Army Sgt. Anthony Venetz (left) and 1st Lt. Gabriel ‘Buddy’ Gengler, who went to school together at Shoreham-Wading River High School, during a chance meeting in Baghdad. (Credit: Courtesy)
It’s fairly safe to say that when military personnel are deployed overseas they believe that if tragedy strikes their loved ones will be taken care of.
The U.S. Army takes many steps to ensure that life insurance policies are updated before deployment, for example. Beneficiaries are verified; the ‘i’ is dotted, the ‘t’ — like the fingers of the soldiers and their loved ones — is crossed. (more…)
Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Credit: NYS Executive Chamber)
An effort by Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate to establish the Women’s Equality Party line sounds great in theory. Who doesn’t stand for equality? And rallying any group for a common cause is something that should be celebrated in a democratic society. (more…)
The end of the 631 area code is approaching for some of us here in Suffolk County.
While the arguments surrounding the pros and cons of both possible solutions now being weighed by the North American Numbering Plan Administration may seem trivial, this is actually an important issue that can change how residents in the county are identified. (more…)
Line Road (above) at EPCAL became a subject for debate during a bike path discussion at Town Hall. (Credit, Tim Gannon, file)
A discussion at Town Hall last week about a proposed nine-mile bike loop at Enterprise Park at Calverton showed that, at least for the moment, it will remain incomplete. That’s probably a good thing. Here’s why: (more…)
After opting not to sell the Second Street Firehouse earlier this year to Sufolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi, Town Board members decided on Tuesday to sell it to him for $500,000. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
In February, amid concern about the high cost of finding a new home for the town’s Justice Court, a majority of Town Board members backed out of a deal to sell the Second Street firehouse to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi. (more…)
(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)
When this newspaper penned an editorial earlier this year supporting the legalization of medical marijuana in New York State, our editorial board braced for pushback from our readers.
We didn’t expect Molotov cocktails to be thrown through our office windows, but we certainly anticipated letters and phone calls from readers referring to us as mainstream liberal left media.
That never happened. Not one letter. No phone calls.
We quickly realized our readers actually agreed with us on this one. Apparently, our representative in the state Senate, Ken LaValle, did not. (more…)
The former Long Island Beagle Club off Edwards Avenue in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
About a month ago, the News-Review questioned whether a plan to offer land preserved through Suffolk’s Drinking Water Protection Program would be best suited for a motorcycle advocacy group.
Turns out, we weren’t the only ones. (more…)
Eileen Kreiling, manager of the North Fork Animal Welfare League’s Riverhead shelter, with 4-year-old pitbull Benny, who has been at the shelter since February. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
When speaking about his work as an animal advocate in town government, Councilman James Wooten will often repeat a quote widely attributed to Mahatma Ghandi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
On this front, Riverhead Town and Suffolk County governments have each made great strides over the past few years to better care for and protect animals: this in a state that consistently ranks near the bottom in the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s annual report on animal protection laws in the U.S. (more…)