11/16/13 10:00am
11/16/2013 10:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | East End Arts gallery director helps customer Craig Rosenberg pick out a wool scarf for a friend Friday morning on the first day the boutique was open. Scarf is made by Elizabeth Palmer-Buchtman of Pawling New York.

Handmade ornaments, one-of-a-kind jewelry and unique knits and crafts will be among the gifts on display at the East End Arts’ Annual Holiday Gift Boutique. An opening reception will be held today from noon to 5 p.m. in the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead.

The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The gallery will feature a large selection of hand-crafted heirloom ornaments. There are art-ful gifts at a wide variety of prices. All the items in the boutqie are unique creations by East End Arts member-artists. This year, 45 local artists are participating.

Guests can meet the artists at today’s reception. The boutique runs through Dec. 22. For more information, click here.

10/14/13 7:00am
10/14/2013 7:00 AM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Appraiser Karen Sampieri examines a gold pocketwatch during Saturday's appraisal event in Riverhead. The watch was valued at between $400 and $1,000.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Appraiser Karen Sampieri examines a gold pocketwatch during Saturday’s appraisal event in Riverhead. The watch was valued at between $400 and $1,000.

G. Greux.

That’s what the hastily scribbled signature at the edge of the faded etching Jose Capitulo was holding spelled. Or, at least, that’s what he thought it spelled.

“Gustave Greux,” he said, as more of a question than a statement of fact. He had done some homework on the yellowed piece of art he and his wife Lorina bought at an estate sale along with a pile of old books. The best result was that Greux, a French engraver from the last 19th century.

A search or two on the Internet had turned up little about the work of art portraying a young woman sitting by a tree, or its potential value.

So on Saturday morning, Mr. and Ms. Capitulo trekked from North Babylon to the Hyatt Place East End in Riverhead to be one of hundreds to have their antique art, jewelry and knickknacks appraised by New York City auctioneers.

More than 500 items ranging from old hockey sticks to silver rings to picture frames were valued as part of the appraisal day, hosted by East End Arts, said the organization’s executive director Pat Snyder.

“It’s been a blast so far,” she said as she surveyed the dozens of people on line waiting for their turn.

The appraisals were done by Heritage Auctions, the same company that was used in some episodes of “Antiques Roadshow,” and each appraiser had a specialty. One was an expert in jewelry, another fine art, yet another a master of coins and rare currency.

Most of those who waited on line for hours to have their heirlooms valued didn’t strike gold at the appraisers table.

More than one set of grandma’s old rings turned out to be just worth its weight in metal, while another golden pocket watch was determined to be average for the time period and worth around $400.

Still, Mr. and Ms. Capitulo were hopeful their estate sale find would net them a healthy profit.

As the pair sat across the folding table in the appraisal room, appraiser Aviva Lehmann snapped open a handheld magnifier and hunched over the etching. She didn’t recognize the name of the artist, and a search through her database revealed no notable matching sales.

Gustave Greux, whoever he was, probably didn’t make the Capitulo’s piece.

The condition of the 19th century etching — frayed and acidified at the edges — only further deducted from the value, Ms. Lehmann declared.

The final determination: the etching was worth no more than $50 to $100. It probably wasn’t even worth investing any money into the restoration, Ms. Lehmann said..

“It’s very well done,” she said apologetically. “It’s beautiful. I would hang it.”

The couple tucked the artwork away with the paper it came from. Sure, they said, the etching wasn’t worth big bucks. But it was still a good deal.

“We got it for 2 dollars, so we’re pretty happy,” Ms. Capitulo said.


09/18/13 3:30pm
09/18/2013 3:30 PM
BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Volunteers down on East Main Street in  2011.

BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Volunteers down on East Main Street in 2011.

The Riverhead Garden Club is looking for help from Riverhead Town in the way of better security, better lighting and irrigation for its Knot Garden on the town-owned East End Arts property in downtown Riverhead.

Members of the club, which was founded in 1931, have been restoring the garden between the historic Davis-Corwin and Benjamin houses on the property for many years. And in December 2011, they planted several boxwood plants there, according to Fay Young, the group’s co-president.

By the spring of 2012, she said, 11 of the boxwoods had been stolen.

TOWN HISTORIAN COURTESY PHOTO | The Davis-Corwin house with a formal boxwood garden to the east of it, as it appeared in 1976.

TOWN HISTORIAN COURTESY PHOTO | The Davis-Corwin house with a formal boxwood garden to the east of it, as it appeared in 1976.

On Tuesday, club members went to the Town Board meeting to ask for help.

“We are concerned about the security of the boxwoods,” Ms. Young told the Town Board.

She estimated the value of the stolen boxwoods at about $500. The group is hoping to plant replacement boxwoods, but the members want to make sure there is better security at the site before they do so.



“It’s sort of amazing that with the number of police officers we have downtown, that somebody could dig up these plants,” Supervisor Sean Walter said.

Patricia Carey, the club’s civic beautification chair, said they would like the town to install irrigation to the site, to better water the plants, and add the Knot Garden to the list of places the town is considering for security camera installation.

The Town Board recently issued a request for proposals to install a security camera system at seven locations in downtown Riverhead.

Mr. Walter said the town should be able to come up with the $500 to buy new boxwoods, so long as the Garden Club plants them.

As for the security cameras, he said its not certain if the town will even have the money to do that project at all.

Garden Club member Marge Lawrence said the fact that downtown is now designated as an historic corridor should make it possible for the club to get grants for the project.”

But the club has to “ensure that this area is not pillaged again,’ she said.

Councilman James Wooten said there is irrigation on the property; all the Garden Club has to do is tap into it.

Mr. Walter asked Councilman George Gabrielsen to work with the club because of his farming and greenhouse experience.


09/02/13 12:00pm
09/02/2013 12:00 PM

East End Arts will present ‘Art Means Business,’ a seminar and networking party, from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Business owners, artists, government officials, arts and nonprofit organizations and the public are invited to attend.

The keynote speaker is Michelle Isabelle-Stark, director of film and cultural affairs for the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development. She’ll talk about “Destination Downtown,” the county’s marketing campaign aimed at promoting small businesses, business districts and historic downtowns.

A panel discussion on ways for small businesses to partner with the arts will be moderated by Citibank business banker Jim Cairo. Panelists will include Baiting Hollow Vineyard owner Paula Geonie; Michael Mahon, owner of 73 Main in Riverhead; The Riverhead Project owner Dennis McDermott ; Ron Rothman, owner of Rothman’s Department Store in Southold; and Ann Vandenburgh, co-owner and art curator of Greenport Harbor Brewing Company.

Tickets are $25 in advance for East End Arts and Riverhead Chamber of Commerce members; $30 in advance for nonmembers; and $35 at the door.

06/09/13 6:31pm
06/09/2013 6:31 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | McGann-Mercy students Patrick O'Brien, Nicole Chiuchiolo and Danielle Allen celebrate after their three Teeny Award wins.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | McGann-Mercy students Patrick O’Brien, Nicole Chiuchiolo and Danielle Allen celebrate after their three Teeny Award wins.

McGann-Mercy High School senior Nicole Chiuhiolo stood near the red carpet at Southold High School, waiting to be photographed in her blue dress as she held her glass prize for best Lead Actress in a Drama.

Her fellow cast members had just won awards for best supporting actor and actress for their work in the school’s production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Nearby, a camera crew was interviewing her friends.

“My hands are still shaking!” Nicole said.

The 11th annual Teeny Awards brought the glitz and glamour of an awards show to the North Fork Sunday afternoon to honor high school theater productions from across the East End.


The ceremony, produced by East End Arts, highlighted scenes from some of the 17 participating school’s theater productions, including “Summer Nights” from Southold High School’s version of “Grease.”

The packed auditorium cheered as each nominee was read. When the award was announced, the winner’s cast seated in bunches around the room would scream in delight.

“I think the performances today really showed these kids are not only incredibly talented, they are skilled,” said show coordinator and professional actress and singer Morgan Vaughan. “I really believe that together, we can make the East End of Long Island the home of the best high school theatre in the United States.”

See below for a full list of winners from the North Fork:


Lead Actress in a Drama

• Nicole Chiuchiolo, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Supporting Actor in a Drama

• Patrick O’Brien, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Supporting Actress in a Drama

• Danielle Allen, McGann-Mercy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?


Lead Actor in a Comedy

• Sean Mannix, Shoreham-Wading River, Don’t Drink the Water

Supporting Actress in a Comedy

• Gwyn Foley, Mattituck, Are Teachers Human?


Supporting Actor in a Musical

• Matthew Drinkwater, Greenport, Guys & Dolls

Supporting Actress in a Musical

• Lea Giambruno, Shelter Island, Legally Blonde


This award is for a particular scene, musical number, dance number, or group that the judges feel stands out enough to warrant special recognition.

This year, the recipient is The Greek Chorus from Shelter Island’s Legally Blonde.


The following students are all recognized for their invaluable contributions as STAGE MANAGERS:

• Mariah Brengel, Shoreham-Wading River

• Ian Byrne, McGann-Mercy

• Quinn Carey, McGann-Mercy

• Helen Chen, Mattituck

• Jaclyn Conway, Southold-Greenport Co-Production

• Jaclyn Conway, Southold

• Mayra Gonzalez, Mattituck

• Melissa Hickox, Mattituck

• Julie Lindell, Shoreham-Wading River

• Anne O’Rourke, Mattituck

• Stephen Spinelli, Shoreham-Wading River

• Jerilyn Toole, Riverhead

• Sean Walden, Greenport

• Rachel Williams, Riverhead


• Savannah Calderale, Southold, Grease – Set Design

05/26/13 3:44pm
05/26/2013 3:44 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Denise Yazak and Evan Maxwell draw a character form Metroid, (in a space sponsored by Times/Review Newsgroup).

The streets of downtown Riverhead were a little brighter Sunday. Not just because the weather was nice, after rain the day before, but also because it was the 17th Annual Community Mosaic and Street Painting Festival.

The event is sponsored by East End Arts and closes down Main Street between Roanoke Avenue and East Avenue so people draw their artwork right on the street, using chalk, an art form that dates back to the 16th Century.

“We’ve never been rained out, and we we were really thinking this might have been the year we were, so we’re thrilled we weren’t,” said Pat Synder, executive director of East End Arts.

The event is done for the community and also to raise scholarship money for EEC’s School of the Arts, Ms. Snyder said.

This year, she also showed off some of her students. Sheree Elder, who was a student at EEC from the age of five to her high school graduation, served as master of ceremonies Sunday. Ms. Elder went to CW Post for arts administration and now works in the development department at the Parrish Arts Museum in Southampton, Ms. Synder said.

And singing the national anthem was Danielle Allen of McGann-Mercy High School, a vocal student at EEA since she was five, who has performed at the New York City Thanksgiving parade and is a member of the National Festival Chorus at Lincoln Center.

The people drawing in the streets came from all over, which some traveling from as far as Queens to be in the festival.

Christina Lettich of Port Jefferson station was spotted drawing by a waitress in a Friendly’s restaurant who urged her to participate in the street painting festival, her mother, Lisa said. Not only did Christina do so, but the waitress came too, Lisa Lettich said.

Ms. Snyder said the theme of this year’s festival was diversity.

02/06/13 2:00pm
02/06/2013 2:00 PM

Page 3 of the Feb. 11, 1988 issue of the Riverhead News-Review.

25 years ago

Riverhead detective indicted in illegal taping scandal

Town police detective Vincent Gianni was indicted on Feb. 9, 1988 on perjury charges for allegedly making a false statement to a grand jury investigating the illegal taping of outgoing calls made by people in custody at Riverhead police headquarters, according to a story in that week’s Riverhead News-Review.

Det. Gianni was indicted after a female juror asked if he had ever listened to the recordings. He responded “no ma’am.”  However, other officers testified that he had listened to the tapes.

Postscript: The charge against Det. Gianni was dropped about a month later. Later that same year he was probed in another scandal, in which it was alleged he used drugs on the job, supplied drugs to others and twice tipped a friend to a drug raid on her home. He resigned in June 1989 after 16 years on the force and the case against him was closed, according to a Newsday report.


5 years ago

Endangered owl found at EPCAL

An endangered species of owl is apparently wintering at the former Grumman site in Calverton, a discovery that could have significant implications for Riverhead’s development plans at EPCAL, former executive editor Denise Civiletti wrote in a Feb. 7, 2008 story in the News-Review.

Patricia Pelkowski, Pine Barrens site director for The Nature Conservancy, told us at least three short-eared owls were living at the site.

Postscript: A month after this story was published, former Riverhead Town Supervisor Phil Cardinale met at the site with News-Review photographer Barbaraellen Koch. He was sitting in his car explaining how there were no owls there when she spotted one. Check out the hilarious photo below of him seeing for himself.

15 years ago

Ex-supervisor’s son killed in Route 25A crash

Jared Janoski, the youngest son of former Riverhead Town Supervisor Joe Janoski, was killed in a Route 25A crash on Feb. 1, 1998, we reported in that week’s News-Review.

Mr. Janoski, who was 27 years old at the time, was driving alone when his Nissan veered off the roadway and struck a tree.

He was a left fielder on the 1987 Shoreham-Wading River baseball team that won a state championship.

20 years ago

New council targets Suffolk Theater renovation

The East End Arts Council’s Business Council decided at its inaugural meeting Jan. 20, 1993 that it would explore the possibility of restoring the Suffolk Theater on Main Street in Riverhead, reporter Bob Liepa wrote in the Feb. 4 issue of the Riverhead News-Review.

“I think the Suffolk Theater could be a tremendous magnet for downtown Riverhead,” said then-East End Arts Council president Troy Gustavson, who was also the News-Review publisher at the time.

Mr. Gustavson said the cost to renovate the theater, which was put up for sale in 1987, might be too much and the council had only begun to explore avenues of funding.

Postscript: Many dollars and years later, the Suffolk Theater will finally reopen next month.

Little Flower caregiver charged with abusing kids

A childcare worker at Little Flower Children’s Services in Wading River was arrested for sexually abusing seven children on Feb. 5, 1993, according to a News-Review report.

Barry J. Wiggins, who was 28 years old and living in Riverhead at the time, was accused of fondling the boys, who ranged in age from 13 to 15 years old, we wrote.

The incidents took place over the course of an entire year, police said at the time.

Postscript: Mr. Wiggins was convicted in December 1993 and served three years in jail. He now lives in South Carolina, where he is a registered sex offender.

30 years ago

Library opens at SWR High School, pool next?

The North Shore Public Library opened at Shoreham-Wading River High School the week of Feb. 10, 1983, according to that week’s edition of the News-Review. But the brief we published focused on another expansion that never came to fruition.

“[If voter’s approve], a $2 million swimming pool will be the next addition to the school,” we wrote.

The 100 x 200 pool would be financed by floating bonds, we reported. (I’m not sure if the pun was intended.)

Postscript: The district has previously proposed building two more “training pools” at the elementary schools, but that was scrapped by the time the high school pool resolution was adopted. Based on the fact that the school has no pool today, I’d guess voters “sank” the measure that March.

45 years ago

Two-million dollar river span is planned

A second highway bridge has been tentatively planned to span the Peconic River just east of Riverhead, we reported in the Feb. 8, 1968 issue of the Riverhead News-Review.

The new bridge, which would cost an estimated $2 million, will be part of a 6 1/2 mile roadway cutting south from Hubbard Road in Aquebogue to the Riverhead-Quogue Road south of Ludlam Avenue in Southampton, we wrote.

Postscript: These days it’s hard to imagine the area without the 105 bridge.

75 years ago

The fat lady at the circus is a winnah

On this platform lad-e-e-s and gentleman, you will see Little Luella, one of the fattest of fat ladies in the entire w-o-o-rld, read the lead of a Feb. 11, 1938 Riverhead News story about the circus coming to Roanoke Avenue High School.

The circus, which the story noted would feature “midgets” among its 100 performers, was being presented as a fundraiser for the American Legion. Organizers expected it to net $10,000.

Postscript: Yup, we had a different style back then. 


02/03/13 8:00am
02/03/2013 8:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Artist Frank Wimberley juried the show Friday night at East End Arts.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Artist Frank Wimberley juried the show Friday night at East End Arts.

“In which ways are you personally diverse?” was the question posed to artists for the all-media art show “Diversity,” which held an opening reception Friday evening in the East End Arts gallery building in downtown Riverhead.

Internationally renowned artist/painter Frank Wimberley of Queens and Sag Harbor juried the show, selecting 64 pieces of art from  150 entries.

Mr. Wimberley said he was “so pleased to make these selections.”

His wife, Juanita Wimberley, said the hanging of the art is as important as the selections.

“She gets the gold star for hanging the show,” she said, referring to gallery director Jane Kirkwood.

“Best in Show” was awarded to Katherine Liepe-Levinson of Riverhead for her photograph titled ‘Babel: My Life.’

Marion Jones of Southold was awarded second place for her collage ‘Trusting My Instincts.’ Calverton artist Nannette Tiano won third place for her photograph titled ‘Tulle #1.’


The art show is in conjunction with a sister show exploring a similar theme held at the Suffolk County Historical Society titled “Hidden & Forbidden: Objects and Art of Intolerance.” The two exhibits will come together for a panel discussion at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Suffolk County Historical Society to explore the topic of racism in “post-racist” America. The discussion is free and open to the public.


BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Anna Jurnich of Wading River's acrylic painting  titled, "So, Who Am I , Lord?"

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Anna Jurnich of Wading River’s acrylic painting titled, “So, Who Am I , Lord?”

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Arts school faculty member Billy Johnson of Riverhead (from left) performed a piece inspired by the 'Blues' with students Brandon Boardman of Riverhead and Luke Jurow of Quogue.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Arts school faculty member Billy Johnson of Riverhead (from left) performed a piece inspired by the ‘Blues’ with students Brandon Boardman of Riverhead and Luke Jurow of Quogue.

Best in Show

Best in Show: ‘Babel: My Life’ by Katherine Liepe-Levinson.

First Place

First Place: ‘Paint’ by Ruth Nasca of East Hampton

Second Place

Second Place: ‘Trusting My Instincts’ by Marion Jones

Third Place

Third Place: ‘Tulle #1′ by Nannette Tiano.