04/29/12 5:00pm
04/29/2012 5:00 PM

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Guns belonging to Frank Tuthill, found murdered in 1932, and the 'Wickham ax,' used to murder Frances and James Wickham in the 1850s. Both are part of a new exhibit at Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead.

Take note, oh ye of dark or baneful natures, because a host of events celebrating the macabre is creeping up on us.

The Suffolk County Historical Society and East End Arts are coming together to kick off a month of metaphysical mayhem.

“La Morte,” a show where interpretations of the theme “death” were judged by guest juror April Gornik, an internationally known landscape artist, opens Friday, April 27, at the East End Arts Gallery.

“Ms Gornik was surprised by the quality of the work,” said Jane Kirkwood, gallery director at East End Arts. For the first time in judging history, there was a tie for best in show. Anne Seelbach from Sag Harbor produced an acrylic on paper piece called “Life Serves Death” which tied Center Moriches resident Cynthia Parry’s oil on canvas work called “La Petite Mort.”

Ms. Kirkwood said her personal favorite in the show is by Mary Wynn of Islip who, through her years as an organist at a funeral parlor, kept a journal with observations and drawings inside. “The Organist’s Funeral Journal” can be found at the EEA show sitting on a pedestal covered by a long, black veil.

Some works from the EEA show will also accompany the Suffolk County Historical Society’s similarly themed exhibit, “Death Becomes Her: Objects and Art of Death and Mourning,” opening the same evening and running through May 26.

“It really enhances our classical historic pieces when we pair them with contemporary works,” said Kathy Curran, the historical society’s executive director.

Ms. Curran said the society’s upcoming spooky programming, which includes visits from psychics, paranormal investigators, tarot card readers and more, began when she was approached by East End Arts Gallery director Jane Kirkwood.

“She had an exhibition she was really excited about and asked us if there was anything we could do with death as a theme,” Ms. Curran said. “At first we wondered if we wanted to do death so far away from Halloween, but that’s why we’re calling it Metaphysical May!”

Ms. Kirkwood said Ms. Curran did not immediately agree to the collaboration, but after a period of deliberation Ms. Curran agreed, reportedly by approaching Ms. Kirkwood to say, “I’m giving you death.”

The historical society’s exhibit will feature Edwardian mourning clothing, mourning jewelry that often accompanied such garb, two colonial children’s coffins, murder weapons and oddities like “hair jewelry,” often made from the hair of a lover in the 1860s.

“We have a beautiful gold watch with a locket containing a picture of two children and the band is made from hair,” Ms. Curran said. “The hair jewelry is so spectacular.”

Ms. Curran said the society likes to showcase what it owns and, when it comes to death, is well prepared.

“We have the guns of Frank Tuthill, an eccentric man found murdered in the Hampton Bays woods on Aug. 6, 1932,” said Ms. Curran. “He was a flimflam doctor, a snake oil salesman, and some people say his death was a flimflam doctor deal gone wrong. He was known to carry thousands of dollars on him.”

Among the exhibit’s most impressive items, she said, is what’s known as “the Wickham ax,” a weapon used to murder James and Frances Wickham in the 1850s while they slept in their Cutchogue home. The murder was reportedly perpetrated by disgruntled servant Nicholas Behan, who had been rejected by one of the Wickham’s female servants and was subsequently dismissed.

Ms. Curran said she recently handed the Wickham ax to psychic Dawn Joly, who told her, “There’s a farmer and his wife here. They’re very peaceful, were very much in love and are so happy you’re doing this and bringing attention to it. They follow you all over the museum and the man who did this is nowhere near them. He’s in the far reaches of the netherworld and will never get out.”

She said she was most impressed by this interpretation because Ms. Joly had never been to the museum and did not know about the Wickham ax.

The ax, she said, was obtained by George Edwards, son of Daniel Edwards, who was a jailer at the time of the murders, and was presented to the society in 1906 by Septer Luce.

Ms. Joly will lead a guided tour of the historical society’s exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and will give interpretations of items guests bring in for examination.

Other events scheduled at the historical society during Metaphysical May are “Transchanneling of the White Buffalo Womyn” on May 11 and “The Spirits Among Us: Metaphysical and Paranormal Investigations of New York” on May 17.

To register for one of these events or to find out more about “Metaphysical May,” call the Suffolk County Historical Society at 727-2881, ext. 100, or visit suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

Other events to be held at East End Arts during Metaphysical May include “Astrology & Reincarnation” on May 8, “Past Life Regression Hypnotherapy Sessions” on May 12, “Spirit Travel Sessions” on May 19 and “Mini Chart Readings and Mini Tarot Card Readings” on May 27. Space is limited. For more information, call 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org.

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‘Death Becomes Her’
Exhibit of objects and art of death and mourning at Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main Street, Riverhead.
On view through May 26; opening reception Friday, April 27, 6-8 p.m.
Visit suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org or call 727-2881.

‘La Morte’
Juried show at East End Arts Gallery, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead. On view through June 1; opening reception Friday, April 27, 5-7 p.m. Guest juror: April Gornik.
Visit eastendarts.org or call 727-0900.

04/29/12 2:30pm

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | The Riverhead girls basketball team is escorted down Main Street during Sunday's parade.

After all the practices, hard work and ultimately victories, it was time for a party Sunday.

The Riverhead girls basketball team celebrated its first Long Island Championship with a parade down Main Street under a beautiful blue sky Sunday afternoon.


Hundreds of fans poured into the streets to cheer on the Blue Waves, who in March advanced to the Class AA state semifinals, before falling to Penfield.

“I’m here to celebrate with the town,” said Willie Allen, whose daughter Shanice was a second-team All-Long Island guard. “It came out of nowhere and they won it all. Nobody expected them to be that good.”

The Blue Waves lost only twice all season, in their first game and their final game. In between they completed an unprecedented run that saw coach Dave Spinella win his 100th career game and guards Jalyn Brown and Allen surpass 1,000 career points. Allen, a junior, will be back next season.

“This is the second time I’m signing autographs,” Allen said. “The first time was the Long Island Championship.”

She called the parade a “crazy, wild” experience.

“It feels good to be a winner,” she said.

Senator Ken LaValle and Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter were both on hand to celebrate with the team.

Fans were decked out in blue all across Main Street.

“I’m here to support them,” said Riverhead resident John Hale. “It’s a good day for a parade. You got to support the kids.”

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Reporting by Gianna Volpe

04/29/12 1:30pm

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | More than 50 vehicles were already registered Sunday morning for the Hot Dogs and Hot Rods event.

There were motorheads galore at Calverton Links Sunday Morning to register their vehicles for the Hot Dogs and Hot Rods event to benefit the Riverhead Animal Shelter.

More than 50 vehicles were registered by 10 a.m. and small groups had already started heading out to five locations around the North Fork, including Claudio’s Clam Bar in Greenport and Wendy’s Deli in Mattituck to participate in today’s “poker run” for cash prizes. Participants in the contest pick up a card at each location and the person with the highest hand upon completion wins.

Live music will play this afternoon between 1 and 7 p.m. with musical acts including “Who are those guys,” “The Vendettas” and “Misspent youth” to perform.

Vendors are also setup with tents and will be selling their wares all day.

Tickets are $15 per person and kids 10 and under are admitted for free.

Today, as was yesterday, is a free adoption day for a shelter pet. Two shelter dogs, Elvis and Sofia, will be on hand today at the shelter’s tent amongst the vendors.

04/29/12 1:29pm

Three Riverhead men were injured during a late-night brawl outside the back of the Sabor Latino Restaurant on Old Country Road, Riverhead Police said.

Dario Jerson-Hilorio reported being hit with a folding chair. Jaime Juarez-Alverado said he was hit in the head with an unknown object and Milton Reyes said he was punched in the face, according to police. The men did not know the attackers. The fight occurred just after 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

All three were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center. Mr. Juarez-Alverado was transferred to Stony Brook Medical Center for further evaluation on his head injury.

Mr. Hilorio and Mr. Reyes were treated for facial contusions and lacerations and released. No arrests were made.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at (631) 727-4500.

04/29/12 12:00pm

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River hosted its cancer awareness fundraiser game Saturday, attracting a big turnout of supporters.

Shoreham-Wading River held its fourth annual Lax-Out Cancer event Saturday as the Wildcats faced Garden City in a rematch of last year’s boys Long Island Championship.

The Trojans won 13-4 for the non-league win. For a complete recap, click here.

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04/29/12 11:01am

A 39-year-old Manorville man was charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident after a Saturday night crash in Calverton forced a woman to be airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious injuries, Riverhead Police said.

Michael Murphy allegedly fled the scene on foot after a head-on crash on Sound Avenue and Twomey Avenue around 9:30 p.m. The Riverhead Police K9 Unit responded along with New York State Police and Mr. Murphy was found a short time later, police said.

Liliana Rios of Baiting Hollow suffered serious injuries to her chest, police said. Ms. Rios, 25, was the driver of the other vehicle. She was listed in fair condition Sunday, according to a hospital spokesman. One other passenger suffered less serious injuries. Nikolin Lejhia, 26, of Manhattan was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center. Another passenger was unharmed.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Riverhead Police Detective Division at 727-4500 (332).

04/29/12 9:00am

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A dog frolics on the front lawn of a pet friendly rental on the North Fork.

There may be no need to howl about leaving a fluffy friend behind when renting a North Fork property, either for the summer or year-round.

Some area real estate agents say they’ve seen an increase in pet-friendly rentals. Pets have traditionally topped rental restriction lists, but according to Mary Lentini at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty in Cutchogue, smoking is now a far more prevalent no-no.

“Smoking is still a big deal,” she said. “But I think homeowners are becoming a little more lax about renting to people with pets because they want to get the place rented. Usually they’ll just take an extra security deposit for the animal.”
Ms. Lentini said another possible reason for the increase is the same as many housing market changes — the recession.

“We’re finding a lot of people who have lost their homes to short sells or foreclosures have to rent and many have pets, so landlords are becoming more amicable to the idea,” she said. Still, homeowners will often want to meet the animal in addition to taking an extra deposit or fee to cover possible damage.

“Some landlords are even requesting a certain size pet, maybe capping it at 35 pounds,” Ms. Lentini said.
But not all agents agree that the market is getting warm and fuzzy for furry residents.

Carl Austin with Colony Realty said pet-friendly rentals are rather difficult to find, especially for certain ”uninsurable” breeds.

“Some breeds aren’t covered by insurance companies, like pit bulls and dobermans,” he said, adding that he’s seen a trend for rentals that allow only an “insurable pet.”

John Nickles of Lewis & Nickles Ltd. Real Estate in Southold said he hasn’t seen a spike in pet-friendly rentals, but in rentals in general. He also said some homeowners will rent to people with pets, even if they’ve advertised otherwise.
“People take pets, but they don’t like to say they take pets,” he said. Small dogs are preferable, as are breeds with lower energy levels that are less likely to cause damage.

Paul Loeb of Lloyd’s Realty in Greenport said he was surprised that 46 of the 195 available year-round and summer rentals from Jamesport east allow pets. He said there’s a new category on the multiple-listing service software that specifies pet type.

“You can say yes to pets and then specify whether you allow cats or dogs,” he said. Requests for summer rentals with cats appears to be uncommon.

Of the eight summer rental properties currently listed with Lloyd’s, two specified dogs only.

“Cats are not as welcome as dogs,” Janet Markarian at Century 21 Albertson Realty said of the animals infamous for marking their territory and putting those with allergies over the edge. “But I’ve never had a person say ‘I want to rent a place with my cat.’ ”

Ms. Markarian said she’s already placed three or four dogs into summer homes in East Marion, including a pair of French bulldogs and a coonhound that works as a model.

“I think landlords are more open-minded, especially those who have dogs themselves. Some prefer dogs over children, but they can’t say no children,” she joked.

Ms. Markarian’s real estate beat is Orient, a place she said could have more pet-friendly rentals than other parts of the North Fork because of its rural nature.

But regardless of location, some agents say allowing pets can be a boon for homeowners itching for rental income.

“Anyone who has a rental that’s open to pets will rent their house right away,” said Marie Beninati of Beninati Associates. Worried property owners can protect their properties best with an extra security deposit and a pre- and post-rental property inspection, she added.

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04/28/12 8:23pm
04/28/2012 8:23 PM

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River players wore pink jerseys Saturday as part of the Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser game against Garden City.


As lacrosse goes, there are few greater challenges for a team than facing Garden City.

Shoreham-Wading River could see that Saturday afternoon, falling for only the second time this season 13-4 in a rematch of last year’s Long Island Championship.

But the message of the day had less to do with lacrosse. It was about the challenges those suffering from cancer must face in an all-too-unfair, day-to-day reality. The Wildcats, wearing pink uniforms, hosted their fourth annual Lax-Out Cancer event as part of Saturday’s game, which drew a big crowd that they hoped could generate as much as $30,000 in donations.

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Tim Rotanz had one goal with two assists Saturday.

“I’ve had family affected by this, so I was kind of emotional in the beginning,” said Shoreham-Wading River senior Chris Mahoney. “The true meaning of this game, besides two really great teams going at it, is the purpose of just fighting cancer.”

Shoreham coach Tom Rotanz spoke to the crowd before the game and honored all those affected by cancer from the Shoreham and Garden City lacrosse programs.

Rotanz said Garden City coach Steve Finnell, who lost his mother to cancer in 1994, asked to be apart of this year’s fundraiser game.

“I said, without question that would be a great day,” Rotanz told the crowd. “My only mistake was, I thought he was graduating all his great players.”

That wasn’t the case. The Trojans, considered one of the top teams in the country, used an explosive third quarter (6-1) to blow open what had been a tight game throughout the first half. The Trojans (11-0) had tremendous balance offensively with eight different players scoring goals. Senior Devin Dwyer led the attack with three goals and three assists.

“It was definitely one of the toughest challenges we’ve had as a group,” Mahoney said. “I think going against teams like this really exposes our weaknesses, which we really need to get farther in the season.”

Garden City midfielder Ryan Norton scored a back-breaking goal with 4 seconds left before halftime that made it a 5-2 game. The Trojans then scored the first two goals of the third quarter to open up the lead. The Wildcats scored their third goal with 9:26 left right off a face-off when Tim Rotanz (1 goal, 2 assists) fed James Higgins for the goal. But the Trojans scored the next five goals before Shoreham would strike again.

“We don’t have enough offensive guns to match,” coach Rotanz said. “They have a balanced, six-man offense.”

The Wildcats (9-2) came into the game off a tough division match Friday night against Mount Sinai. The Wildcats came back from a 5-2 fourth-quarter deficit to win 7-6. They improved to 9-1 are the top-rated team in Division II.

Rotanz said he hoped that after Saturday’s game, which was televised live, his team will be ready for anything.

“Every game after this won’t be a big deal,” he said. “We just take care of business.”

Trevor Brosco and sophomore Troy Miller each had goals for Shoreham. Senior Tyler Lutjen had six saves.

The idea for the fundraiser came in 2007 after the Wildcats had won a state championship. The team had planned a ring ceremony around Thanksgiving to celebrate the achievement. A few days before the ceremony, a player lost his father to cancer.

“It really put into perspective what is important,” Rotanz said. “Winning games is great, but when you lose someone, everything is secondary.”

Last year the Wildcats honored Liam McGuire, who was 7 at the time and battling chromosomal leukemia. McGuire was an honorary captain for the Wildcats last season.

Rotanz said McGuire returned to school about three weeks ago and was doing well. They hoped to have him attend the game, but he was celebrating his Communion.

“We’re very happy he’s back on track,” Rotanz said.

Twenty-five percent of donations were going to the McGuire family, Rotanz said. The remaining 75 percent was to be evenly divided among three cancer research foundations, Rotanz said.

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