10/09/14 7:40pm
10/09/2014 7:40 PM


The last day of the high school girls tennis regular season brought one last chance for Riverhead and Southold/Greenport to win — something they haven’t done a lot this fall. In search of a rare victory, the two bottom teams in Suffolk County League VIII that began the day with only one win between them, were in for a surprise.

When the teams arrived in Peconic for Thursday’s match, they found the four courts at Robert W. Tasker Memorial Park unavailable because of maintenance work being done to the courts. That meant that all seven of the individual matches had to be played on the three courts across the street at Jean W. Cochran Park. Southold/Greenport usually uses the courts at both of the parks for their home matches.

With less than three hours of daylight to work with (the courts are not lighted), both Riverhead coach Jerry Duvall and Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismar agreed that each match would be a pro set, with the first to win eight games the winner.

It worked out well for Riverhead, which snapped a five-match losing streak and finished its season on a winning note thanks to a 6-1 result. It was the Blue Waves’ first win since they defeated the Clippers by the same score on Sept. 19. (more…)

10/09/14 3:00pm
TIM GANNON PHOTO  |  Riverhead School Board president Ann Cotten Degrasse hands a plaque to Joe Ogeka.

Ann Cotten-Degrasse, right, handing a plaque to Joe Ogeka in June 2013. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

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 consultant work, according to a new report.


10/08/14 8:03am
10/08/2014 8:03 AM
The Riverhead girls cross country team, pictured in a meet earlier in the season, improved to 3-1 with a win Tuesday. (Credit: Charles Christ)

The Riverhead girls cross country team, pictured in a meet earlier in the season, improved to 3-1 with a win Tuesday. (Credit: Charles Christ)

Heading into the season this year, Riverhead girls cross country coach Justin Cobis didn’t know how his team might match up in a league that featured plenty of new teams compared to last year. Now as the dual meet season winds down, Cobis has gotten the answer.

The Blue Waves are right there with every team in the league.  (more…)

10/07/14 1:50pm
10/07/2014 1:50 PM
Homeside Florist

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An Active Adult Community for Eastern Long Island

Over the years Riverhead has expanded, building up and out. There’s a lot to see and do on a daily basis. From shopping to farm stands, here’s what you will find within a five-mile radius of Glenwood Village; an active adult community.

Fresh Fruits, Veggies, & Of Course, Pumpkins!

Anderson's Farmstand

Anderson’s Farmstand

Anderson’s Farm Stand is right on County Road 58 in Riverhead. Currently they are selling fall vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, and squash, along with different fruits including watermelons. Of course, as with many North Fork farm stands, you will find pumpkins and gourds on bales of hay!

North Fork Wine Trail


The beginning of the growing North Fork Wine Trail is right on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard is closest to Glenwood Village, and is fun to enjoy all year round. Whether it be sampling wines in the tasting house or visiting the rescue horses, this vineyard has a lot to offer. It’s the first stop heading east and the perfect place to start a day of touring the vineyards.

Family Fun & Dining

Smitty's American Grill

Smitty’s American Grill

There are many attractions for families to enjoy in Riverhead. In summer Splish Splash is a great way to cool off, while the Long Island Aquarium has fun exhibitions year round. A newcomer to the scene is The All Star bowling alley and arcade. When the fun has been had for the day, families can visit the sister establishment, Smitty’s All American Grill. This new eatery is right within the bowling alley, and players can enjoy a family meal before or after a few games.

Flowers & More Flowers

Homeside Florist

Homeside Florist

Fall may be here but there is still plenty of gardening to be done. There are many local shops, in addition to larger supply stores, that offer a variety of plants and tools for your horticultural needs. Farms like Garden of Eve and Homeside Florist & Greenhouses offer flowers by the bunch along with potted types like mums. Chains such as Talmage Farm Agway are also within close distance.

Big Box Stores

Best Buy - Big Box Store

Best Buy – Big Box Store

Our area offers a number of wonderful local businesses, but there are some things you just have to pick up from one of the big box stores. Best Buy for example has a huge selection of music and DVDs for entertainment, as well as the systems to enjoy these items. If you need large home items such as a new mattress, there is the Sleepy’s full retail store and also an outlet a little further down the street.

Now that you know what’s near, go shop, tour and explore these great local places in Riverhead! Want to see what else is nearby? Check out other places they suggest here (http://www.glenwoodvillage.com/suggested_websites.html). When you are in the neighborhood stop by for a home preview at Glenwood Village.

10/06/14 8:51pm
10/06/2014 8:51 PM
Riverhead junior Phil Barabanov scores the game-winning goal in Monday's win over West Islip. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead junior Phil Barabanov scores the game-winning goal in Monday’s win over West Islip. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)


For what was the biggest game of the season thus far, things couldn’t have started much worse for the Riverhead Blue Waves Monday afternoon. On the road at West Islip, the Blue Waves gave up a pair of goals less than 10 minutes into the game.  (more…)

10/01/14 9:00pm
10/01/2014 9:00 PM
Riverhead junior William Mitchell eludes a final tackler on an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Wednesday against Hills West. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead junior William Mitchell eludes a final tackler on an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown Wednesday against Hills West. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)


Ray Lyte made his varsity debut on the Half Hollow Hills West football team as a freshman three years ago as a call-up during the playoffs. Hoping to make an impact as a sophomore, his season was wiped out by a broken wrist. Then last year, as a junior, injuries again kept him in and out of the lineup.

“Last year I was the ‘injur-bug,’ ” Lyte said.

Now healthy for his senior season, Lyte has become a key player for the Colts, although his role on offense has been mostly limited. Through three games and the first half of Wednesday’s game against Riverhead, Lyte hadn’t gotten more than four carries in a game.

That trend continued for the first half against the Blue Waves in Dix Hills on a rare mid-week game. After the Colts saw a 14-0 lead turn into a 21-14 hole, their offense switched gears. Lyte, a speedster who can attack the outside, became the focal point in an offense that exploded for four second-half touchdowns.

Lyte scored twice, helping the Colts to a 42-28 Division II victory while handing the Blue Waves their first loss of the season. Lyte continually burned the Blue Waves (3-1) on runs to the outside and he tallied 89 yards in the second half on 10 carries. His 3-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter broke a 28-28 tie and put the Colts ahead for good.

“I had a lot of rest in the first half,” Lyte said. “I was just playing defense. So I was more energized coming out.”

Lyte’s running, combined with the arm of quarterback Anthony Lucarelli, overwhelmed the Riverhead defense in the second half. Lucarelli picked apart the Blue Waves’ secondary, completing 8 of 10 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns.

“They scouted us well,” said Riverhead coach Leif Shay. “They knew we had a weakness on the perimeter. We weren’t able to set the edge. They were able to get the edge and they kept going to it.”

After trailing 14-0 in the first half, the Blue Waves bounced back to tie the game at the half with a pair of rushing touchdowns from Ryun Moore.

Riverhead appeared to be taking control of the game at the start of the third quarter. The Blue Waves forced a three-and-out on the Colts’ first possession, powered by a pair of sacks. Riverhead got the ball back and Moore ripped off two big runs to set up a 6-yard touchdown run by William Mitchell that gave Riverhead a 21-14 lead.

But it was all Hills West the rest of the way. The Colts (4-0) outscored Riverhead 28-7 over the remainder of the game. Riverhead’s lone score during that stretch came on an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Mitchell that tied the game at 28. The Colts answered that score with a nine-play drive — their longest of the game — to retake the lead, 35-28.

The Blue Waves relied heavily on the running game until the score tipped against their favor in the fourth. Moore finished with 135 yards on 21 carries. Mitchell added 32 yards on 10 carries.

Lyte walked away from the game impressed with what he saw from Moore.

“Ryun Moore is probably one of the best backs I’ve ever seen in this division,” he said.

The Blue Waves have overcome regular season losses in each of the past two seasons that ended with a county championship. In Week 2 last year, the Blue Waves lost 50-36 at East Islip before beating the Redmen in the county championship. Two years ago, the Blue Waves lost twice in the regular season.

“It’s a black-and-blue division,” Shay said. “Whoever limps out of it is going to play for a Long Island Championship.”