11/28/14 8:25am
11/28/2014 8:25 AM

Picture an entire street decorated as a winter wonderland. Now imagine dozens of them.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO

This was something I witnessed as an editor at a local newspaper in Santa Clarita, Calif., where the paper hosted an annual Holiday Lights Tour. Individual houses and streets would be evaluated each year by a team of judges from the newspaper staff. We’d determine which were the best, award them prizes and publish a list of the top holiday houses in the valley so our readers could go see them firsthand.

The contest eventually grew so large that the judges were all chauffeured in a limousine, touring the houses for more than eight hours. We’d be greeted with bribes — we actually gave out a prize for best bribe — of food, drinks and trinkets from the contestants. I still have the Homer Simpson-talking Santa figure a producer on “The Simpsons” gave me in hopes I’d choose his house. Though I ultimately voted for the house that fed us the killer tortilla soup.

For the past several winters, we’ve toyed with the idea of bringing such a contest to the North Fork and encouraging each of our readers to find their inner Clark Griswold as we seek to identify the best-decorated house.

This year we’re giving it a try.

We’re going to start out small, by picking one winning house and a handful of honorable mentions.

To participate, you’ll need to fill out the form in the ‘At Home’ section of this week’s paper or email us (gparpan@timesreview.com) the relevant information.KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO

You will also need to be home on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 14, when our judges will make the rounds to decide which home is the best decorated. We will call all contestants several days before our visit to let you know an approximate time we’ll stop by.

We will judge your home based on style and taste, the difficulty of setting up the decorations and the uniqueness of your display.

We will consider interiors, exteriors or both.

The winning houses will be featured on our real estate page in the Dec. 18 issue, and the grand winner will get the perfect gift for homeowners who want to improve their houses even more for next year’s contest: a $1,000 gift certificate to Riverhead Building Supply.

Do you think you have the best-decorated house on the North Fork? Prove it.

Photos credits: Katharine Schroeder

03/03/14 8:51pm
03/03/2014 8:51 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | People skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel. Skydive Long Island is looking to build a new indoor skydiving facility in Calverton.

Skydive Long Island is looking to build a new indoor skydiving facility in Calverton. (Credit: Courtesy)

The Riverhead Industrial Development Agency has approved partial property tax abatements for two new projects planned for the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

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03/02/14 11:00am
03/02/2014 11:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Building Supply's corporate headquarters at EPCAL.

Riverhead Building Supply’s corporate headquarters at EPCAL. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Building Supply’s proposed expansion of its facilities at the Enterprise Park at Calverton will be the subject of a public hearing before the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency Monday.

The company is planning to move forward with the second phase of its EPCAL development, began in 2007, and is seeking tax breaks and other incentives offered by the IDA.

The hearing will take place at the 5 p.m. meeting in Town Hall.

The company is proposing to build a $5 million, 124,000-square-foot building immediately south of the  110,000-square-foot millwork building built at EPCAL in 2007.

Both buildings will be on the same 32-acre property.

“If everything comes together, we’re hoping to do that,” said RBS chairman Edgar Goodale of the expansion plan. “We still have some details to work out.”

The company was founded by the Goodale family on Ostrander Avenue in 1948 and now has more than 500 employees in locations throughout Suffolk County, Nassau County and Rhode Island.

The site plan approval RBS received in 2007 was a phased site plan, with the building now proposed being the second phase.

The new building would be a warehouse and millwork manufacturing facility, where doors, windows and custom millwork products are made, as well as a distribution center to support an existing millwork distribution facility, according to the IDA application.

“We’d be moving the distribution facility from Mill Road to EPCAL,” Mr. Goodale said.

The company received IDA benefits in 2007 as well, and those benefits included a partial property tax exemption that spanned 10 years, aligned with a mortgage tax abatement and sales tax exemptions on building materials associated with the project.

Mr. Goodale said he thought at the time that the 2007 IDA property tax exemption also applied to the second phase, but later found out it didn’t, so the company is seeking a new IDA incentive package for the second phase of the project.

The new IDA application is seeking an exemption “consistent with the uniform tax exemption policy” of the IDA, which calls for a 50 percent real property tax abatement on the increased assessed value of the property (after the improvements) in the first year; 45 percent in the second year; 40 percent in the third year; and thereafter declining 5 percent per year over a 10-year period.

The IDA does have discretion to alter from that policy. The 2007 IDA exemption started at 100 percent and decreased by 10 percent each year, and is in its seventh year.

The IDA property tax abatements apply only to the value of the new construction, and not to the existing value of the property, and they only cover town, county, school and fire district taxes.

The new EPCAL site will give the company a lot more room, Mr. Goodale sad.

“What we have on Mill Road doesn’t fit our needs anymore,” he said. “We need more under-roof storage.”

He said the EPCAL will not benefit from the freight rail spur leading into the former Grumman property from the LIRR’s main branch.

That spur currently only connects to two businesses on the southwest portion of the industrial park at EPCAL, although town officials have discussed expanding to other businesses in EPCAL.

“It doesn’t do anything for us, unfortunately,” Mr. Goodale said. “Not as it presently exists.”

The site plan from 2007 also called for RBS to build its headquarters at EPCAL, but that’s not needed now, since the company is currently renting space elsewhere at EPCAL for headquarters, Mr. Goodale said.

tgannon@timesreview.com

07/12/13 11:00am
07/12/2013 11:00 AM

RIVERHEAD BUILDING SUPPLY COURTESY PHOTO | John Callahan has been named president of Riverhead Building Supply.

The director of purchasing for Riverhead Building Supply has been named the company’s latest president, marking the first time in company history that a Goodale family member is not the head of the local business.

John Callahan, who has worked for Riverhead Building Supply for 31 years, was appointed president this week. Previous president Edgar Goodale and vice president Russell Goodale will stay on as co-chairs of the company’s board, Mr. Callahan said.

“They have a lot of energy, they have a lifetime of commitment to the business so they’re not going anyplace,” Mr. Callahan said. “I’ll be handling more of the day-to-day issues of the company and just making sure that we continue to do the best job for our customers as we possibly can while they focus on other areas of growth and development.”

The supply company was founded in 1948 and currently employs 400 full-time workers in New York, as well as 70 employees in Rhode Island. It has 11 locations on Long Island.

Mr. Callahan began working for Riverhead Building Supply for two summers while he was a student, and later moved into the company as a full-time employee, first at the counter and later in the sales and purchasing departments.

Mr. Callahan said one of his primary goals is to be a steward of the company, a “bridge” between the previous leadership and the next generation of the Goodale family that will return to take over the family business.

“My job will be complete when there’s another member of the family running this company,” he said.

psquire@timesreview.com