06/29/15 8:11pm
06/29/2015 8:11 PM
Darwin Villatoro scored two goals for the Blue Waves in Monday's summer league win. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Darwin Villatoro scored two goals for the Blue Waves in Monday’s summer league win. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

A familiar theme emerged in recent years around the Riverhead boys soccer team. After coming together in late August for the start of practices, the players would work themselves into shape, coaches would begin instructing fundamentals, all while preparing for a rapidly approaching season.

When the games arrived, the team often wasn’t ready just yet. And by the time things began to click in the later part of the season, it was too late.

Now, the Blue Waves hope to break that trend.  (more…)

06/26/15 5:59am
06/26/2015 5:59 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Peconic River boardwalk that runs along the East Main Street parking lot.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Peconic River boardwalk that runs along the East Main Street parking lot.Could

The state of “progress” in downtown Riverhead is often discussed but hard to pin down: crime rears its head now and again, vacant storefronts still dot Main Street and a short drive to the railroad station area — or even the Main Street area — at any time of year can reveal a homeless population living in the shadows.

On the other hand, it would be disingenuous to discount some of the anchor projects that have come to Main Street in recent years and subsequently drawn other businesses and investments to town. (more…)

06/25/15 12:00pm
06/25/2015 12:00 PM
Employees Sam Leibowitz and Phil Brito inside Real Vapor, Riverhead's first e-cigarette store, on Route 58

Employees Sam Leibowitz and Phil Brito inside Real Vapor, Riverhead’s first e-cigarette store, on Route 58, with some of the flavored liquids they sell

Flavors include chocolate raspberry cheesecake, warm cinnamon apple pie, roasted marshmallows, peanut butter and caramel and even pancakes.

You probably think we’re talking about a bakery or maybe an ice cream shop, right? (more…)

06/25/15 7:00am

Riverhead Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary held its June meeting on the 10th at Meeting House Creek Inn, with president Connie Kenter presiding. At the meeting, three women were honored for their membership/service: Billee Friszolowski, 68-year member, serving since 1990 as Sgt. at Arms; Louise Leja, 60-year member; and Patricia Gadzinski, 26-year member. Each was given a beautiful hanging flower basket and presented with a proclamation from Town Supervisor Sean Walter, Sen. Ken LaValle, County Legislator Al Krupski and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo. Billee also received a certificate recognizing her 25 years serving as Sgt. at Arms. A single red rose was also given to the ladies as a memento. Everyone enjoyed the evening.  (more…)

06/18/15 8:03pm
06/18/2015 8:03 PM
Three of the Riverhead News-Review athletes of the year honored were (from left) Katherine Lee of Shoreham-Wading River, Reggie Archer of McGann-Mercy and Danni Napoli of Riverhead. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Three of the Riverhead News-Review athletes of the year honored were (from left) Katherine Lee of Shoreham-Wading River, Reggie Archer of McGann-Mercy and Danni Napoli of Riverhead. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

2014-15 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

For the second year in a row, Meg Tuthill, a cross-country runner and track and field athlete for Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School, was named an athlete of the year by the Times Review Media Group. Tuthill, a junior, is the first McGann-Mercy athlete to ever win the award more than once.

Tuthill was the only repeat winner among the slate of 12 winners for the 2014-15 school year. She was also one of four non-seniors in the group. (more…)

06/12/15 7:24pm
06/12/2015 7:24 PM
Riverhead senior Steven Reid III runs the final leg of the 4x100 relay at Friday's state championship meet. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Riverhead senior Steven Reid III runs the final leg of the 4×100 relay at Friday’s state championship meet. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

There were undoubtable mixed emotions for Riverhead’s 4×100 relay team following the Section XI State Qualifier last weekend. The Blue Waves, thanks to their personal best time, had punched a ticket to the state meet. But a second-place finish left a bitter taste.

On Friday afternoon, at the University at Albany, the Blue Waves’ quartet was nothing but smiles after running its best time once again.  (more…)

06/06/15 9:04pm
06/06/2015 9:04 PM
Riverhead junior Marcus Reid runs the third leg of the 4 x 100 relay Friday. The Blue Waves finished second Saturday but still earned a spot at the state meet. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead junior Marcus Reid runs the third leg of the 4 x 100 relay Friday. The Blue Waves finished second Saturday but still earned a spot at the state meet. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Jacob Robinson leaned on one knee, his head tilted slightly, his hands held together in prayer. A few feet in front of him, on the grass at Port Jefferson High School, stood the scoreboard that was about to flash the fate of Robinson of his three teammates.

He waited, staring, the seconds feeling like minutes.  (more…)