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…)

01/11/15 8:00am
01/11/2015 8:00 AM
Sue Condreras with her German shepherd Rocket, who will compete at the Westminster Dog Show next month. (Credit: courtesy photo)

Sue Condreras with her German shepherd Rocket, who will compete at the Westminster Dog Show next month. (Credit: courtesy photo)

A few weeks ago Sue Condreras spotted her German shepherd named Rocket playing outside with some kind of animal. She couldn’t tell at first what kind.

As she walked outside, she realized it was a groundhog.

“I was always told [groundhogs] were aggressive,” she said. “I see [Rocket] out there, down on his front paws, he’s nudging it and playing with it and running around in circles. It’s like he made friends with a groundhog.”  (more…)

01/10/15 2:50pm
01/10/2015 2:50 PM
Stylist Ashley Fogerty gives Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue highlights Saturday afternoon at Gabriel Loren the Salon in Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Stylist Ashley Fogerty gives Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue highlights Saturday afternoon at Gabriel Loren the Salon in Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young)

A Riverhead native has opened a chic new hair salon on Howell Avenue, directly across the street from Town Hall.

Gabriel Loren the Salon had a soft opening Dec. 27, owner Raquel Dispenziere said, and will celebrate its grand opening at 4 p.m. today. The event will feature food catered by Papa Joe’s on West Main Street and various raffles.

Ms. Dispenziere, a hairstylist who grew up on the North Fork and later moved to California to become an educator at Paul Mitchell Schools, said she came back to Riverhead in May. She was looking for a space to open her own salon when she noticed a “For Rent” sign in the window at 212 Howell Ave., which had been vacant for around a decade and once operated as a laundromat.

“It was just something I stumbled upon and I’m really glad I did,” Ms. Dispenziere said.

The building was in “rough shape,” she said, so the walls were replaced and repainted and a stained concrete floor was poured. To enhance the space’s industrial vibe, Ms. Dispenziere said, she left the ceiling’s beams exposed.

Gabriel Loren the Salon has five stylists including Ms. Dispenziere and offers a variety of services for men, women and children. It also offers specialty add-ons like hair and eyelash extensions and organic spray tans. In addition, the salon has a $200 a month package that includes unlimited haircuts, color, styling and treatments, Ms. Dispenziere said.

The salon was abuzz with activity Saturday afternoon, where stylist Ashley Fogerty was giving 12-year-old Grace Kaelin of Aquebogue blond highlights. Nearby, Grace’s younger sister, Sierra, 10, was admiring her own hair’s newly dyed pink tips.

“I like it,” she said of the salon. “It’s really neat.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

01/10/15 12:00pm
Members of the Riverhead High School boys soccer team showed off their awards at the awards dinner in Holbrook. From the left, goalkeeper Ryan DiResta (all-conference), defender Noah Markewitz (academic all-county), varsity coach Andrew Aleksandrowicz, varsity coach Lamine Traore, defender Ever Bonilla (all-conference), forward Anthony Antunes (all-league) and junior varsity coach Moussa Keita (junior varsity coach of the year). (Credit: Courtesy)

Members of the Riverhead High School boys soccer team showed off their awards at the awards dinner in Holbrook. From the left, goalkeeper Ryan DiResta (all-conference), defender Noah Markewitz (academic all-county), varsity coach Andrew Aleksandrowicz, varsity coach Lamine Traore, defender Ever Bonilla (all-conference), forward Anthony Antunes (all-league) and junior varsity coach Moussa Keita (junior varsity coach of the year). (Credit: Courtesy)

Goalkeeper Ryan DiResta and defender Ever Bonilla were both named all-conference selections and were among the Riverhead High School players honored at the Suffolk County awards dinner.

Anthony Antunes, a forward, received all-league recognition, and defender Noah Markewitz made the academic all-county team. Riverhead’s Moussa Keita was named the junior varsity coach of the year.

The Blue Waves posted a 5-10 record this season.

01/09/15 9:43pm
01/09/2015 9:43 PM
Riverhead's Raheem Brown won a 3-1 decision at 170 pounds against Hills East's Griffin Arcuri. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Raheem Brown won a 3-1 decision at 170 pounds against Hills East’s Griffin Arcuri. (Credit: Bill Landon)

THUNDERBIRDS 36, BLUE WAVES 29

The strength of the Riverhead wrestling team undoubtedly lies in the lower weights. But as Friday’s dual meet  against Half Hollow Hills East wound down, and the Thunderbirds beginning to pull away, the Blue Waves needed their big guys in a big way.

And they got a jolt of an unlikely source.  (more…)

01/07/15 5:09pm
01/07/2015 5:09 PM
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Board members in Town Hall.

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Town Board members in Town Hall.

Riverhead Town Board members on Tuesday argued over whether to give salary increases to employees who will be taking on new responsibilities this year due to positions eliminated due to attrition.

The town offered a retirement incentive program for 2015 aimed at getting older, higher paid employees to retire. Eleven employees, including some department heads, took the offer.  (more…)

01/06/15 7:57pm
01/06/2015 7:57 PM
Riverhead's William Mitchell goes up for a shot against North Babylon's Tim Forbes. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s William Mitchell goes up for a shot against North Babylon’s Tim Forbes. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Perhaps no play in high school sports generates the kind of buzz and euphoria as a slam dunk in basketball. Sure, everyone’s likely seen it happen countless times in person. But it still can send a crowd into a frenzy.  (more…)

01/05/15 7:59pm
01/05/2015 7:59 PM
Forrest Vail had a 486 series for Riverhead, which swept Southold in three games at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Forrest Vail had a 486 series for Riverhead, which swept Southold in three games at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BLUE WAVES 31, FIRST SETTLERS 2

When the bottom two high school boys bowling teams in Suffolk County League IV faced each other on Monday, they both saw it as an opportunity to walk away with points, something that hasn’t been too plentiful for either side this season.

It was Riverhead that garnered the lion’s share of them at Southold’s expense. Three Blue Waves rolled three-game series scores of 564 or higher in a 31-2 win.

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