05/06/14 11:00am
05/06/2014 11:00 AM
Teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo posed with kids at Stotzy Park last Friday during Riverhead Little League's Opening Day. (Credit: Barbarallen Koch)

Teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo posed with kids at Stotzy Park last Friday during Riverhead Little League’s Opening Day. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Baseball and race cars. The two worlds collided last Friday when teenage race car driver Vincent Biondolillo stopped by Riverhead Little League’s Opening Day to pose for pictures with kids in front of his No. 06 race car.  (more…)

05/03/14 8:16am
Jonas Wan, 4, at the opening ceremony for Riverhead Little League Friday evening, holding the ball and letter he donated to the league.

Jonas Wan, 4, at the opening ceremony for Riverhead Little League Friday evening, holding the ball and letter he donated to the league.

While visiting his grandparents on Long Island, 4-year-old Jonas Wan learned of a break-in at the Riverhead Little League concession stand.

The Connecticut boy felt badly for the players who had their money and equipment stolen.

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03/02/14 3:00pm
03/02/2014 3:00 PM
Wedel Signs workers installing the Veterans Memorial Park last April in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

Wedel Signs workers installing the Veterans Memorial Park last April in Calverton.
(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photo)

Riverhead Little League officials announced Saturday the scheduling of a new tournament to be held in town in memory of two fallen American soldiers, U.S. Army Sergeant Jonathan Keller and Sergeant First Class Anthony Venetz Jr.  (more…)

09/25/13 9:00am
09/25/2013 9:00 AM

shed1For the second time in less than five months, someone has broken into the Riverhead Little League shed in Stotzky Park and stolen from the organization.

Police received a call at 8:05 a.m. today after a buildings and grounds employee stumbled upon the damage, which included busting through the door to the little league’s concession stand.

But after the shed was broken into in April, and thieves made off with over $800 in cash and equipment, they weren’t quite as lucky this time. League President Tony Sammartano said since then, they’ve kept much less cash on hand in the register – which the burglars reportedly walked away with.

“We left some change in the drawers and a couple singles,” he said this morning. “Maybe they got away with $40.”

Police were on scene this morning and Sammartano said a crime unit is expected to head over sometime before noon. Though police are currently tied up searching for a couple who reportedly robbed the CVS on Route 58 this morning. In addition, a criminal mischief was reported at an EPCAL business.

Sammartano said whoever broke into the shed walked out with some Starburst and soda, as well as the register itself.

Money raised at the concession stand pays for the league’s umpires.

06/28/13 2:13pm
06/28/2013 2:13 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Little League will host the state softball tournament for 11-12-year-old majors division in July.

The Riverhead Little League is getting set to host the state softball tournament for the 11-12-year-old majors division at Stotzky Park.

The six finalists in the state tournament will arrive July 8 and start playing July 9. The tournament could run as long as until July 13, with the one state champion moving onto the overall Little League World Series tournament in Williamsport, Pa. at the end of the month, according to Tony Sammartano, Riverhead Little League president.

The games will be played at Stotzky Park, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day until a champ is crowned.

But while hosting the event is an honor for Riverhead Little League, it’s also expensive, Mr. Sammartano said.

The host league has to provide lunches for players and pay the lodging costs for the players, although not for the players’ families.

As a result, Riverhead Little League has planned a number of fundraising events to help in the effort.

“We really could use your support,” Mr. Sammartano said in an appeal to members of the community. “It’s a big event and something a league doesn’t get to have very often.”

The last time the state championship was held in Riverhead was about 2004, he said.

A July 8 fundraising banquet at Calverton Links’ Eagle Landing restaurant is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the door, and there will be a 50-50 raffle and a Chinese auction that also will serve to help offset Riverhead Little League’s overall costs.

League officials are still hoping local residents or businesses can make donations or provide gifts to be auctioned off.

Mr. Sammartano said some businesses have been very generous, such as Home Depot, Digger O’Dell’s bar and restaurant and McDonald’s.

Another way the league is raising funds is through a journal for the tournament.

The league is selling one-page ads for $300, half-page ads for $200 and quarter-page ads for $75.

Mr. Sammartano asks that anyone interested in donating items for the Chinese auction, buying a journal ad or making any kind of contribution to the Little League call him directly at (631) 767-8206.

So, what are the chances of a local team playing in that tournament?

Mr. Sammartano said the Riverhead team was eliminated Thursday, but that the North Shore league’s team, which covers Mount Sinai to Shoreham was still alive as of Thursday night.

tgannon@timesreview.com

05/01/13 12:20pm
05/01/2013 12:20 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Town employee boarded up the Little League's storage area Sunday morning after someone broke into the building the night before.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Town employee boarded up the Little League’s storage area Sunday morning after someone broke into the building the night before.

Three days after someone broke into the Riverhead Little League’s concession stand and storage area, ransacked the building and made off with nearly $800 in cash and items, the concession stand has been reopened, the league’s president said.

Tony Sammartano said the concession stand was back up and running Tuesday.

COURTESY PHOTO | The doors to the Little League's concession stand and storage area were both damaged.

The doors to the Little League’s concession stand and storage area were both damaged.

“There was a bit of a shortfall, but we did [set it up again,]” he said. The money raised by concession sales pays for the Little League’s umpires, he said.

Mr. Sammartano said sponsors of the Little League had offered donations to help get the stand running again, as well as recoup some of the losses.

The concession stand was targeted Saturday night, when someone smashed in the doors of the building in Stotzky Park near the ballfields, police said.

The thieves took about $500 in cash from the building and about $250 in equipment and food was stolen, according to a police report. Three dozen baseballs and old Little League shirts were stolen from the storage area, Mr. Sammartano had said.

The Little League had kicked off opening day to its 61st season just hours before the burglary. The building had been broken into once before about two years ago, he said.

Riverhead police are investigating the break-in.

psquire@timesreview.com