07/30/13 6:08pm
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

CARRIE MILLER FILE PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

Two people were arrested on grand larceny charges last week after they were caught stealing more than $1,200 worth of clothing from a store at Tanger Outlets, Riverhead Town police said.

A security guard at the Saks Off Fifth store at Tanger II saw Ottavio Alonso, 28, of Bellport and Caitlin Powell, 31, of West Hempstead taking about $1,220 worth of clothes out of the store about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Surveillance footage also showed the two taking the clothes, police said. The two were arrested, though it was not clear if they were arrested at the store or were caught later.

They were transported to police headquarters for processing, where police discovered Mr. Alonso and Ms. Powell had a pair of wire cutters, according to a police report. Each was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and possession of burglar’s tools, police said.

They were held for morning arraignment.

All of the items stolen from the store were recovered, police said.

07/30/13 5:40pm

Malachy M. Noone of Riverhead died July 26 at his home. He was 94 years old.

He was born Aug. 20, 1918, in New York City to Matthew and Rose (Carlin) Noone. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from City College of New York and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1942 to 1946. He also worked as an Allstate insurance salesman in Queens.

Mr. Noone is survived by his wife, Margaret (née Hunt); his sons, Malachy, James, Brian and John; his daughters, Kathleen Walbroehl, Margaret Coffey, Theresa Peoples and Mary Ellen Wagner; his sister, Sister Mary Ellen Noone; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family received visitors July 28 and 29 at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service took place July 30 at Our Lady of Victory R.C. Church in Floral Park. Interment followed at Cemetery of the Holy Road in Westbury.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

07/30/13 4:37pm


Members from several North Fork congregations will gather in Mattituck’s Strawberry Fields August 3 for a day of music, prayer and sermons at the Great North Fork Awakening.

The free event, which starts at noon and ends at 8 p.m., is being hosted by volunteers and will consist of short sermons from various Long Island churches. Greg Gaffga, pastor of the Mattituck Presbyterian Church, will give the opening sermon.

In a press release, Monica Harbes, who owns Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck with her husband, Ed, said the event is geared toward “anyone who is interested in renewing their faith, seeking spiritual direction, or those who may have questions about beginning a relationship with God.” Ms. Harbes was not immediately available for further comment.

Local Christian rock band Crossing Jordan will perform two short sets during the day and a longer set in the evening.

Food vendors will be on site, but guests are invited to bring their own picnic baskets.

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07/30/13 3:54pm

Bernard Patrick Mickaliger Sr., known as Ben, passed away July 23, 2013, in Sun City, Fla. He was 88 years old.

Ben Mickaliger

He was born in Riverhead Feb. 17, 1925, to Mary (Balser) and Martin Mickaliger and siblings Louis, Edward, John, Charles, Alex, Frank (who died at infancy), Martin, Marion, George and Stanley.

Ben attended Riverhead High School until joining the Navy in 1943 as an electrician on an LCT (landing craft transport) in the South Pacific during World War II. Upon his discharge in 1946, he returned home to Riverhead, where he worked as a groundskeeper at Grangebel Park while studying for his electrician’s license. Once he obtained the license, Ben worked for LILCO for 33 years and was a member of the Riverhead Fire Department and ex-captain of the Redbirds. He retired in 1983 and moved to Apollo Beach, Fla., with his wife, Pat.

Among his many accomplishments, he was most proud of his military service, the house he built himself on Ostrander Avenue back in the early ’50s and his family, both immediate and extended. While in Florida, three generations of children benefited from “Mr. Ben’s” wit, humor and kindness. Mr. Ben would fix anybody’s broken bicycle or toy without question. They just had to listen to one of his stories — stories that taught a lesson. Ben would never say no to anyone who asked him to help, regardless of the job.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Pat; children, Terri Mickaliger, Mike (Bernie) Mickaliger and Chrissy Lessard; grandchildren, Rachal Willie and Dr. Mitchell Mickaliger (by julio at dresshead); and great-grandchild, Kaia. He is also survived by brothers Ed Mickaliger and Stanley (Shine) Mickaliger.

Ben’s ashes will be brought home by his children in August and a memorial celebration will be planned for a later date, to be determined.

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07/30/13 3:16pm

Richard Chizever’s late father, Larry, was well known in the Riverhead area for being a tennis player, a coach and a fun-loving person. But he was also a consummate competitor and a relentless trash talker.

“He did it in a nice way,” Richard said. “He would get under your skin, though.”

Richard recalled an incident about 33 years ago when he and his father drove to Mattituck High School to play a match against each other. As was his custom, Larry found a way to agitate his son during the match. “I was so ticked off at him, I wouldn’t drive home with him,” Richard said. “I walked all the way home to Riverhead.”

The occasional trash talking aside, Richard learned a lot from his father, who he lost about nine years ago. Larry suffered a massive stroke while in recovery from a bilateral hip replacement. He remained in a vegetative condition for six years before he died.

The passion Larry had for tennis, though, lives on in his son. Larry was a standout football and baseball player in Brooklyn. After moving to Riverhead, he was turned on to tennis and became hooked. He encouraged his son to play.

Richard, 57, continues playing the sport he was introduced to by his father. A former Riverhead High School player, Richard figures he has been playing tennis seriously for 44 years. Aside from the occasional aches and pains those on the older side of 50 typically experience, he said his conditioning has improved since he hurt his back in a tournament this past February. “Right now I’m playing some of the best tennis I’ve played in my life,” he said.

On Saturday, the second-seeded Chizever will defend his men’s 50-plus singles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tennis Tournament when he will play No. 4 seed John Czartosieski at Robert W. Tasker Park in Peconic. It was Czartosieski who ousted Chizever in the first round of men’s open singles, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Chizever and his men’s 50-plus doubles partner, Bob Lum, will also play in a final on Saturday. That top-seeded duo will be seeking its fifth men’s 50-plus doubles title when they go up against No. 2 Tom Cahill and Ed Lee.

“He’s my guru,” Chizever said of Lum, who is the Riverhead High School boys tennis coach. “He knows the game better than anybody I ever played with. He brings out the best in you.”

Interestingly, what Chizever learned most about tennis may have been less technical than mental. Larry was an unorthodox left-handed player, and Richard is a righty.

“He taught me more about the will to win than rather the actual strokes,” Richard said. “He was just a great competitor. He used to say it’s the fire in your belly. If you have the fire in your belly, you can win. He taught me how to enjoy the sport, how to go out there and win.”

Richard, who resides in Aquebogue and has worked as an optician in Southold for 27 years, learned a lot as a young player. He was among a group of high school players who played against older men in their 40s. “We really learned the finesse of a sport,” he said. “We used to tell coaches we played like old men.”

According to Richard, he hasn’t gone more than six months without playing since he first picked up a tennis racket. He said he regrets not having played tennis in college (Ohio University), but he values the friendships he made through tennis over the years. One of the things he likes best about tennis is the social component. He said it gives him the opportunity to play against people he otherwise would not have met.

And then, of course, there is the competition.

“It’s a sport that you use everything,” Chizever said. “You use every part of your body, including your mind.”

Jim Christy, the director of the Bob Wall Memorial Tournament, said Chizever symbolizes what the tournament is about.

“In Rich’s case, he just enters to have fun,” Christy said. “He moves along, but he has such a great disposition. He generally enjoys playing. It doesn’t matter whether the player is very strong or very weak. He never shows anybody up.”

Christy said he sees similarities between Richard and his father in terms of personality.

“His father was just an absolute gem of a man,” Christy said. “You could not not like Larry Chizever. He’d talk your ear off. He had such a great sense of humor.”

Of course, this is nothing new. Richard has heard people talk about his father and how he loved life many times before.

“People would come up to me and say you are lucky to have such a great father,” Richard said. “I would say to them, ‘You have no idea how lucky I was.’ ”

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07/30/13 1:58pm

Former Riverhead resident Joan A. Sypher died of cancer June 24, 2013, at her home in New Milford, Conn. She was 76.

Born Dec. 1, 1936, at Eastern Long Hospital in Greenport to George Arthur and Marian (Herman) Bergen, she grew up in Mattituck, Aquebogue and Riverhead. After graduating from Riverhead High School in 1954, she worked for New York Telephone Company.

On Oct. 7, 1956, Joan married her high school sweetheart, Ronald Sypher, in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Doris and Ronald’s brother, William.

Joan and Ronald lived in Riverhead, Aquebogue and Wading River before moving to South Salem, N.Y. Joan continued to work for New York Telephone Company until 1993, when she retired and they moved to New Milford.

Joan loved spending time with family, camping at Cedar Point Park and in New Hampshire, relaxing on the beaches of Cape Cod, Maine and Nova Scotia or entertaining at her home for the holidays, family members said. After retirement, she and Ronald enjoyed wintering in St. Augustine, Fla.

Her family also said attention to detail was a hallmark of Joan’s, demonstrated in her painting, record-keeping, organizing family trips and even her selection of birthday-present wrapping. She also loved listening to saxophone music, particularly that of Kenny G., as well as baking, cooking, gardening, golfing and caring for animals, they said.

Joan is survived by her husband of 57 years; two sons, Bruce (Rita) of Danbury, Conn., and Michael (Beth) of Holmes, N.Y.; two daughters, Kathleen (Tom) Castegnetta of New Milford and Nancy (Ed) Walsh, of Sherman, Conn.; two sisters, Doris Sypher of East Quogue and Connie Kwasnieski Wilds of Maryland; her brother Ronnie Kwasnieski of Maryland; and seven grandchildren: Nicholas, Courtney and Stephanie Sypher; Sam and Dan Castegnetta; and Erin and Dylan Walsh. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother James Kwasnieski.

A funeral Mass was held June 27 at Our Lady of the Lakes R.C. Church followed by interment at St. Francis Cemetery, both in New Milford.

Arrangements were handled by Lillis Funeral Home, also in New Milford.

Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3045.

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07/30/13 1:20pm

Judith A. Calabria of Jamesport died July 29 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. She was 68 years old.

The family will receive visitors Wednesday, July 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead, where a service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Cremation will be private.

A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of the News-Review.

07/30/13 1:03pm

Former Manorville resident Edward F. Duffy III of Elmwood Park, N.J., died July 24, 2013. He was 49 years old.

Born Jan. 25, 1964, Edward was the husband of Theresa; the loving son of Carole and John LaRosa of Manorville; dear brother of Donna Bartnett; loving father of Sean, Eddy IV, Kaitlyn and Ryan; stepfather of John Fruit and Courtney Shanley; grandfather of Jaiden; and dear nephew of Frank, Alan Schroeppel and godmother Kathy Bassi.

A funeral Mass was held July 29, 2013, at St. Leo’s R.C. Church in Elmwood Park, N.J., followed by interment at Brookfield Cemetery in Manorville.

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