02/06/14 12:00pm
02/06/2014 12:00 PM

Aela Bailey is a third-grade student at Aquebogue Elementary School.

The Jamesport Meeting House is extremely pleased to announce that the 2014 season will begin with a performance by the Cassatt String Quartet on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature the Dmitri Shostakovich Quartet No. 8, the Maurice Ravel String Quartet and Antonin Dvorak’s Cypresses. (more…)

11/27/13 9:56am
11/27/2013 9:56 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center Wednesday morning after a sedan rear-ended an SUV in Aquebogue.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center Wednesday morning after a sedan rear-ended an SUV in Aquebogue.

Riverhead Police said two people were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for precautionary purposes when a man driving a Volkswagen Passat rear-ended a woman driving a Honda CR-V near the intersection of Main Road and Union Avenue in Aquebogue at 9 a.m. this morning.

An officer at the scene of the collision said the driver of the Honda CR-V was waiting to make a left turn onto Union Avenue when the driver of the Volkswagen Passat glanced down to pick up his coffee and rear-ended the Honda CR-V.

Neither driver was injured in the collision, Riverhead Police said.

Traffic was moving well at the scene of the crash at 9:30 a.m.

ryoung@timesreview.com

11/24/13 2:00pm
11/24/2013 2:00 PM
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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Allison Rappa works at her home studio in Aquebogue.

During a recent evening in the makeshift beauty studio located on the second floor of her Aquebogue home, Allison Rappa was hard at work applying a full set of silk eyelash extensions to a female client.

“I feel like I’m performing surgery,” Ms. Rappa joked as she used special tweezers to dip the silk eyelashes into a medical-grade adhesive before gluing them onto her client’s eyes at a ratio of one synthetic lash to one natural lash.

“There’s a lot to know when doing lashes,” she said of the process, which gives clients the look of mascara, no effort required. “It’s not just grabbing a lash and sticking them on. It’s very meticulous.”

The increasing popularity of eyelash extensions, whose legions of followers reportedly include the eternally doe-eyed Kim Kardashian and pop singer Katy Perry, is one of the reasons Ms. Rappa, a licensed cosmetologist, has decided to launch The Beauty Bar, a new spa she plans to open in Southold by the end of this month.

Located in a roughly 1,200-square-foot space above Salone Dei Capelli on Main Road, in what was previously a psychiatrist’s office, The Beauty Bar, Ms. Rappa said, will offer customers a variety of cosmetic and therapeutic services, including eyelash extensions, professional makeup application, waxing, facials, body wraps and massage therapy.

In addition, Ms. Rappa said, her friend Michael DeRosa, a nurse practitioner, will likely stop into The Beauty Bar once or twice a month to give clients injectable facial fillers like Botox and Juvéderm.

“Minimally invasive procedures are in great demand ,” Mr. DeRosa said of the popularity of facial fillers.

As for Ms. Rappa, whom Mr. DeRosa has known for years, “she’s somebody who knows what patients and clients need,” he said.

For nearly seven years, Ms. Rappa, 34, has operated her small business, Artistry by Allie, out of her home in Aquebogue, where she lives with her husband, Adrian Feliciano, owner of My Butcher in Wading River, and her two children.

“I definitely outgrew my home,” Ms. Rappa said of her decision to open a separate business in Southold, an area where she said a fair number of her current clients live. Ms. Rappa said she’s currently on the lookout for a nail technician and certified aesthetician.

“I wanted a space where I could have a store that everybody could come to for services,” she said of the new location.

A lifelong Suffolk County resident, Ms. Rappa studied makeup artistry at the New York and Los Angeles campuses of Make-up Designory, a professional makeup school. She was trained in eyelash extension application by NovaLash, a leader in the burgeoning lash extension industry.

“Lash extensions are probably the most innovative new technique in the beauty industry,” Ms. Rap-pa said. “You don’t need makeup and you can throw away your mascara. You basically wake up looking beautiful.”

“I’m into beauty,” she added. “I love bringing out everybody’s features.”

“She’s very familiar with the face, and aesthetics,” Mr. DeRosa said of Ms. Rappa. “It’s exciting to see somebody like that opening a business to serve our community.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

10/13/13 1:00pm
10/13/2013 1:00 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Volunteers with the community advocacy group Save Main Road work on restoring the Witch's Hat in Aquebogue Saturday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Volunteers with the community advocacy group Save Main Road work on restoring the Witch’s Hat in Aquebogue Saturday afternoon.

Just in time for Halloween, Aquebogue’s historic “Witch’s Hat” got a bit of a touchup Saturday afternoon.

Volunteers with the community group “Save Main Road” spent the afternoon pulling off old shingles, clearing out debris and throwing away garbage as part of the ongoing restoration to the former roadside stand.

The Witch’s Hat — so called because of its pointed roof and strange shape — was built in 1927, and once sold gas, candy and cigarettes to drivers. The building was named a town landmark in 1987, but had fallen into disrepair.

Earlier this month, Jamesport-based landscape company Kaiser Maintenance cleared away trees at the building’s site. On Saturday, volunteers began to clean away years worth of rotted shingles and dirt that accumulated on the structure.

As some used hammer to tear away at the pine wood on the roof, other volunteers dove inside the Hat, and turned up an old pice sign and a wooden piece of artwork buried in the dust. Next Saturday, volunteers will return to the Hat to finish the job, so that the scope of the renovations to restore the building can be completed.

psquire@timesreview.com

10/12/13 10:00am
10/12/2013 10:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Early childhood education teacher Alison Aldredge leads her students as they act out growing from seeds to trees.

In a naturally lit area of the early childhood education classroom at Peconic Community School in Aquebogue last Friday, students learned about trees by becoming trees themselves.

“Follow me, seeds,” their teacher, Alison Aldredge, whispered as she tapped on a drum. “Come on seeds. Follow me around.”

Her students then tip-toed toward the class’s potted hibiscus tree.

“The seeds are beginning to find their spot in the ground,” Ms. Aldredge said as she motioned to the children to sit and crouch like little seeds. “Come, find a spot. Plant yourself low. It’s time to begin. Starting to grow. Get your roots so deep down.”

Ms. Aldredge then took out a rain stick instrument to dramatize another element of what makes plants rise from the ground.

“Send your roots really low,” she said with a smile as she shifted the rain stick back and forth. “Start to grow, grow and grow!”

The founders of the Peconic Community School are experiencing some growth of their own. The independent private school, in its second year, this fall enrolled 27 students, up from nine last year. The school, which started in a small space at the East End Arts property in downtown Riverhead, is now operating at the former elementary school at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue.

The school was founded by three Southold parents who wanted their children and others to have the chance to learn in an environment that encourages cooperation and an understanding of the interconnectedness of art, science, nature and community. Tuition costs about $10,000 but the school offers a sliding-scale rate based on family income, she said. Fundraisers are held throughout the year to supplement tuition income.

The school’s co-executive directors, Liz Casey Searl and Kathryn Casey Quigley, sisters who founded the alternative school with fellow parent Patricia Eckardt, said they’re focused on creating themed curriculum that spans the school’s grades, from preschool to fifth.

And they get help from community partners such as Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Group for the East End and Hallockville Museum Farm.

One example of how Peconic Community School teachers are collaborating this year comes in the form of lesson plans on trees.

As Ms. Aldredge’s students gave their best tree impersonations, she asked what kind of trees they were.

“I’m a big tree, what about you?” she asked as she stretched out her own arms. “Who feels like a silly walnut tree, dropping nuts all over the ground?”

A few students shouted “I do! I do!” as they transformed into walnuts and demonstrated how nuts plop to the ground.

Ms. Searl said the school’s new space is conducive to the holistic approach to learning, because each classroom has large windows, and natural vegetation surrounds the school.

As for the lesson plans, Ms. Aldredge’s students, ranging in age from 3 to 5 years, are focusing on how seeds become trees. Sharon Cook’s lower primary class of first- and second-graders is learning about different types of trees. Over in Colleen Hanley’s upper primary class, a combined class of grades three through five, students are learning how they can become environmental stewards by studying trees.

“It’s exciting because, developmentally, they’re each doing something on the appropriate level,” Ms. Searl said about the coordinated efforts. “As we do tree units in years to come, [the early childhood] group will move up and do the next part, and so on.”

Other collaborative lesson plans are in the works to enrich the basic curriculum.

The school is also enhancing its music program this year with the Dalcroze theory, which teaches students about music through body movements, and flute or and violin lessons are being offered as well. And all students are taking Spanish language classes.

Parents are encouraged to participate in the teaching process at the school.

Jamesport parent and jewelry maker Carolyn Mosciatti visited her 7-year-old son Matteo’s class Friday morning to lead students in a stamping project to make name necklaces.

Ms. Mosciatti said she had decided to enroll her son at Peconic Community School because she believes a smaller class size supports her son’s special education needs. She also likes how the school encourages parents and community members to participate with students in the classroom.

“When we toured the school, Matteo asked if he could start tomorrow,” Ms. Mosciatti said, threading a student’s necklace. “He feels at home here.”

Like Matteo, five of the eight students in Ms. Hanley’s class went to local public schools last year. Most of those students said they are enjoying school this year because they don’t feel the pressure of rushing through their class assignments and feel more comfortable to freely express opinions to their teachers.

“You had to learn a certain way,” 8-year-old Kate said about her old school. “Here it’s better because it’s more fun to learn here.”

Although Ms. Searl said she’s pleased with the school’s progress, she’s not looking to drastically expand the school anytime soon.

“We’re still young; we’re only two,” she said. “We need to catch our breath … We always had in mind to grow slowly.

“We just want to make sure we don’t bite off more than we can chew.”

jennifer@timesreview.com

10/06/13 3:53pm
10/06/2013 3:53 PM
GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Deacon Jeff Sykes and altar boy Chris Massey of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck bless a horse Sunday.

GRANT PARPAN PHOTO | Deacon Jeff Sykes and altar boy Chris Massey of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck bless a horse Sunday.

It’s not every day you go to church with three horses, two donkeys, a guinea pig, several cats and a few dozen dogs. And that’s what people love about the Blessing of the Animal ceremonies held at area churches each October.

“It’s the most fun we have all year,” said Deacon Jeff Sykes of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Mattituck. “It’s particularly great out here. Other places, you’ll see some house pets. Here we have horses and donkeys, too.”

The Mattituck ceremony was one of several blessings held on the North Fork this weekend, along with events at Old Steeple Community Church in Aquebogue and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport.

10/02/13 12:15pm
10/02/2013 12:15 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Volunteers from Jamesport landscape company Kaiser Maintenance will clear some trees surrounding The Witch's Hat on Main Road in Aquebogue Thursday.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Volunteers from Jamesport landscape company Kaiser Maintenance will clear some trees surrounding The Witch’s Hat on Main Road in Aquebogue Thursday.

The town’s landmarks preservation chair, Richard Wines, has recruited a group of volunteers from Jamesport landscape company Kaiser Maintenance, which will donate tree removal services Thursday to the Witch’s Hat, a curiously shaped local landmark built in 1927 on Main Road in Aquebogue so-named for its hexagonal cedar-shingled spire.

“This is the first step we need to undertake for the restoration of the Witch’s Hat,” said Mr. Wines, also a member of Save Main Road, a community group dedicated to maintaining the rural character of Main Road. ”There’s a huge tree hanging right over the building and kind of crowding it out in one corner, and there are other trees in front of the building on its west side that are blocking it from view.”

In addition to Kaiser, Mr. Wines said other members of Save Main Road – a community organization aiming to maintain the rural character of Route 25 – have also recruited other volunteers to contribute to the effort.

Mr. Wines, who lives in Jamesport, said Kaiser Maintenance has already taken steps to kill the poison ivy surrounding the dilapidated wooden structure, which was once a roadside stand that sold gas, candy and cigarettes to motorists. It was named an official town landmark in 1987.

A Landmarks Preservation Commission document states that the Witch’s Hat was built in the late 1920s by Henry Flemming, an English immigrant and machinist who was around 70 years old at the time of construction.

“It was apparently kind of a retirement project for him,” said Mr. Wines. He speculates the stand was designed to resemble a witch’s hat so that it would attract passing motorists.

Mr. Flemming appears to have died soon after construction was completed because the 1930 federal census lists his widow, Lena Flemming’s, occupation as “Owner, candy and cigarette store.”

Years later, Mr. Wines said, the roadside stand was used to sell landscape shrubs. It has been unoccupied since the 1960s and was last restored sometime in the 1970s. The Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Commission hopes to nominate the Witch’s Hat, along with the rest of historic Main Road, to the National Register of Historic Places, he said.

“There will be no additional restrictions or regulations for property owners if [the Witch’s Hat] is designated a national landmark but federal rehabilitation tax credits may be available to owners of historic buildings along Main Road,” said Mr. Wines, who also led an effort to get downtown Riverhead on the National Register of Historic Places. It earned the recognition last September.

The Witch’s Hat has been owned for the past 23 years by by Dr. Richard Hanusch, whose veterinary practice, Aquebogue Veterinary Hospital, is located just east of the landmark.

“I really think the plans are great,” Dr. Hanusch said of restoration efforts. “I’d like to see it be totally restored.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

09/30/13 1:47pm
09/30/2013 1:47 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Four teens were hospitalized on Monday after a car crash in Aquebogue.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Four teens were hospitalized on Monday after a car crash in Aquebogue.

Four teens driving in a Nissan Altima early this afternoon were sent to Peconic Bay Medical Center with minor injuries after the driver veered off Peconic Bay Boulevard and into the woods, flipping the car on its side.

The driver of the car, a 16-year-old male, told police he swerved off the road to avoid a deer as he was driving eastbound just east of Sunup Trail in Aquebogue.

The passengers in the car included three other males, two more 16-year-olds and one 19-year-old.

Police said one arrest was made at the scene, but declined to provide details.

The Altima rolled onto its side during the accident, which occurred about 12:45 p.m. An open black trash bag was spotted next to the car, with a couple of Heineken bottles; however, police would not comment on circumstances leading to the crash.

Police said the accident is under investigation.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Tree branches around a Nissan Altima had to be cleared on Monday to get it out of the woods.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Tree branches around a Nissan Altima had to be cleared on Monday to get it out of the woods.