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The Riverhead NJROTC drill team in 2012. (Credit:  Courtesy, file)

The Riverhead NJROTC drill team in 2012. (Credit: Courtesy, file)

The Riverhead NJROTC is hosting its annual fundraiser April 5 between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school.

Nearly 100 gift certificates and 60 gift baskets are expected to be included in the raffle. Over 150 gifts will be available, including: autographed NY Islanders and Jets memorabilia, winery tours, hotel stays, ferry tickets and jewelry.

The total value of the prizes is about $9,000, officials said. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward  new equipment and drill meet travel expenses. Riverhead High School, 700 Harrison Ave, Riverhead.

The drawing is scheduled for 2 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.corwincorner.com/NJROTC/auction.htm.

12/07/13 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Naval Science Instructor Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy, second from left, with Riverhead NJROTC cadets.

COURTESY PHOTO | Naval Science Instructor Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy, second from left, with Riverhead NJROTC cadets.

Riverhead High School’s award-winning Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will be reporting for duty this month around the Riverhead community.

Cadets sang Christmas carols Friday night along with the Lions Club at the Senior Care Center in Riverhead. The NJROTC unit also plans to work with the Riverhead Rotary Club in the high school cafeteria next Friday afternoon to make 200 Christmas food baskets for the town’s needy families.

On Thursday, cadets will participate in the unit’s annual Area Managers Inspection, known as AMI, at 9 a.m. in the high school gym. Riverhead’s unit is lead by Naval Science Instructor Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy.

The next drill meet is set for Dec. 21 at Mattituck High School, in which about 11 schools and nearly 500 cadets will compete between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Riverhead’s NJROTC unit has earned several awards in recent months.

On Sept. 28, the unit competed at the SUNY Maritime Drill Meet and won third place in the overall competition. Cadet Aleki Lui took home the first-place award in the color guard event.

At the drill meet competition in Bethel, Conn., the unit also placed third in the overall category. In addition, Cadet James McEntee earned second place in the armed platoon event and Cadet Ashlyn Whyard took home a fourth-place award in the personal inspection competition.

Cadet Donald Visek finished in first place at both the Maritime and Bethel drill meets in the unarmed platoon competitions.

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10/08/13 10:40pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead school board vice president Greg Meyer calls for a vote on the NJROTC resolution during Tuesday night's meeting.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead school board vice president Greg Meyer calls for a vote on the NJROTC resolution during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Federal funding for Riverhead’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program hasn’t been threatened yet by the government shutdown. But now, the program won’t be in jeopardy, even if the funding dries up.

The Riverhead school board approved a resolution at its meeting Tuesday night that allows the district to use money from the general fund to pay for the program. Superintendent Nancy Carney said the resolution was a precautionary measure to keep the program afloat in case federal funds are held back.

Had the resolution not been signed, the district would have been unable to use its funds to pay for the program without board approval, Ms. Carney said. Board vice president Greg Meyer also said the district didn’t hear that the federal funding would be cut, but wanted to play it safe.

Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy, the program’s senior naval science instructor, said in an email Monday that he is ”pleased to see [the board] are looking at the possible impacts of the shutdown and are planning to keep things on track.”

The board also unanimously approved a settlement agreement involving a “non-instructional” employee.

Last month, the school board OK’d Ms. Carney’s recommendation to suspend a “non-instructional” employee without pay for 30 days pending an investigation. Though school officials did not provide information about the settlement approved Tuesday, Ms. Carney did say the settlement wasn’t monetary.

The board also heard a presentation from Ms. Carney and Michael Griffin from the nonprofit security group Project SAFEguard. Mr. Griffin described how the district’s security upgrade through SAFEguard made it possible for district administrators and first responders to use an online map of Riverhead High School to view live camera footage.

The district has also installed 45 new security cameras that can zoom and rotate, built a new security office that combines digital and analog security features being used by the school, and will implement SAFEguard at the middle school, Ms. Carney said.

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10/08/13 6:00am
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO  |  Ensign Thomas Kopp watches as Lt. Amanda Gallo and Ensign Harold Hubbard high five after Riverhead was announced as the winner of the annual drill meet in Mastic Saturday afternoon.

PAUL SQUIRE FILE PHOTO | The Riverhead school board is expected to vote on a resolution Tuesday to protect the district’s NJROTC program during the federal government shutdown.

The Riverhead school board is expected to vote on a resolution to protect the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program during the federal government shutdown, according to Tuesday night’s meeting agenda.

If approved, the district will be able to use monies from its general budget to fund the program during the 2013-14 school year should federal support fall through.

The move aims to ensure the program continues without any interruptions, according to the resolution.

Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy, the program’s senior naval science instructor, said in an email Monday he hasn’t been notified about any loss of NJROTC funding due to the shutdown.

“The school district has always provided great support for the NJROTC program, so we are pleased to see they are looking at the possible impacts of the shutdown and are planning to keep things on track,” he said.

The board is also expected on vote on a settlement agreement involving a “non-instructional” employee.

Last month, the school board unanimously approved Superintendent Nancy Carney’s recommendation to suspend a “non-instructional” employee without pay for 30 days pending an investigation. The move is pursuant to Civil Service Law Section 75, according to the resolution.

No other details about the agreement were immediately available.

Scroll down to view the complete agenda. Check back later for an update.

Riverhead School Board Meeting Agenda Oct. 8, 2013

01/21/13 9:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | Navy Officer Commander John Karin presents Cadet Anthony Mammina with the Meritorious Merit Award as Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy looks on.

COURTESY PHOTO | Navy Officer Commander John Karin presents Cadet Anthony Mammina with the Meritorious Merit Award as Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy looks on.

A Riverhead High School senior and NJROTC cadet received the corps’ highest honor during their annual inspection Friday morning for saving a fellow runner who had suffered an asthma attack during a cross country meet last September.

Anthony Mammina was competing in the Suffolk County Coaches Invitational last year when he found another runner from a different school who had suffered an asthma attack and was lying on the ground, unconscious. Though other runners ran past the fallen competitor, Anthony stopped to help the teen.

Anthony, a Boy Scout trained in first aid, used an emergency inhaler nearby to help the boy regain consciousness, and then with the help of another runner carried the victim to a first aid station.

Anthony then finished the race.

Anthony, who has overcome a seizure disorder to run in track meets across the country, was awarded the Meritorious Achievement Award by Navy Officer Commander John Skarin during the inspection Friday.

In a citation issued to Anthony, Navy Commander J.W. Hankins praised his actions as “in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Junior Officers Training Corps program.”

“Cadet Mammina’s quick thinking, positive action and heroic behavior helped to save another athlete’s life,” the citation reads. “His willingness to get involved, apply his first aid knowledge, and his compassion for a fallen competitor are a testament to his strong sense of honor, sportsmanship and determination to do the right thing.”

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09/12/12 8:00am
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COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead High School Naval Instructor Lt/Col Peter McCarthy (left), Cadet Harold Hubbard (center) and district Commander John Skarin at a ceremony in the high school.

Riverhead NJROTC Cadet Harold Hubbard of Jamesport has been selected for the prestigious Navy ISR Scholarship.

The $180,000 scholarship applies to the college of Harold’s choice.

The news was delivered by district Commander John Skarin Tuesday morning.

ISR stands for “Immediate Scholarship Reservation.” Harold was one of just six students in the Riverhead NJROTC’s area district — which includes Northern New Jersey, New York City, parts of Westchester and Long Island — to be chosen for this scholarship.

In addition to the scholarship award, Harold and Cadet Nicholas Deschamps attended the highly selective General Tommy Franks Four Star Leadership Academy for a week in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Harold also attended a week-long Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) seminar at Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Fla., a trip that was fully funded by the Navy. This all came after he was chosen as the boys’ state representative from Riverhead High School and spent a week in June at SUNY Morrisville. This event was sponsored by the Riverhead American Legion.

He plans to study aeronautical engineering in college and hopes to become a pilot.