08/19/14 9:06pm
08/19/2014 9:06 PM
Former Lakewood resident Douglas Rosenbrock speaks before the Town Board Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Former Lakewood resident Douglas Rosenbrock speaks before the Town Board Tuesday evening. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Nearly 20 members of the Lakewood mobile home community in Calverton demanded accountability from the Riverhead Town Board during a contentious public meeting Tuesday evening, with residents claiming that illegal rentals and an abandoned mobile home were ruining their neighborhood.

The complaints led to a brief argument between Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who said she wasn’t aware complaints had been filed. (more…)

08/16/14 12:33pm
08/16/2014 12:33 PM
The plane in the July 30 skydiving accident being taxied back to its hangar. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The plane in the July 30 skydiving accident in Calverton being taxied back to its hangar. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Skydive Long Island issued a statement Saturday disputing the report that the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether the parachute was properly packed in the fatal tandem skydiving accident July 30 that killed one man and critically injured the instructor. (more…)

08/07/14 2:00pm
08/07/2014 2:00 PM
A model of the planned F1 go-kart facility as it appears on the company’s website.

A model of the planned F1 go-kart facility as it appears on the company’s website.

A proposal to build a go-kart track on Edwards Avenue in Calverton got a thumbs up from the Suffolk County Planning Commission yesterday afternoon in Hauppauge, though it did recommend further study on noise that could come from the property. (more…)

08/05/14 5:00pm
08/05/2014 5:00 PM
Town Board Member James Wooten giving it his best shot on the bocce court Tuesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Town Board Member James Wooten giving it his best shot on the bocce court Tuesday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

There was some stiff bocce ball competition at Veterans Memorial Park Tuesday morning, where members of the Riverhead Town Board joined area bocce players to celebrate the opening of the Calverton park’s new courts. (more…)

08/01/14 12:39pm
08/01/2014 12:39 PM
The plane is taxied back to its hangar Wednesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The plane is taxied back to its hangar Wednesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The tandem skydiving accident that killed a 25-year-old Medford man and critically injured the instructor was “unequivocally” caused by a mini-tornado known as a “dust devil,” according to the national director of the United States Parachute Association.  (more…)

07/30/14 7:15pm
Investigators at the scene of a fatal skydiving accident at Skydive Long Island in Calverton Wednesday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Investigators at the scene of a fatal skydiving accident at Skydive Long Island in Calverton Wednesday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Update: The Skydive Long Island instructor critically injured during a tandem jump accident that killed a student Wednesday afternoon is in critical but stable condition, Riverhead Town police said.

The instructor was identified by police as Christopher Scott, 28, of Sound Beach. He was airlifted from Calverton to Stony Brook University Hospital.

According to a LinkdIn online profile, Mr. Scott has been an instructor at SkyDive Long Island since March 2012.

The correction officer killed in the accident, Gary Messina of Medford, who would have been 26 today, died at the scene.

His father, Carl Messina, a former Newsday pressman, told the newspaper Thursday his son went skydiving every year around his birthday for the past seven or eight years.

“He was a man’s man,” the father told Newsday, “an inspiration to all who knew him.”

This is the first fatality reported at Skydive Long Island in Calverton, though a death was reported at the company’s East Moriches location in 1989.

Skydive Long Island was open for business Thursday.

Initial story: A New York City correction officer was killed one day before his birthday and another man was critically injured during a skydiving accident at Skydive Long Island in Calverton Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Federal authorities said the accident happened at 4:10 p.m.

(more…)

07/26/14 3:45pm
07/26/2014 3:45 PM
The land where the Calverton Manor project wanted to build just to the west  of Manor Lane on Route 25 in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

The land where the Calverton Manor project wanted to build just to the west of Manor Lane on Route 25 in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

A decade-old lawsuit challenging Riverhead Town’s 2003 master plan update, which Town Board members had considered settling two years ago, was decided in the town’s favor last week.   (more…)