The first ever Phillips Avenue Community Festival was held at the school in Riverside under cloudy and windy conditions Saturday afternoon. The motto of the event, ‘good vibes are contagious’, was evident through the dance, music, martial arts and other performances on the town’s showmobile.
There were also various stations for children to get physically activite with frisbee and football toss, rock wall climbing, tug of strength, hula hoops and a bean bag toss. All the money raised from the festival will be used to provide school supplies for Phillips Avenue Elementary students for the 2011-2012 school year.
Members of the Riverhead High School bowling team came out to Wildwood Bowl Saturday night to throw a few strikes during a fundraiser in support of their fellow teammate, 14-year-old Michael Hubbard.
The event, organized by bowling team captain John Horton and Michael’s cousin Kris Smalls, was attended by about 100 of Michael’s friends as well as his teammates.
Michael was burned in a citronella gel candle accident at his aunt’s Riverhead home May 28. His mother Nancy was also burned in the incident. The money raised will go toward their medical bills.
The total amount of money raised was not immediately available.
Students from every school showed off their art work at Riverhead High School Friday night, for the school’s “Art in Action” exhibit.
“This extraordinary event allows students, parents, and community members to take pride in the artistic endeavors of our children,” said Riverhead High School interim principal David Wicks.
When Richard Cifarelli acquired a handsome barn back in 1996, he knew it was going to be quite a project to turn it into a home.
“It wasn’t usable at all,” said Mr. Cifarelli, who, as a senior agent with Prudential Douglas Elliman, knows a thing or two about real estate. “There was no water, no electricity. It was about as raw a piece property as you could imagine.”
The 19th-century barn, immediately recognizable by its 60-foot height, gambrel roof and distinctive cupola, is located on the south side of Main Road in Cutchogue. It was once owned by the Fleet family, which had a grand house (now gone) with matching cupola close by the barn.
Mr. Cifarelli says the barn was originally used to house horses and, indeed, according to Munsell’s “History of Suffolk County,” in the 1880s Henry L. Fleet was renowned both as a horse breeder and as the biggest farmer in the Town of Southold.
The book describes Mr. Fleet as having “raised a number of colts and horses which sold at prices ranging up to several thousand dollars, and has at the present time a very superior stock of young horses, from which similar returns may be expected.”
Later on in its history, the barn was used in the flower business of another member of the Fleet family, who sold gladioli from the building, advertising the flowers on an old horse carriage as the “Wayside Flower Stand.”
By the 1990s, though, the barn had fallen into disrepair.
“Probably nothing was done with it for 30 years or so,” said Mr. Cifarelli. “There were gaping holes in the roof.”
Although he had a vision for the barn, Mr. Cifarelli did not dive right into a major renovation project. Instead, he took his time getting to know the property.
“I owned it a long time before I started working on it,” he said. “You walk around a lot, you check where the sun comes in and that’s where you put the kitchen.”
After major work was completed — Mr. Cifarelli estimates that around 80 percent of the barn is new — 1,100 square feet of living space had been created. He moved into the two-bedroom space in 2007 and says the barn is still a work in progress.
In that regard, Mr. Cifarelli plans to turn the rear of the building into living space and convert the current residential area into additional bedrooms.
“I’m going to build a three-car garage, there will be a courtyard to the east and a pool will go in just off the back of the barn,” he said. “It’s 2 1/2 acres, so it’ll be a small estate.”
And, indeed, the exterior of the barn and surrounding grounds already possess a rather European country-estate look by virtue of privet hedges and a paved stone driveway.
It’s kind of a French and Tuscan mix,” said Mr. Cifarelli. “I also wanted low maintenance and although the privet was expensive, there’s not that much upkeep going forward apart from mowing the grass.”
The living area’s interior is paneled in wood, some of which was originally on the outside of the barn, and painted a creamy white. The plank floor was also painted white “and then we painted it a Ralph Lauren blue which, with the original white coming through, makes it look quite old,” said Mr. Cifarelli.
The result is a relaxed country space flooded with light and offering comfortable bentwood armchairs and couch to sink into. Fresh flowers, paintings and prints abound, along with a collection of horseshoes propped up on shelves and an ancient porch support casually leaning against a wall.
One quirky touch is the huge creamy-colored chandelier suspended from an old glass-paned door attached to the post and beam ceiling.
“Double the light gets reflected in the glass panes,” observed Mr. Cifarelli.
Mr. Cifarelli seems remarkably calm as he describes the labor of love, but he is the first to admit the project has had its share of stress.
“I moved to Miami for a year and a half right in the middle of it,” he said. “Then I came back and finished it enough to be able to move in.”
He knows there’s still a substantial amount of work to be done, but Mr. Cifarelli remains committed to his work in progress.
This is just what I wanted for my home,” he said. “I lived in Europe and so I really don’t like a typical sheet-rocked house. And I grew up with a barn in my backyard.”
Aquebogue Elementary School second-graders took a field trip to Jamesport Greenhouses Wednesday morning.
The commercial wholesale greenhouses, which covers 10 acres of land, is owned by Emilie Gabrielsen Powers and Ed Powers. The children got a chance to see how the production line works and planted their own a marigold seedlings to take home.
Check out photos from the Riverhead Middle School French Club’s recent trip to Quebec City. The students toured the French-speaking city April 15 through April 18 to explore historical sites, eat French foods and immerse themselves in French culture.
St. Isidore R.C. Church held its annual traditional Polish blessing of Easter food baskets Saturday.
Father Ryszard Ficek recited the Easter basket blessing of food in both Polish and English. The flowers were made by students at St. Isidore School to commemorate the ‘good deeds’ they had performed.