03/06/15 3:00pm
03/06/2015 3:00 PM
Jacob Robinson and his headband will be part of Section XI's distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Jacob Robinson and his headband will be part of Section XI’s distance-medley relay team. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

The fastest-moving headband in Riverhead High School these days belongs to Jacob Robinson.

Robinson has an affable way about him, with a friendly face and a pleasant demeanor to match. When he is on the track, the senior sprinter can be found wearing his trademark white headband. The headband has become as much a part of his persona as his blistering speed and his insatiable desire to run faster. (more…)

03/05/15 7:00am
03/05/2015 7:00 AM

Christine Floege, her two daughters, Autumn and Isabella, her mom, Robin, her granny, Barbara, and her stepfather, John, spent a week in Anchorage, Alaska, in February during the school break. They visited a chocolate factory and a reindeer farm and viewed many beautiful ice sculptures. They also visited the SeaLife Center in Seward. The temperatures were around 45 degrees the entire week and everyone had a wonderful time.  (more…)

03/02/15 10:59am
03/02/2015 10:59 AM
An artist’s rendering of the main atrium at the Family Community Life Center’s recreational and other facilities.

A rendering of the main atrium at the Family Community Life Center’s planned rec center.

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to some thoughts on drug arrests found in both a recent News-Review editorial and a follow-up letter from Richard Park. I agree that we can’t arrest our way out of a gang problem.

More convictions aren’t the answer. As a community, we need to provide our youth with alternatives to drugs and gangs. As the News-Review pointed out, Riverhead has no YMCA or large recreation center. We need to offer a safe place for our teens to hang out and have fun, one with structure and supervision. The town’s answer is that we can’t afford anything like that now. (more…)

02/28/15 9:34am
02/28/2015 9:34 AM
Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River (right) wrestles in the 145-pound first round Friday against Joseph Clemente of LaSalle. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River (right) wrestles in the 145-pound first round Friday against Joseph Clemente of LaSalle. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Update, (3 p.m.): James Szymanski and Jack Taddeo of Shoreham-Wading River both closed out their careers with the Wildcats as all-state wrestlers. Szymanski finished fourth at 132 pounds and Taddeo was fifth at 145.

Szymanski lost in the consolation finals 8-0 against Da`mani Burns of Newburgh.

Taddeo closed out the tournament with a win. He defeated Danny Murphy of Roy C Ketcham in the fifth/sixth consolation final, 7-4.

Both wrestlers will continue training for the upcoming nationals.

Update (2:15 p.m.): Riverhead senior Ed Matyka’s season came to an end with a 3-2 loss in the consolation finals against Gerard Daly of Minisink Valley. Matyka finished the tournament in fourth place at 120 pounds.

Matyka trailed 3-0 in the second period before scoring on an escape. Late in the third period, he escaped again to close within 3-2. He nearly scored a takedown a few seconds later, but they went out of bounds before he could secure the move.

Matyka closes out his career with 99 victories. He went 4-2 in the state tournament.

Update (1:30 p.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski grinded out a hard-earned overtime victory in the consolation semifinals at 132 pounds. Szymanski and Evan Barczak of Monroe-Woodbury were tied at one up until the final ultimate tie-breaker period.

Szymanski was on top and needed to ride out the period in order to win. He did just that and was awarded a 2-1 win in a rematch of the first round.

Neither wrestle could gain any advantage on each other. They each scored on an escape before overtime for the only points. But those escapes were hard to come by in overtime. Neither wrestler would let the other free, leading to the final sudden-death period.

Szymanski will wrestle for third place now.

His teammate, Jack Taddeo, lost his 145-pound consolation final, 3-0 against Jake Einbinder of Bethpage, the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Taddeo will wrestle for fifth place now.

Update (1 p.m.): Ed Matyka of Riverhead rallied back from a three-point hole to defeat Vincent Vespa of Monroe-Woodbury in the 120-pound consolation semifinals, 6-4. Matyka will wrestle in the consolation finals for third place now and also for his 100th career win.

Matyka scored a reversal with about 1:15 left in the third period to tie the match at 4 and then scored two more late in the period to win.

Matyka dominated the third period to earn his 99th career win and fourth straight at the state tournament after falling in the first round.

Update (11:35 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior Jack Taddeo joined his teammate on the podium. Taddeo won a 5-3 decision in his first wrestleback Saturday against Mike Laloggia of Webster Schroeder to secure himself an all-state finish.

Taddeo, wrestling at 145, controlled the match throughout. He scored a quick takedown for a 2-0 lead in the first period. Laloggia evened the score with an escape in the first and another point in the second. Taddeo started on bottom for the third period and escaped immediately for a 3-2 lead. He added two more points to go ahead 5-2 and then held on as Laloggia got one more escape point in the final seconds.

Taddeo will wrestle twice more today.

Update (11:00 a.m.): Shoreham-Wading River senior James Szymanski earned his first all-state honors with a victory Saturday morning. Szymanski, wrestling 132 pounds, defeated Matt Seitz of Monsignor Farrell 5-2 in a wrestleback match. (more…)

02/27/15 10:18pm
02/27/2015 10:18 PM
(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

Two men were arrested on a slew of drug charges after police executed a search warrant at a house in Riverhead Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The 2 p.m. raid at 17 Wilson Avenue in the Millbrook Gables neighborhood off East Main Street came as part of an East End Drug Task Force investigation into alleged drug sales at the residence, Riverhead Town police said.

Darius Mims

Darius Mims

Police arrested Robert Mahoney, 26, and Darius Mims, 24, who live at the house, and recovered unspecified quantities of crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, the painkiller suboxone and cash, police said.

Task force members were assisted by town police, county police and sheriff’s deputies, including two K-9 units.

Mr. Mahoney was also arrested as part of a task force investigation in 2012.

Friday’s raid comes just weeks after another East End Drug Task Force search warrant was executed at an Oakland Drive North house in Riverhead.

The arrest of Darius Strong, 35, at that house was the latest in an East End Drug Task Force investigation that stretched back to May 2013 and netted over a dozen arrests thus far — with more expected.

Click here for more and to watch DA-released video surveillance clips.

Mr. Mahoney was charged Friday with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance — one with intent to sell — two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia for scales and packaging materials, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Mr. Mims was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance — one with intent to sell — two counts of criminal use of drug paraphernalia for scales and packaging materials, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Robert Mahoney

Robert Mahoney

The district attorney’s East End Drug Task Force is made up of DA investigators and police personnel from the East End town and villages police departments, as well as state police, members of the Suffolk County Police Department, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, the county Department of Probation, Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

mwhite@timesreview.com

02/27/15 8:33pm
Riverhead senior Ed Matyka wrestles Peter Pappas of Plainview in the first round Friday of the state championship. (Credit: Paul Wager)

Riverhead senior Ed Matyka wrestles Peter Pappas of Plainview in the first round Friday of the state championship. (Credit: Paul Wager)

There will be no state champion for Shoreham-Wading River this season. But the Wildcats still have a chance for a memorable finish.

All three Shoreham wrestlers advanced to the second day of the New York State Wrestling Championships Friday at Times Union Center in Albany. Riverhead senior Ed Matyka won a pair of matches as well to advance. (more…)

02/27/15 7:31am
The Bayview Inn & Restaurant in S. Jamesport may become apartments. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The former Bayview Inn & Restaurant in S. Jamesport. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A proposal to convert the former Bayview Inn and Restaurant building in South Jamesport into apartments was shot down by the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night.

The property’s new owner, a group headed by Southampton attorney Richard Mathew, sought a special exception from the ZBA to change the use of the property from one use that didn’t conform with current zoning (the restaurant and hotel) to another (apartments), which is something Riverhead’s town code permits so long as a special exception is obtained from the ZBA. (more…)

02/23/15 10:00am
02/23/2015 10:00 AM
Sean Walter and Angela DeVito on the Suffolk Theater stage during a debate in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Sean Walter and Angela DeVito on the Suffolk Theater stage during a debate in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

There will be no rematch for Riverhead Town supervisor in 2015.

Longtime civic leader and former school board member Angela DeVito of Jamesport said she won’t be seeking the Democratic nomination to run again this fall.

Instead, she’s going to focus her time on establishing a grassroots community group akin to the Organizing for America concept that followed the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. (more…)