RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Nick Raynor, 14, of Riverhead has participated in the snapper tournament for the past several years.
The docks along the Peconic Riverfront were filled with fishing enthusiasts today for the Town of Riverhead Recreation Department’s 16th annual Snapper Tournament.
Recreation program coordinator Jim Janecek said about 130 people registered for the event, which focuses on getting children and adults interested in fishing and raising money for the recreation department’s scholarship fund.
Winners of the adult (over age 16) and youth divisions (under age 16) were chosen based on the size of the fish they caught and awarded a rod and reel. Trophies were awarded to the top-three finishers in each division.
Nick Raynor, 14, of Riverhead said he’s been fishing “all his life” and that this was the fifth or sixth year he’s participated in the tournament. On Saturday, he caught a snapper measuring 9 and 2/8 inches, putting him in third place for the youth division as of 1 p.m.
“The Snapper derby is a good program,” said Nick, who is a freshman at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School. “It’s fun. I come every year and I plan to keep coming every year.”
FISHING: Snapper tournament The Town of Riverhead Recreation Department will host its annual Snapper Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 7, on the Peconic Riverfront. The focus of the tournament is to get youths and adults involved in fishing and to raise money for the recreation department’s scholarship fund. A rod/reel will go to the winner of the adult (16 and older) and youth (under 16) divisions. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants. Pre-registration is available by calling (631) 727-5744, ext. 0, or in person at the recreation department at 55 Columbus Avenue, Riverhead. On-site registration will begin at 10 a.m. on the Peconic Riverfront. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Anglers must supply their own poles and bait. In case of inclement weather, call (631) 727-5744, ext. 30 for updated information the morning of the event. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 8.
BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | The temporary ice rink at Stotzky Park was closed after temperatures rose above freezing. But it may reopen for a few hours Sunday.
Riverhead residents and even some out-of-towners enjoyed five straight days of ice skating at Stotzky Park when the weather dipped below 20 degrees last week. The rink is now locked but Councilman George Gabrielsen said he was hoping that the below freezing overnight temperatures will allow the rink to reopen for a few hours Sunday.
The town’s recreation department is expected to check the ice at noon today. If frozen enough, the rink will reopen at that time.
Temperatures are forecast to hover around 32 degrees and overnight to dip in the 20s for the next five days. Mr. Gabrielsen said he will ask the fire department if necessary to spray down the surface to smooth out the ice.
Recreation Department director Ray Coyne said the rink will likely be open again once it freezes.
“It’s going to be hit or miss,” he said. “I was very impressed with the amount of people who came out to enjoy the skating.”
The department said it will provide updates via Facebook on the Riverhead Parks and Recreation page.
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Mad Scientist professor Will Hill fills the auditorium with CO2 gas ‘fog’ by dropping dry ice into buckets of hot water.
A standing room crowd of 200 children and their parents packed into the auditorium at the Town’s Senior Center in Aquebogue Saturday morning to be amazed and entertained by the science-themed show presented by Mad Science of Long Island franchise.
Mad Science calls the shows “sparking imaginative learning.”
‘Fire and Ice’ was presented by Mad Scientist Professor Will Hill, who has been doing the shows for seven years.
Mr. Hill said that the show teaches the children the scientific properties of fire, air pressure, dry ice and carbon dioxide. He also taught them about scientific method, hypothesis, physical and chemical changes and sublimation.
For the finale he had the children close their eyes as he dropped dry ice into hot water, which turned the carbon dioxide into clouds of CO2 gas, filling the room with ‘fog’ to the delight of the children. He explained how that was done in movies and haunted houses.
The Recreation Department usually sponsors two of these free Mad Science events each year.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The temporary ice skating rink at Stotzky Park will open for the first time at 2 p.m. Thursday.
Riverhead Town’s temporary ice skating rink in Stotzky Park will have ice skating for the first time Thursday as temperatures dipped below freezing long enough for the first time this winter.
The town brought the plastic liner and PVC piping needed to convert the roller skating rink into an ice rink last year, but it never got cold enough to make ice, so the rink was never used for ice skating.
But that’s changed this year.
Riverhead Recreation Department Superintendent Ray Coyne has announced that the town “will officially be opening the gate to the ice rink” at 2 p.m. Thursday.
It’s free to skate, but ice skates are not provided, Mr. Coyne said.
The rink will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until the temperature rises above 32 degrees, he said.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Lisa Walter of Riverhead was delighted by her 15-month-old son James’ reaction to Santa.
More than 50 families donned their holiday’s finest Saturday and filled the Riverhead Senior Center in Aquebogue, awaiting for the arrival of Santa Claus.
The annual event is organized by the town’s recreation department.
The department’s staff decorated the center with Christmas trees, wreaths and boxes wrapped for the holiday.
There was also a holiday “craft room” where children colored, decorated stockings and reindeer magnets, and made necklaces, ornaments and Santa hats.
Children got to get their pictures taken with Santa. And of course, there was hot chocolate and cookies for all.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Tyler Decker, 1, of Riverhead, was fascinated with all the balloons.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Santa arrives at the back door of the Senior Center Saturday morning.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Tymirah McCoy, 5, of Riverhead makes some holiday crafts.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Children ages six to eight years-old in the Riverhead Town Recreation Department’s seven-week long youth summer program at the George G. Young Community Center in Jamesport get started on making ice cream Friday afternoon.
The Riverhead Town Recreation Department’s seven-week long youth summer programs for children entering grades 1-6 in September is underway at the George G. Young Community Center in Jamesport, the Henry Pfeifer Community Center in Calverton and the Pulaski Street Elementary School in Riverhead.
Activities include arts & crafts, games, sports, field trips and special events. There are 180 children in attendance in the program at the three locations this summer. In Jamesport Friday afternoon, guided by camp director Jennifer Cook, the counselors and children made ‘Kooky Concoctions.. The learned to make vanilla ice cream, play dough and flubber. The ice cream was simply ice and salt in a large ziplock bag and milk, sugar and vanilla in a smaller bag set inside the large bag.
They’ll put on a talent show for family and friends during the last week of camp August 15.