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

07/03/13 10:00am
07/03/2013 10:00 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | This Fourth of July provides several opportunities for fireworks displays on the North Fork.

The North Fork is preparing for another star-spangled Fourth of July celebration, with parades, music, fireworks and all the patriotic trimmings taking place between Wednesday, July 3, and Sunday, July 7. Barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad and corn on the cob? Sorry, you’re on your own there.

Here’s a rundown of this week’s Independence Day events:

Fireworks

• Fourth of July concert and fireworks on the Peconic riverfront in Riverhead starts at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. Brady Rymer performs, followed by fireworks at approximately 9:15 p.m.

• Fireworks on Wednesday, July 3, and Saturday, July 6, at 10 p.m. are part of the Greenport firemen’s carnival taking place from 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, through Saturday, July 6, at the Polo Grounds on Moore’s Lane. The event, which includes rides, games and food, is hosted by Phenix Hook & Ladder Company and Relief Hose Company.

• A family festival carnival fundraiser for Peconic Bay Medical Center will include fireworks on Saturday, July 6, at 9:30 p.m. The carnival runs from 6 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7, on Route 25A in Wading River and includes rides, food and vendors. The event is hosted by PBMC board member Kenn Barra and the PBMC Auxiliary.

• Shelter Island’s fireworks display, usually visible from parts of Southold, has been pushed back to Saturday, July 13.

Parades

• The New Suffolk Civic Association’s Fourth of July parade starts at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, at the corner of Tuttle and New Suffolk roads and proceeds to the town beach.

• The Southold Village Merchants’ Fourth of July parade steps off at noon on Thursday, July 4. Children riding bicycles decorated in red, white and blue may line up at 11:45 a.m. on Hobart Road.

jennifer@timesreview.com

05/27/13 12:10am
05/27/2013 12:10 AM

JOHN NEEELY FILE PHOTO | Calverton National Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Monday.

• Riverhead’s annual combined veterans parade begins at the corner of Pulaski Street and Osborn Avenue at 10 a.m. It will proceed down Main Street and return to its starting location for a ceremony at the World War II memorial in front of Pulaski Street School at 11 a.m.

• Calverton National Cemetery , 210 Princeton Blvd. in Calverton, will hold its annual Memorial Day observances at 1 p.m. in the assembly area at the cemetery.

• The official Southold Town Memorial Day parade, hosted this year by the Village of Greenport, will start at 10 a.m. with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park at First and Main streets. The parade will then proceed along Main and Front streets and end at the Third Street firehouse.

• Orient Fire Department’s annual Memorial Day parade will start at 7:30 a.m. The parade will step off at the firehouse at 23300 Main Road. The route will run along Tabor Road to Orchard Street, then Navy Street, Village Lane, Main Road and back to the firehouse.

• A Greenport Memorial Day dockside service is scheduled for 8 a.m. Attendees and organizers are asked to meet in the Adams Street parking lot behind the Arcade at 7:45 a.m. Marchers will then head to the dock by the railroad station. Refreshments will follow at the Third Street firehouse.

• Mattituck Fire Department will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony at the war memorial at Pike Street and Wickham Avenue at 8 a.m. That event will be followed by a parade through the Love Lane business area, ending at the firehouse.

12/30/12 11:30am
12/30/2012 11:30 AM

POLICE MUG SHOTS | Teresa Doige, left, and Lillian Kirchberger stand accused of stealing Christmas packages off the front steps of homes in Wading River.

Update

The Southold Town Police Department announced Sunday it has returned packages to 33 alleged victims of the two women arrested earlier this month for stealing Christmas presents delivered to houses across the North Fork. This will likely lead to 33 additional counts of misdemeanor larceny, police said. This investigation is still active and charges are pending.

There are still a number of unclaimed items being held, police said. If you feel you may have been a victim and are missing property please contact Detective Harned at (631) 765-2974.

Dec. 19, 2012

Turns out it wasn’t the Grinch who stole Christmas presents off the front steps of North Fork houses the past few weeks.

Two Mattituck women were arrested Tuesday and charged with the theft of several UPS packages from the front steps of homes in Wading River, Riverhead Town police said.

The suspects are believed to be connected to similar incidents on the North Fork, Southold Town police said. Some of the packages taken were recovered by police, and are waiting for their rightful owners to pick them up.

Police received reports of packages, many of them Christmas gifts, being stolen from in front of houses in the area Friday. One of the thefts was captured on surveillance footage, which was turned over to investigators, Riverhead police said.

Police identified the thieves as Lillian Kirchberger and Teresa Doige, both 42, according to a police report. They were charged with three counts of petit larceny, police said.

Two weeks ago, packages were taken from two separate houses in Aquebogue, according to police reports.

In the first incident on Dec. 5, two women driving a blue station wagon pulled up to an Edgar Avenue home and removed several packages near the house. Three days later on Dec. 8, an unknown person took a package from the front porch of a home on Linda Avenue, police said.

Police said it was not clear if the incidents were related.

“We definitely have them on the three that they’re charged with,” said Riverhead police Det. Sgt. Joseph Loggia.

Southold police Det. Sgt. John Sinning said Southold police had not arrested the women yet, but were investigating about a half-dozen incidents and will make an arrest in the future.

Sgt. Sinning said police recovered some of the stolen Christmas presents from the suspects’ home and vehicle.

“My whole office is filled with Christmas presents,” he said.

Sgt. Sinning asked that North Fork residents who think their presents were stolen contact Southold police.

psquire@timesreview.com

12/28/12 12:00pm
12/28/2012 12:00 PM

East End Arts announced the winners of its third annual Holiday Window Decorating contest in downtown Riverhead at the Dec. 27 Riverhead Town Board meeting.

The windows of several vacant storefronts were decorated in early December and people could vote for their favorites from Dec. 2 to 20 at East End Arts. The first place winner received a prize of $500. Second place got $100, and third place got six free tickets to Long Island Aquarium.

Below are the photos of the three winners from Barbaraellen Koch.

First place went to Peconic Community School.

Second place went to People for the Ethical Treatment of Elves. (Group member Mark Sisson donated the prize to New Beginnings Brendan House, another window contestant).

Third place went to the River and Roots Community Garden.

12/25/12 12:01am
12/25/2012 12:01 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Happy Holidays from the staff at Times/Review Newsgroup.

The Times/Review Newsgroup, publishers of the Riverhead News-Review, The Suffolk Times, the Shelter Island Reporter and the Long Island Wine Press would like to wish you a Merry Christmas today and a Happy New Year.

Pictured in our staff photo are:

Front Row (left to right): publisher Andrew Olsen, sales executive Joseph Tumminello, sales executive Tina Volinski, sales director Sonja Derr, reporter Gianna Volpe, circulation rep Amy Spero, calendar editor Janis Garramone, copy editor Carol Simons, circulation manager Melanie Drozd, reporter Jennifer Gustavson and Suffolk Times editor Tim Kelly.

Middle Row (left to right): sales executive Dave Conroy, News-Review editor Michael White, senior associate editor Lauren Sisson, sports editor Joe Werkmeister, reporter Paul Squire, reporter Tim Gannon, artist Ray Fedynak, business manager Lori Miller, artist Danielle Doll, receptionist Karen Kine, classifieds rep Liz Person, classifieds manager Karen Cullen, display coordinator Candice Schott and copy editor Jill Johnson.

Top Row (left to right): executive editor Grant Parpan, sales executive Erica Brower, art manager Bert Vogel, production manager Eric Hod, sales executive Bill Peters, display coordinator Tracey Doubrava, senior account executive Janice Robinson and sales executive Ken Allan.

12/24/12 1:06pm
12/24/2012 1:06 PM

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Dhonna and Bobby Goodale, center, at Riverhead Kmart where they took a dozen children Christmas shopping Monday.

The diva philanthropist strikes again. Weeks after Dhonna Goodale of Flanders showcased her home’s holiday spirit on a TLC Christmas special, Ms. Goodale and family set out to do what they do best this Christmas Eve: give unto others.

On Monday, Ms. Goodale, her husband Bobby and their two children, visited Kmart in Riverhead to do Christmas shopping for local homeless and foster children in need, a ritual the family has carried out for the past 17 years.

More than a dozen children were present at the Riverhead store Monday to be reminded of the “reason for the season” and each received three school outfits, underwear, outerwear and a couple toys.

The kids also received $5 in cash, which Ms. Goodale instructed them to give to someone else in need.

“If you keep it then that’s on your conscience,” she told the children.

Ms. Goodale said she and her husband don’t exchange Christmas gifts at all.

“This is my Christmas, because I was one of these children,” she said. “For me, this is really, really very special.”

The Goodales were joined at the event by several volunteers, including educators and social workers. Even Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their elves helped with the shopping between 12 and 1:30 p.m.

“I don’t know what each of your situation is,” Ms. Goodale said to the children before they began to comb the aisles. “But I went from welfare to philanthropy and you can grow up and make a difference. Anything you want is obtainable.”

gvolpe@timesreview.com