12/14/13 7:38pm
12/14/2013 7:38 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTOS | The Riverhead BID's 14th annual holiday bonfire was held Saturday.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTOS | The Riverhead BID’s 14th annual holiday bonfire was held Saturday.

There were two new additions to this year’s 14th annual Holiday bonfire held in downtown Riverhead Saturday night: floating fire pits and snow.

Riverhead BID president Ray Pickersgill said he believes Saturday night’s bonfire was the first time in the annual event’s history that it snowed. The BID also tested floating firepits in the Peconic River and is considering purchasing dozens more for future events, he said.

Santa arrived by boat shortly after nightfall and later settled into a gingerbread house where kids waited on line eager to tell him how good they’ve been this year.

The bonfire — sponsored by the downtown Business Improvement District’s management association, Suffolk County National Bank and Blue Duck Bakery — featured free hot chocolate with whipped cream and cookies. The event was the brainchild of former councilman Ed Densieski.

Mr. Pickergill said Saturday bonfire was dedicated to the memory of Loretta Trojanowski, who died in August.

jennifer@timesreview.com

11/10/13 3:07pm
11/10/2013 3:07 PM
BILL LANDON PHOTO | Riverhead High School rowers at the Snowflake Regatta Sunday.

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Riverhead High School rowers at the Snowflake Regatta Sunday.

Hundreds of rowing enthusiasts descend on the Peconic Riverfront in downtown Riverhead Sunday for what has become a fall tradition — the annual Snowflake Regatta hosted by East End Rowing Institute.

Teams from both Riverhead and Bishop McGann-Mercy high schools participated in races along the 3,500 meter course Sunday.

View photos from the event below:

10/13/13 3:46pm
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOS | The 38th Annual Riverhead Country Fair was held on the Peconic Riverfront Sunday morning.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTOS | The 38th Annual Riverhead Country Fair was held on the Peconic Riverfront Sunday morning.

Despite overcast skies and chilly breezes, the 38th annual Riverhead Country Fair drew thousands of people to the downtown area on Sunday.

One of the largest festivals in New York State, the fair celebrates Riverhead’s agricultural heritage and features displays and competitions, live music, vendors and family-friendly entertainment.

See the photos at northforker.com

09/07/13 6:00pm
09/07/2013 6:00 PM

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Nick Raynor, 14, of Riverhead has participated in the snapper tournament for the past several years.

The docks along the Peconic Riverfront were filled with fishing enthusiasts today for the Town of Riverhead Recreation Department’s 16th annual Snapper Tournament.

Recreation program coordinator Jim Janecek said about 130 people registered for the event, which focuses on getting children and adults interested in fishing and raising money for the recreation department’s scholarship fund.

Winners of the adult (over age 16) and youth divisions (under age 16) were chosen based on the size of the fish they caught and awarded a rod and reel. Trophies were awarded to the top-three finishers in each division.

Nick Raynor, 14, of Riverhead said he’s been fishing “all his life” and that this was the fifth or sixth year he’s participated in the tournament. On Saturday, he caught a snapper measuring 9 and 2/8 inches, putting him in third place for the youth division as of 1 p.m.

“The Snapper derby is a good program,” said Nick, who is a freshman at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School. “It’s fun. I come every year and I plan to keep coming every year.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

08/28/13 7:00pm
08/28/2013 7:00 PM

FISHING: Snapper tournament The Town of Riverhead Recreation Department will host its annual Snapper Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 7, on the Peconic Riverfront. The focus of the tournament is to get youths and adults involved in fishing and to raise money for the recreation department’s scholarship fund. A rod/reel will go to the winner of the adult (16 and older) and youth (under 16) divisions. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants. Pre-registration is available by calling (631) 727-5744, ext. 0, or in person at the recreation department at 55 Columbus Avenue, Riverhead. On-site registration will begin at 10 a.m. on the Peconic Riverfront. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Anglers must supply their own poles and bait. In case of inclement weather, call (631) 727-5744, ext. 30 for updated information the morning of the event. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 8.

06/30/13 12:36pm
06/30/2013 12:36 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Goin’ Bananas paddled by Brett and Ross Dobert won first place in the first youth regatta competition Saturday at the Riverhead Cardboard Race on the Peconic Riverfront.

Riverhead Cardboard Race organizers have released a complete list of Saturday’s winners from the fourth annual boat race.

The popular event on the Peconic Riverfront was organized by Riverhead Town and the Riverhead Business Improvement District.

The race kicked off shortly after noon with the Supervisor’s Race, where Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter won against Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.

Here’s a list of Saturday’s winners:

Youth Regatta

First competition
First place: Goin’ Bananas. Crewed by Brett and Ross Dobert. Built by Rasso Dobert.
Second place: Crabs. Crewed by Eric Deegan, James Bardrom and James Parkinson. Built by Eric, Larry, James and Joshua.
Third place: The Bobber IV. Crewed by Bobby Bayer.

Second competition
First place: Archimedes III. Crewed and built by Ian and Jay Oxman, Jonah Holderer and Sam Santora.
Second place: Vote for Michael Panchak. Crewed and built by Michael Panchak.
Third place: Baby Faces. Crewed and built by Haley Rudnicki, Bryce McKissick, Brian Clark and Michael Harris.

Riverhead Yacht Club Regatta – Single Occupant

First place: He Row. Crewed by Robert Stiles. Built by Team Coconuts.
Second place: USS Monitor. Crewed and built by Jack Tyniec.
Third place: Batz and Pep. Crewed and built by Ed Phalen.

Peconic River Special Pontoon Boats – Anything Goes

First place: Bottom of the Barrel. Crewed by Erik Bilka, Dave Smith, Shelly Smith, Jackson Smith, Chris Scarduzio, Jeremy Tocher, Josh Carp, Nick Poe and Patrick Clementz. Built by Mark Schumacher.
Second place: Kardboard Khaos. Crewed by Jeff Andrade, Peter Orlowski, Dan Baione and Darren Hinderliter. Built by Cardboard International.
Third place: East Moriches Community Ambulance. Crewed by Ryan and Sara Franceschini, Karine Constentino, Jackie Brown and Robert Wedell. Built by Diane and Robert Wedell and Kerrie Franceschini.

The Grand National Regatta – Anything Goes (two or more paddlers)

First competition
First place: Get Away. Crewed by Mark Sisson, Katrina Lovett, Nora Catlin and Chris McHugh.
Second place: USCGC Sarafin. Crewed and built by Cassie Densieski and Natalie Massiah.
Third place: Passing Wind.

Second competition
First place: Chip Eater 2. Crewed by Scott Edgett and Shane Burgher. Built by Scott, Shane, and Anthony.
Second place: I Hope It Floats. Crewed by Evan Houck, Abigail Houck, Vincent, Mike and Mark Manuella. Built by Vincent and Mike Manuella.
Third place: Renew Blur. Crewed by Fred Popp, Mike Fingers, Gary Tabler, and Juan Cruz. Built by Fred Popp.

Cardboard Boat Race Awards – Youth Boats

Vogue Award (best looking): Goin’ Bananas. Brett, Ross and Rasso Dobert.
Most Creative: The Disney Princess Castle. Pola Dobrinski, Nylejah Green, Megan Brewer and Sara Mohern.
Best Costume Crew: Home Tee Pee. Brian, Cliff, Marie and Diane Berry.
Spirit Award: The Ark. Eva Reese, Christiana Carini, Catherine Burns and the St. Isidore’s Youth Group.
Best Themed Award: Archimedes III. Ian and Jay Oxman, Jonah Holderer, Sam Santora and the Long Island Science Center.
Commanders Choice Award: The J.T. Jonathan Theodore.
Best Captain Award: LI Adventure Race. Hanna Witt, Jayden Binkis, Coy and Lincoln Witt.

Cardboard Boat Race Awards – All Other Boats

Vogue Award (best looking): Get Away. Mark Sisson, Katrina Lovett, Nora Catlin, and Chris McHugh.
Most Creative: USS Monitor, Jack Tyniec.
Best Costumed Crew: By The Book. Faye Swett and Kaity Talmage.
Spirit Award: Chip Eater 2. Scott Edgett, Shane Burgher and Anthony.
Best Themed Award: Duct Blind. Daniela Bennett and family, Daniela Campino and family, the Velasquez family and the Ortiz family.
Commanders Choice Award: Two Codgers. Jack Helgans and Howie Dietz.
Titanic Award: Lighthouse Marine Machine. Matt Tuthill, Kevin Tuthill, Rob Muller, Jordon Forkoren and Keith Santoro.
Best Captain Award: Archimedes III. Ian and Jay Oxman, Jonah Holderer and Sam Santora.

See photos and watch a video of a first-person view of the Cardboard Boat Race. Pick up Thursday’s paper for complete coverage.

jennifer@timesreview.com

06/29/13 3:31pm
06/29/2013 3:31 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | News-Review reporters Cyndi Murray (left) and Carrie Miller compete in the fourth annual Cardboard Boat Race Saturday.

Long Islanders gathered Saturday in downtown Riverhead to watch paddlers compete against each other in the fourth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront.

The popular event was organized by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and hundreds of people lined the riverfront, enjoying a day of fun, food and friendly competition.

Riverhead News-Review reporters Carrie Miller and Cyndi Murray competed in the Grand National Regatta race. With a video camera strapped to the front of their boat, the duo recorded their race as they tried navigating through the water among more than a dozen boats.

Click on the video below for a first-person view of the race.

See more photos at northforker.com.

05/20/13 11:20am
05/20/2013 11:20 AM

JOHN FINNEGAN PHOTO | “This is what it looks like behind some of the businesses on Main Street,” writes Urban Jungle Zip Lines’ John Finnegan.

I spent the weekend thinking about Urban Jungle Zip Lines, Riverhead, and how I misjudged a couple things.

I thought that a clean and green, and temporary, attraction by the riverfront would be appreciated and welcome as a great way to build awareness of the Peconic River and its natural beauty.

I thought that the businesses downtown would appreciate the additional foot traffic and revenue the attraction could bring.

I thought that downtown business in general, and the Parking District in particular, would appreciate the guaranteed revenue generated by the licensing fee.  It’s great that the Farmers Market and Car Show, among other events, don’t have to pay anything to use the parking lots but I am not looking for a free ride.

I appreciate the importance of parking to the businesses in the area.  Mr. Pickersgill helped to make this very clear to me

I appreciate the beauty of the riverfront, the investment made, and the potential it represents for this town.  Ms. Muma helped to make this clear to me.

Ray Dickhoff helped me to appreciate how important it is to to work with the people of this town and to work towards becoming a part of the events happening on the river, not displacing them.

And Mr. Coates helped me to appreciate that the political process might be more important than anything else.

I don’t know that I will get the chance to show everyone how much I understand and appreciate these things but I decided that I am going to try.

This is why:

I have attached pictures.

Dumpsters taking up space in the parking lot and on the sidewalk.

Boarded up windows.

Less than meticulous landscaping.

And thousands of square feet of empty stores.

This is what it looks like behind some of the businesses on Main Street.

As I said,  I think that the zip line attraction I have in mind for the area can help build awareness of the beauty of the Peconic.  I think the problem might be that it may also build awareness of the dreadful conditions behind the businesses that back up to the river.  I don’t understand why it looks like this if everybody cares so much.

I was happy to listen to the concerns of the business owners regarding what I am trying to do in their backyard.  However, based on what it looks like back there, I don’t know how much any of us should value their opinions on this matter.

The author is the proprietor of Urban Jungle Zip Lines, which has proposed installing a Zip Line along the Peconic Riverfront. A part-time Jamesport resident in his youth, he lives with his family in North Salem, N.Y.

JOHN FINNEGAN PHOTO

JOHN FINNEGAN PHOTO