12/22/13 5:00pm
12/22/2013 5:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | From left, Mercy High School athletic director John Lonardo, seniors Jacqueline Zaweski and Kurt Bahnke, and physical education teacher Patricia Doroski.

COURTESY PHOTO | From left, Mercy High School athletic director John Lonardo, seniors Jacqueline Zaweski and Kurt Bahnke, and physical education teacher Patricia Doroski.

Two seniors from Bishop-McGann Mercy High School have received Suffolk Zone awards for promoting their healthy lifestyle and leadership skills.

Students Jacqueline Zaweski of Jamesport and Kurt Bahnke of Baiting Hollow received the honors during a Dec. 4 ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hamlet Wind Watch Hotel, according to a press release issued by the school last Tuesday.

The awards were presented by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance to students that have made significant achievements in both their academics and physical education, officials said.

11/12/13 5:00pm
11/12/2013 5:00 PM

ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION PHOTO | McGann-Mercy alumna LauraLynne Duffy received National All-Academic Team honors at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.

Former McGann-Mercy High School student LauraLynne Duffy was recently named to the 2013 women’s soccer National All-Academic Team in recognition for her outstanding performance on the soccer field and in the classroom.

Duffy, a midfielder from Cutchogue on the St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) women’s soccer team, was one of four player on her team to be honored. The announcement came from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

A junior at St. Joseph’s, Duffy played in all 16 games for the Lady Bears and started 12. The Bears finished the season 5-11.

The USCAA National All-Academic Team members must be sophomore academic standing or higher and maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade point average to qualify.

Duffy is also a member of the swimming team at St. Joseph’s. She finished third in the 200-yard freestyle in the team’s meet against Lehman Friday. She was also fifth in the 100-yard freestyle was part of the third-place 200-yard freestyle team.

Duffy graduated in 2011 from Mercy, where she was also an active member of her school’s drama performances. She took home Best Lead Actress in the Teeny Awards as a senior, one of numerous awards she won during her high school career.

07/26/13 10:00am
07/26/2013 10:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Terry Contracting of Riverhead began work on the new girls softball field at McGann-Mercy High School a couple weeks ago. The team previously played at Stotzky Park.

Contractors are in the final stages of building a new softball field at McGann-Mercy High School, funded entirely by parent and alumni donations, said Bob Terry of Terry Contracting, a member of Mercy’s Class of 1977.

His company began working on the field about a month ago and plans to have it finished by September.

Mercy softball players had previously been bused to nearby Stotzky Park for practices and games, taking up a good portion of practice time, said Debbie Kneidl, the school’s director of advancement.

By practicing on campus, students will have an additional 45 minutes, she said. The new field will also save the private school the cost of transporting students.

The school, which has junior high, junior varsity and varsity teams, may still need to use Stotzky Park for practices when games are scheduled at the school, Ms. Kneidl said.

“It’s going to allow students to play on their home campus, which enhances overall school pride for the kids,” she said.

The project, which involved filling in 17,000 square feet of wetlands, is closely connected to the schools recently completed pond remediation project, which added 53,000 square feet of wetlands, according to project architect Shawn Leonard.

The additional wetland space made adding the field possible, he said.

Acquiring field space had been a problem for Mercy before to the pond remediation project, Mr. Terry said.

The school needed approval from both Riverhead Town and the state Department of Environmental Conservation, Ms. Kneidl said.

Project foreman Mike Jones said his team is working on leveling the area and adding drainage before either seeding grass or, if sufficient funds can be raised, laying down sod so students can use the space sooner.

Ms. Kneidl said the project would not have been possible without alumni and community support. Anyone who would like to get involved should contact her by calling 631-727-5900.

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07/24/13 2:30pm
07/24/2013 2:30 PM

FILE PHOTO | Riders from last year’s Bike for Life during a quick break in Rocky Point.

A priest, two teachers and a group of students pedal bikes down the road … No, this isn’t the start of an potentially offensive joke. Instead, this is exactly the sight to be seen across the North Fork this weekend on Main Road or Sound Avenue.

The 27th annual McGann-Mercy Bike for Life, in which students from the private high school cycle from Port Jefferson to Orient Point, will take place over four days beginning Thursday morning. This year, the riders include 15 current students and alumni, two teachers, three support staff, and of course, the school’s chaplain, Rev. Gerald Cestare.

The trip across the North Fork is about more than exercise. The Bike for Life also incorporates a spiritual aspect for the Catholic school students.

Each day of pedaling ends at a local church where students engage in activities and talks, giving the weekend more of a retreat feel. The discussions revolve around teaching students about living a wholesome life as they grow older, building up their school community, dealing with the pressures and worries of high school, cherishing their faith and sexuality.

Riders kick off the trip in Port Jefferson and will travel along 25A and Route 48 until they reach St. Patrick’s Church in Southold, where they will spend the night. On Friday they will continue to Orient Point Beach Park, where they will have a beach barbecue and then circle back to St. Agnes in Greenport for the night.

On Saturday they will ride to Sacred Heart Church in Cutchogue, and then on Sunday they will travel back from Sacred Heart to Port Jefferson for a closing Mass at Infant Jesus Church.

The event is sponsored by McGann-Mercy Campus Ministry.

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06/07/13 5:00pm
06/07/2013 5:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The 2013 class of McGann-Mercy High School at Thursday’s graduation.

The McGann-Mercy High School Class of 2013 celebrated its graduation Wednesday afternoon. The 84 graduates come from all across the East End and as far west as Patchogue and Port Jefferson.

The students received more than $11 million in scholarship offers and 99 percent of graduates will be pursuing post-secondary studies or serve in the military.

05/30/13 12:00pm
05/30/2013 12:00 PM
Flanders Flag in Hamlet

Shannon Merker, 17, is a life-long Flanders resident and McGann- Mercy High School junior.

A Flanders teenager who designed a flag for her hometown hamlet will see her creation flying high above Flanders Memorial Park later this month.

Shannon Merker, 17, a life-long Flanders resident and a McGann-Mercy High School junior has volunteered at the memorial park for eight years, and first proposed designing a flag for the Southampton Town hamlet six years ago.

Her design, a 3-by-5-foot blue and white flag featuring the landmark Big Duck and the reeds of the Peconic waterways, was adopted as the official flag of the hamlet by the Southampton Town Board on May 14.

The flag will be raised at the Flanders Road park for the first time June 11 at 10 a.m. in a ceremony to honor Shannon and the historic hamlet.

04/25/13 1:00pm

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The first performance of “Into the Woods” is at 7:30 p.m. tonight.

The McGann-Mercy Theatre Company presents “Into the Woods,” based on the stories of the Brothers Grimm beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m.

There will be another performance Friday at the same time and a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday followed by and an evening performance at 8 p.m.

The show is performed at the school auditorium at 1225 Ostrander Avenue in Riverhead.

Tickets are $10.

11/20/12 6:50pm
11/20/2012 6:50 PM

The Riverhead Town Board has added exactly $103,730 in spending to the 2013 town budget originally proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter, according to a resolution the board voted to approve.

The now-adopted budget adds back a personnel director that the supervisor had proposed to cut, but doesn’t add back a youth bureau director.

The additional spending in the final 2013 budget was taken from fund balance, and thus, will not change the ‘town wide” tax levy or tax rate numbers from the supervisor’s budget, which increased both numbers by 2.92 percent.

Spending increased from 2.6 percent to 2.8 percent over the 2012 budget with the added $103,730, which brought the final number to just over $53 million.

In a 3-2 vote, board members rejected a series of budget cuts and revenue increases that would have allowed the town to fund the youth bureau director position for half a year, beginning in July.

The so-called town wide budget refers to the three funds — general, highway, and street lighting — paid by all town residents. Overall, the town spends more than $89 million when water and sewer districts, ambulance, garbage collection and other special districts are included.

Along the way at Tuesday night’s meeting, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio became involved in heated discussions with both Anthony Coates, a political advisor to Mr. Walter who has announced his intentions to run for Town Board next year, and with Matt Hattorff, the president of the town employees union, over budget issues.

Check back at riverheadnewsreview.com for more detailed information on the final budget.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the the meeting.

Click below to see what transpired:

 

Riverhead Town Board agenda 11-20-2012