11/17/14 4:13pm
11/17/2014 4:13 PM

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An army of Santas will descend on the North Fork for downtown Riverhead’s very own version of the popular pub crawl SantaCon this December.

For those unfamiliar, SantaCon is a holiday themed pub crawl where participants dress up as Santa Claus, moving from one bar to the next. While the event is traditionally held in larger cities such as San Francisco, New York and London, smaller towns are embracing the concept. And unlike those larger SantaCon’s participants in Riverhead are not required to wear a full Santa suit — a hat or other festive garb will suffice.

Find out more details, including which businesses are participating, at northforker.com.

11/14/14 8:00am
11/14/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead, Walmart, Newtown, Sandy Hook, Route 58, Riverhead

Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said the owner of the former Walmart building on Route 58 may be interested in bringing in a movie theater. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio’s comment at the end of Thursday’s Town Board work session meeting almost flew under the public’s radar.

Someone might be interested in bringing a movie theater to Riverhead, she mentioned. (more…)

11/13/14 2:45pm
11/13/2014 2:45 PM

It was meant to be a private video shared among parents of local rowers.

Two days later, video footage of last weekend’s Riverhead Snowflake Regatta became a viral YouTube sensation.

The now infamous local video with nearly a half-million views, which exploded after it was shared by sports entertainment website Deadspin, NBC Sports and USA Today among others, was shot and published on YouTube by the mother of a local rower.

“I just happened to be taking video and some of the other parents were like ‘Oh, can you send me that?” explained Mary Kay O’Shaughnessy of Riverhead. “So I posted it and it was not listed. It was not public and I sent it to a few parents.

“I don’t know how it got out there.”

YouTube explains: “Making a video unlisted means that only people who have the link to the video can view it … but it could appear elsewhere on the web if you or anyone who you shared the video with shares it more broadly.”

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The video depicts several mishaps during the annual racing event, including two crew teams stopped in the middle of the course with their boats apparently stuck.

Spectators along the riverwalk can be heard yelling and cursing at the boaters throughout the video.

Ms. O’Shaughnessy admits the video can be a bit misleading, though. At one point, the video shows an eight-women novice team striking a pier, appearing to force a teenage girl overboard as another team passes the rowers by.

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But results show that race featured a staggered start time and the team that struck the pier continued on, and eventually won.

“Not one rower ended up in the water,” Ms. O’Shaughnessy confirmed. “It was very scary, let me tell you, very scary. But they popped back up, not one of them got in the water and they actually won the race.”

And even though websites are making statements like “Riverhead Rowing Sucks!” in headlines, no teams made up of rowers from Riverhead are featured erring in the video.



Ms. O’Shaughnessy, who acknowledged that she licensed the video at the suggestion of others after it went viral, said “it was never my intention to embarrass anybody. Absolutely not.”

“It was for the parents who watched it all happen,” she said. “It was sort of surreal.

“I had some new parents saying, ‘So, this is what happens?” she said. “I said, ‘No, this never happens.’”

One veteran rowing coach who witnessed the races — but asked not to be identified — said these sort of miscues do often happen during novice races.

“This does happen and it’s not a horrible thing,” he said, likening it to foot races where runners stumble over each other.

He said sometimes young rowers can’t hear instructions from their coaches while out on the water, or have trouble seeing over each other, which could make it appear that boats are stuck while the team tries to figured out what to do.

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Ms. O’Shaughnessy said one positive from the video is that it might encourage coaches to address some safety issues within the sport.

“Maybe this can be used as a teaching tool for young kids [to learn] what to do when you get in a situation like that,” she said. “Or, you know, what not to do.”

Ms. O’Shaughnessy said she hopes the video doesn’t cause any trouble for the race organizers at East End Rowing.

“I’m so grateful the Snowflake Regatta is here,” she said. “It’s great for the local kids to go out and row.”

gparpan@timesreview.com

11/11/14 12:00pm
11/11/2014 12:00 PM
Danielle Sessa (fifth from right) cut the ribbon with family and town officials Monday afternoon to Birchwood of Polish Town. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Danielle Sessa (fifth from right) cut the ribbon with family and town officials Monday afternoon to The Birchwood of Polish Town. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Birchwood of Polish Town has got its sparkle back.

Danielle Sessa of Calverton, the new owner of the Polish Town restaurant and catering hall, joined her family and town officials in a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate the reopening of the Birchwood.  (more…)

11/08/14 2:11pm
11/08/2014 2:11 PM
Riverhead Farmers Market organizer Holly Browder and Riverhead BID president Ray Pickersgill. Credit: Vera Chinese, file)

Riverhead Farmers Market organizer Holly Browder and Riverhead BID president Ray Pickersgill. Credit: Vera Chinese, file)

The indoor Riverhead Farmers Market, one of the few weekly East End markets open through winter, will be open an extra day per week starting Nov. 16.

Read more details on northforker.com

10/29/14 3:44pm
10/29/2014 3:44 PM
WaterFire in Providence, R.I.. Credit: Oko Zoko

WaterFire in Providence, R.I.. Credit: Oko Zoko

Light up the Peconic!

A plan to bring “WaterFire” to downtown Riverhead could be in the works. WaterFire Riverhead, as it’s being billed, is a based on similar WaterFire displays around the world — the nearest being in Providence, R.I. — that feature bonfires on waterways while other artistic displays and performances take place around them. (more…)

10/29/14 2:00pm
A lamp post contest gathered over 25 participants before this weekend's Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A lamp post contest gathered over 25 participants before this weekend’s Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Downtown Riverhead is about to come alive … with the dead.

From the Headless Horseman, to a(nother) re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” to beating hearts below wooden floorboards and all things Edgar Allan Poe, if it’s spooky, it’ll be on Main Street this weekend.

Read all the details on northforker.com

10/20/14 9:00am
10/20/2014 9:00 AM
Brian Gurley behind the counter at the soon-to-open "Two Brothers Take and Bake Pizza" in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Brian Gurley behind the counter at the soon-to-open “Two Brothers Take and Bake Pizza” in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Brian Gurley is hoping the people of eastern Long Island, long-accostumed to the convenience of gooey, piping hot to-go pizzas, will embrace a West Coast approach to takeout.

His venture, Two Brothers Take and Bake Pizza, is expected to open on East Main Street in Riverhead by the end of the month, he said. Unlike a traditional New York pizzeria, the eatery makes fresh, uncooked pies to be cooked at home or frozen for later.

Read more at northforker.com