06/01/14 6:00am
06/01/2014 6:00 AM
Riverhead fire headquarters on Roanoke Avenue. (Credit: file photo)

Riverhead fire headquarters on Roanoke Avenue. (Credit: file photo)

• Riverhead Fire Department will host a community blood drive Tuesday, June 3, from 1 to 7 p.m. in the upstairs banquet room of the Roanoke Avenue firehouse. Donors age 16 to 75 who weigh at least 110 pounds and have not received any tattoos in the past 12 months are eligible. (more…)

05/23/14 11:39am
05/23/2014 11:39 AM
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A Riverhead detective investigates the remains of a minivan involved in Friday morning’s serious car accident on Main Road in Jamesport (Credit: Paul Squire)

UPDATE (May 24): An 82-year-old woman involved in a two-car accident in Jamesport Friday died from her injuries, a Stony Brook University Medical Center spokesman confirmed. Marjorie Case of Aquebogue was driving a 2010 Lexus east on Main Road when she lost control of her car and crashed into a Honda minivan.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Massachusetts man and his three sons are expected to be transferred to Stony Brook University hospital after being injured in Friday morning’s serious two-car accident in Jamesport, Riverhead police said.

The other driver in the crash is also being treated at the hospital for “serious injuries,” while the mother of the three boys is recuperating after undergoing treatment in Riverhead, according to a police statement.

Police said 82-year-old Marjorie Case of Aquebogue was driving a 2010 Lexus east on Main Road when she lost control of the car around a turn and drifted into the oncoming lane, smashing into a Honda minivan driven by 47-year-old Thomas Devlin of Massachusetts.

Fire Departments from across the East End responded to the scene, including Jamesport, Riverhead, Mattituck, Southold and Cutchogue. Firefighters cut open the Lexus door and cut off the roof of the minivan to reach victims trapped inside.

Flanders-Northampton and Riverhead ambulance volunteers also assisted.

Ms. Case was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center and later transfered to Stony Brook University hospital with “serious injuries,” according to a police statement.

Mr. Devlin, his wife Mairead, and the couple’s three sons  — ages 7, 11, and 13 — were all taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

The couple’s three children who were injured were “alert” at the scene, said Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.

A woman from Mattituck driving behind the minivan said she pulled over after the accident to try to assist. The woman — a nurse who gave her name as Diane — said the man and woman in the minivan told her that they just had just gotten off the ferry and were headed to a baseball tournament.

A Jamesport man said he heard the crash while in his garden nearly a mile away.

The stretch of Main Road opened to traffic about 2:30 p.m. after a three-hour accident investigation. New York State police has since taken over the investigation; no arrests are expected at this time, police said.

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05/17/14 12:30pm
05/17/2014 12:30 PM
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The department’s chiefs for 2014 are sworn in (Credit: Paul Squire)

Since Robert Zaweski joined the Riverhead Fire Department in 1985, he’s done just about everything.

He was a treasurer, a second lieutenant, then first lieutenant, assistant captain, then captain, then deputy chief three times until finally serving as chief of the entire department in 2007 and 2008.

“Any job you give Bob, he gets it done,” said current Chief Joseph Raynor.

That commitment to the volunteer corps earned Mr. Zaweski Firefighter of the Year honors at the department’s annual installation dinner at the Long Island Aquarium Friday night.

Mr. Zaweski — who was at his brother’s birthday party in the Midwest and couldn’t attend — was one of dozens of Riverhead’s firefighters honored for their accomplishments in 2013.

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Second lieutenant Brian Raynor — the chief’s son — and first lieutenant Jamie Brooks both won awards as the top lieutenants in the department. Riverhead Fire Police Captain Baycan Fidelli was named Captain of the Year, having overseen a new program for fire police recruitment that has strengthened the company.

The department also recognized Bill Kelly, John Tradeski Jr., Frank Darrow and Steve and Norman “Skip” Beal for their work helping volunteers train at the department’s training grounds for the past 12 years. The department’s top responder was ex-Captain Bruce Edwards, who answered 282 of the department’s 330 total alarms.

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Company of the year went to the Washington Engine Co. #2, which saw several new recruits join last year. Twenty-seven new members joined the department in total last year, fire officials said.

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The Washington Engine Company accepting their Company of the Year award.(Credit: Paul Squire)

Second lieutenant of the year Brian Raynor hands the company of the year award to Charles Bloss, a longtime member of the department. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Second lieutenant of the year Brian Raynor hands the company of the year award to Charles Bloss, a longtime member of the department. (Credit: Paul Squire)

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Brian Raynor won second lieutenant of the year honors (Credit: Paul Squire)

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Jamie Brooks accepts his award as first lieutenant of the year. (Credit: Paul Squire)

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Fifty-year member Robert Kujawski earned commendations from North Fork representatives at the awards dinner for his years of service. (Credit: Paul Squire)

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03/31/14 5:00pm
03/31/2014 5:00 PM
The Riverhead Fire Department firefighters at  (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Riverhead Fire Department firefighters at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School Sunday evening. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Update 5:20 p.m.: Bishop-McGann Mercy High School officials have confirmed the school will be opened Tuesday.

Principal Carl Semmler also issued the following statement:

“Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School was inspected by the Riverhead Fire Marshall, the Suffolk County Department of Health and a team of private environmental engineers.  It has been determined that the building is safe for the students, faculty and staff to return tomorrow, April 1.  The major debris has been removed, the student areas have been cleaned, including the use of air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  The kitchen surfaces will continue to be disinfected tomorrow.  As such, all students and faculty have been advised that there will be no food service tomorrow and to bring a bag lunch.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Riverhead Fire Department responded to an electrical fire Sunday evening at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School in Riverhead.

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03/26/14 3:15pm
03/26/2014 3:15 PM
Firefighters battle a brush fire near Grumman Boulevard Wednesday afternoon (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Firefighters battle a brush fire near Grumman Boulevard Wednesday afternoon (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Firefighters from the Riverhead, Wading River and Manorville Fire Departments have been battling brush fires throughout the area Wednesday as ideal fire weather conditions and high winds sweep over Long Island.

The National Weather Service has warned that while Tuesday night’s strong coastal storm missed the East End, winds of 20-30 miles per hour with gusts up to 50 mph will persist through the evening.  (more…)