06/01/14 7:00am
06/01/2014 7:00 AM
Dillon Realander, 2, of Riverhead helps construct a fairy house. His sister Summer, 5, is in the background. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Dillon Realander, 2, of Riverhead helps construct a fairy house. His sister Summer, 5, is in the background. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Peconic Community School hosted a fundraiser at Hallockville Museum Farm on Saturday afternoon to benefit the school.

Kids and their parents enjoyed the music of Brady Rymer and the delicious pizza from Rolling in Dough Pizza Truck. (more…)

05/24/14 12:00pm
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Spelling bee champion Sarah Bowe, center, with second-place winner Beth Motschenbacher, right and third-place winner Carol Cryzwinski. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Spelling bee champion Sarah Bowe, center, with second-place winner Beth Motschenbacher, right and third-place winner Carol Cryzwinski. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The first-ever spelling bee was held at the Jamesport Meeting House on May 23 and it was a smashing success.

Nearly two dozen people of all ages took part in the competition, which will benefit the upkeep and restoration of the historic Meeting House.

Sarah Bowe took home the trophy for first place, followed by Beth Motschenbacher in second and Carol Cryzwinski in third.

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04/07/14 3:09pm
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Jimmy Punda of North Shirley aboard his 1971 VW trike custom-built "toy." (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Jimmy Punda of North Shirley aboard his 1971 VW trike custom-built “toy.” (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

For the third year in a row, Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter rolled out motorcycles and classic cars in town to raise funds for a new animal shelter.

After being held downtown by the Peconic River last year and at Calverton Links the previous year, Hogs & Hot Rods Rock the Shelter fundraiser was held in the Splish Splash parking lot in Calverton Sunday afternoon.

Sponsored by Splish Splash to benefit the nonprofit started by Denise Lucas, the festival featured a car and motorcycle show, vendors, and live music.

Ms. Lucas started her effort to move the Riverhead Town Animal Shelter in September 2011.

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02/07/14 12:01pm
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WADING RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO | Firefighters combat the fire that destroyed the Dalecki family's home on Michael Lane.

WADING RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO | Firefighters combat the fire that destroyed the Dalecki family’s home on Michael Lane.

Neighbors and friends of a Wading River family have raised over $10,000 to help them get back on their feet after their Michaels Lane home was gutted in a fire earlier this week.

The home of George and Jean Dalecki caught fire just after midnight Tuesday while the couple were inside, Wading River Fire Chief Mark Donnelly said. Their house, cars and personal belongings were all destroyed.

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11/21/13 1:09pm
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COURTESY PHOTO | Angie and Keith Palladino with their newborn son, Joshua. The six-week-old boy died Wednesday.

COURTESY PHOTO | Angie and Keith Palladino with their newborn son, Joshua. The six-week-old boy died Wednesday.

An online fundraising effort to help support the parents of a 6-week-old baby boy who died this week has raised more than $3,000 in its first day.

Joshua Caleb Palladino was born on Oct. 8 to Angie and Keith Palladino of Aquebogue after a healthy pregnancy, said family friend Jamie Galloway. But Joshua was hospitalized after complications from childbirth left him fighting for life, she said.

“None of this was expected at all,” Ms. Galloway said.

Joshua was taken to Stony Brook University hospital, but died Wednesday night. An online fundraiser through GoFundMe.com was set up by Ms. Galloway to help Ms. Palladino, who works at North Fork Radiology, and Mr. Palladino pay for medical costs and funeral expenses.

“With both of them being out of work, being with him, with the medical bills and everything else, they’re going through a tough time during the worst time of their lives,” Ms. Galloway said.

In less than a day, the outpouring has been “mindblowing,” she said. Nearly 80 donors have given $3,085 to the cause as of Thursday afternoon.

Ms. Galloway said that the Palladinos deserve all the support they’re getting.

“[Angie] and her husband are both beautiful people,” she said. “They always give when they can give to help people.”

For more information about the fundraiser, including how to donate, visit the campaign’s GoFundMe page.

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05/18/13 6:14pm
05/18/2013 6:14 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Demitri Hampton’s memory was honored Saturday at a fundraiser for a scholarship in his name.

More than 200 people packed into Robert Ludlam Park in Riverside Saturday afternoon to help raise funds for the college scholarship created in memory of a young Flanders man who was killed in a home invasion earlier this year.

The DQH Memorial Picnic benefited the DQH Scholarship Fund, and included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, music, food and raffles.

The scholarship was set up this spring to honor Demitri Hampton, a 21-year-old college student who was shot and killed in January.

The DQH scholarship Fund was founded by Mr. Hampton’s relatives and will be awarded to Riverhead High School students who are looking to attend Suffolk County Community College, where Mr. Hampton was a student.

More than a dozen teams entered the tournament, donating about $300 in total to the scholarship.

The event also received gifts from Tanger Outlet Center, Riverhead Ice and other businesses, family and friends for the raffle, said Mr. Hampton’s stepfather Theodore Trent.

“They just all volunteered,” he said. “We really didn’t’ have to go asking.”

Wendy’s fast food restaurant in Riverhead has also agreed to give 10 percent of their dinner profits on the third Thursday of every month to the scholarship fund, said Juanita Trent, Demitri’s mother.

“We’re just so blessed,” she said.

People can donate to the scholarship fund by mail at DQH Scholarship Fund, 57 Maple Avenue, Riverhead NY, 11901.

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05/08/13 4:30pm
05/08/2013 4:30 PM
COURTSEY PHOTO | The Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham was built in 1901 by renowned architect Stanford White.

COURTSEY PHOTO | The Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham was built in 1901 by renowned architect Stanford White.

Seven months after an online fundraiser raised $1.4 million to save the last remaining laboratory of famed inventor Nikola Tesla, the nonprofit group that organized the drive has purchased the property to build a museum and science center.

The sale of the Wardenclyffe property, off Route 25A in Shoreham, marks the end of a nearly 20-year effort by the group, Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, to prevent the property from falling into the hands of owners who would demolish the lab.

“I think we can all say despite the ups and downs it was well worth it because here we are,” said group president Jane Alcorn. “Almost 100 years ago, Tesla lost this property to foreclosure. We have just reached the point where we can say we’ve purchased it in his name.”

Last year, more than 33,000 contributors from 108 countries contributed to the fund, called “Let’s Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum.” The online fundraiser was featured by the creator of the popular webcomic The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman, who encouraged his fans to donate.

Mr. Tesla, a rival of Thomas Edison and a pioneer in the use of alternating current, conducted experiments at the Wardenclyffe laboratory, built in 1901, in hopes of providing free, wireless electricity to the world.

The tower designed to provide the electrical energy was torn down in 1917 and, after Mr. Tesla’s death, the property was later leased to a photography company, which dumped waste on the land. Wardenclyffe was later purchased by an imaging company, which sold the 16-acre property for $850,000 last Thursday, Ms. Alcorn said.

A reimbursement grant from New York State will cover the full cost of the purchase, allowing the remaining funds to go toward clearing the property and beginning construction of the science center and museum, Ms. Alcorn said.

The group announced the purchase at a press conference at the New Yorker Hotel last Thursday, as the audience gave a standing ovation and cheered.

Among the biggest contributors to the cause was Joseph Sikorski, a local filmmaker who plans to produce a film about Tesla’s work called “Fragments from Olympus.”

Mr. Sikorski and his film crew donated $33,333, all the production’s seed money, during the online fundraiser. He is now working on a documentary about the efforts to save Wardenclyffe, called “Tower to the People.”

Mr. Sikorski thanked those gathered at the press conference for their support, praised Mr. Inman for making the comic that raised awareness of fundraiser and jokingly kissed the larger-than-life cardboard cutout of Mr. Tesla on the shoulder.

“It’s a very happy day today, but it’s very important to understand it’s just a beginning,” he said. “Wardenclyffe really needs a lot of restoration, a lot of TLC.”

Over the next few months, the group will clean up the site and preserve Tesla’s existing lab, Ms. Alcorn said, adding that they will need the continued support of Tesla admirers to build the science center.

The group has allowed the Suffolk County Police K-9 unit to train their dogs on the property, which Ms. Alcorn said gives the site much-need security. The group plans to determine which structures, in addition, to the lab can be rehabilitated and which must be torn down.

After the site is cleared, the nonprofit will organize volunteers to help rake the property and mulch flower beds.

Ms. Alcorn expects the full project will cost about $10 million, and she is hopeful that businesses will step forward to donate.

“We have an enormous task ahead of us,” she said.

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