02/10/15 1:40pm
02/10/2015 1:40 PM
A Riverhead police officer leads Mercy students from the school on Jan. 14. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A Riverhead police officer leads Mercy students from the school on Jan. 14. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

UPDATE: A voice message from Carl Semmler, principal of Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, said the teen arrested yesterday in relation to a bomb threat was a school student who will no longer be going to the school.

The message, sent to families of students who attend the school, said the teen “admitted to placing a threatening note on the rear windshield of a car parked in the school lot.”

The message went on to state that “the student will no longer be attending our school. Please know the safety of our students is always at the forefront of our efforts.”

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01/15/15 1:15pm
01/15/2015 1:15 PM
McGann-Mercy students were brought into the auditorium at Riverhead High School following a threat made against the school. (Credit; Barbaraellen Knoch)

McGann-Mercy students were brought into the auditorium at Riverhead High School following a threat made against the school. (Credit: Barbaraellen Knoch)

(UPDATE 1:30 p.m.): Bishop-McGann Mercy High School was cleared of any threat after an automated message called into the Riverhead school this morning warned of “some kind of device,” according to Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.

Faculty staff and K-9 units from the New York State Police searched the building, Lt. Lessard said. Students who were evacuated were told to leave their backpacks outside on the high school football field and a police dog searched the bags. No threats were found, Lt. Lessard said.

As Mercy students were transported to Riverhead High School via Riverhead buses to await pickup, another threat was called into Riverhead, describing a bomb somewhere toward the front, outside the high school building.

Lt. Lessard said he wasn’t sure yet if that message was a similar automated message. Police are conducting an IT investigation to try to trace the IP address and determine if it was called from an online app, he said. An automated message sent by the school to Riverhead parents just before 1:30 p.m. said that the building was cleared and there was no threat. After-school activities for the high school were canceled, the message said.

Similar threats were called into the Southampton School District. Lt. Lessard said investigators are in contact with Southampton Village Police are unsure yet if the calls are related.

It was the second straight day a threat was called into Mercy High School.

1st Update: A threat was called into Riverhead High School just minutes after Bishop McGann-Mercy students were being transported there to await pickup following a threat at that school, Riverhead police at the scene confirmed at around 11:30 a.m. (more…)

12/27/14 4:00pm
12/27/2014 4:00 PM
Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

January — Bishop McGann-Mercy High School hires Paul Mastronardi as its new athletic director. He replaces John Lonardo, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector. Mr. Mastronardi, a longtime coach and physical education teacher, previously coached the Eastport-South Manor varsity football team.  (more…)

12/19/14 12:00pm
12/19/2014 12:00 PM
Maddie Joinnides, a sophomore at McGann-Mercy, lays out the main design for their Christmas card. (Credit: McGann-Mercy courtesy photo).

Maddie Joinnides, a sophomore at McGann-Mercy High School, works on the Christmas card’s main design.
(Credit: McGann-Mercy High School)

When Bishop McGann-Mercy High School sophomore Maddie Joinnides and her classmates decided to sell Christmas cards to raise money for charity, they had no idea how far the cards would spread across the country.

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11/05/14 10:00am
11/05/2014 10:00 AM
Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School officials unveiled Tuesday the school's new weight room. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School officials unveiled the school’s new weight room on Tuesday. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

What once acted as a small storage area at Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School in Riverhead has now become a state-of-the-art weight room and fitness center.

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06/13/14 1:00pm
06/13/2014 1:00 PM
The journalism award winners were: (from left) Markis Croteau,

The journalism award winners were: (from left) Markis Croteau, Rachel Stanislawek, Jenny Guo, Giavanna Verdi, Kyra Martin and Briana Pagano. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Times/Review Newsgroup honored six students from local high schools with a journalism award Thursday evening. The students were presented certificates and $100 scholarships during a reception at the paper’s office in Mattituck. (more…)