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.

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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…)

07/24/14 5:00am
07/24/2014 5:00 AM
Chicken will be grilled up Aug. 2 at (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Chicken will be grilled up Aug. 2 at Baiting Hollow Congregational Church. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

I hope all’s well with everyone as we enjoy this rather cool summer. I love it!

Baiting Hollow Congregational Church’s annual chicken barbecue will take place Saturday, Aug. 2. If you’ve never gone, you should. Chicken with all the trimmings will make you content. Takeout will be available. The rain date is Aug. 3 but hopefully that won’t be needed. Enjoy!  (more…)

07/11/14 10:00am
07/11/2014 10:00 AM
The subdivision planned across from Hering Farm on Youngs Avenue in Riverhead has been in the works for 25 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The subdivision planned across from Hering Farm on Youngs Avenue in Riverhead has been in the works for 25 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Twenty-seven new homes are being proposed for Youngs Avenue in Calverton, right next to the town landfill.

The preliminary subdivision application calls for residential lots averaging 30,000 square feet and two large areas of open space on a 51-acre site immediately west of the Riverhead Town landfill, which is no longer used for that purpose.  (more…)

06/28/14 6:00am
06/28/2014 6:00 AM
Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Local strawberries from last May. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Happy summer! May it go very, very slow and be a nice, balmy 80 degrees or so.

If you didn’t get any strawberries yet you may still have a few days, but beware, they’re almost gone. As one tasty fruit leaves, something else takes its place. Peas, zucchini and squash have arrived and on the near horizon will be sweet corn.  (more…)