03/06/16 6:00am
03/06/2016 6:00 AM


Last winter, a frequent Riverhead visitor emailed me several times to report that sidewalks on Route 58 had not been shoveled — as is mandated under town code — leaving people walking up and down the busy roadway.

After I followed up with the town, 40 businesses were cited. Most of them paid their $250 fines and life went on.

Fast-forward a year. READ

07/26/15 8:58am
07/26/2015 8:58 AM

Back when I was a teenager, my friends and I used to call my mom “the night owl.” It’s kind of a redundant term if you think about it.

As late as I’d try to sneak in some weekend nights, there she would be: up on the couch, watching TV, waiting to give me “the look.” What I didn’t realize at the time was that somehow, her night owl genes would become a part of me. (more…)

07/06/14 10:00am
07/06/2014 10:00 AM
Here's a low-resolution photo that came out of the Brookhaven Town press shop in 2013. It's Councilwoman Connie Kepert congratulating engineers on an award. Notice the date stamp.

Here’s a low-resolution photo that came out of Brookhaven Town’s press shop. It’s Councilwoman Connie Kepert congratulating engineers on an award. It was taken on April 6, 2013, if you couldn’t tell from the time stamp. I imagine this got printed nowhere.

Public relations firms: News organizations can’t live with ’em.

And life would sure be a lot harder without ’em.

That might not be the first thing you’d expect an editor to say, but it’s the truth. Relationships with people in the PR business — and spokespeople for many elected leaders — are an important part of the job and can be very helpful at times.

Other times, though, I really just have to shake my head. (more…)

09/28/13 2:30pm
09/28/2013 2:30 PM

Joseph Pinciaro

Joseph Pinciaro joined Times/Review Newsgroup last week as managing editor.

In the new role, Mr. Pinciaro will work with fellow editors and staff reporters to integrate the company’s print and web platforms, as well as coordinate coverage among the company’s various publications. He’ll help manage Times/Review’s staff of reporters, edit stories and contribute to the company’s print publications and 24-7 news websites.

“Joe is a guy whose work we’ve respected for a number of years now,” said Times/Review executive editor Grant Parpan. “We’re excited to have him on our team.”

Mr. Pinciaro most recently comes from Patch.com, a group of local news websites for which he began working in 2010. He served as local editor of the Riverhead site from its launch in 2010 until mid-2011, when he was promoted to the position of associate regional editor. During his time at Patch, he worked throughout central and eastern Suffolk County.

“His experience and understanding of the web only helps to strengthen our ability to deliver the news to our readers in a timely manner across multiple platforms,” said Times/Review publisher Andrew Olsen.

A Massachusetts native, Mr. Pinciaro moved to Greenport in 2009 to work for the startup news website Northfork.com before relocating to Riverhead in 2010. He started in journalism at his college newspaper, the Saint Anselm Crier, before going on to work as a sports correspondent with the Daily News Transcript (Norwood, Mass.).

Mr. Pinciaro earned a degree in print and multimedia journalism from Emerson College and, while attending school, worked as a web editor for BreakingNews.com and later with GlobalPost.com before their launch in January 2009.

He and his wife, Ashley, a children’s minister at North Shore Christian Church, recently bought a home in Wading River.

Readers interested in contacting Mr. Pinciaro can reach him at: [email protected] or 631-354-8024.