01/01/14 1:38pm
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TOM LAMBUI PHOTO/LIHOTSHOTS.COM | Firefighters battle a Riverside Drive house fire from the roof Wednesday.

T.J. LAMBUI PHOTO/LI HOTSHOTS | Firefighters battle a Riverside Drive fire from the roof.

A Riverside Drive home owned by a local artist was gutted by fire Wednesday, sending one man to a hospital with burns to his face and requiring 80 volunteer firefighters from five nearby fire departments.

The fire broke out in the back of the two-story home shortly after 11 a.m., said Riverhead Fire Department spokesman Bill Sanok.

“When we arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the back,” Mr. Sanok said. “The whole back of the building is torched.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Riverhead Fire Marshals.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Firefighters douse the remnants of a Riverside Drive fire on Wednesday.

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | Firefighters douse the remnants of Wednesday’s fire on Riverside Drive.

Riverhead police arrived on scene first, followed by the Riverhead Fire Department and shortly after, the Flanders Fire Department’s rapid intervention team.

Jamesport and Eastport Fire Departments followed suit, and a Wading River Fire Department ambulance reported on scene as well.

The home is owned by artist Rani Carson, whom a neighbor described as retired. Ms. Carson had taught art classes at Suffolk County Community College.

Mr. Sanok said three people were able to escape from the home safely, including the injured man.

The injured man was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of second-degree burns, said Lisa Corwin, assistant chief with the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Fire squads had to take to the roof to cut holes in the roof and a second floor wall to allow the fire to ventilate as they fought it, Mr. Sanok said.

The fire was under control in about an hour and volunteers were still on scene as of 1 p.m.

Neighbor A.J. Lacombe, who lives across the street from the damaged home, said he was alerted of the fire by his barking dog and saw quite the surprise upon looking across the street.

“I went out to see the police were here, then came the firefighters,” he said. “I saw the flames over the fence, about six feet tall.

“It was a matter of minutes and it went right up.”


12/25/13 7:55am
12/25/2013 7:55 AM
JAMESPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO | FIrefighters at the scene of Wednesday's mulch fire.

JAMESPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO | FIrefighters at the scene of Wednesday’s mulch fire.

Twas the morning of Christmas, while all were asleep 

Firefighters doused flames that were burning a heap.

The Jamesport Fire Department battled a mulch fire — with flames that reportedly leapt more than 10 feet into the air — for nearly two hours early Wednesday morning, according to fire officials.

Firefighters got word of the fire at the Plant Connection on Sound Avenue in Jamesport about 2:45 a.m. Twenty-one firefighters responded to the alarm with two fire engines and a tanker truck, according to a statement from the department.

At 4:34 a.m., the fire was under control. Fire officials said it appeared the mulch had spontaneously combusted.


10/31/13 7:58pm
10/31/2013 7:58 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Kids lined up behind a Jamesport firetruck today

BamBam and an Evil Princess were just some of the costumes kids were wearing at the Jamesport Fire Department’s station today as they enjoyed the Halloween festivities.

About two dozen children, ranging from 10 months to about 10 years old, lined up behind a fire truck with the sirens blaring as they walked across Main Road ro the George G. Young Community Center. Treated with orange gatorade, chips, cheetos and hot dogs, the kids also got to see a 30-minute magic show.

The fire department has held the annual tradition since 1995, according to former Fire Chief Howie Waldman.

10/20/13 3:27pm
10/20/2013 3:27 PM

North Fork Fire police Association

More than a dozen veteran North Fork fire department volunteers were honored for 50 years of service at a ceremony in Cutchogue Thursday.

The men, who come from four different area fire departments, were recognized with an award from the New York State Association of Fire Police.

Honored at the ceremony held at the Cutchogue firehouse on New Suffolk Road were:


Frank Begora Jr.

Arthur Quintana

William Volinski


George Cappon

Richard Sledjeski (posthumously)


John Anderson

Perry Conklin

Daniel Kaelin II

Lewis Tomaszewski

Albin Zaweski

Stanley Zaweski


Robert Reeves Jr.

Joseph Soito

09/01/13 1:29pm
09/01/2013 1:29 PM


A Mattituck man has been arrested after he was involved in a two-car accident along Main Road in Jamesport where one of the vehicles flipped over and landed “within inches” of a nearby storefront early Sunday, authorities said. Three people, including the arrested man, were injured in the accident; none were seriously hurt.



Mark Palladini, 50, was traveling east on Main Road in Jamesport about 5:15 a.m. Sunday, when he crashed into a Nissan sedan with two men inside, police said.

Mr. Palladini’s 2006 Toyota pickup truck lost a wheel in the collision and flipped over, landing inches from the Grana pizzeria on Main Road.

“It nicked the building but there was no structural damage, thank God,” said Jamesport fire chief Duffy Griffiths. The pickup truck did take out two potted plants and benches that were in front of the restaurant, fire officials said.

Mr. Palladini’s speech was slurred and his breath smelled like alcohol when police interviewed him at the scene, and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy, authorities said. He refused to take a breath test or field sobriety test at the scene and was arrested.

Mr. Griffiths said fire police closed the road for nearly two hours as the department’s rescue squad winched the flipped truck away from the building.

Riverhead ambulance volunteers took all three crash victims to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Mr. Palladini was arraigned before Justice Allen Smith Sunday afternoon, led into the courtroom wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans and bright yellow socks with no shoes. Mr. Smith suspended Mr. Palladini’s license because he refused to take a breath test.

Mr. Palladini asked if he could get a license to go to work, but Mr. Smith said that would not likely be possible and warned him not to drive.

“If you do, they’re going to pop you with a felony,” Mr. Smith said.

Mr. Palladini was released on his own recognizance, and walked unsteadily out of the courtroom with assistance from a police officer. He is due back in court on Sept. 17.


08/31/13 7:17pm
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PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead police Sgt. John Vail (center) scans the ocean as Police Officers Christopher Parkin (left) and Rich Freeborn watch on.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead police Sgt. John Vail (center) scans the Sound as Police Officers Christopher Parkin (left) and Rich Freeborn watch on.

Police and firefighters from across the area swarmed Long Island Sound just west of Iron Pier Beach in Riverhead Saturday afternoon after someone reported a possible small aircraft crash a few miles off the beach.

Authorities later said they were unable to find any sign of the supposed aircraft after a roughly hour-long search.

The report initially came in as a call to police from a group who were driving near the beach, police said. The group thought they saw an ultra-light aircraft flying near the Sound, but when they turned around, they could see no sign of the plane, police said.

Riverhead police, Riverhead and Jamesport Fire Departments, the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a Suffolk County police helicopter and the U.S. Coast Guard all rushed to the scene, said Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.

Riverhead police and Jamesport Fire Department vessels were in the water searching for any sign of the plane near the off-shore oil terminal, but could find no evidence of a crash.

At 6:07 p.m., authorities called off the search. Lt. Lessard said the weather may have played a role in the false alarm.

“With the haze, maybe they didn’t see what they thought they saw,” he said.


07/11/13 10:54am
07/11/2013 10:54 AM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Karate kids perform during the Jamesport Fire Department parade Wednesday.

The Jamesport Fire Department’s annual parade kicked off Wednesday with fire departments from across the East End marching along with bands, politicians, and farm equipment.

The fire department’s annual carnival, which started Tuesday night, runs through Saturday night.

A fireworks show will conclude the carnival Saturday night.

07/10/13 12:00pm
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STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | The Jamesport Fire Department Parade is tonight at 7 p.m. The carnival continues throughout the week.

STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | The Jamesport Fire Department Parade is tonight at 7 p.m. The carnival continues throughout the week.

The Jamesport Fire Department has put the finishing touches on setting up for what has become a staple for the Town of Riverhead — its annual summer carnival.

The weeklong event kicked off Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. by the corner of Main Street and South Jamesport Boulevard at the George Young Community Center. This year’s event marks the events 58th anniversary of the event.

Jamesport Fire Chief Duffy Griffiths said people have been anxiously awaiting the start of this year’s festivities.

“We start getting questions about when the parade and fireworks are coming as early as May, people line up their vacations around it,” Mr. Griffiths said.

There are over a dozen rides to choose from like the Himalaya, a large tilt-a-whirl that is expected to be one of the more popular attractions among carnival goers this week. In addition to the rides, there will be opportunities to play carnival classics like the balloon and darts game as well as trying to sink someone in a dunk tank.

Other activities expected to take place this week include the customary parade which begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. Residents can also gaze at fireworks in the starry sky, which will close out the festivities Saturday night at 10 p.m.

Mr. Griffiths said the event has been a rewarding experience since he first joined the fire department.

“I’ve been doing it for 13 years and it’s great, people are happy when they come and you get to see the same faces and new faces every year,” he said.

One of the things Mr. Griffiths says he loves most about the carnival is being able to share the experience with his kids.

“The kids love it, it’s great because they’re 10 and 7 years old and as they get older and go on different rides they get a little more freedom,” he said.

The carnival will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight each day. Admission is free,but the Fire Department is accepting donations to help pay for the fireworks show that will take place Saturday night.