08/23/13 4:00pm
08/23/2013 4:00 PM

TIM KELLY PHOTO | West Nile Virus was found in a mosquito sample taken in Aquebogue.

Suffolk County health officials announced Friday that 17 more mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus, including one in Aquebogue.

Positive samples, collected between July 30, also came from mosquito traps in Nesconset, Port Jefferson Station and elsewhere in western Suffolk County.

Health officials do not disclose exactly where the traps are located.

To date, 107 mosquito samples and four birds have tested positive for the virus. No humans or horses have tested positive for the virus in Suffolk County this year, officials said.

“The confirmation of West Nile virus in a mosquito pool indicates that the virus is actively circulating within the mosquito population,” says James Tomarken, the Suffolk County Health and Human Services commissioner. “While there is no cause for alarm, we urge residents to cooperate with us in our efforts to contain the spread of the virus, which can be debilitating to humans.”

Residents can reduce the mosquito population around their homes by eliminating stagnant water where mosquitoes breed, officials say.

Dead birds found on area properties may indicate the presence of West Nile virus in the area. To report dead birds, call the West Nile virus hotline in Suffolk County at (631) 787-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For medical questions related to West Nile virus, call (631) 854-0333.

To report mosquito problems or stagnant pools of water, call vector control at (631) 852-4270.

For further information on mosquitos and mosquito-borne diseases, visit the Department of Health Services website and look under “Seasonal Trends.”

Related: Tips to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus

08/13/13 2:47pm
08/13/2013 2:47 PM
JERRY DONAHUE COURTESY PHOTO | Monday's nights crash scene on Main Road in Aquebogue.

JERRY DONAHUE COURTESY PHOTO | Monday’s nights crash scene on Main Road in Aquebogue.

A 34-year-old Southold man was arrested for driving while intoxicated after crashing a work truck into a telephone pole in Aquebogue Monday night, police said.

Mario Chacon was traveling eastbound on Main Road, just west of Edgar Avenue, when he crashed into the telephone pole, breaking it in two, police said.

Mr. Chacon was charged with DWI and arraigned Tuesday morning in Justice Court.

08/11/13 10:00am
08/11/2013 10:00 AM

COURTESY PHOTO | Actor and Aquebogue native Matthew William Chizever. (seated) in a still from a season seven episode of USA Network’s “Burn Notice” with actor
Charles Mesure.

You may only know him from the time you saw him get into a fistfight with himself in Mitsubishi Electric’s popular “Shadow Boxer” commercial, but Matthew William Chizever isn’t a violent guy. The Aquebogue native is just doing his job.

The 30-year-old got his first taste of acting when he starred in productions at Riverhead High School and North Fork Community Theatre in Mattituck. After graduating from Riverhead in 2001, Mr. Chizever studied at Manhattan’s American Musical Dramatic Academy, graduating in 2006. Since then, he has appeared in numerous shows in south Florida, including “The Turn of the Screw” and “Evil Dead: The Musical.” Recently, he’s added a healthy dose of television work to his expanding résumé.

Mr. Chizever lives with his fiancée, Erica Bunn, and their 19-month-old son, Lawson, in Margate, Fla.

COURTESY PHOTO | Matthew William Chizever.

Q: How did you get into acting?

A: One of the main reasons I got into acting was I was very competitive with one of the guys I went to Hebrew school with who was always the lead in local shows. I was very jealous of the attention he would get. I think that competitiveness kind of came out from my grandpa and my father, who are both awesome tennis players.

Q: What was your first big acting job?

A: Right after school I got a gig at the American Girl Theater at Rockefeller Center performing in a show called “Circle of Friends: An American Girl Musical.” I did that show for a few months before I started going out on the road. That was really cool because they only had two adults in the show, and the adults played all the kids’ parents.

Q: You live and work in Florida now. What prompted the move?

A: I started auditioning for a lot of different regional theaters outside New York, mostly Florida theaters. I started going out on the road. Once I stayed down in Florida I started getting noticed pretty quickly by some larger theaters. I’ve made a name for myself.

Q: You recently appeared on a season seven episode of USA Network’s ‘Burn Notice.’ What was that experience like?

A: I got to meet Jeffrey Donovan, the lead, who’s a really awesome guy. When you get to that point, with guys like that, it’s awesome to be around them just to watch them work. The caliber of work going on around you is amazing to be around.

Q: You fight your own shadow, and lose, in the ‘Shadow Boxer’ commercial. How did you prepare for that shoot?

A: At the American Musical Dramatic Academy a lot of our training was in stage combat and weapons. It was nice to be able to pull from something I had such a good time doing in school; my teachers really got me into it. I performed my own stunts for the commercial and went through a balsa-wood table a few times — it was a blast. So much of what I do in theater gets really physical that doing that commercial was almost like a culmination of everything I’d done and loved about my career beforehand.

Q: What projects are you working on now?

A: I’m working on a local law group commercial. Nothing theaterwise. I’ve been trying to keep my schedule open for a lot more camera work.

Q: What would you like your career to become in the future?

A: I’d like to step away from the theater a little bit and see what happens with some television and commercial work.


08/03/13 10:00am
08/03/2013 10:00 AM
The proposed sign at The All-Star, which would have featured a large bowling ball and pin on top.

The proposed sign at The All-Star, which would have featured a large bowling ball and pin on top.

To the Editor:

I read in total disbelief in the News-Review the problems the owners of The All-Star bowling center are having over a sign including a bowling ball and pin. Their planned sign is one foot over the 15-foot limit? The square footage is more than allowed, including the air space when the town boxed in the sign? Are you kidding me? Here is a business that is giving the residents of our area wholesome recreational activity in a bright, clean, new and exciting environment.

Some members of the Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Coalition are urging the Zoning Board of Appeals not to approve the variance for this sign, and their vice president, Phil Barbato, stated that this area is “becoming Jericho Turnpike all over again. It is creeping east.” Where in the heck has he been? It has already crept east years ago. Starting with the late Joe Janoski and right up until Sean Walter, each supervisor has made sure that all the variances and zoning changes that these major shopping centers needed were approved.

The nature and peacefulness of Riverhead has been desecrated already. I had the opportunity to be in the Foxwood Village community several weeks ago and I was totally appalled at the view between the homes in the community to the clear-cut land behind them for Walmart and whatever else is going in there. Not one tree left standing. I did see this before, but from the view of Route 58, and I was actually sickened by the leveling of the land. Did any one of these developers need a variance? Of course all you have to do is look across the street and see more land cleared for more stores. Of course there also is the clear-cutting of the northeast corner of Northville Turnpike and Route 58 for an office building. Will this ruination ever end?

Several weeks ago in the News-Review, Mr. Walter said something to the effect that going forward the town will make a big effort to leave trees when these projects are developed. I cannot believe that there is anymore land available to develop or many trees left to save.

For heaven’s sake, give the bowling alley the variance it needs for a bowling ball and pin. Or are they easier to push around compared to Costco and Walmart? Compared to all that has gone on for over two decades, what the bowling alley is asking for is minutia.

Marsha Kipperman, Riverhead

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.