02/11/14 2:19pm
02/11/2014 2:19 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | North Fork Chocolate Company owner Ann Corley, right, with executive chef Steve Amaral at their Tanger Outlets location Tuesday.

North Fork Chocolate Company owner Ann Corley, right, with executive chef Steve Amaral at their Tanger Outlets location Tuesday. (Rachel Young photo)

North Fork Chocolate Company’s temporary lease at the Tanger Outlets food court in Riverhead expires this month, owner Ann Corley said Tuesday, but the Calverton-based artisanal sweets manufacturer has no plans to leave the mall altogether. (more…)

02/07/14 11:00am
02/07/2014 11:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter.

Barbaraellen Koch file photo  |  Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter. The shelter is sponsoring a “Beat the Heat” spay/neuter campaign in February.

CALVERTON, BAITING HOLLOW AND MANORVILLE

So, what do you think? Does the groundhog know his stuff? I think he might be right this time. You might want to start some seeds indoors. Basil, parsley and other herbs are a great way to start. It will give you hope for warmer days ahead! (more…)

01/07/14 3:28pm
01/07/2014 3:28 PM
CARRIE MILLER | Firefighters at the scene of a basement fire on Kay Road in Calverton.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Firefighters at the scene of a basement fire on Kay Road in Calverton.

A painter working at a Calverton home alerted a family living in the home to a fire in the basement Tuesday afternoon, allowing everyone in the residence to escape safely.

Paul Ray was upstairs painting in a bedroom with two other men when he said he saw smoke coming from the basement. He alerted family members in the home to the threat, and six fire departments responded to the the fire.

A woman who said she lived in the home said, “[The painter] ran in the room and I just grabbed the kids and got out.”

Wading River, Riverhead, Manorville, Rocky Point, Sound Beach and Ridge Fire Departments were all on scene. The fire was contained and knocked down within a half hour.

Joy Parson, a next door neighbor, said that she had woken from a nap to see smoke pouring from the home. “I said ‘Oh my god,” she said.

The cause remains under investigation by the Riverhead Town Fire Marshals.

Check back as more information becomes available.

12/11/13 4:00pm
12/11/2013 4:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Riverhead Town Board is considering allowing deer hunting at EPCAL

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Riverhead Town Board is considering allowing deer hunting at EPCAL

A lottery for Riverhead residents and landowners to hunt on town-owned land in Calverton will be held next Monday in town hall.

The annual hunt during the special firearms season, for shotgun and muzzleloaders, is open from Jan. 6 through Jan. 31, on weekdays. Riverhead officials started opening up lands at Enterprise Park at Calverton a few years ago to thin the herd, though this season, three-day slots that hunters had been given last year will be reduced to two-day openings.

The lottery will take place at 7 p.m. in town hall. Applicants must be in attendance in order to participate, and proper ID and hunting license must be presented at the time of the lottery.

For more information, interested hunters can contact Councilman George Gabrielsen at 727-3200, ext. 223.

12/06/13 3:24pm
12/06/2013 3:24 PM
F1 LONG ISLAND MODEL

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

A settlement appears likely in two lawsuits filed by F1 Long Island against Riverhead Town in 2009, and that company now intends to proceed with its application to build a go-kart track on Edwards Avenue in Calverton.

The Riverhead Town Planning Board on Thursday rescinded a 2009 resolution it approved that rejected the final environmental impact study for F1 Long Island, a move the precipitated the lawsuits.

“There are actions pending in state and federal court, and it looks like the Town Board is possibly going to settle with the applicant,” planning board attorney Bill Duffy told the board Thursday night. “The applicant has expressed a willingness to revise his FEIS. If the board remembers, the reason this was denied in the first place was because there was a disagreement over whether their FEIS was sufficient or not, and it kind of hit a stalemate.

“Then the applicant actually requested that we deny the application so he could pursue his remedies in court, so this board accommodated him and denied it.”

Mr. Duffy said F1 Long Island has now expressed a willingness to revise its FEIS and resolve that issue.

The resolution to rescind the FEIS rejection doesn’t totally end the litigation, Mr. Duffy said.

“It’s a piece of the puzzle. The final terms of the stipulation have not been resolved, but we are taking this step with the understanding that we have an agreement in principal and that the lawsuit is going to be resolved,” he said.

Marc Leibowitz, the CEO of F1, said in an interview that he could not discuss the details of the proposed settlement, but confirmed the company intended to proceed with the application.

“We are looking forward to the leadership that’s at the town now to make sure things are done correctly,” he said. “We want to build this. There’s been a lot of groundswell for this project. People are asking for it more than ever.”

F1’s proposal to build a go-kart track and clubhouse on 12 acres just south of FedEx on the west side of Edwards Avenue was rejected by the town Planning Board in 2009 on the grounds that the environmental impact study F1 submitted for the project didn’t contain enough information on the facility’s potential noise and traffic impacts.

Mr. Leibowitz filed a federal civil rights lawsuit, citing, among other things, that the town had allowed a Hampton Jitney bus terminal just to the south of F1′s property without requiring the same conditions it was requiring of F1.

tgannon@timesreview.com

12/02/13 9:00am
12/02/2013 9:00 AM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Stephen Prisco, the new owner of Wine Country Delicatessen and Caterers in Calverton.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Stephen Prisco, the new owner of Wine Country Delicatessen and Caterers in Calverton.

Location, location, location. Three delis in the Calverton-Wading River area have new owners and all of them say their locations have a lot to offer in the way of business opportunity.

“You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that there’s a lot going on in downtown Riverhead,” said Stephen Prisco, the new owner of Wine Country Delicatessen and Caterers in Calverton. Before Mr. Prisco took over in October, the deli, which sits on Middle Country Road across from Riverhead Charter School, was known as Farm View Deli.

“I’m assuming there’s going to be a lot of traffic on this road in the coming years,” he said.  “It seems to be an up-and-coming area.”

Mr. Prisco, of Manorville, has decades of deli experience and also owns Mastic Sports Deli and Caterers. He operates the new venture with his daughter, Kristina, who said they have added catering services.

“We’re a family business,” Mr. Prisco said.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Adam Nedvin, the new owner of Wading River Delicatessen on Route 25A.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Adam Nedvin, the new owner of Wading River Delicatessen on Route 25A.

Just a few miles away, Adam Nedvin is settling into his new role as co-owner of Wading River Deli, located in a busy Route 25A shopping center.

“Business is great,” Mr. Nedvin said while fulfilling lunch orders on a recent weekday afternoon. “It has a great clientele. People have been coming here forever.”

An Allstate Insurance agent, Mr. Nedvin, also of Manorville, has owned the deli with his brother-in-law, Thomas Rae, since the end of August.

“I’ve been coming here for years and thought it was a great opportunity,” Mr. Nedvin said, adding that he and Mr. Rae, who owned a deli a number of years ago, “found out it was for sale and took a chance.”

As co-owners, Mr. Nedvin and Mr. Rae have upgraded the deli’s look with granite countertops and new signs.

“We’re just trying to renovate it a little, bring it up-to-date,” Mr. Nedvin said. The menu at Wading River Deli will also be expanded.

“We’re going to have more specialty sandwiches and homemade salads,” Mr. Rae said, adding that nothing will be cut from the existing offerings. “We also have a brand new catering menu coming out.”

The theme of change continues at Angelo’s Bakery Pizza in Wading River, where Andrew Anker assumed ownership only a couple of weeks ago.

“We’re going to look at other things people in the community want,” said Mr. Anker, an East Patchogue native who expects to relocate to Shoreham after 30 years in Maryland, where he owned a variety of businesses.

“We haven’t cut anything from the menu; we’re only adding to it,” he said. “We’re going to expand our offerings to additional grocery items, healthy foods, comfort foods and prepared foods, like pastas and lasagnas.”

The desire to be closer to his Long Island relatives was one reason Mr. Anker said he chose to buy Angelo’s. The other, he said, was its location on Hulse Landing Road, across the street from Wildwood State Park.

“I was looking for a good opportunity to run a business and also be close to family,” he said. “Angelo’s is a great seasonal business.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

11/23/13 12:00pm
11/23/2013 12:00 PM
Grumman retiree Ted Kole is hoping to build a visitors center at Grumman Memorial Park in the likeness of the old aircraft hangar. Pictured is the hangar that once stood in Bethpage.

COURTESY PHOTO | Grumman retiree Ted Kole is hoping to build a visitors center at Grumman Memorial Park in the likeness of the old aircraft hangar. Pictured is the hangar that once stood in Bethpage.

Many people who worked for Grumman Aerospace Corporation can tell you about their undying sense of pride in the company and the contributions its employees made to American aviation.

The Grumman Memorial Park at the former Grumman Aerospace Flight Test Facility property on Route 25 in Calverton is a symbol of that pride. It was created to commemorate advances in aviation and aerospace that took place on Long Island throughout the 20th century. The park opened in 2000 thanks to the volunteer efforts of a nonprofit group called East End Aircraft.

Now, 13 years later, Northrop Grumman retiree Ted Kole is working to build on the initial efforts of those volunteers. Mr. Kole, who retired last year, is hoping to raise roughly $300,000 to expand the park.

Under his preliminary plan, the Grumman Memorial Park would feature a playground, bathrooms and covered picnic area — similar to the amenities at Brookhaven Town’s Moriches Athletic Complex — and a visitor information center designed to resemble the old Grumman airplane hangar.

Ted Kole poses with the merchandise he designs and sells to commemorate the corporation.

COURTESY PHOTO | Ted Kole poses with the merchandise he designs and sells to commemorate the corporation.

Additionally, Mr. Kole hopes to use the existing track that circles the park to host annual 5K races in partnership with Riverhead Town and area businesses as fundraisers for upkeep of the park.

“This expansion would attract more tourist attention and encourage more use of the park by camps, schools and the community,” Mr. Kole said.

A former media services graphic designer at Northrop Grumman, Mr. Kole was granted a license agreement by the military in 2010 to sell T-shirts, cups, hats and other items bearing the old Grumman logo. The profi t has traditionally gone to fund the Grumman Retirees Club, but Mr. Kole now plans to have a portion of those sales go toward the construction of the park.

Without community support, however, his dream may never take flight.

He is now in the process of applying for grant funding for the project through the state offi ce of Parks, Recreation and Historic Restoration. If approved, the state would provide half the funding for the estimated $600,000 expansion. But to move forward, Mr. Kole must fi nd a nonprofi t organization to spearhead the project. He said he has been in talks with the Cradle of Aviation Museum of Garden City to help with fundraising effort, but they have not committed to the project. Just a few weeks ago, six volunteers from the museum, many of them Grumman retirees, donated their time to help restore the aging F-14 and A-6E fi ghter jets on display at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton.

“I’m not sure the Cradle would be in a position to spearhead the effort,” said Andrew Parton, director of the museum. “Fundraising in general is a very diffi cult process and the museum has its own diffi culties in raising the funds needed to operate. We’d be happy to contribute time and some people resources as well as participating in discussions, but a major fundraising role would be hard for us to manage.”

Mr. Kole also needs approval from the Town of Riverhead for the project to move forward. He has been speaking with Riverhead deputy supervisor Jill Lewis, but like the museum, the town said that while it appreciates Mr. Kole’s effort, it couldn’t contribute funding for the project.

Supervisor Sean Walter echoed that sentiment this week.

“It sounds like a great idea if he got the grant money,” he said. “But the town isn’t in a position to match the money or contribute fi nancially.”

Mr. Kole is still optimistic that the community and fellow retirees will rally to help build the facilities.

“The Town of Riverhead does not have the funding to renovate the park and I do not have the ability to spearhead a project like this,” Mr. Kole said. “But I think community or business leaders might be interested in helping.”

For Mr. Kole, there is a more personal connection to the project than his own employment at the company. In the 1940s, his grandfather, Chester Kolodynski, helped build the Grumman plant in Bethpage.

“This is a great way to carry on the legacy of Grumman,” Mr. Kole said. “It wasn’t only my career; you ask anyone that has ever worked there and they will tell you it was great.”

cmurray@timesreview.com

COURTESY PHOTO | Changes Ted Kole hopes to implement at Grumman Memorial Park.

COURTESY PHOTO | Changes Ted Kole hopes to implement at Grumman Memorial Park.

11/19/13 6:45pm
11/19/2013 6:45 PM

liveblogRiverhead Town Board members are voting Tuesday night on spending another $162,390 in order to complete a planning study at the Enterprise Park at Calverton, which is being done by Hauppauge-based planning firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, or VHB.

The Town Board originally entered into an agreement with VHB in February of 2011 for a $464,000 study, which is being used to subdivide land the town has owned since the 1990s.

But the town has used the firm for more work than was planned for in the original contract, Supervisor Sean Walter said.

Board members are also planning to vote on the 2014 budget, which calls for a 3 percent increase in spending from this year.

Reporter Tim Gannon is reporting live from the meeting.

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