09/30/12 5:00pm
09/30/2012 5:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Members of Rocky Point’s Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church helped build a house in Alabama for a family affected by Hurricane Katrina during a mission trip in 2011.

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk wants you, especially if you have construction experience or leadership skills that will enable you to shepherd a small crew of volunteers.

So says Southold Town native and volunteer training coordinator Constantinos Kokkinos, who represents Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County as an Americorps volunteer.

Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to build houses for families in need, giving them “a hand up, not a handout,” Mr. Kokkinos said, adding that the organization is on track to finish 16 homes in Suffolk County this year, up from 10 last year.

“We are seeking new partnerships to foster this growth,” he said, “We are looking for volunteers with leadership qualities, time on their hands and experience either leading volunteer groups or building houses.”

Mr. Kokkinos, the son of a Southold house painter who’s been at it for three decades, said the organization is looking for contractors like his father to donate labor.

He said the group especially needs licensed plumbers, site workers, roofers and other contractors who are willing to work — and will also warranty their work.

Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk was founded in 1987 as an independent affiliate of the international nonprofit affordable housing organization. As of August, Mr. Kokkinos said, the local group, which is based in Middle Island, has built 157 homes from Huntington Station to Westhampton, with half of them in Brookhaven Town, which by itself is bigger than Nassau County.

“We are currently building in Central Islip, Brentwood, East Patchogue, Bellport and East Moriches and are poised to begin builds in Shirley, Quiogue and Mastic Beach in 2013,” he said.

Mr. Kokkinos said the organization chooses low-income family applicants based on need, ability and willingness to partner.

Need, he said, refers to those who are living in “substandard conditions” involving poor building structure, electrical wiring, heating and cooling, living space, problematic power or water supply, pest infestations or other health and safety concerns.

Ability relates to the applicant’s ability to make timely payments on a nonprofit mortgage, ranging from $900 to $1,050 per month, depending on town taxes. The monthly payment includes property taxes, homeowner’s insurance and mortgage insurance, Mr. Kokkinos said, adding that applicants are responsible for home maintenance and utilities expenses. PMI, or personal monthly insurance, is dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

“Willingness to partner is just that,” he said. “An applicant must be willing to work with us to build their home. Partner families must acquire up to 270 hours of ‘sweat equity,’ which they do by working on the construction of their home and other Habitat family partners’ homes.”

Anyone who doesn’t have time to volunteer but is willing to donate funding is encouraged to contact the local group’s director of development, Les Scheinfeld, at [email protected] Donations of building materials and supplies are also welcomed at the group’s “ReStore” in Ronkonkoma; visit suffolkrestore.com.

Mr. Kokkinos also encouraged teens to consider participating in the organization’s youth volunteer program. “Habitat Young Professionals is a group of young adults who actively advance Habitat Suffolk’s work and mission through increasing volunteerism, spreading awareness and raising funds,” he said. Teens interested in getting involved can contact Lindsey Ross at [email protected]

“Donated labor helps reduce the final cost of a home, thus reducing the price for the partner family,” he said. “If you are an individual with experience, time on your hands and a desire to build with us long-term, you should reach out to me at [email protected] or call 631-924-4966, ext. 112.”

Individuals wishing to volunteer their time can also put themselves on a volunteer “walk-on” list. Visit habitatsuffolk.org, click the “Get involved” button and enter your email address in the box on the left side of the page.

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09/30/12 3:43pm

A Long Beach woman who was spotted walking in the roadway along Flanders Road in Flanders early Sunday morning is facing a drug charge, according to a Southampton Town police press release.

Police said they were responding to a telephone tip from a passing motorist who observed Ryan Tangney, 27, walking in the roadway shortly after 2 a.m. Ms. Tangney was found to be in possession of Suboxone, a prescription medication used to treat opiate addiction, at the time of her arrest, police said.

Ms. Tangney was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct, and held overnight for a Sunday morning arraignment in Southampton Town Justice Court.

09/30/12 2:30pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Artist Judith Sutton-Fagan of Bayport (right) demonstrates the brush strokes used to paint a chrysanthemum flower to students Vivian Eyre of Southold (left) and Margie Bowen of East Quogue during the workshop in the East End Arts Carriage House Saturday morning.

Artist Judith Sutton-Fagan of Bayport has been teaching Asian Brush painting for more than 30 years. She called it the “art of being unperfect” like a crack in a vase or a dandelion growing in a crack in the cement.

This style of ink wash painting is also called Sumi-e painting, a 2,000-year-old art form which is rooted in Zen Buddhism.

She began a five-hour workshop in the East End Arts Carriage house with some returning students and a couple of new ones Saturday morning.

The technique uses brushes that are similar to those used for calligraphy — bamboo with brush hairs that are tapered to a fine point and made with goat, horse, badger, boar, rabbit and wolf hair. The black ink is derived from pine soot and charcoal and is used in various concentrations and painted on various thickness of rice paper. It is thought to be developed in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The goal in the painting is not to reproduce the appearance of something but to capture its soul or energy — the chi.

The brush strokes she taught to the students were the orchid, the chrysanthemum and the dragon fly. She said she encourages her students to embrace nature, to show the energy of it and if it is too perfect, it won’t show the chi. Her advice to them was “be free and calm to get it out on paper. You want to learn the set of brash strokes but remember there is no wrong. Have the freedom to enjoy this. An artist is someone who lives in the moment.”

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09/30/12 12:00pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Wayne and Diane Dedicke of Calverton arrived Saturday on their boat to secure a spot on the town dock for the Riverhead Country Fair.

Wayne and Diane Dedicke of Calverton docked their 37-foot-long cabin cruiser along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning, making sure they were first in line for next week’s Riverhead Country Fair.

Just as they have for the past 15 years, the Dedicke’s picked a spot in the center of the town dock for a prime viewing spot of all the fair exhibits and entertainment.

Mr. Dedicke will still work all week at Brookhaven National Laboratory, but he and his wife will spend their nights on the boat downtown, a mini-staycation for them and their dogs — samoyeds Breeze, 6, and Molly, 11. Mr. Dedicke said the town sends a recreation department employee to collect the dockage fee of $25 per day.

The 37th annual Riverhead Country Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Sunday, Oct. 7. The fair will feature live entertainment, vendors, farm animals, homemaking and needlecraft competitions, food and local produce, carnival rides and more. Admission is free.

Visit riverheadcountryfair.com for more information.

09/30/12 10:00am

Riverhead High graduate Miguel Maysonet ran for a career best 220 yards in Stony Brook University’s 23-3 win over Army  Saturday. It was the Seawolves’s first-ever win over a major college football program.

“I think we showed real early we’d be able to compete with Army,” Maysonet said afterward. “We were able to block what they threw at us. I’m proud to be a part of the first Stony Brook team to beat an FBS school.”

Each week, we take a look at how Maysonet, a Hansen Award winner while at Riverhead, is doing in his senior season at Stony Brook University. Here’s his stat line from Week 4 and the season totals for the running back, who is listed on the Walter Payton Award watch list this season:

Week 5, Sept. 29

Carries: 32

Rushing Yards: 220

Touchdowns: 2 (49, 1 yard)

Final Score: Stony Brook 23, Army 3 (SBU is now 4-1)


Carries: 103

Rushing Yards: 800

Receptions: 1

Receiving Yards: 25

Touchdowns: 9

Week 6: Oct. 6, vs. Charleston Southern, 6 p.m.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, a Riverhead High graduate, rushed for 220 yards against Army Saturday in the school’s first-ever win against a major college football opponent.

09/30/12 8:00am
Martha Clara Vineyards, Kent Animal Shelter, Long Island Wine Country

KENT ANIMAL SHELTER COURTESY PHOTO | Wines & Canines revelers Sunday at Martha Clara.

Kent Animal Shelter raised about $30,000 at its third annual Wines & Canines 5k Dog Walk and Run at Martha Clara Vineyards last Sunday.

The event raised money to help animals at the shelter, contribute to programs and to help the shelter build a new $2.5 million facility at its Calverton property, shelter officials said.

Volunteers and staffers at the River Road shelter have been working to raise money for the new facility for about a year-and-a-half, and have raised about a quarter of the money needed to date, said Kent Executive Director Pam Green on Friday.

“A lot of people are expressing interest in the project,” she said. “We’re trying to get more community involvement.”

Ms. Green said the nonprofit organization has already received DEC permits for the new shelter, and is about to submit plans to the town planning board and the county health department. She said they’re planning a big event for next year to help push the construction funding over the top and expects the permitting process to take about six months.

“We may not reach our goal by the time we break ground. It will possibly be a phased project,” she said. “We’re hoping when people see that it’s really going to happen, they’ll contribute.”

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09/29/12 8:00pm
09/29/2012 8:00 PM

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Riverhead halfback Jeremiah Cheatom rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against Half Hollow Hills West.


In his first year as a varsity player, Riverhead junior Daniel Czelatka came into the season expecting to play mostly on special teams. Maybe in a blowout, he’d get a chance to play offense or defense.

That quickly changed in Week 2 after wide receiver/cornerback Jeff Pittman went down with an ankle injury, catapulting Czelatka into the lineup on both ends of the field. Against North Babylon last week and Half Hollow Hills West Saturday afternoon at Coach Mike McKillop Memorial Field, Czelatka earned his first varsity starts.

“One guy went down and I stepped in and did what I had to do,” Czelatka said.

The Blue Waves discovered Czelatka can do more than play special teams. He helped lead a stellar defensive effort against the Colts in a 42-9 win that improves Riverhead’s Division II record to 3-1 at the midway point of the regular season.

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Riverhead junior Daniel Czelatka returned an interception for a touchdown.

Czelatka delivered the exclamation point with a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown, the first defensive score for Riverhead this season. He picked off Hills West quarterback Cody Clarsen — filling in for the injured Jake Klose — along the right sideline and had nothing but daylight in front of him.

“[The receiver] ran a hitch the first play and for some reason I was expecting another hitch,” Czelatka said. “So I read it right and picked it.”

Riverhead coach Leif Shay described Czelatka as the model for second-string players.

“He’s a guy who’s been working hard in practice,” Shay said. “We gave him a shot and he’s certainly taken advantage of his opportunities.”

Czelatka had one catch on offense in the third quarter when he hauled in a 31-yard reception along the left sideline from quarterback Ryan Bitzer. It helped set up a 6-yard touchdown run from junior Jeremiah Cheatom for his second touchdown of the afternoon, capping a stellar effort.

Cheatom ran for 212 yards on 18 carries and had an 80-yard touchdown run called back by an illegal block in the back penalty.

“He’s always exciting to watch run, Czelatka said. “He always breaks those arm tackles.”

The offensive line did an outstanding job creating holes for Cheatom as he busted 11 runs for 10 or more yards.

The 0-4 Colts, who lost a controversial last-second game at Riverhead last year, had no answer for the Blue Waves’ rushing attack. And they weren’t much better against the pass.

Bitzer was 7-for-10 passing for 80 yards. He threw two touchdowns to receiver Quinn Funn, who’s become the main threat in the passing game with Pittman sidelined. Funn caught four passes, the final three all for touchdowns.

His second score came early in the second quarter on a trick play. Backup quarterback Cody Smith came into the game and took a handoff from Bitzer. He rolled right with the ball, before pulling up and throwing deep to a wide open Funn.

Before the extra point was even completed, Smith was already wearing the head-set on the sideline, ready to resume his play-signaling duties.

“In any other year if he didn’t have a great player in front of him, Cody would be our starting quarterback,” Shay said. “We don’t lose a lot by putting Cody in.”

The Blue Waves led 21-6 at halftime. Unlike last week when the Blue Waves allowed North Babylon to climb back into the game, they opened the second half with a flurry.

Bitzer hit Funn on a play-action pass for a 13-yard touchdown with 9:34 left to make it a 28-6 game. The defense forced a turnover on downs the next possession for Hills West and Riverhead got the ball back at the Colts’ 41. Four plays later Cheatom ran up the gut for a 6-yard score to make it 35-6.

The Blue Waves needed less than five minutes for their two third-quarter scores to put the game away.

“We talked about it as a coaching staff that we would keep the pedal to the medal and we weren’t going to do wholesale substitutions,” Shay said. “We tried to get everybody into the game, but we wanted to make sure we put the game away, too.”

Coming into the day Shay said they were worried about linebacker Randy Davis for Hills West, but he did not play because of an injury. Klose, the quarterback, went down with an injury in the second quarter, forcing the Colts to go with Clarson, who was a mixed threat of running and passing.

Halfback Jobe Basiru got banged up on the final play of the game as well, at which point the referees called the game (the fourth quarter was played without the time running on the scoreboard).

The lone bright spot for the Colts was kicker Willie Holmquist. The senior kicked three field goals, from 43, 21 and 48 yards.

Pittman did get some action for Riverhead, but only on a handful of plays. The Blue Waves expect him to be back near full strength next week.

Riverhead travels to East Islip next Saturday.

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09/29/12 7:55pm

If anyone in Shoreham-Wading River history rushed for more than 328 yards, coach Matt Millheiser had a strong hunch who it might have been.

So after Saturday afternoon’s 42-14 Division IV victory at East Hampton (1-3), Millheiser called former Wildcat Brendan Kelly. A senior on the football team at the University of Central Florida, Kelly (’08) finished his high school career with Shoreham as one of the most accomplished backs in county history.

“I said the only kid I could think in the past who would have had a big game was Brendan Kelly,” Millheiser said. “And he said he only had a 301 and 310, so I guess it’s a team record.”

That honor would now go to Tyler Anderson after a five-touchdown, 328-yard rushing day that will be one to remember.

Perhaps most amazing, he only needed 11 carries to amass that many yards. He finished the day with an absurd 29.8 yards per carry.

Anderson scored on runs of 48, 65, 21, 80 and 65 yards.

The final run almost didn’t happen.

With the game well in hand, Millheiser had Anderson on the sideline as backups Avery Friedman and Jordan Wright took over the rushing duties. But at one point Friedman and Wright both got banged up and the Wildcats needed a back to go in for a play. So Millheiser called in Anderson.

“I put him back in and boom, another touchdown,” Millheiser said. “I ran out of backs so I threw him back in there.”

The Wildcats finished with 521 rushing yards. Friedman had a huge day himself, rushing for 128 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown. Quarterback Danny Hughes threw only one pass all game, a 15-yard completion to Isreal Squires.

Shoreham got off to a tremendous start by taking a 21-0 lead after one quarter.

The Wildcats led 35-7 at halftime and never looked back.

Shoreham improved to 3-1 at the midway point of the regular season. It puts the Wildcats in position to secure a top-four seed and  home game in the playoffs if they can duplicate that effort over the second half.

Millheiser said they’re not thinking that far ahead just yet, and are more concerned with entering the playoffs healthy and playing well, regardless of what the seed might be.

“Closing on all cylinders going into the playoffs is really the most important thing,” he said.

The second half of the regular season won’t be easy. The Wildcats return home next weekend to face defending Long Island champion John Glenn. The Knights have won two straight after opening the season with two surprising losses.

The Wildcats also have McGann-Mercy and Babylon. Both teams are 4-0. Babylon is in the driver’s seat for the division title after knocking off Mount Sinai Saturday afternoon in come-from-behind fashion.

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