11/24/14 7:00am
11/24/2014 7:00 AM
Parents Alfred and Karma Marshall help Georgette Zenk (center) carve up the 25 pound turkey at Roanoke Elementary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Parents Alfred and Karma Marshall help Georgette Zenk (center) carve up the 25 pound turkey at Roanoke Elementary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Students at a pair of Riverhead elementary schools were plenty thankful for what they experienced last week.

11/22/14 10:22am
11/22/2014 10:22 AM
Local store owners show items to make a Thanksgiving table stand out. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

Local store owners show items to make a Thanksgiving table stand out. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

Between trimming the turkey, whipping the mashed potatoes and baking the pumpkin pie, who has time to think about decorating for Thanksgiving? The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a chore. Local store owners from Calverton to Greenport identified for northforker.com six items they believe can add a touch of style to any holiday table.

See their suggestions on northforker.com

04/20/14 9:27am
04/20/2014 9:27 AM
The Tyre Lodge in Riverside held its first Easter Egg hunt Saturday, and lodge Conductress Theodora Midgette said they hope to make it an annual event.

The Tyre Lodge in Riverside held its first Easter Egg hunt Saturday, and lodge Conductress Theodora Midgette said they hope to make it an annual event.

Easter egg hunts and special masses were held in the Riverhead area Saturday as part of the holiday weekend. Here are a handful of photos taken at these special events. (more…)

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

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Raspberry trifle for dessert.

Amid the distraction of all things holly and jolly, it’s easy to put health concerns on the back burner during the holidays. The season of thanks and generosity also happens to be a time of indulgence with lavish dinner spreads, delectable baked goods and lots of sweets. Considering all the temptations, it’s common to forget about the basics that maintain proper health the rest of the year. I’ve asked some area health experts to offer a few morsels of advice on staying well this holiday season — in both body and mind.

The biggest culprit in sabotaging diet and health during the holiday season is overindulgence, according to Dr. Alexis Hugelmeyer, medical director and family physician at The Suah Center in Riverhead.

“We actually see an increase in hospitalizations due to heart attacks, congestive heart failure and abnormal heart rhythm during the holiday season,” she said.

Devouring those rich holiday meals means you’re likely exposing yourself to high levels of sodium, or salt, which can drive up blood pressure. Combining high blood pressure with alcohol can lead to abnormal heart rhythm, Dr. Hugelmeyer said. Add in the stress of the season and the combination can prove too much for many unsuspecting adults.

Those with diabetes should be sure to monitor not only the sugary cocktails and homemade cranberry sauces but also carbohydrates from the meal’s previous courses. If you know that apple pie or sugar cookies will be too good to pass up, plan ahead and eat lightly during the main course.

“If you fall off track one day, that doesn’t mean your diet is ruined,” Dr. Hugelmeyer said. One of the best ways to stay the course is to give away leftovers, even if they make the perfect midnight snack. Pick up containers ahead of time and prepare doggie bags for friends and family — your waistline will thank you later.

The family cook should also consider serving the main meal earlier in the day. You want to enjoy dinner and dessert, but keep in mind that the body needs time to metabolize all those calories before bedtime, when digestion slows down.

You can also kickstart your metabolism by drinking a glass of water a few minutes before eating, which may minimize the urge to overeat, Dr. Hugelmeyer said.

Despite the joys the season brings, those planning and hosting holiday events can often become overwhelmed and stressed. Susan Dingle, a therapist and licensed clinical social worker in Southold, offered a few tips to deal with the emotional pitfalls that accompany holiday celebrations.

Strained family relationships can often flare up at the holidays and can make it feel like there’s an “elephant in the living room,” Ms. Dingle said. Conflict tends to lead to a breakdown in communication, which can spiral out of control and become a full-on family feud — and you do not want family tension to ruin the celebration.

“The most important thing is to not get caught in the middle of someone else’s dispute,” she said. “If the parties try to recruit you to their side, just assure them you love them both and trust they can work it out themselves.”

The loss of a loved one can be especially difficult to deal with during family-centered holidays, Ms. Dingle said. To work through those feelings — which can arise no matter how recently or long ago the loss occurred — she recommends accepting the sadness as part of the holiday.

“I would say honor the loss in some special way and be true to your feelings,” she said. “If we accept our feelings and not judge them, we’ll notice that the feelings do pass.”

Finally, don’t forget about yourself in all the holiday hoopla. Hosts often neglect their own well being, Ms. Dingle said.

“I have learned that the more people tune in to the intangible aspects of the holidays — the values of love, kindness and gratitude — the easier it is to deal with the stresses and disappointments,” she said.

Got a health question or column idea? Email Carrie Miller at [email protected]. Follow her on twitter @carriemiller01.

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.

10/31/13 12:00pm
10/31/2013 12:00 PM
Jeff and Melissa Micari won the best costume contest at Suffolk Theater this weekend.

Jeff and Melissa Micari won the best costume contest at Suffolk Theater this weekend.

If you’re really proud of your Halloween costume this year or you think your kid will be the cutest in the neighborhood, then share your photos for all to see on in our gallery.

Several of our staff’s favorite photos will appear on the cover of the community section in the Nov. 7 issue of The Riverhead News-Review.

There are three different ways you can submit photos:

• Click the blue “upload tab” at the top of the gallery below.

• Or hashtag your photos #northforker when you post them on Twitter and Instagram.

• Or email your photos to [email protected] or [email protected].

09/02/13 8:46am
09/02/2013 8:46 AM
One of the things the British get right is leaving the long weekends that begin and end summer without names weighed down with significance.

Over there they’re called “bank holidays,” a generic term simply meaning a long weekend with Monday off.

We insist on calling the summer kickoff Memorial Day, which has recovered some of its original meaning because many of us remember Americans for their service and sacrifice in the misguided wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. By remembering them, our thoughts turn again to the veterans of World War II, Vietnam, Korea and the first Gulf War. So better Memorial Day than a “bank holiday.”

But Labor Day long ago lost its original meaning.

The first Monday in September was earmarked Labor Day as an election year appeasement by President Grover Cleveland. During the Great Depression of 1893, a strike by Pullman railroad car workers in Chicago went national and took 12,000 federal troops to break it. The leaders went to federal prison and the group spearheading the strike, the American Railway Union, was disbanded and most of the other industrial workers’ unions were done in.

But protests still boiled, and soon after the bloody end of the strike, Congress passed legislation and President Cleveland signed Labor Day into law to cool things off. It wasn’t looked at as just a paid holiday, but as a sort of victory, and, as one labor leader said, a day when workers’ “rights and wrongs would be discussed.”

It was an early example of something created out of a need for good PR that has since died along with the once-essential movement that produced it.

Unions went into hibernation after the Pullman strike, but roared back during the Great Depression II beginning in 1929. Organization and collective bargaining thrived for several generations, contributing to one of history’s triumphs: the rapid and extensive expansion of the American middle class. In the 1950s, 50 percent of American workers held union cards. Today, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 11.8 percent of workers are unionized.

With fast food and big box workers beginning to make noise about organizing for better pay, it’s important to remember that most of the employees aren’t kids but people trying to support families. The U.S. Labor Department found the median age of fast food employees is over 28 and those working in Lowe’s, Wal-Mart and other big boxes is over 30.

There’s no time, really, to reflect on summer’s passing because Labor Day is in many ways the opening gun for another race, to get the kids ready for school — and to face the shopping that requires.

It should be a time to remember what the day was named for, and to understand what it took to achieve the quality of life we all have.

Labor Day