10/25/13 3:19pm
10/25/2013 3:19 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Volunteer Paul Dooling, of Farmingdale, power washes the A-6E.

Restoration of the F-14 and A-6E fighter jets on loan from the U.S. Navy and on display at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton got under way Friday.

Six volunteers — many of them Grumman retirees — from Nassau County’s Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City donated their time Friday morning to perform “spot repairs,” by power-washing and scraping away and chipping paint from the airplanes.

Friday’s maintenance efforts focused on winterizing the planes, Cradle of Aviation Museum executive director Andrew Parton said.

The planes will be painted for the first time since 2007 next spring, he said.

“It feels good to preserve this part of Long Island’s history,” Mr. Parton said. “We’re happy to do it.”

The town teamed up with the museum to make the proper repairs after Calverton civic members and a News-Review article in May highlighted the planes’ deteriorating condition.

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said Friday’s clean up was just the start of the restoration, saying there would be a long-term partnership with the museum to ensure the planes remained the best possible condition.

He said the town is working out the details of the maintenance plan and would continue to supply the paint and other materials, such as ladders, a power washer and a bucket truck as needed.

“The fact that they’re doing this for the town is tremendous,” Mr. Walter said. “We are looking forward to a long partnership with the Cradle of Aviation Museum.”

cmurray@timesreview.com 

10/21/13 7:00am
10/21/2013 7:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The F-14 on display at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton.

The F-14 and A-6E fighter jets on loan from the U.S. Navy and on display at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton will receive much-needed repairs this week, Riverhead Town officials have announced.

After concerns raised by Calverton civic members and a News-Review article in May highlighting the planes’ deteriorating condition, the town is partnering with Nassau County’s Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to make the proper repairs.

“I wish to express my utmost appreciation to the Cradle of Aviation Museum for providing the volunteer labor necessary to provide the necessary facelift to the F-14 and A-6 Navy aircraft,” Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said in a statement. “This memorial recognizes the significant efforts that Grumman employees played in the history of both the Town of Riverhead and the entire United States of America. I am thrilled that we are able to keep the park open in a pristine manner that is deserving of those who served our country.”

Volunteers, many of them Grumman retirees, will provide their services free of charge for the cleanup. The Town will supply the paint and other materials, such as ladders, a power washer and a bucket truck.

The work on both the F-14 and A-6 aircraft is scheduled to take place Friday.

cmurray@timesreview.com 

07/22/13 12:00pm
07/22/2013 12:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The F-16 on display at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton.

This September, the F-14 and A-6E fighter jets on loan from the U.S. Navy and on display at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton will receive much-needed repairs, Riverhead Town officials said.

After concerns raised by Calverton civic members and a News-Review article in May highlighting the planes’ deteriorating condition, the town is partnering with Nassau County’s Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to make the proper repairs.

On Thursday, Riverhead Town engineer Ken Testa received word that the museum has assembled a small volunteer group of Grumman retirees to paint, repair and power-wash the aircraft, free of charge.

The town will be required to pay only the cost of materials, Mr. Testa said.

Work will begin in early September, when the weather cools.

cmurray@timesreview.com 

07/16/13 8:00am
07/16/2013 8:00 AM
Calverton EPCAL sign

MICHAEL WHITE FILE PHOTO | A sign marking the EPCAL entrance along Route 25 in Calverton.

The next step in the redevelopment of the Enterprise Park at Calverton starts tonight, when the Riverhead Town Board will seek comments on how best to assess the environmental impacts of its proposed 50-lot subdivision and re-use plan for the former Grumman property.

At the regular Town Board meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., the board will hold what’s known as a scoping hearing on the EPCAL plan.

The hearing’s purpose is to seek input on what should be examined in the upcoming environmental study of the town’s plans for town-owned land at the site that has sat undeveloped. For example, the impact on traffic, air quality, noise, town resources, water quality, animal species and other areas would need to be addressed by the study.

After trying to sell big chunks of the land all at once to one or two large developers, the town now is hoping to subdivide the land into 50 smaller lots and sell those lots one by one over a period that officials say could stretch beyond 20 years.

A 20-page draft scoping document was published by the town in advance of the hearing, as was a seven page “positive declaration” document. Those documents, as well as the public hearing notice, can be read below.

The EPCAL hearing is scheduled to start no earlier than 7:30 p.m. and Town Hall reporter Tim Gannon will be blogging live from the meeting. Come back to riverheadnewsreview.com to follow along and see what issues are raised by the public.

Public Hearing Notice(3) by Riverhead News-Review

Draft Scope(1) by Riverhead News-Review

Pos_Dec(1) by Riverhead News-Review