03/08/15 12:00pm
03/08/2015 12:00 PM
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)

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…)

02/16/15 10:57am
02/16/2015 10:57 AM
Danielle Lawrence (Facebook)

Danielle Lawrence (Credit: Facebook)

Teachers at Riverhead High School remember Danielle Lawrence as a kind, sweet and talented girl who always had a smile on her face.

“She was the type of student that you wish you can have 10 of them just like her in your class,” said math teacher Athena Angerhauser. (more…)

02/14/15 12:00pm
02/14/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead freshman Yasmine Kocan. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Riverhead freshman Yasmine Kocan. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

In the summer of 2011, Marissa Macchio, the Riverhead High School orchestra director, introduced Yasmine Kocan to the cello during a music program.

“I could tell from the start that she was gifted and had an exceptional ear for music,” Ms. Macchio said in a news release.  (more…)

02/06/15 7:08am
02/06/2015 7:08 AM
A Riverhead police officer leads Mercy students from the school on Jan. 14. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

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…)

01/23/15 4:30pm
01/23/2015 4:30 PM
Riverhead's Justin Hansel wrestles against Cameron Byrne of Hills East in a dual meet Jan. 9. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Justin Hansel wrestles against Cameron Byrne of Hills East in a dual meet Jan. 9. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead High School will no longer host the League III wrestling tournament scheduled for Feb. 7, according to Section XI.

The tournament was switched this week to Smithtown East High School, a spokeswoman for Section XI, the governing body for high school sports in Suffolk County, said. (more…)

01/09/15 3:00pm
01/09/2015 3:00 PM
Cast members line up for 'The Audition,' the first of two one-act plays to be presented by the Riverhead High School Blue Masques. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cast members line up for ‘The Audition,’ the first of two one-act plays to be presented by the Riverhead High School Blue Masques. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Blue Masques will perform two one-act plays at Riverhead High School Cardona auditorium beginning 7 p.m. tonight.  (more…)

01/08/15 8:57am
01/08/2015 8:57 AM

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.”

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