01/22/14 1:32pm
01/22/2014 1:32 PM

CHRISTINE HOGAN COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead native and Mattituck resident Christine Hogan, a 911 operator, helped coach a woman through safely delivering a baby late last month.

A quick-thinking 911 operator has been honored for helping deliver a baby last month, coaching the new grandparents over the phone on how to ensure the infant’s safety and tie off the umbilical cord.

Christine Hogan, a Riverhead native now living in Mattituck, said the call on Dec. 26 started out as fairly routine.

A grandmother-to-be from Brentwood called to report that her young daughter’s water had just broken. Ms. Hogan told the caller to get her daughter into a comfortable position and then dispatched an ambulance.

But as the call was ending and Ms. Hogan was ready to hang up, the grandmother yelled.

“I heard the woman say, ‘Oh God, I see the baby’s head,’ ’’ Ms. Hogan told the News-Review. “Then I knew this wasn’t a normal call.”

Ms. Hogan, an 8-year veteran of the emergency calls center, had never delivered a baby over the phone. But the former Riverhead Ambulance Volunteer Corps member said she was able to snap into action thanks to her 911 operator training.

As the grandmother cradled the phone on her shoulder, Ms. Hogan told her how to hold the baby’s head to stabilize it and how to get fluid out of the newborn’s nose and mouth.

While Ms. Hogan worked, her supervisor and coworkers began to listen in on the call.

“It was a little nerve-wracking,” Ms. Hogan said.

Within three minutes, the baby was born, and Ms. Hogan heard the little girl’s first cries.

“When you hear that baby cry, you know the baby’s breathing,” she said. “Once I heard that cry, I thought ‘Oh this is great. This is a good call.’ That was a great sigh of relief.” The baby girl was healthy.

Ms. Hogan had the grandmother wrap the baby in towels, and the grandfather used a shoelace to tie off the umbilical cord. The ambulance arrived on the scene minutes later, she said.

There were “a lot of cheers” in the office after she hung up the phone, Ms. Hogan said.

Ms. Hogan was later honored by the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees for helping to deliver the baby.

She also met with the mother and grandparents a few weeks ago and got to hold the baby — named Grace — whom she helped bring into the world.

But Ms. Hogan doesn’t want to take much credit for the delivery.

“I’m so grateful that I’m getting the praise that I’m getting, but really, as a whole, my whole office deserves praise for the everyday work they do,” she said.

psquire@timesreview.com

01/18/14 2:30pm
01/18/2014 2:30 PM
CYNDI MURRAY |Members of the NoFo Runners Club jogged in honor of the Jamesport runner who was killed Thursday.

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO |  Members of the NoFo Runners Club jogged in honor of the Jamesport runner who was killed Thursday.

The tragic death a Jamesport man who was killed after being struck by two cars while out jogging along Main Road in Laurel Thursday has become the catalysis for the NoFo Runners Group’s campaign to help raise awareness about safety.

Nearly a dozen supporters gathered in Mattituck on this gloomy Saturday morning to participate in a three-mile run in honor of James Callaghan.

The 49-year-old was hit in dense fog before dawn about 250 feet east of Laurel Lane, according to a police statement.

“I’m a local runner and I jog on that road all the time,” said Jamesport resident Josie Aprahamian. “It hit close to home.”

NoFo runner Barbara Shalvery of Cutchogue said the accident should serve as a reminder for joggers to wear reflective gear, bright colors and identification tags with their name, address, contact and medical information.

“We are all vulnerable,” she said.

In addition to bringing attention to the importance of jogging safety, the runners’ group is also collecting donations for Mr. Callaghan’s family.

Contributions can be made by reaching out to NoFo Runners Club on Facebook.

cmurray@timesreview.com

01/07/14 10:10pm
01/07/2014 10:10 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck junior Will Gildersleeve scoring 2 of his career-high 30 points against Bishop McGann-Mercy on Tuesday night.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Mattituck junior Will Gildersleeve scoring 2 of his career-high 30 points against Bishop McGann-Mercy on Tuesday night.

TUCKERS 85, MONARCHS 61

The Mattituck Tuckers have the formula for winning. Now, it may not be a groundbreaking concept, and it isn’t easy to achieve, but it is mighty effective. Put four players in double figures and scratch another check mark in the win column.

It’s not common for a high school boys basketball team to have four double-figure scorers in one game, so it’s hardly surprising that when it happens, a team’s chance of winning increases considerably. It hasn’t failed the Tuckers yet. In four of their nine games this season they have had four players in double figures, and in each of them the Tuckers have won.

Imagine that.

The most recent occurrence was Tuesday night. With career-high point totals from junior Will Gildersleeve and sophomore Joe Tardif, the Tuckers proved to be too much for host Bishop McGann-Mercy, as the 85-61 final score attested. Gildersleeve rang up 30 points and Tardif dropped in 22. Both players knocked down four 3-pointers apiece on a night when not many shots didn’t fall for the Tuckers (7-2, 4-1 Suffolk County League VII).

Also reaching double figures for Mattituck were Gene Allen with 14 points and Chris Dwyer with 13. Allen also hauled in 15 rebounds to go with 8 assists and 3 steals.

The Monarchs (1-7, 0-5), who took their fifth straight loss, were led by Joe Jeskie with 19 points, Kurt Ryder with 14 and Nykel Reese with 11.

Mattituck’s offensive balance makes it a handful to defend and makes it hard for opponents to focus on any single player without paying a price for it. Plus, the Tuckers are even tougher when they shoot like they did on Tuesday. They connected on 51.6 percent (33 of 64) of their shots from the field. Not only that, but from beyond the 3-point arc, they were 11 of 22.

Mattituck opened the game with a 7-0 lead and never trailed.

The Monarchs turned the ball over on their first three possessions of the third quarter — a product of Mattituck’s press. Allen followed up a teammate’s missed shot with a two-handed dunk for a 50-28 lead 2 minutes 44 seconds into the quarter. The Tuckers were relatively safe the rest of the way, although from the point of Allen’s dunk on, Mattituck coach Paul Ellwood was unhappy with his team’s defense.

bliepa@timesreview.com

12/27/13 4:17pm
12/27/2013 4:17 PM
DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Courtney Clasen was unable to block this shot by Mattituck's Liz Dwyer in the first quarter, but Clasen finished with the game with 9 blocks.

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Courtney Clasen was unable to block this shot by Mattituck’s Liz Dwyer in the first quarter, but Clasen finished with the game with 9 blocks.

WILDCATS 50, TUCKERS 45

The Shoreham-Wading River High School girls basketball team suffered a blow recently when one of its best players, senior forward Taylor Whiffen, transferred; she now plays for Sachem East.

The Wildcats undoubtedly felt the loss, but they can be thankful they still have Courtney Clasen. A powerful reminder of Clasen’s value was given Friday when the forward seemed to be everywhere at once, making big plays down the stretch to hold off Mattituck in a non-league game in Shoreham.

What did Clasen do in her team’s 50-45 victory?

Just about everything.

The 5-foot-9 junior scored 21 points, just 1 shy of her career-high, shooting 8 of 16 from the field and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line. She also was a force under the boards, coming down with 19 rebounds in addition to blocking 9 shots. And, for the record, her statistical line also included 4 steals and 2 assists.

Perhaps even more impressive afterward was the postgame reaction of her coach, Adam Lievre, when asked about Clasen’s performance. “Typical” was the word he used.

A typical showing for an atypical player.

Katie Hoeg, who guarded Clasen for most of the game, called her the best all-around player she ever played against.

Clasen’s contributions were the undoubted difference. The Wildcats (4-3) twice built leads as large as 10 points, only to see Mattituck (5-4) close the gap after 5 straight points by Shannon Dwyer and back-to-back baskets by Tiana Baker (the first a 3-pointer). They were part of a 14-2 run that gave the Tuckers a 41-39 edge in the fourth quarter. But moments later, Dwyer picked up her fourth personal foul. She then was charged with a blocking foul to foul out with 3 minutes 5 seconds left in the game.

That was a gut punch for the Tuckers, who held a 1-point lead at the time of Dwyer’s exit to the bench. Meanwhile, Clasen, athletic and fast, continued to do her thing as the contest saw six lead changes in the final 3:57.

Mattituck’s last lead came when Liz Dwyer, Shannon’s younger sister, hit a foul-line jumper for a 45-44 score with less than two minutes to go. Those were Mattituck’s last points.

A free throw by Shoreham’s Jessica McCormack evened the score at 45-45.

Perhaps fittingly, Clasen’s hustle brought about the go-ahead point for her team. After McCormack missed her second free throw, Mattituck’s Courtney Murphy came down with the rebound, but Clasen stole the ball away from her and drew a foul. Clasen made one of the foul shots with 1:19 to go, putting her side ahead for good. Later, she converted a layup off a slicing drive through the middle of the lane and hit a pair of free throws after Baker fouled out with 8.3 seconds left.

Shoreham’s next leading scorer after Clasen was Shannon Rosati with 8 points.

Shannon Dwyer, who shot 5 of 15 from the field and sank 6 of 8 foul shots, finished with 16 points. Liz Dwyer produced 10 points. Hoeg collected 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals to go with 6 points.

It was the fourth game the Wildcats played since they lost Whiffen, but it was also the first game back for Kerri Clark, the senior guard who suffered a hamstring injury in the season opener. Clark supplied 7 points coming off the bench.

Mattituck, which had won three of its previous four games, is no stranger to injury, either. The Tuckers are without Colby Prokop for the rest of the season. The junior guard suffered tears to her anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, said Mattituck coach Steve Van Dood.

bliepa@timesreview.com

11/10/13 12:44pm
11/10/2013 12:44 PM
SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | Suffolk police said Paul Tromblee of Manorville has been identified as the man in this surveillance photo. He is charged with nine counts of armed robbery.

SURVEILLANCE PHOTO | Suffolk police said Paul Tromblee of Manorville has been identified as the man in this surveillance photo. He is charged with nine counts of armed robbery.

A Manorville man was arrested Saturday in connection with the armed robbery of the Hess gas station on Edwards Avenue in Calverton and at least eight other incidents, Suffolk County police said.

PAUL TROMBLEE

PAUL TROMBLEE

Paul Tromblee, 35, may still face charges in relation to other armed robberies in the county, police said. Southold Town Police said last week that the suspect in the other area robberies may have been responsible for the armed robbery of the GameStop store in Mattituck last Tuesday, though Mr. Tromblee has not yet been charged in connection with that incident.

Det. Lt. Edward Reilly of the Suffolk County Police Department said Sunday that detectives are working with Southold police, who he said still believe Mr. Tromblee is responsible for the Mattituck robbery.

Currently, Mr. Tromblee stands charged with eight counts of first-degree robbery and one count of third-degree robbery. He is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Sunday, Suffolk police said.

Since Oct. 26, gas stations in Calverton, Mastic, North Babylon, St. James, Dix Hills, and Bohemia as well as Jamba Juice in Stony Brook, Kissed by the Sun Tanning in Islip, and CVS Pharmacy in Lake Ronkonkoma were robbed by an armed suspect who demanded cash after pretending to purchase merchandise, police said. Utilizing video surveillance as well as tips, including information received via Crime Stoppers, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified the suspect as Mr. Tromblee. He was located by detectives while driving on Sunrise Highway in Brookhaven around 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Hess gas station — barely in the jurisdiction of the SCPD – was robbed Oct. 30, after a man pulled a handgun on a store clerk, demanding cash from the register about 7:45 p.m.

Mohammed Kahn, the clerk at the Calverton Hess, told the News-Review on the night of the incident that the robber walked straight up to the register and demanded cash, first giving him the impression that the act was a trick.

“I was looking to him like he was joking,” Mr. Kahn said at the time.

Detectives are continuing to investigate if Mr. Tromblee is responsible for similar incidents that occurred recently. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Police said all calls will remain confidential.

gparpan@timesreview.com

11/02/13 8:30pm
11/02/2013 8:30 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia, shown here during the division championship, finished first in Class B to help the Wildcats to the county crown Saturday.

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ryan Udvadia wasn’t going to let some cramps cramp his style in his final competitive high school meet on his favorite cross-country course, Sunken Meadow State Park. The Shoreham-Wading River senior withstood some cramping and still won the Class B race in the Section XI Championships rather handily on Saturday.

Udvadia clocked a winning time of 16 minutes 26.84 seconds on the reconfigured 3.1-mile course. It was still 30 seconds faster than the second-place runner, Islip senior Mike Watts.

Udvadia’s performance, with an average mile time of 5:17.7, led the way for Shoreham-Wading River’s third straight county championship and ninth in 11 years. It has been a remarkable run for the League VI champion Wildcats, who have won 11 straight league titles, suffering only one loss over the course of those 11 years. They have also won nine of the last 11 division crowns under the guidance of coach Bob Szymanski.

Shoreham-Wading River grabbed the top ranking Saturday with 41 points. Its toughest competition came from Bayport-Blue Point (55 points).

Keith Steinbrecher (17:31.69) and Matt Gladysz (17:33.16) gave the Wildcats a boost by taking seventh and eighth. More help came from Connor McAlary (12th in 17:54.44), Jack Kelly (13th in 18:00.68), Michael Godfrey (21st in 18:25.87) and Ryan Groskopf (36th in 19:10.16).

As a county champion, Shoreham-Wading River is entitled to send seven runners to the state meet, which will be held Saturday at Queensbury High School.

Southold junior Jonathan Rempe was the Class D champion in 18:27.84. He qualified for the state meet along with teammates Owen Klipstein (fourth in 19:14.57), Jeremy Rempe (sixth in 20:11.15) and Gus Rymer (ninth in 20:35.75). Two other First Settlers, Michael Cosmadelis (21:13.35) and Christopher Buono (22:46.46), were 11th and 17th.

In Class B, Mattituck freshman Matt Heffernan came in sixth in 18:56.47. He was one place ahead of teammate Lucas Webb (19:00.92). The other Tuckers who competed were Adam Hicks (12th in 19:47.70), Dan Harkin (22nd in 20:33.12), Charles Zaloom (23rd in 20:34.23), Tim Schmidt (28th in 21:00.96) and Jack Dufton (32nd in 21:12.30).

Matt Abazis was the first of Bishop McGann-Mercy’s four runners, coming in 10th in 19:17.62. The others were Sean Tuthill (35th in 21:45.57), Dan Dern (40th in 22:54.96) and Elijah Louis (41st in 23:13.70).

Riverhead went into the Class A race hamstrung by the absence of its No. 1 runner, Travis Wooten, and its No. 3 runner, Nick Cunha, who both had SAT exams on Saturday. The Section XI Championships were originally scheduled for Friday, but postponed a day out of concern for inclement weather.

Without two of its top three runners, Riverhead finished 22nd among 23 teams. Joe Gattuso was the first Riverheader to cross the finish line. He was 95th in 19:38.71. Also competing for the Blue Waves were Eric Cunha (100th in 19:48.99), Owen O’Neill (103rd in 19:53.08), Luke Coulter (112th in 20:11.43) and Connor Behr (147th in 21:33.55).

bliepa@timesreview.com

11/02/13 7:44pm

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Katherine Lee, shown during the division championship, finished second in Class B Saturday in 20:07.37 at Sunken Meadow State Park.

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Before the official announcement, the word was conveyed to the Mattituck girls cross-country team that it had indeed won a second straight Suffolk County Class C championship on Saturday. The Tuckers immediately hugged each other with tears of joy streaming down their faces.

Three Tuckers finished among the top eight places and six were among the first 18 in the Section XI Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. They gave Mattituck 39 points, 6 less than the runner-up, Center Moriches (in cross country, less points are better), and all of them will compete in the state meet that will be held Saturday at Queensbury High School.

Mattituck freshman Melanie Pfennig was the second Class C runner to complete Sunken Meadow State Park’s reconfigured 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes 2.99 seconds. Center Moriches junior Ryleigh Donegan won the race in 20:52.14.

Shortly after, the rest of the Mattituck runners, not a single senior among them, crossed the finish line: Mia Vasile-Cozzo (seventh in 22:54.39), Audrey Hoeg (eighth in 22:55.33), Kaylee Bergen (11th in 23:18.96), Tiana Baker (15th in 24:17.89) and Sascha Rosin (18th in 24:31.67).

Bishop McGann-Mercy sophomore Meg Tuthill qualified for the state meet for the second year in a row by virtue of her fifth-place finish in 22:38.30.

Shoreham-Wading River eighth-grader Katharine Lee, with only several 3.1-mile races under her belt, surprised even herself by coming in second in the Class B race. Lee’s time was 20:07.37, which was second only to the 19:37.41 put up by Miller Place senior Tiana Guevara.

Two other Shoreham-Wading River runners, Kaitlyn Ohrtmann (20:32.52) and Alexandra Hays (20:46.21), finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Ohrtmann qualified for the state meet; Hayes missed qualifying by one place.

The Wildcats (79 points) finished second in the team scoring to runaway champion Miller Place (34).

In the Class D race, Southold senior Katie Connolly took third place to earn a ticket upstate. She posted a time of 23:26.17.

bliepa@timesreview.com

10/21/13 7:43pm
10/21/2013 7:43 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Ayla Ayoub, who scored her first career hat trick for Mattituck, races to the ball with Bishop McGann-Mercy's Ali Hulse.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Ayla Ayoub, who scored her first career hat trick for Mattituck, races to the ball with Bishop McGann-Mercy’s Ali Hulse.

TUCKERS 5, MONARCHS 0

The seniors on the Mattituck girls soccer team gave a strong postgame demonstration of what playing for the Tuckers has meant to them. Following the team’s final home regular-season game on Monday, they laid down on the grass, face down, and literally hugged their home field at Mattituck High School.

Why not? That field has been good to them over the years. This year the Tuckers are 5-2-1 on their home turf, including Monday’s 5-0 Senior Day blanking of Bishop McGann-Mercy.

Ayla Ayoub, a freshman forward brought up to the varsity team midway through the season, struck for her first varsity hat trick. She put 5 of the 8 shots she took on goal. Fellow forward Trish Brisotti, a junior, produced 2 goals and 1 assist. Nicole Zurawski had 2 assists.

Val Hommel made 3 second-half saves for Mattituck’s fifth shutout of the season.

Before the game, flowers were presented to Mattituck’s six seniors: Kyle Freudenberg, Sam Stapon, Kellie Stepnoski, Isabel Torgrove, Rachel Winkler and Hommel. Then the Tuckers went about making it a memorable day for their seniors.

Brisotti was instrumental in giving Mattituck (8-3-2, 8-3-1 Suffolk County League VII) a 2-0 lead by the time the match was 22 minutes 7 seconds old. After scoring on a breakaway 3:19 after the opening kickoff, Brisotti delivered the cutting through ball that sent Ayoub in on goal, all alone, before she expertly tucked the ball into the right corner of the net.

Zurawski set up Ayoub for a 3-0 lead at 27:33. McGann-Mercy’s goalkeeper, Julianna Cintron-Leonardo, got in front of the shot but the ball deflected over head and into the goal.

Cintron-Leonardo, a sophomore, had a busy afternoon, stopping 9 shots, including one blast by Ayoub that smashed her in the face.

The Zurawski-Brisotti combination worked again 1:36 into the second half, with Brisotti pounding the ball into the net.

Ayoub topped off her hat trick by scoring an unassisted goal with 8:50 to go.

Mattituck, which outshot the Monarchs by 19-10, came within inches of another goal. After collecting a through ball from Ayoub, Catherine Hayes struck the right goalpost.

The best scoring chance for McGann-Mercy (5-9, 4-9) came in the 27th minute when a header by Claire Sullivan narrowly missed the left post.

bliepa@timesreview.com