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10/20/15 11:29am
10/20/2015 11:29 AM

Riverhead Town Board debate

Taking on questions on everything from progress at EPCAL, downtown revitalization and town finances, the three candidates for Town Supervisor made their pitches for your vote at a Riverhead News-Review sponsored debate at Polish Hall Monday night. READ

04/29/15 3:00pm
04/29/2015 3:00 PM
Pete Victoria has been bowling at Riverhead's Polish Hall for the past decade. It is believed that on Monday night he bowled the first-ever perfect 300 game at the historic basement lanes. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Pete Victoria has been bowling at Riverhead’s Polish Hall for the past decade. It is believed that on Monday night he bowled the first-ever perfect 300 game at the historic basement lanes. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Written in multi-color marker on a dry erase board next to the basement bowling lanes at Polish Hall in Riverhead is the alley’s “300 Club.”

There’s just one entry: Pete Victoria 4/27/15.

Despite being heralded as Suffolk County’s first bowling alley and perhaps even one of the state’s oldest, it was believed that no one had ever rolled a perfect game at Polish Hall until Monday. The first person to accomplish the feat is Mr. Victoria, a 61-year-old plumber from Mattituck.  (more…)

10/09/14 11:05am
State Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Congressman Tim Bishop (right) took turns a podium in Polish Hall to address questions Wednesday night in Riverhead.

Republican state Senator Lee Zeldin (left) and Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop (right). (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The two major party candidates for the 1st Congressional District squared off at a contentious debate — at least, contentious between incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop and the GOP-dominated crowd — in a packed Polish Hall in Riverhead Wednesday night.

State Senator Lee Zeldin of Shirley, a Republican and Iraq War veteran who unsuccessfully ran against Mr. Bishop in 2008 before seeking office in Albany, enjoyed a political home-field advantage among the nearly 250 who showed up at the event, organized and sponsored by RiverheadLocal.com, an online news website.

RiverheadLocal co-publisher Denise Civiletti moderated.

At times during the debate, specifically when Mr. Bishop faulted Tea Party members in Congress for much of the gridlock in Washington, the crowd degenerated into shout-downs and name-calling.

“You’re a liar!” yelled one attendee, after Mr. Bishop said “compromise has become a four-letter word in Washington under Tea Party control.” (more…)

10/04/14 3:00pm
10/04/2014 3:00 PM
Betty Harris, Howard Waldman, Hattie Turner, and Ron Schmitt at Thursday's annual Heidi's Helping Angels fundraiser. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Betty Harris, Howard Waldman, Hattie Turner, and Ron Schmitt at Thursday’s annual Heidi’s Helping Angels fundraiser. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

The story of Heidi Behr is well-known in the Riverhead community at this point.

And though the ending was a tragic one — the 23-year-old Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps volunteer was killed in a crash with one of her fellow volunteers, leaving behind her young son — the positive values she embodied were celebrated Thursday night, as three other members of the community were recognized for doing the same thing Ms. Behr did: put their own time, safety and even sometimes their lives on the line in the name of helping others. (more…)