11/02/12 3:43pm
11/02/2012 3:43 PM
Aerial Photos, Gas Crisis, Long Island, Tanger, Hurricane Sandy

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Gas lines at Hess in Riverhead after Sandy.

News-Review staffer Gianna Volpe took to the sky Friday in an airplane — but with a camera in hand — and took these aerial photos of gas lines stretching in both directions from Hess station on Route 58.

Lines at the Hess, near the Tanger Outlets, stretched past the Long Island Expressway to the west when the photos were taken about noon.

Readers reported some 200 cars were waiting for gas at the station, with Riverhead Town police officers and New York State troopers standing by.

Read more about the gas crisis.

See riverheadnewsreview.com on Saturday for shoreline aerial photos.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Gas lines stretching from the Route 58 Hess near Tanger.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Gas lines stretching from the Route 58 Hess near Tanger.

Aerial shots, News-Review, Riverhead, Hess, gas lines

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Gas line along Route 58 about noon Friday in Riverhead.

Tanger, Gas Crisis, Long Island, Riverhead

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Gas lines stretching from the Route 58 Hess near Tanger.

10/18/12 9:45am
10/18/2012 9:45 AM

A 22-year-old Riverhead man was arrested Wednesday evening in Cutchogue after a physical altercation with police, Southold Town police said.

Curtis Trent was pulled over by police at the intersection of Eugene Road and Beebe drive about 9 p.m. for traffic violations when he became combative, fighting with officers, police said.

After Mr. Trent was subdued, he was found to be in possession of marijuana.

Mr. Trent was arrested for three misdemeanor offenses, transported to police headquarters, processed and held for arraignment, according to the report.

Police did not name the exact charges in a release, and were not immediately available to provide more detailed information.

10/13/12 10:00am
10/13/2012 10:00 AM
Lieb, Craft restaurants

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Lieb Cellars director of sales John Morales (from left), advertising consultant Peter Pace and owner Mark Lieb in front of the the new ‘Vineyard’ tasting room.

A harvest party will be held at Lieb Cellars’ new tasting room at 13050 Oregon Road in Cutchogue tonight, Saturday, between 5 and 8 p.m. Organizers say it’s a chance to showcase the winery’s new digs.

It took a month longer than owner Mark Lieb originally hoped to open the new tasting room, which opened for business Oct. 1.

An official grand opening kick-off will take place there between 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.

Live music will also be held at the location every Saturday between 2 and 6 p.m.

Lieb Cellars’ original Mattituck tasting room will remain open in the Premium Wine Group facility, which Mr. Lieb also partially owns.

“I’m very happy,” Mr. Lieb said of the new tasting room last month. “This is something we’ve wanted for a long time. We built this building years ago. It’s a beautiful spot.”

Click here to read our previous story about the new tasting room.

09/12/12 5:00pm
09/12/2012 5:00 PM

GIANNA VOLPE FILE PHOTO | JABS founder Jill Schroeder at one of her classes last month.

Shape magazine announced this week that Cutchogue resident and local Zumba instructor Jill Schroeder won the first round of its national online contest seeking the nation’s most inspirational Zumba instructor.

According to Shape, Ms. Schroeder, owner of JABS in Mattituck, received the most votes out of the total 400,000 votes cast last month.

Ms. Schroeder said she found out she won Monday night after her fiancé stumbled upon an article about the contest at shape.com.

“I was excited and thought it was cool that I was featured on the website,” Ms. Schroeder said. “If it actually turns into a print article, I think it would be very good for me and my business.”

Created in Cali, Colombia during the mid-90s by aerobics instructor Alberto “Beto” Perez, the fitness program is an international sensation. To become an instructor, one must be licensed by Zumba Fitness, the organization that holds the trademark on the program.

Ms. Schroeder said she first became interested in Zumba five years ago after taking a class in Nassau County, which she said was the closest studio that offered the Latin dance exercise at the time. She opened JABS last year.

Ms. Schroeder was one of three Eastern Suffolk County Zumba instructors that were in the top 10 of the first round of Shape’s competition. Fellow JAB instructor Carol Leonard of Southold and Christine Locrotondo, a Manorville resident who teaches Zumba at Leg Works Dance in Mastic also did well in the first round.

jennifer@timesreview.com

09/01/12 12:03pm
09/01/2012 12:03 PM
Lieb, Craft restaurants

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Lieb Cellars director of sales John Morales (from left), advertising consultant Peter Pace and owner Mark Lieb in front of the the new ‘Vineyard’ tasting room.

Something new is coming to the North Fork — and fall Wine Country visitors won’t have to wait long before it’s open to the public.

Lieb Cellars is days away from opening a second tasting room. This one is in a big red barn on Oregon Road in Cutchogue, abutting the winery’s vines and overlooking a sunflower field. The other tasting room is away from the vineyard, in Mattituck.

“Hopefully we’ll be open within the next week at the most,” owner Mark Lieb said Friday. “I’m very happy. This is something we’ve wanted for a long time. We built this building years ago. It’s a beautiful spot.”

The building, which features a patio, tasting room, conference room, offices and cold storage for wine, is a place Mr. Lieb said is not only nice to have, but has become necessary, as the business needed to add office space and provide more elbow room for Wine Country visitors.

“The offices needed to be expanded because we’re growing the business significantly,” he said.

Expansions include a partnership with restaurateur, celebrity chef and five-time James Beard award-winner Tom Colicchio, who chose Lieb Cellar’s pinot blanc for a private label sparkling wine called Craft by Lieb Cellars, Brut Blanc de Blancs. Mr. Colicchio is the founder of Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants, including Craftsteak at nearby Foxwoods Resort & Casino.

“The wine will be sold exclusively in Craft restaurants and the Lieb tasting rooms,” said director of sales John Morales.

Mr. Morales is responsible for some of Lieb’s largest clients, which now include Citifield, where two of Lieb Cellars wines are sold by the glass, and Terminal Five at John F. Kennedy airport, where Lieb is the only North Fork winery represented.

“It was hard selling Long Island wine in the beginning,” said Mr. Morales, who has been with Lieb Cellars for 12 years. “Tom [Colicchio] and one of his restaurants, Craft, were one of the first places to really open their doors to the local wine scene. There’s still some hurdles, such as Nassau County, but we’re extremely strong in the Hamptons and pride ourselves on New York City.”

Between the new partnership with Mr. Colicchio, the new tasting room and a mention this month in The New York Times (along with Lenz Winery) for having one of the 12 greatest American wines under $20, the team at Lieb Cellars is looking forward to a great year.

“You’ve got the sunflowers across the street, you’ve got Long Island Sound right over there,” Mr. Lieb said from the new tasting room’s patio. “I think it’s going to be a hot spot this fall.”

gvolpe@timesreview.com

08/19/12 10:00am
08/19/2012 10:00 AM

Local music lovers will gather at Peconic Bay Winery in Cutchogue between 2 and 7 p.m. today to kick-off the 2012 NOFO Rock & Folk Fest concert series and pay tribute to Levon Helm, a musician whose influence has left an indelible fingerprint in the fabric of American music as the voice of The Band.

The Dirt Farmer band, comprised of core members of the Levon Helm Band, will headline the music festival, which will also include performances by Long Island band Miles to Dayton and the North Fork folk duo The Second Hands.

“Levon, for all of us [in the Dirt Farmer Band] was about good music for all the right reasons,” musician Larry Campbell said of his former bandmate. “I think there’s so much going on in music right now that has the wrong motivation; that’s just out there for money and riches. Money and fame goes away, but the joy of making great music never does and that’s success right there.”

Mr. Helm’s daughter, Amy, also played and sang with the Levon Helm Band before her father’s death in April and performs with The Dirt Farmer Band this afternoon in order to “keep it going” in his memory.

“We’re certainly paying tribute to him and carrying on what we were all about as a unit with his influence,” Mr. Campbell said. “That’s what we want to keep going, because it’s been a profound one for all of us, including him. He told me more than once that this was the best band he’d ever played with.”

Mr. Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer in the late 1990s, resulting in damaged vocal cords that initially left one of American music’s most distinctive voices speechless. He would slowly reinvent himself as a vocalist, singing more and more at the musical gatherings he often held at his Woodstock home.

“The first time I heard Levon sing again was at B.B. King’s in New York and it was like finding out the Beatles had gotten back together,” Mr. Campbell said of Mr. Helm’s vocal comeback.

Tickets to today’s event are $25 for anyone 17 and over and is free for all those under 16. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the continuation of the iconic musical gatherings Mr. Helms founded, The Midnight Rambles.

Read an interview with Amy Helm in Thursday’s edition of The Suffolk Times.

08/15/12 8:00am

SIDOR FARM COURTESY PHOTO | A sunflower maze in the shape of the North Fork Potato Chips’s logo is located at the intersection of Route 48 and Cox Lane in Cutchogue.

North Fork Potato Chips has created the area’s first sunflower maze in Cutchogue.

The local potato chip company, which is owned by Sidor Farm in Mattituck, opened the nearly 3-acre sunflower maze at the intersection of Route 48 and Cox Lane on Aug. 4.

Carol Sidor, who owns North Fork Potato Chips with her husband, Martin, said several varieties of sunflower seeds were planted in May to resemble the company’s logo.

“We use sunflower oil to make our chips,” Ms. Sidor said. “We grew two fields last year, but [Tropical Storm Irene] destroyed everything.”

The sunflower maze is open everyday at 10 a.m., weather permitting. Admission costs $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children age 3 and under.

Pick up Thursday’s paper to read more about this story.

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