03/02/15 12:00pm
03/02/2015 12:00 PM
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) is a House Foreign Affairs Committee member. (Courtesy file photo)

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) is a House Foreign Affairs Committee member. (Courtesy file photo)

In Lee Zeldin, Eastern Long Island has sent to Congress someone who in just two months in office has become a national figure taking on radical Islam.

The rapid rise to prominence of Mr. Zeldin comes as ISIS conducts beheadings, burns alive a captured Jordanian pilot, abducts and rapes women and carries out other heinous, barbarous acts.

At issue at a recent meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to which Mr. Zeldin was appointed by the House Republican leadership, a rarity for a freshman member, was ISIS and President Obama’s submission to Congress of a war powers measure to fight it. (more…)

03/02/15 10:59am
An artist’s rendering of the main atrium at the Family Community Life Center’s recreational and other facilities.

A rendering of the main atrium at the Family Community Life Center’s planned rec center.

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to some thoughts on drug arrests found in both a recent News-Review editorial and a follow-up letter from Richard Park. I agree that we can’t arrest our way out of a gang problem.

More convictions aren’t the answer. As a community, we need to provide our youth with alternatives to drugs and gangs. As the News-Review pointed out, Riverhead has no YMCA or large recreation center. We need to offer a safe place for our teens to hang out and have fun, one with structure and supervision. The town’s answer is that we can’t afford anything like that now. (more…)

02/18/15 4:00pm
02/18/2015 4:00 PM

A worker surveys the scene at last week's Water Mill explosion. (Credit: Christine Fuge courtesy photo)

According to Southampton Det. Sgt. Lisa Costa, the preliminary results of an investigation have revealed that a Water Mill home explosion was sparked when a power tool cut through a live gas line, igniting the flame that blew up the Old Country Road home and sent two Riverhead men to the hospital.

The incident is not considered criminal at this time.

(more…)

02/15/15 10:00am
02/15/2015 10:00 AM
Bill Faulk of Manorville puts himself on the national list of potential bone marrow donors by swabbing his cheeks at Saturday's event with Joseph Latini (background, left) and organizer Patrick Gaeta. (Credit: Michael White)

Bill Faulk of Manorville puts himself on the national list of potential bone marrow donors by swabbing his cheeks at Saturday’s event with Joseph Latini (background, left) and organizer Patrick Gaeta. (Credit: Michael White)

Joseph Latini knows the odds aren’t in his dad’s favor.

Diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma late last summer, his 63-year-old father, also Joseph Latini, underwent two rounds of chemotherapy — only to then find out there were no matches for him among the 18 million potential bone marrow donors on the national registry.

Without a donor, the elder Mr. Latini’s chances of survival are low.

The Latini family set out to better the odds, however narrowly, with a series of donor drives throughout Long Island.

“My father and I are both in the same business; we’re in the banking industry,” the younger Mr. Latini said. “We understand the math. If he didn’t match 18 million, what am I going to swab a few thousand?

“But I have to try. So here we are.” (more…)

02/12/15 4:19pm
Rolando Perez in his hospital bed at the burn unit at Stony Brook University Hospital. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Rolando Perez in his hospital bed at the burn unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Sitting in the burn unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center about 24 hours after escaping from a house explosion in Water Mill, 40-year-old Riverhead resident Rolando Perez couldn’t remember much. (more…)

02/12/15 12:18pm
Rescue workers aid one of the victims in the explosion in Water Mill yesterday. (Credit: The Southampton Press/Dana Shaw)

Rescue workers aid one of the victims in the explosion in Water Mill yesterday. (Credit: The Southampton Press/Dana Shaw)

Federal safety officials and National Grid are investigating the scene of a Water Mill home that “burst into flames” yesterday and sent two Riverhead men to a hospital.

Meanwhile the conditions of the two victims, according to a Stony Brook University Hospital spokeswoman, are different than what media outlets, including the News-Review, had initially reported by Southampton Town police last night. (more…)

02/03/15 8:00am
02/03/2015 8:00 AM
Kate Carpluk of Town & Country Real Estate staged this South Jamesport home last year.

Kate Carpluk of Town & Country Real Estate staged this South Jamesport home last year.

The rate of real estate sales on the North Fork has increased to the point that available inventory can no longer meet demand.

That’s the key takeaway of the fourth-quarter results released last Thursday by Manhattan appraisal firm Miller Samuel and brokerage Douglas Elliman, said Miller Samuel president Jonathan Miller.

“The supply is trying to normalize,” Mr. Miller said. “It’s still not, but it’s better for consumers than it was a year ago.”

At the end of 2013, there were 455 houses on the market on the North Fork — from Aquebogue to Orient — according to the report. Points farther west weren’t included in the analysis. By the end of 2014, that number increased — albeit modestly — to 521 available homes. Meanwhile, residential sales in 2014 jumped a significant 34 percent from the same time the previous year — from 556 to 685. (more…)