01/30/15 6:00am
01/30/2015 6:00 AM

Got cabin fever? Then head on over to see Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater’s encore presentation of “Godspell” Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2:30 p.m. at North Shore United Methodist Church in Wading River. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors ages 65 and over. All proceeds will go toward a soup kitchen and thrift shop that’s in the works at the church. Call Laura at 631-513-2843 for tickets and more information. Do go to the performance if you can — it’s awesome! (more…)

01/22/15 8:00am
01/22/2015 8:00 AM
Tristan and his mother Raven Krueger leave their home on Twomey Avenue Wednesday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Tristin and his mother Raven Krueger leave their home on Twomey Avenue Wednesday morning. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

On Wednesday morning, Raven Krueger of Calverton took her son Tristin to Stony Brook University Hospital for chemotherapy. It’s a routine the family has been forced to repeat twice a month since the teen was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2013, just before his 17th birthday.

After this particular treatment, however, the Kruegers did not have a home to return to.

On Saturday, Tristin, now 18, was with his two older brothers in their Twomey Avenue home when they heard what sounded like gunshots. The noise came from shotgun shells exploding in the attic, where a fire had erupted. (more…)

01/16/15 7:00am
01/16/2015 7:00 AM

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays. My family had a great time this Christmas; the little ones entertained us quite nicely. Children have an uncanny ability of making everything more cheerful. I guess seeing things through their eyes brings us back to when we were that age. It’s awesome!  (more…)

01/13/15 5:42pm
01/13/2015 5:42 PM
Cinco de Mayo closed its doors on Dec. 31. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Cinco de Mayo closed its doors on Dec. 31. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

After opening its doors in late 2012, Mexican-American restaurant Cinco de Mayo has closed its doors, and the building is up for lease.

A large yellow Richmond Realty sign is covering the shuttered restaurant’s green sign in the front of the building that previously housed the Village Crossroads, located at the intersection of Route 25 and Edwards Avenue.

The back room is completely empty besides three tables, a few chairs stacked against the wall and a handful of drinks left in an open refrigerator.

Ike Israel with Richmond Realty said the business closed its doors on Dec. 31, and the agency got the keys to the building on Tuesday. They are seeking $17.50 per square foot triple net to lease the 4,800 square foot building, meaning the lessee would be responsible for paying taxes, maintenance and  insurance.

The restaurant, which opened in Nov. 2012, was the site of a stabbing on April 13, 2014 after a fight between 75 to 100 people broke out around 3:30 a.m. during a “90’s style Old-School Hip-Hop R&B party.”

It was also given a ‘very good’ rating by New York Times food critic Joanne Starkey in 2013.

Attempts to reach Refugio Iglesias, owner of Cinco de Mayo, at his second restaurant, Taquiera Mi Pueblito in Hampton Bays, weren’t successful.

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…)