12/12/14 6:00am
12/12/2014 6:00 AM

OK, it’s time for the rain to end. It is December after all. Let it snow! (Don’t give me that look!)

Riverhead Central School District deserves congratulations! It raised $5,000 for the Special Olympics at its Polar Plunge event at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai Nov. 22. We are very proud of all of you for representing the district. Awesome job!  (more…)

12/03/14 2:44pm
12/03/2014 2:44 PM
Town Board members took John Cahill (center) of The Pataki-Cahill Group on a tour of EPCAL Tuesday morning. 'There's tremendous infrastructure on the site,' Mr. Cahill said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Town Board members took John Cahill (center) on a tour of EPCAL Tuesday morning. ‘There’s tremendous infrastructure on the site,’ Mr. Cahill said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Town Board seems poised to hire a “specialized business development firm” headed by former Gov. George Pataki in order to market town-owned land at Enterprise Park at Calverton and woo potential investors.

After taking a bus tour of EPCAL with representatives of the Pataki-Cahill Group on Tuesday, Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter suggested the Town Board move forward in drawing up a contract with the firm to work as marketing consultants. A majority of the Town Board appears to be in favor of the plan.

The Pataki-Cahill Group was founded by Mr. Pataki and former state Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner John Cahill, who also served as Mr. Pataki’s chief of staff.

Mr. Cahill ran for attorney general on the Republican line this year and lost to incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman. (more…)

11/15/14 12:25pm
11/15/2014 12:25 PM
A shooting 'victim' is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning's active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

A shooting ‘victim’ is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning’s active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

David Wicks said he couldn’t help but get a bit emotional during Saturday’s active shooter drill in Calverton, where police and ambulance workers simulated a mass shooting inside Riley Avenue Elementary School.

About 70 high school students and other volunteers also participated in the drill, during which two people were “killed,” and several others were dragged from the school or carried out, fake-bloodied and bandaged.

A Suffolk police helicopter also landed in a nearby field.

“It was very real for me; I had chills,” said Mr. Wicks, a Riverhead School District assistant superintendent. “I felt myself getting emotional. The real sobering thing is how much time can pass before help gets here.

“But it made me feel good because our lockdown procedures do help.”

(More photos below) (more…)

11/07/14 2:00pm
11/07/2014 2:00 PM
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Harry Singh, the president of Bolla Oil Corporation, speaks at Thursday’s Planning Board meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A Garden City-based oil company is considering moving its headquarters to Calverton in the next few years, its president said at a Riverhead Town Planning Board meeting Thursday night.

And he’s not talking about the Enterprise Park at Calverton, where Riverhead Town officials have been trying to lure energy companies. He’s talking about Edwards Avenue.  (more…)

10/01/14 1:24pm
Tebbens Steel at EPCAL celebrated its 70th anniversary Sept. 19. Elsie Tebbens, Councilman John Dunleavy, Tom Tebbens Sr, Tom Tebbens II, and Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter celebrated the milestone. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Tebbens Steel at EPCAL celebrated its 70th anniversary Sept. 19. Elsie Tebbens, Councilman John Dunleavy, Tom Tebbens Sr, Tom Tebbens II, and Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter celebrated the milestone. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Alfred Tebbens started a repair shop business in 1944, a small operation that began in Center Moriches. Now 70 years later, that business, now known as Tebbens Steel, is still going strong with its main operation in Enterprise Park at Calverton.  (more…)