Riverhead girls coach Dave Spinella and his team at a practice earlier this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)
The best in people can emerge during trying times.
I have known Dave Spinella for a dozen years or so. I have seen him develop players, make them better, prepare them for the varsity level and assemble winning girls basketball teams for Riverhead High School. I have seen him win the right way, with class. I have seen him handle defeat with dignity.
And yet, for all he has done as a coach on the basketball court, Spinella’s shining moment, for me, came the day after Christmas when he issued a public apology for making public comments critical of his team following a loss. (more…)
Charles Villa soars over the bar in the pole vault. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)
During the 2012-13 school year, Riverhead boasted three of the top pole vaulters in Suffolk County. This past year, after two of those pole vaulters graduated, that distinction was left to Charles Villa. (more…)
Judge Griffing’s family home on W. Main St. in an undated photo.
Grangebel Park was created in a “different time,” said Riverhead town historian Georgette Case.
It was built in the late 1800s by county Judge Timothy Griffing, who transformed his family’s land along the Peconic River into the park. The Griffing homestead off Main Street overlooked the stately park, which has always been open to the public, Ms. Case said.
Grangebel was likely the first park ever built in Riverhead, she said, and it was designed for a purpose expressly different from that of modern parks, which often have ballfields and soccer pitches and playgrounds. They’re designed for recreation, first and foremost.
From the beginning, however, Grangebel Park has been for relaxing, Ms. Case said. (more…)
Police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or people responsible for a break-in at a Riverhead apartment sometime around the Christmas holiday.
Riverhead Town police were called to 1750 West Main Street apartment building about 7:15 p.m. Saturday, officials said. There, they were informed that sometime between Christmas Eve and Saturday, Dec. 27, someone forced open a window at the apartment and “removed assorted items” before fleeing, according to a police report.
No description of a suspect was provided by police.
Anyone with information should call 631-727-4500, ext. 302.
Dave Spinella on the sideline during a 2012 game. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)
Dave Spinella said he is sorry. He is not sorry for what he said; he is sorry for who he said it to.
Riverhead High School’s girls basketball coach issued a mea culpa the day after Christmas. In what amounts to a public apology to his players and their parents, Spinella said he was wrong to state in a postgame interview that his players lacked heart. (more…)
Bellport’s Nick Founts has his last-second field goal attempt blocked by Troy Trent (77). (Credit: Daniel De Mato)
It was a season of dramatic finishes for the Riverhead football team. (more…)
Shoreham-Wading River’s Ryan Udvadia races in the 3,200 at the outdoor state championship. (Credit: Hal Henty)
It was another banner year for track and field stars for Shoreham-Wading River, Riverhead and McGann-Mercy. (more…)