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10/28/14 9:17pm
10/28/2014 9:17 PM

When the announcement was made that the Riverhead High School boys golf team had taken third place in the League VII Tournament on Monday, the Blue Waves knew what that meant: They had qualified as a team for the Suffolk County tournament that will be played in May. The excited Blue Waves began exchanging high fives when their coach, Steve Failla, interceded. “I said, ‘Act like you’ve done it before,’ ” he recalled.

To that, the players responded, “Coach, we haven’t.”

Failla wasn’t sure if the Blue Waves had ever competed in the county tournament as a team before, but he knows what it means for his team. (more…)

10/28/14 5:21pm
Riverhead's freshman goalie, Rachel Bornstein, making only her second career start, was kept busy by Sachem East's relentless attack. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s freshman goalie, Rachel Bornstein, making only her second career start, was kept busy by Sachem East’s relentless attack. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS A QUARTERFINAL | FLAMING ARROWS 7, BLUE WAVES 0

Being a high school field hockey team that plays its home games on a grass field, Riverhead prepared for the playoffs by participating in a scrimmage at Rocky Point High School and practicing at Eastport/South Manor High School, which both have field turf. But, playing surfaces aside, there was perhaps nothing that could have prepared the Blue Waves for what they faced on Tuesday.

It wasn’t the field turf at Sachem East High School that proved troublesome for the Blue Waves so much as the Sachem East team that played on it. (more…)

10/25/14 8:47pm
10/25/2014 8:47 PM
Riverhead running back Ryun Moore scored twice in Saturday's win over North Babylon. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead running back Ryun Moore scored twice in Saturday’s win over North Babylon. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead’s dormant offense came to life Saturday in a bounce-back win over North Babylon in the final home game of the regular season.

The Blue Waves raced out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back in a 38-6 victory over the Bulldogs in Division II.  (more…)

10/23/14 8:00am
10/23/2014 8:00 AM
Waste water being aerated in one of the two 750,000-gallon treatment tanks at the Riverhead Sewer District plant. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Waste water being aerated in one of the two 750,000-gallon treatment tanks at the Riverhead Sewer District plant. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A $23.5 million upgrade to Riverhead’s sewer system — which was to have been completed last winter — could take at least two years longer than expected, and the town has applied for an extension of the project completion date from January 2014 to April 2016.

In the meantime, the town is seeking additional funds from the county to help pay for the cost of the upgrade. The town doesn’t have the money.  (more…)

10/23/14 6:00am
The view of the Riverhead Country Fair two weeks ago. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The view of the Riverhead Country Fair two weeks ago. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Suffolk Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution continually searches for candidates — local Riverhead Town citizens who volunteer their time. At the Riverhead Country Fair Oct. 12, Caroline Stepnoski proudly presented its Community Service Award to Louise Wilkinson for her many contributions to the community. Louise has committed herself to the betterment of Riverhead and its youth.

She has been involved with the Riverhead High School Key Club and Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth and was chairwoman of Riverhead’s Anti-Bias Task Force. Louise has been tireless in her campaign to achieve equality in education funding and has made many trips to Albany to lobby on behalf of the school district. She received SCOPE’s “Rising Above the Rest” Community Service Award in 2011 and was also recognized by the Kiwanis Club for her work with students in the Riverhead School District.

Louise currently helps the homeless by trying to find affordable housing and is a coordinator for Maureen’s Haven. For the past 25 years, she’s volunteered with the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. Louise has made a huge impact on the lives of so many and is so deserving of this award. Congratulations!

Riverhead Free Library encourages students in grades five through eight to write about, draw or take a photograph of a special animal they know, and asks: “Why does your pet make you feel good?” and “Why is spending time with your pet important to you?” All submitted entries will be displayed at the library. Entrants must sign their work and include first name, grade, school and the name of the pet.

Janna Sparrow turned 2 on Oct. 5. She celebrated her special day at the home of her grandparents Paul and Peggy Sparrow Oct. 11. The guests included Janna’s mom and dad, David and Leah Sparrow, and her big brother, James, Mary Jane Ambrose, Terry and Harry Carver, Harriet McDonald, Megan Nikolis, Joe and Kathy Berezny, and Janna’s aunt Sharon Sparrow, who traveled from Texas. Everyone had a great time.

Barbara Wooten won 10 ribbons at the Riverhead Country Fair Oct. 12 for a contest she entered titled “All Fired Up on Main,” sponsored by Riverhead Town and East End Arts. She now has 200 ribbons since the fair’s inception. Wow! Be sure to check out the red, white and blue fire hydrant she designed and painted in front of Capital One Bank on Main Street. It’s awesome. Congratulations.

The Polish Town Civic Association will host a chinese auction Saturday, Oct. 25. Doors open at noon for viewing; the auction will begin between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Admission is $6, which includes 25 tickets. There will be over 150 gifts and the door prize is a Thanksgiving dinner. Food and drink will be available.

Happy birthday to Mark Bauman, Rebecca Gallo and Linda Lorenz on Oct. 23; Phil Kenter and Thomas Pipczynski, Oct. 24; Tom Gallo Sr. and Christine Floege, Oct. 25; Madison Stromski and Bruce Edwards, Oct. 26; Peter Cybulski, Oct. 27; Margie Sears, Oct. 28; Austen Galea and Damon LeCann, Oct. 29; Timothy Hynds and Macey Reichel, Oct. 30; Frank Klodoski, Joey Reichel, Diane Reeve, Tonya Trent and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 2; Kyle White, Sarah Halpin, Christine Block and Johnathan Muller, Nov. 3; and Art Thompson, Marge Lawrence, Barbara Vail and Laurie Koplinka, Nov. 5.

Happy 43rd wedding anniversary to Ginger and Jerry Duvall and Arlene and Brad Tuthill, also their 43rd, on Oct. 23; Lucy and Jim Creighton, Oct. 28; Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 1; and Madeleine and Leonard Van Vile, their 29th, Nov. 3.

Susan wishes Christopher a speedy recovery. She hopes you regain strength from your recent surgery and sends you lots of love.

Get well wishes go to Nes Kramer, Barbara Wooten, Cindy Hynds, Louise Leja, Mary Dabrowski, Joe Gadzinski and Carol Carey.

Happy Halloween! Be on the lookout for the many ghosts and goblins who will be trick-or-treating Friday, Oct. 31.

Berezny_RContact Riverhead columnist Kathy Berezny at 727-6148 at jberezny@optonline.net.

10/21/14 7:00pm
10/21/2014 7:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee ran the fastest time at Tuesday's division championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River freshman Katherine Lee ran the fastest time at Tuesday’s division championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

All around her, the congratulations came pouring in for the Shoreham-Wading River freshman.

“I love you!” said one competitor from McGann-Mercy. “Even though you don’t know me…”

Katherine Lee, who first came up to varsity as a seventh grader during winter track at Shoreham, found herself in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon after running a personal best time in the Section XI Division Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. (more…)

10/20/14 6:17pm
10/20/2014 6:17 PM

WOLVERINES 1, BLUE WAVES 0

When it comes to high school field hockey, Riverhead may start associating Newfield with pain. It would be understandable.

Earlier this season, Riverhead blew a two-goal lead against Newfield and lost, 4-3, in overtime. Then, on Monday, the Blue Waves applied pressure but were unable to generate many shots against Newfield and lost, 1-0, at Riverhead High School. (more…)