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…)

01/13/15 12:00pm
01/13/2015 12:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO

The Riverhead school board is expected to vote tonight on an agreement to pay the legal fees for several past and present administrators and school board members in an upcoming federal case against the district, according to Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

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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 8:58am
01/08/2015 8:58 AM
Carl James in his office last year at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. Mr. James, 79, retired in June after working in the building for nearly 54 years as a custodian. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Carl James in his office last year at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. Mr. James, 79, retired in June after working in the building for nearly 54 years as a custodian. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Last winter, this newspaper set out to find the longest-tenured employee of any North Fork school district.

Turns out that person wasn’t a teacher, or an administrator. It was 79-year-old Carl James, head custodian at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead. The resulting News-Review article, published Dec. 12, 2013, focused on Mr. James’ career and his perseverance, but also indicated he was considering retirement. And he was serious this time.  (more…)

01/08/15 8:57am
Riverhead High School science teacher Greg Wallace (far right) with his students at the 2011 Rube Goldberg competition. (Credit: Suzanne Hulme)

Riverhead High School science teacher Greg Wallace (far right) with his students at the 2011 Rube Goldberg competition. (Credit: Suzanne Hulme)

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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12/27/14 4:00pm
12/27/2014 4:00 PM
Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

January — Bishop McGann-Mercy High School hires Paul Mastronardi as its new athletic director. He replaces John Lonardo, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector. Mr. Mastronardi, a longtime coach and physical education teacher, previously coached the Eastport-South Manor varsity football team.  (more…)

12/26/14 8:00am
12/26/2014 8:00 AM
Joe Ogeka retires from Riverhead

Joe Ogeka talks to Riverhead school officials on election night in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The state’s highest-paid public school employee outside New York City last fiscal year was longtime Riverhead School District administrator Joe Ogeka — a recently retired assistant superintendent who was kept on the payroll for consulting work, according to a report. (more…)

12/10/14 10:29am
12/10/2014 10:29 AM
The current bus ban in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The current bus barn in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A new proposal to relocate the Riverhead School District’s bus barn to Calverton could appear on the May ballot — nearly two years after residents voted against a measure to move it to Riverside.

The school board approved an environmental study Tuesday of a nearly 7-acre lot located near the intersection of Edwards Avenue and Route 25. The property, which is owned by Edward Partridge, was previously used as a bus garage and currently operates as a tractor trailer facility, Superintendent Nancy Carney said.  (more…)