Roderick Farmer recognizes Emma Alston — Thomas Watkin’s widow — during the first presentation of the Thomas Watkins Buffalo Soldier award. Mr. Farmer, the worshipful master of Tyre Lodge No. 91, which created the award, said it was established ‘to reach back and honor one of our own as well as somebody who was a pillar in the community.’ (Credit: courtesy photo)
Two years after World War II ended, President Harry Truman desegregated the United Stated Armed Forces with Executive Order 9981.
But four years before that, Aquebogue native Thomas Watkins was in the trenches in Italy with the all-black 92nd Infantry Division, better known as the Buffalo Soldiers, fighting alongside all-white divisions to help the Allied Forces liberate Italy. (more…)
A Riverhead police officer leads Mercy students from the school on Jan. 14. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
After four bomb threats were reported at Bishop McGann-Mercy and Riverhead High Schools in the month of January, a $5,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the people responsible for the threats. (more…)
If you went to one of those websites that ask people to grade their teachers and searched for Riverhead High School physics teacher Greg Wallace, you’d find comments like: “An awesome guy and wonderful mentor who truly loves his students.”