01/23/15 12:00pm
01/23/2015 12:00 PM
Kyle Frost (from left) as Scrooge, Tanner Dispenziere (center) as Scrooge's nephew Fred and Jacob Raynor as Bob Cratchit rehearse a scene for the production of 'Scrooge.' (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kyle Frost (from left) as Scrooge, Tanner Dispenziere (center) as Scrooge’s nephew Fred and Jacob Raynor as Bob Cratchit rehearse a scene for the production of ‘Scrooge.’ (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Middle School Masques open their production of “Scrooge” tonight in the Pulaski Street School Auditorium.  (more…)

01/17/15 11:00am
01/17/2015 11:00 AM
Riverhead's middle school basketball team went 10-0 this season. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead’s middle school basketball team went 10-0 this season. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

What better way to celebrate an undefeated season than a pizza party?

The 15 players and manager on Riverhead’s middle school basketball team toasted to a 10-0 season Friday afternoon with cheese and pepperoni. The boys closed out their season Thursday, defeating Mount Sinai 87-55.  (more…)

03/20/14 11:17am
03/20/2014 11:17 AM

Lyle Markowski as Meleager (right) and Sarah Brennan as Atalanta. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The annual Riverhead Middle School Roman Banquet will present ‘How Atalanta Got her Groove Back’ Thursday evening at the school under the direction of Magistra Laurentia Calpurnia Custer, who’s in her 17th year. (more…)

02/07/14 8:00am
SANDRA KOLBO PHOTO | Students in Riverhead Middle School English teacher's Mindy Benze classes recently initiated a "Water Challenge" to promote clean drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa communities.

SANDRA KOLBO PHOTO | Students in Riverhead Middle School English teacher’s Mindy Benze’s classes recently initiated a “Water Challenge” to promote clean drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa communities.

Drawing inspiration from “A Long Walk to Water,” a book they read in English class about a Sudanese refugee whose mission is to provide clean water to sub-Saharan African communities, students at Riverhead Middle School recently launched a “Water Challenge” — a venture that has raised more than a thousand dollars. (more…)

01/31/14 4:00pm
01/31/2014 4:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Happy Ending featuring (from left) Nathan Detroit, Miss Adelaide, Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown after their double wedding at the Mission.

Riverhead Middle School Middle Masques will present “Guys and Dolls Jr.” on Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 7 and 8, in the middle school cafetorium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 p.m. Saturdays. (more…)

01/13/14 5:30pm
01/13/2014 5:30 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | From left, Riverhead High School students Matthew Barnard, Amy Methven, Aidan Saltini and David White have been selected to preform at this year's Long Island String Festival.

COURTESY PHOTO | From left, Riverhead High School students Matthew Barnard, Amy Methven, Aidan Saltini and David White have been selected to preform at this year’s Long Island String Festival.

The Riverhead School District has announced with students will be participating in this year’s Long Island String Festival and the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Festival.

The Long Island String Festival will take place at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket. Elementary students are scheduled to perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Secondary level students are scheduled to perform Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-2. Riverhead High School students Matthew Barnard, Amy Methven, Aidan Saltini and David White and middle school student Jacob Nitti have been selected to preform.

The Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association Festival will be held in March. The following students have been selected to preform from Pulaski Street School: Matthew Jakubowsky, Benjamin Mancini. Jordan Devereaux, Madison Kelly. Lily Kutner. Hailey Nitti, Scarlett Olsen, Leslie Alvizures, Nathaniel Bollermann, Lana Fusco; Riverhead Middle School: Kimberlyn Ligon, Alex Montalbano, Christiana Santoro, Brady Wells, Ruby Ernst, Evelyn Kennedy, Sarah Anne Fried, Yasmine Kocan, Lauren Schaefer.

From Riverhead High School, the following students were selected: Ella Baldwin, Peter Cook, Michael Harris, Ryan Mancini, Shannon McAlister, Lauren Schmitt, Philip Schmitt, Nicholas Waldron, Ella Baldwin, Chloe Halpin, Ryan Macini, Samuel Mancini, William Pasciutti, Daniel Jones, Aidan Saltini, David White.

jennifer@timesreview.com

12/03/13 5:11pm

BARBARAELLEN FILE KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead High School band director Lee Hanwick conducts ninth-graders Jessica Sisti (left) and Kayla Myers in playing ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ during the school’s March concert. The orchestra and senior band also performed.

The Riverhead School District has announced its upcoming event and concerts.

• Phillips Avenue’s concert is set for Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the school.

• Riley Avenue’s concert is scheduled for Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

• Aquebogue’s winter concert will take place Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the school.

• Pulaski Street’s winter concert is set for Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

• Roanoke Avenue’s winter concert is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the school.

• The middle school’s eighth-grade winter concert will take place Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

• The middle school’s seventh-grade winter concert is set for Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

• The middle school’s choir, chamber orchestra and jazz band will perform at Martha Clara Vineyard on Dec. 21 at 11 a.m.

• The high school’s chamber choir is scheduled to perform at House of Praise on Hubbard Avenue in Riverhead on Dec. 11, at 6 p.m.; and the Jamesport Meeting House next Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. On Dec. 15, the chamber choir will also perform at Diliberto Winery at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church located on Northville Turnpike in Riverhead.

• The high school’s winter concert is set for Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the school. Performances include full choir, and 10th-12th grade band and orchestra.

• The high school’s chamber orchestra is scheduled to perform at Long Island MacArthur Airport on Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m.

• The high school’s ninth-grade band and orchestra is set to perform the second winter concert on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

• Riverhead Free Library is currently exhibiting student art work. Pieces from Pulaski Street will be on display this month; Roanoke Avenue next month; Aquebogue in January; and Phillips Avenue in February. Riley Avenue and high school students’ art work will be displayed in March.

jennifer@timesreview.com

05/20/13 4:45pm
05/20/2013 4:45 PM
Riverhead Middle School in court

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead Middle School principal Andrea Pekar and her attorney, John Shields, shake hands outside federal court Monday after a jury ruled Ms. Pekar was not guilty of illegally searching a middle school student in 2007.

A federal jury has rejected a former Riverhead Middle School student’s claims that he was illegally searched by the school’s principal in 2007, saying the student and his mother failed to prove the search ever occurred.

The jury deliberated for three hours in U.S. Eastern District Court Monday before reaching a verdict.

Tarone Love, now 21, and his mother, Marilyn, had filed a lawsuit against the principal, Andrea Pekar, as well as the school district, middle school, Board of Education and then-superintendent Paul Doyle.

They alleged that Mr. Love was called to the principal’s office in February 2007, made to empty his pockets, patted down and forced to remove his shoes. Mr. Love had claimed the school targeted him because administrators thought he was selling drugs.

Throughout the trial, district officials have consistently denied the incident happened.

As the jury’s verdict was read, Ms. Pekar sat with her hands over her mouth. She nodded and relaxed in her seat as the verdict was announced.

Mr. Love, seated at the plaintiff’s table with his lawyer, Harriet Gilliam, sat motionless and didn’t move until the jury was led out of the room. He quickly left the court room and declined to comment on the verdict.

John Shields, the defense attorney for Ms. Pekar, said he was “confident” in the jury’s deliberations.

“I think the jury made the right decision,” he said. “It was a privilege to represent a person of such high character.”

The claims against all defendants except Ms. Pekar had been thrown out of court Friday, after Judge Arthur Spatt ruled the Love family had not proven the district’s policies were in violation of the law.

Additional claims of racial profiling were also dismissed.

The jury began deliberations about 12:25 p.m. after hearing closing arguments from both attorneys in the case. Ms. Gilliam questioned the testimony of security guards and Ms. Pekar — all of whom said they either didn’t remember the search or that it never happened.

Ms. Gilliam said the school was engaging in a “cover-up,” while Mr. Shields said the family offered no proof of the search, and said it was unlikely the district would have gone to such lengths to mask the supposed incident.

Outside the court room, Ms. Love said she and her son had filed the suit to expose wrongdoings in the Riverhead schools.

“We weren’t here for the money,” she said. “We were here for the kids in the school … In a way, [Tarone] didn’t lose, because he opened the eyes of so many parents.”

Ms. Gilliam, a Riverhead High School graduate, said she had “bittersweet” feelings about the verdict.

“I’m very proud of Tarone,” she said. “He stood up and took a stand.”

Ms. Gilliam said the family may file an appeal, adding she would need to speak to her clients.

psquire@timesreview.com