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03/13/15 12:22pm
The Riverhead News-Review's people of the year for 2014 pose for a photo at Martha Clara Vineyard Thursday night. Representing the winners were (from left): Carl James, Matt Millheiser, Thelma Booker, Greg Wallace, Matt and Lauri Spitz and Dan Burke. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead News-Review’s people of the year for 2014 pose for a photo at Martha Clara Vineyards Thursday night. Representing the winners were (from left): Carl James, Matt Millheiser, Thelma Booker, Greg Wallace, Matt and Lauri Spitz and Dan Burke. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead News-Review hosted a reception Thursday evening to honor its 2014 People of the Year.

The annual event was held at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead for the first time and featured video presentations on each of this year’s recipients. (more…)

01/08/15 9:00am
01/08/2015 9:00 AM

In front of a crowd of more than 40,000 at Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 29, Shoreham-Wading River athletic director Mark Passamonte stood on the field during a break in the action between the Clemson Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners. He was joined by representatives of Russell Athletic, the host of the college football bowl game.

Mr. Passamonte likely never would have envisioned himself spending part of the holiday break on the field of a college bowl game. But then again, ever since Oct. 1, life in the Wading River community became anything but ordinary.  (more…)

01/08/15 8:59am

Scenic corridors, fine wine and farm-fresh produce are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. They provide the backdrop for and help define life on the North Fork — and are testaments to the area’s rich agricultural history. But beyond all the beauty and nostalgia, farming is a business. And it’s a tough and dirty business, one that’s under constant threat from forces both natural and man-made.

For 26 years, Joseph Gergela, executive director of the Long Island Farm Bureau, has worked to protect the farmer and, to the best of his ability, help the industry thrive. Last year, he decided to retire. Because of his lifelong passion, leadership and devotion to the North Fork’s farming community, Mr. Gergela is the recipient of The Suffolk Times’ first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.   (more…)

01/08/15 8:58am

Last winter, this newspaper set out to find the longest-tenured employee of any North Fork school district.

Turns out that person wasn’t a teacher, or an administrator. It was 79-year-old Carl James, head custodian at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. The resulting News-Review article, published Dec. 12, 2013, focused on Mr. James’ career and his perseverance, but also indicated he was considering retirement. And he was serious this time.  (more…)