07/21/13 6:24am
07/21/2013 6:24 AM

Riverhead Police

Five drivers were arrested for driving drunk in Riverhead Saturday and one more was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office’s East End DWI Task Force.

The task force effort was conducted by officers from the Riverhead, Westhampton Beach and Quogue Village police departments, who seized two vehicles in the operation.

Police said the following East End residents were arrested and charged with DWI:

Nelson Avelar, 33, of Riverhead, who was also charged with an interlock device violation and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Tranquilino Chamale, 35, of Aquebogue

Rogelio Boch, 27, of Riverhead

Richard Kruedelbach, 53, of Southampton

Otto Rac-Subuyuj, 29, of Water Mill

Shamir Euceda, 23, of Hampton Bays was the driver charged with DWAI Drugs.

07/07/13 10:00am
07/07/2013 10:00 AM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Thirteen-year-old Justin Lowe digs in at Old Steeple Community Church’s annual chicken BBQ fundraiser.

Nothing says Fourth of July weekend like a good old fashion barbecue and there is none quite like the one at Old Steeple Community Church on Main Road in Aquebogue.

Dozens gathered for the church’s annual fundraiser Saturday featuring a meal that included a baked potato, corn on the cob, roll, coleslaw, iced tea, watermelon and chicken, made complete by a famous BBQ sauce recipe created by the Cornell scientist who invented the chicken nugget.

The unique sauce is a combination of oil, cider vinegar, seasonings and even an egg. The recipe was developed more than 60 years ago by the founder of Cornell University’s Institute of Food Science and Marketing, Robert Baker.

Dr. Baker’s instructions for the sauce involve cooking the chicken on an outdoor broiler, which produces a hot, but non-flaming fire. He advised that the full flavor of the sauce could not be achieved using a gas grill

At Old Steeple the BBQ sauce is used as a basting material, brushed on the chicken every few minutes as it roasts over the broilers.

“It’s fabulous,” said Coleen Lowe. “We come from Massachusetts every year for this barbecue. We love it!”

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Volunteers serve up the chicken made with famous Cornell style BBQ sauce.

07/03/13 5:00pm
07/03/2013 5:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | From left, Patricia Eckardt, Sharon Cook, Kathryn Casey Quigley, Colleen Hanley, Liz Casey Searl and Alison Aldredge.

COURTESY PHOTO | From left, Patricia Eckardt, Sharon Cook, Kathryn Casey Quigley, Colleen Hanley, Liz Casey Searl and Alison Aldredge.

Peconic Community School officials have announced the school is relocating from downtown Riverhead to a space at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue.

The decision to move from its current location at the East End Arts Council property was made to accommodate more students and staff, said Liz Casey Searl, the school’s co-executive director

Student enrollment is expected to “double next year,” she said, and the school has hired three new teachers: Colleen Hanley, who most recently taught at a private school in Maryland, and Sharon Cook and Alison Aldredge, both veteran teachers from the Ross School in East Hampton.

Officials said the school will be leasing a portion of the church’s facilities, such as classrooms, a playground and space for a garden.

“While the two entities will of course be completely independent and distinct, the church board has been very receptive to the idea of a new school here,” Ms. Searl said.

The alternative school launched last year and now offers multi-age classes from kindergarten through fourth grade.

It uses a holistic approach toward education and partners with local organizations, including Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, Group for the East End and Hallockville Museum Farm.

In addition to opening its new location for the 2013-14 school year, officials said Peconic Community School is also launching an early childhood program for the fall.

For more information about Peconic Community School, visit peconiccommunityschool.org.

Pick up the July 11th issue of the News-Review for more on this story.


04/09/13 10:00am
04/09/2013 10:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Peconic River Yoga will be moving from downtown Riverhead to a larger storefront on Main Road in Aquebogue.

The name won’t change, but one downtown Riverhead business is moving to a bigger storefront. Peconic River Yoga will be leaving the riverfront to an Aquebogue storefront next month, the yoga studio announced Monday.
Peconic River Yoga will move into the building connected to “Esprit De France,” a boutique store on Main Road, three miles east of its current location, on May 15.
“Our beautiful new home is twice the size of our current space, with beautiful wood walls and flooring, ample windows, high ceilings and great parking,” founder Kate Alesio wrote in an email. “This larger space will allow us to grow and fulfill our greatest potential.” 
The studio will stay at its current storefront on East Main Street and continue to run its current schedule of classes until May 14.
After the move, the yoga studio is planning a grand opening celebration and will expand their class schedules and workshops, Ms. Alesio wrote. 
03/31/13 8:00am
03/31/2013 8:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Carl Gabrielsen (left) with GreenLogic energy consultant Dan Malone in Gabrielsen Farms’ West Lane, Aquebogue, greenhouse.

Carl Gabrielsen is hoping to make his greenhouse on West Lane in Aquebogue even greener.

Mr. Gabrielsen owns Gabrielsen Farms, which grows flowers and plants in greenhouses on Herricks Lane in Jamesport and West Lane in Aquebogue, and is building a solar panel system at the Aquebogue site that he says will eventually end up eliminating his electric bill.

Working with Dan Malone, an energy consultant from GreenLogic Energy in Southampton, Mr. Gabrielsen is installing about 400 solar voltaic panels behind the West Lane greenhouse to generate about 60 kilowatts of power.

“It’s basically a $200,000 project, but there’s a 30 percent federal tax credit that’s available and LIPA has a solar energy rebate of $1.30 per watt used,” Mr. Gabrielsen said. He estimates he will lay out about $37,000 initially but believes the project will have paid for itself in five years through the energy savings.

“My feeling is that anything in the greenhouse that can pay itself off in five years, you have to do it,” said Mr. Gabrielsen, brother of Riverhead Councilman George Gabrielsen. “But there’s two sides to the equation. There’s the economical reason, which is why I’m doing it, and there’s also the environmental reason. The lifetime carbon dioxide reduction from this is 2.7 million pounds over 30 years.”

GREENLOGIC COURTESY PHOTO | A ground-mounted solar array similar to the one that will be installed on Gabrielsen Farms’ Aquebogue greenhouse.

“That’s the equivalent of planting 17 acres of trees,” Mr. Malone said.

The solar panels will generate more electricity than needed at some times of the year and less during others. Any surplus energy goes back into the grid, and Mr. Gabrielsen gets a rebate for that amount.

The LIPA program doesn’t allow people to generate power for the sole purpose of selling it to LIPA, Mr. Malone said.

“We can only design our systems up to 105 percent,” he said.

Mr. Gabrielsen expects that over the course of a year his electric costs should fall to zero.

“It averages out over 12 months,” he said. “It’s a great benefit for agriculture out here.”

The solar panels are currently being installed and Mr. Gabrielsen, a member of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, intends to give his fellow commissioners a tour of the West Lane operation in early April, by which time the solar panels will be further along. He expects the system to be operating by June.

“It’s not just the solar energy,” Mr. Gabrielsen said. He’s also recycling the water he uses at the greenhouse, and he has been using what’s called integrated pest management for the past five years.

That’s when you introduce “beneficial insects” that will kill off insects that are harmful to the plants.

“We’ve cut our pesticide use by 95 percent,” he said.

Mr. Gabrielsen, whose family has been involved in farming on Long Island for more than 200 years, said he had wanted to install solar panels at his Jamesport greenhouse as well but doesn’t have enough land left at that site.


03/30/13 7:16pm
03/30/2013 7:16 PM

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Firefighters respond to a house fire in Aquebogue Saturday.

A good Samaritan driving past a Main Road home in Aquebogue noticed flames late Saturday afternoon and stopped to notify the family inside, Riverhead police said.

About six people and a dog safely evacuated the home after hearing word of the flames, police said.

Riverhead police and about 30 Jamesport Fire Department volunteers responded to the scene about 4:30 p.m., said Chief Duffy Griffiths of the Jamesport Fire Department.

Fire officials determined the flames were likely caused by embers that had blown out of a recently lit fireplace, Chief Griffiths said.

The home sustained minimal damage and no one was hurt, he said.


03/27/13 3:00pm
03/27/2013 3:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Dylan Douglas, 12, of Aquebogue raised $783 by running in The Sandy Hook Run For The Families 5K in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday.

RUNNING: Aquebogue boy runs for Sandy Hook Dylan Douglas 12, of Aquebogue ran in the The Sandy Hook Run For The Families 5K in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday. Over 15,000 runners ran through downtown Hartford to raise money for the Sandy Hook Foundation. Douglas raised $783 himself in the fundraiser. His time was 31 minutes 1 second, leaving him as the 2,832nd finisher.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: Bundrick a winner in doubles, singles In the third doubles position, first-year players Erica Bundrick of Mattituck and Alexandra Sulkin combined for an 8-5 victory for Saint Michael’s College (Vt.), which stayed unbeaten in the Northeast-10 Conference, grabbing a 9-0 victory over Merrimack College on Friday. In singles play, Bundrick notched a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2. Saint Michael’s (6-2, 5-0) is ranked eighth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association East Region rankings.

03/17/13 11:50am
03/17/2013 11:50 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Jester Jim juggling with toilet plungers, grossing the children out to their delight, at his show in Aquebogue Saturday.

The ‘Jester Jim Show’ was presented by the Town of Riverhead Recreation Department at the Human Resource/Senior Center  in Aquebogue Saturday morning.

This is the fourth year that Jim Maurer, 29, of Shirley has been coming to town to entertain children and adults alike with his funny noises, juggling, balancing skills and silly antics. There were 150 audience members in attendance this year.

He always starts his show by having the children and some of the adults make strange sounds to record a beatbox intro using a looping pedal device. All were glued to the stage as they listened to every sound. He later makes the recording available for free to download from his website.

He encourages the children who want to assist him during the show to sit up straight in their seats, hands up high in the air and to have big smiles on their faces,

He performs over 200 shows a year for libraries, recreation departments and festivals all over the east coast. Just last week he performed for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

He has been juggling for 17 years and in 2012 he was named ‘performer of the year’ by the website www.antihamptons.com.