Theo, who died in 2010 at the age of 88, was the owner of the Trader Joe’s chain, and was reportedly the second-richest man in Germany when he died.

Aldi has about 1,400 stores nationwide and one on Long Island, a Bay Shore store that opened in 2010. Rather than stocking name-brand products, most of what Aldi sells is its own brand, which is often priced lower than its competitors, according to reports.

Leanne Wheeler met with the town planning department at its work session Tuesday morning on behalf of the Aldi chain, which she said is considering three sites in Riverhead, all along Route 58.

One would be the proposed Shops at Riverhead development on the north side of Route 58, between Out East Family Fun and Riverhead Auto Mall. That site is slated to include a Costco warehouse store at its anchor, and is advertising for additional tenants. It has yet to be approved by the town Planning Board, and was undergoing an environmental impact study the past two years, a draft of which was recently submitted.

Another proposed location is directly across the street from that, on what is now an application called the Saber-Riverhead LLC, which proposed three storefronts are proposed in a 114,000 square foot building. That site had been in litigation for many years, as its previous owner, a group including realtor Larry Oxman, was charged with illegally clearing the land seven years ago and has been in court with the town ever since. They lost the property to foreclosure,  and Saber-Riverhead acquired it.

The third potential site, Ms. Wheeler said, is the Target shopping center, where property owner Serota and Son acquired two residences on Harrison Avenue several years for expansion of the shopping center, but has yet to build anything there.

Aldi is seeking about 16,000 square feet for a supermarket, Ms. Wheeler said.

“Have you thought about downtown?” planning director Rick Hanley asked Ms. Wheeler. Officials have been trying to lure a supermarket downtown for years.

“We typically do best with other national retailers,” she respond, saying that being near other large chain stores gives them the best opportunity to capture potential customers.

Ms. Wheeler also was asked if Aldi’s is similar to Trader Joe’s.

“Trader Joe’s is more organic and eclectic,” Mr. Wheeler said. “We carry the mainstream products.”

So far, the Trader Joe’s fans have had no success getting that chain to come to Riverhead or elsewhere on the East End. The nearest Trader Joe’s store is in Lake Grove.

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