04/30/15 6:00am
04/30/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

I would like to begin by saying that I love Riverhead. I’ve been a resident for 45 years and witnessed the town go through many ups and downs. When I was in junior high school, I remember my parents and their friends complaining that we didn’t have any programs for our youth. When my kids were in school, it remained the same. My granddaughter is now a freshman in college; her brother just turned 11. Riverhead is the Suffolk County seat.

Yet we have no YMCA. No Boys & Girls Club. No public pool.

Now, the president of Little League is resigning and there is uncertainty regarding a replacement. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island has made a presentation and several attempts to approach our school board to begin a program here. This is a proven, highly successful organization that provides free specially trained dedicated mentors to children from single-parent homes. The children are matched with “bigs” who have similar hobbies and interests. I have seen how this program enhances the lives of the “bigs” as well as the “littles.” Some bigs end up putting their littles through college.

Riverhead was not receptive. Sag Harbor has it. Hampton Bays jumped on it. Now Southampton wants it and I have been asked to help.

I am on the advisory board for the Family Community Life Center nonprofit group. The group’s project has been stalled for decades.

Aside from the positive impact the project, which would include 24-hour day care, will have on our area — including more than $50 million in construction contracts and $22 million in wages for residents — it will benefit the entire community!

As a community servant, leader and taxpayer, I expect that those I vote for will make decisions in the community’s best interest.

I would like to know why these exciting programs have not been approved.

Since the town cannot or will not pay for these services — and the First Baptist Church Community Life Center is willing to make this dream a reality at no cost to the town, as well as having support from all levels of government except our own town — It just does not make sense to me.

Felecia Wilson, Riverhead

04/26/15 10:00am
04/26/2015 10:00 AM

As a young scientist, I trained as a post-doctoral fellow with the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Long before Babesia became part of our local lexicon, I was searching for this and other causes of zoonotic diseases (i.e., those transmissible from animals to man) in the jungles and rural areas of Colombia. I therefore have a particular appreciation for the dangers posed by the current prevalence of ticks and tick-borne diseases on Long Island.  (more…)

04/23/15 2:00pm
04/23/2015 2:00 PM

This editorial is not a statement about what should or shouldn’t be built at the United Riverhead Terminal property on Sound Shore Road in Northville. It’s not an editorial about conforming uses, non-conforming uses or variances.

It’s an editorial about respecting your neighbors’ views, regardless of what they are, and disagreeing respectfully.  (more…)

04/17/15 10:00am
04/17/2015 10:00 AM
Kenny Alfano of Flanders voices his displeasure that Flanders Riverside Northampton Civic Association membership applications had not been processed in time for the monthly meeting Monday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kenny Alfano of Flanders voices his displeasure that Flanders Riverside Northampton Civic Association membership applications had not been processed in time for the monthly meeting Monday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Nearly 20 years ago, a News-Review article about Riverhead Town’s decision to create a townwide garbage pickup program started with the following sentence: “There are two sides to every garbage story.”

As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  (more…)

04/16/15 9:08am
04/16/2015 9:08 AM

Here’s what everyone needs to know about nicotine in any form, according to county health department commissioner Dr. James Tomarken: “Nicotine is a highly addictive drug and recent research suggests nicotine exposure may also prime the brain to become addicted to other substances. We all know the younger one starts the easier it is to get addicted, the longer they’ll be addicted and the harder it is to stop the addiction.”

Dr. Tomarken and other health experts are also concerned that electronic cigarettes, which contain liquid nicotine, are being targeted bu manufacturers to “very young” children. (more…)

04/16/15 6:00am

To the editor:

The April 2 News-Review article, “Town Board looks to stymie solar district.” I was stunned by the comments made by Supervisor Sean Walter. It seems he wishes to eliminate solar farms as a permitted use in the Industrial C zone. Admittedly, I am not technically versed in zoning and uses in specific types of zoning but I do travel on Edwards Avenue often and I was so pleased to see land used for clean and renewable energy. I enthusiastically thought, good going Riverhead; for the first time you are making good use of parcels of land.  (more…)