02/28/12 4:35pm
02/28/2012 4:35 PM

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead junior Shanice Allen drives to the basket in the first quarter against Hauppauge.

A magical season continues for the Riverhead Blue Waves.

Riverhead won 60-52 against No. 4 Hauppauge Tuesday night at Farmingdale State College to clinch the Class AA county championship, only the second title in school history and first since 1984.

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead senior Melodee Riley scored 18 points for the Blue Waves Tuesday.

Riverhead junior Shanice Allen (24 points) scored her 1,000th career point in the victory, becoming only the fourth girl in school history to reach the mark. Senior Jalyn Brown (11 points) hit the milestone in the Blue Waves’ first playoff game.

Behind a suffocating man-t0-man defense, Riverhead limited Hauppauge to a season-low 18 points in the first half. But the Eagles came out strong in the third after Riverhead went ahead by 11. The Eagles cut the lead to two late in the quarter, but the Blue Waves answered with a run of their own to push the lead back to double digits.

Hauppauge was undefeated coming into today. The Eagles close out the season 21-1.

Riverhead will play 5 p.m. Friday against Class B champion Southampton for the overall Section XI Championship. That is a non-elimination game, also at Farmingdale State College.

The Blue Waves more important game comes March 9 for the Long Island Championship, also at Farmingdale State. The Nassau champion is not yet determined. The winner of the Long Island Championship advances to the state semifinals.

Senior Melodee Riley scored 18 points with 8 rebounds. Kaila Nazario hauled down 10 rebounds for Riverhead. Lauren Descalzo led Hauppauge with 17 points. Lindsay Alfano added 13. Julie Williams, who led the Eagles in scoring all postseason, was limited to only 8 points.

Below is a live blog from the game:

Tuesday’s Preview:

No. 3 Riverhead (20-1) vs. No. 4 Hauppauge (21-0)

Class AA County Championship

Site: Farmingdale State College

Time: 5 p.m.

Admission: $6

Coverage: The Riverhead-News Review will be reporting live from Farmingdale with up-to-the-second results. If you can’t make the game, be sure to follow along the live blog below.

Key matchup: Jalyn Brown vs. Julie Williams

Brown, a Riverhead senior, and Williams, a junior, are the engines that keep both teams running. Point guards with superior quickness, both players are dangerous 3-point shooters as well. Williams has hit at least three treys in each playoff victory so far. Against Commack she hit six from beyond the arc, accounting for 18 of her game-high 22 points. Brown has connected on five 3-pointers in the playoffs so far.

Brown and Williams can both wreak havoc defensively as well.

Scouting the Eagles: Riverhead coach Dave Spinella called the Eagles “one of the few teams in the county that can match our quickness.” The Eagles like to play a zone defense, which could force the Blue Waves to have to knock down shots from the outside. It may not be easy for the Blue Waves to force as many turnovers as they usually like to.

On offense the Eagles can be dangerous from outside. In addition to Williams, Lauren Descalzo is a terrific 3-point shooter. She’s already hit eight 3-pointers in the playoff so far.

Key to the game: Rebounding

If the Blue Waves can control the boards, it’ll put them in good position to win the game. Senior Melodee Riley has been a top rebounder for the Blue Waves, which helps the team on both ends. Her offensive rebounds can lead to easy points. And her defensive rebounds can jump-start the team in transition.

Everyone will have to contribute on the boards for Riverhead. When teams shoot from deep, it often leads to long rebounds. The Blue Waves don’t want to allow the Eagles to get second-chance opportunities on offense.

By the numbers:

41: Combined number of victories for both teams this season.

6: The combined point total by which Hauppauge won its previous two playoff games. The Eagles won 47-45 over top-seeded Sachem East in the semifinals and 47-43 over Deer Park in the quarterfinals.

61: The number of days since Riverhead last played a game decided by single digits. The Blue Waves beat Walt Whitman 48-39 Dec. 29.

24.3: The average margin of victory for Riverhead this season in the Blue Waves’ 20 wins.

14: Number of years between playoff victories for Hauppauge after the Eagles won their first-round playoff game last year against Lindenhurst.

1: Number of county championships in school history for both schools. Hauppauge won the Class B title in 1996-97 and Riverhead won the B title in 1983-84.

4: Number of times Riverhead senior Melodee Riley has broken her career high for points in a game this month. She scored 21 in a league victory over Smithtown East Feb. 2 to set a new high. She then scored 22 against Centereach Feb. 14, 23 against Patchogue-Medford and 28 against Lindenhurst in the Blue Waves’ victory Saturday.

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02/28/12 3:33pm

Daniel Edwin Woodman Jr.

Former Aquebogue resident Daniel Edwin Woodman Jr. died Feb. 26 at his home in Cypress, Texas. He was 89.

He was born June 7, 1922, in Trenton, N.J., to Mae (Reilly) and Daniel E. Woodman Sr. He attended Ohio State University and left to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was selected to attend naval pilot training as a flying sergeant and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. His wartime tours included both the Atlantic and Pacific, where he was shot down and captured by the Japanese during the attack on Manila Bay.

Following the war he worked briefly as a pilot for Eastern Airlines, but his desire was to be in the military, according to family members, so he joined the U.S. Air Force and was a pilot until he retired in 1960.

He married Elizabeth Turner in Westfield, Maine, on March 1, 1954.

After leaving the military, Mr. Woodman lived in Aquebogue for 23 years, working along with his wife as a teacher at Riverhead High School until they retired. They then moved to Franklinville, N.Y., for 23 years and made their final move to Cypress in 2011.

Family members said he had a terrific sense of humor, enjoyed his daily bike ride (weather permitting) and working in the yard with his little dog, Andie, and always had a smile and a story for anyone who walked by.

Mr. Woodman is survived by his wife of 58 years; his children, Michael, Patrick, Kelly Wolff and Kevin; his brother, Robert; his sisters, Nancy Grayson and Jane Schrum; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Interment will take place in Westfield, Maine, at a later date.

02/28/12 3:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Do you ive in Riverhead but serve with a fire department outside of town? If you hurry now, you could be eligible for a tax exemption.

UPDATE: The Town Board on Tuesday voted 3-0 in favor of allowing fire department or ambulance corps volunteers who live in Riverhead Town but have served in a Suffolk County department outside the town  a 10 percent town property tax exemption.

Councilmen George Gabrielsen and John Dunleavy were not in attendance at the special, time-sensitive meeting and did not vote.

To qualify for the exemption, residents must have volunteered in an out-of-town department for more than 20 years. But they better hurry. Volunteers must file for the exemption by the end of the business day on March 1, which is this Thursday.  Town Hall closes at 4:30 p.m. that day.


02/28/12 1:00pm

MIKE McLAUGHLIN PHOTO | Iron Pier beach during Saturday evening's wind storm.

Reader Mike McLaughlin captured the eerie beauty of dark clouds over Iron Pier Beach in Jamesport just before sunset Saturday, during a period of extremely high winds and changing skies.

If you have a photo you’d like considered for publication on our website, email web editor Grant Parpan at [email protected].

02/28/12 12:39pm

Linda Mary Huber, 64, of Aquebogue, died February 26, 2012, at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, N.Y.

She was born in Jackson Heights, N.Y., on March 16, 1947, to Donald and Corrine Long.

She worked as a legal secretary for many years, but most recently she worked in the family greenhouse business. She was a member of Saint John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead.

According to her family, she loved baking and spending time with her family, especially her grandsons. She was an avid Giants, Knicks and Mets fan and loved watching her children participate in sports when they were younger. Everyone who knew her knew what a gracious, kind woman she was, and she will always be remembered for her beautiful smile.

Ms. Huber is survived by her beloved husband of 39 years, John; her sons, Allen (Amy), of Ridge, and Bill (Laura), of Aquebogue; and her grandsons, Brian, Justin and Evan. She is also survived by her brother, Michael (Lorraine), of Holbrook, and many other loving friends and family members.

Visiting hours will take place Tuesday, February 28, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A service will be held Wednesday, February 29, at Saint John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead. Interment will be at Calverton National Cemetery.

Donations may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714.

This is a paid notice.

02/28/12 11:22am

Edith Sawicki of Southold died Feb. 17 at the age of 87.

She was born Oct. 24, 1924, in Riverhead to Walter and Waleria (Niegolka) Kowalski.

A lifelong North Fork resident, she was a communicant of Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church in Cutchogue and a member of the Sacred Heart Rosary Society.

Family members said she was a devoted farmer’s wife who enjoyed cooking, canning, pickling, preserving and gardening.

Predeceased by her husband, Frank Sawicki, in 1995, Ms. Sawicki is survived by her children, Frank, of Fort Payne, Ala., and Patricia Sypher of Southold; her brothers, Frank Kowalski of Jamesport and Walter Kowalski of Alabama; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 1, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church, Father Marian Bicz officiating. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery in Cutchogue.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Southold.

02/28/12 11:00am

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A damaged decorative light house in Flanders, one of many reports of graffiti in Flanders last Tuesday.

Southampton Town police responded to 25 reports of graffiti and/or vandalism on various streets throughout Flanders last Tuesday.

The incidents all are believed to have taken place between 11 p.m. last Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday, and in every incident, spray paint was used to write the tags “AOC” or “SLANG” in red, yellow or blue spray paint, authorities said.

The reports came in from residents on Maple Avenue, Priscilla Avenue, Riverside Avenue, Reeves Bay Trail, Point Road, and Dam Trail, according to police, and the graffiti was painted on mailboxes, fences, brick walls, cars, houses, a brick pillar, a garage door, a dumpster, a satellite dish, decorative horses and a decorative lighthouse.

There were so many similar cases that police developed a generic incident report where officers could just fill in what item was graffitied.

There was one report of a Sirius radio console being stolen from a car in one of the graffiti incidents.

02/28/12 7:29am

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Frank Fish of BFJ Planning speaks to the audience at Wednesday's meeting on the effects of rezoning in Wading River.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story was updated and edited for clarity on Feb. 28.

Several Wading River residents believe preliminary recommendations of the Wading River Corridor Study now in progress would still permit too much development in the town’s westernmost hamlet.

The recommendations were presented in Town Hall before last Wednesday night’s Riverhead Town Board meeting.

“The plan still would allow too much retail,” Dominique Mendez, president of the Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition, said after the meeting.
Sid Bail, president of the Wading River Civic Association, said the plan would allow a 230 percent increase in the number of condominium units in Wading River, which could impact the number of children in the Shoreham-Wading River School District.

As was the case with a Feb. 4 meeting held at St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River, where the study was also discussed, last Wednesday’s meeting was packed well beyond the 119-person capacity in the Town Board meeting room.

Unlike the meeting at St. John’s, however, none of the owners of property slated to be rezoned spoke in their own defense last week.

Peter Danowski, an attorney who represents some of the property owners whose land is proposed for rezoning in the study, didn’t speak at the meeting but said afterward, “If these recommendations are adopted, I think it will lead to litigation.”

He said the new businesses proposed would create jobs and an increased tax base.

The majority of the comments came from people who believe the hamlet’s current zoning would allow for too much commercial development along the Route 25A corridor in Wading River. Several of them said they don’t believe the recommendations in the $42,000 study, which is being done by BFJ Planning of Manhattan, go far enough to limit commercial development.

The study proposes to rezone five groups of properties comprising 42 acres along Route 25A from Business CR to Multifamily Residential/Professional Office (MRP). The properties include the 18-acre John Zoumas property on the south side of the highway, just east of CVS, three adjoining properties on the north side of Route 25A, across from the Zoumas land, and a 1.8-acre wedge to the immediate west of the Route 25A and Sound Avenue traffic light.

Two parcels in question are already slated for development. Mr. Zoumas is proposing a commercial project called Central Square and a project called North Shore Country Plaza is planned for land across the street.

“We’re trying to prevent more strip malls,” BFJ Planning’s Frank Fish said last week. In addition to the proposed rezoning, the study also proposes some changes to the MRP zone to reduce development density.

As for traffic, Mr. Fish said, “We’re not going to have much effect on traffic no matter what we do. Most of the traffic on 25A is through-traffic … we can’t do much about it. What we can do is make sure the traffic generation on the property we rezone is less.”

The study makes no recommendation for the Knightland property, owned by Kenn Barra, at the corner of Route 25A and Sound Avenue, where a beverage store is now. Mr. Fish said that parcel was left out of the study because it is in litigation. Riverhead Neighorhood Preservation Cooalitoin, a civic group, sued after the town Planning Board approved the site plan for that property earlier this year.

The Central Square application also is before the Planning Board and Mr. Danowski, the attorney for the applicant, submitted a letter to the Planning Board last week asking it to approve that project. He also made that request verbally at the last Planning Board meeting.

The RNPC, the Wading River Civic Association and the Group for the East End all had urged the town to declare a moratorium on processing applications within the study area while the study was ongoing so they wouldn’t be approved before the recommendations can be enacted, but Town Board members rejected that request.

The study also doesn’t make any recommendations for property west of the Wading River-Manor Road intersection, although one property there, adjacent to the funeral home on Route 25A, is slated for a large commercial development called Venezia Square.

Resident Kevin Keillor said he thinks the pressure to change the zoning has created a panic among property owners, who are now scrambling to develop their land before it is rezoned.

Nick DiPierro of Wading River supported the developers.

“Every time somebody wants to develop something in Wading River, there’s a call for a moratorium,” he said.

Ms. Mendez said the plan as of now would eliminate some retail development and limit the size of the multi-family units permitted, but it would still lead to more development.

“A drastic increase in the amount of overall development at the expense of open space is certainly not what the community wants,” she said Thursday.

She added: “The study is also seriously flawed in that it continues to ignore the rural neighborhood business [BCR] zone. The recommendations disregard the potential for 120,000 square feet of retail [at the parcels not being considered for re-zoning] as if it did not exist and the planners have neglected to make any suggestions to improve the BCR zone to mitigate the remaining potential for retail and restaurant overdevelopment.”

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