10/31/12 8:39pm
10/31/2012 8:39 PM

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO: Two men were injured after this Toyota Camry crashed into  another car  in Aquebogue Wednesday

Two men were taken to the Peconic Bay Medical Center by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Wednesday night after a tan Toyota Camry rear-ended another vehicle as both headed east on Main Road in Aquebogue, officials at the scene said.
The accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. near the intersection with Tuthills Lane. The two drivers were the only occupants in the vehicles. Jamesport Fire Department volunteers also responded to the scene.
Additional information was not immediately available.

10/31/12 7:10pm

Mark Conklin died Monday, Oct. 29 at his home in Southold.

He was 30 years old.

Wake services are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Saturday at McLaughlin-Heppner Funeral Home, and Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and again at 7-9 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s Church in Riverhead.

Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.

A full obituary will appear in the Nov. 8 newspaper.

10/31/12 4:58pm

Riverhead district schools will open Thursday, while schools in the Shoreham-Wading River district will stay closed due to the damage caused by superstorm Sandy.

It was not immediately clear if McGann-Mercy High School would open Thursday, as school officials could not be reached for comment.

All three districts had closed Monday and Tuesday due to power outages and damage caused by Sandy, officials said.

Riverhead schools superintendent Nancy Carney had said two district schools were without power Tuesday, and the Aquebogue Elementary School gym had lost the top coat of its roof.

The Hampton Bays High Shelter is closing down, Southampton town officials said, while the Riverhead High School, Easthampton High School, and Suffolk Community College Shelter Eastern Campus shelters are closed.

The Eastport South Manor High School shelter is still open, officials said.

A state of emergency remains in effect for Southampton Town, including the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton areas.

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10/31/12 8:00am
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TIM GANNON PHOTO | The vacated Boulder Creek on Route 58 in Riverhead.

The former Boulder Creek restaurant in Riverhead Centre will be filled by Joe’s Crab Shack, which has now filed a site plan application with Riverhead Town.

Boulder Creek closed its Riverhead Centre location in October 2011 and all of its appliances, decor and utensils were auctioned off in a liquidation sale.

The Route 58 shopping center had lost of its larger tenants, Borders Books, shortly before that.

The Borders Books site is now being reopened as a DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) and work on the new store has been underway for several weeks now.

Joe’s Crab Shack has 127 locations nationwide. The seafood chain is owned by Houston-based Ignite Restaurant Group and was founded in 1991.

Representations of Joe’s Crab Shack had met with town planners last year to discuss the Boulder Creek site.

The group filed a site plan recently for a facade alteration to the Boulder Creek building.

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10/31/12 7:58am

The News-Review has set up posts on both its Facebook “friend” page and “fan” page to help keep Riverhead updated on gas station information.

The friend page post had 26 updates from readers about open and closed gas stations and line lengths within a half hour of posting, so this seems to be a good way to keep each other informed.

We set up the fan page post about 9:45 a.m.

(Unfortunately, we’ve reached our friends limit but like our fan page and you can follow along and interact just as effectively.)

You can also send tips or photos to editor Michael White at [email protected].

Meanwhile, developers at GasBuddy.com developers announced an online tool Sunday to track gas on Long Island.

“The tool is immediately available for those in the affected regions by visiting gasbuddy.com/sandy from a web broswer via desktop or mobile phone connection,” company issues said in a press statement. “Due to the approval process for smartphone apps, this tool will be web-based only at this time, but GasBuddy is looking into ways to permanently have such a feature in its smartphone apps as well.”

10/30/12 3:35pm
10/30/2012 3:35 PM

Classes at all Riverhead area school are cancelled for Wednesday, October 31.

Officials with the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River school districts announced Tuesday that the schools would be closed to students Wednesday.

McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead also cancelled classes.

Riverhead district school will remain closed Wednesday due to power outages and damage caused by Sandy, Riverhead district officials said.

Riverhead schools superintendent Nancy Carney said two district schools were still without power Tuesday, and the Aquebogue Elementary School gym lost the top coat of its roof.

Ms. Carney has been told by town officials that though main roads will be cleared Tuesday, side roads and residential areas would be cleared tomorrow, Wednesday.

“Due to downed wires, trees and no power at schools, we are closing on Wednesday,” Ms. Carney said.

Riverhead schools will reopen on Thursday, she said.

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10/30/12 3:32pm

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | The back of a home on Creek Road in Wading RIver was left with an exposed cesspool in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

As the normally tranquil Long Island Sound was whipped up into what looked like the Atlantic on a bad day, the homes lining the shore on Creek Road in Wading River appeared in perilous danger.

Wind gusts made it difficult to stand Monday morning at Wading River Beach as Hurricane Sandy roared toward the East Coast.

Later in the day, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter worried some of the homes could be facing catastrophic damage as the water pounded the shoreline.

As day broke Tuesday and the heavy winds gave way to clear skies, relieved residents returned home to find their houses spared of any major damage.

“I was afraid to open this door,” said Lucille Ciano, a 30-year resident of Creek Road. “I was afraid to see.”

Siding from her neighbor’s roof blew off onto her property and some railings broke on her deck.

“Downstairs the house is fine,” she said. “We were lucky.”

The storm still caused major erosion as about 10-15 feet of a dune was wiped away. Flooding was still an issue Tuesday morning on the street and debris lined the beach. A deer carcass ended up only a few feet from the playground.

Linda Heller, who’s lived on Creek Road for 16 years, returned home to discover that so much land had been wiped away behind her home, the cesspool was exposed.

“I was very surprised to say the least,” she said. “You don’t expect to see your cesspool.”

Ms. Heller tried to ride out the storm from her home. But about midway through, her son, who’s a police officer, convinced her to come to his home nearby in Wading River.

She said it was the worst storm she’s experienced.

Ms. Ciano said Hurricane Sandy wasn’t as bad as the infamous Nor’easter from 1991, dubbed The Perfect Storm.

“This place was decimated,” she said.

Ms. Ciano said she could already see the water beginning to get rough early Sunday. She wasn’t about to stick around for the rest.

“I left about 2 o’clock,” she said. “I figured, what’s the sense? Not that I was afraid. But I figured what is to be is to be. It’s only making your stomach turn. There’s nothing you can do about it.”

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JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Damage to the back of a house on Creek Road.