04/30/15 12:00pm
04/30/2015 12:00 PM
Carpenter Ruben Gonzales (left) of Hampton Bays works with carpenter assistant Henry Farec of Southampton on a house under construction on Sound Shore Road in Northville Monday afternoon. The house is being built by AP Construction Services LLC of Aquebogue for its owner Andrew Przepiorowski and his fiancée. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Carpenter Ruben Gonzales (left) of Hampton Bays works with carpenter assistant Henry Farec of Southampton on a house under construction on Sound Shore Road in Northville Monday afternoon. The house is being built by AP Construction Services LLC of Aquebogue for its owner Andrew Przepiorowski and his fiancée. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Did Riverhead’s economy experience a mini-revival in 2014?

Single-family home construction numbers — better known as housing starts and widely considered an indicator of the state of the economy — more than doubled in Riverhead Town last year. This, despite the fact that the number of new homes built still wasn’t anywhere near the numbers from 2002 and 2003, which were almost five times higher.  (more…)

04/30/15 8:00am
The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead Town in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

A brewery might not be possible in the former Second Street firehouse based on a proposal that microbreweries would need to be 1,000 feet from residential homes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Riverhead already has three breweries — and more are said to be interested in coming here. Town officials want to help that growth along, but they also want to figure out where in town those breweries should be located. And, if they should be set back a ways from homes.

The Town Board discussed proposed zoning for microbreweries last Thursday in Town Hall.  (more…)

04/30/15 7:00am

Congratulations to Sharon (Bilunas) and Mark Wilinski on the March 6 birth of their son Austin Ryan, weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces. Big brother Adam is very excited to have a baby brother. Grandparents Wanda and Ziggy Wilinski and MaryBeth and Bert Bilunas are also excited about the addition to the family.  (more…)

04/30/15 6:00am

To the editor:

I would like to begin by saying that I love Riverhead. I’ve been a resident for 45 years and witnessed the town go through many ups and downs. When I was in junior high school, I remember my parents and their friends complaining that we didn’t have any programs for our youth. When my kids were in school, it remained the same. My granddaughter is now a freshman in college; her brother just turned 11. Riverhead is the Suffolk County seat.

Yet we have no YMCA. No Boys & Girls Club. No public pool.

Now, the president of Little League is resigning and there is uncertainty regarding a replacement. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island has made a presentation and several attempts to approach our school board to begin a program here. This is a proven, highly successful organization that provides free specially trained dedicated mentors to children from single-parent homes. The children are matched with “bigs” who have similar hobbies and interests. I have seen how this program enhances the lives of the “bigs” as well as the “littles.” Some bigs end up putting their littles through college.

Riverhead was not receptive. Sag Harbor has it. Hampton Bays jumped on it. Now Southampton wants it and I have been asked to help.

I am on the advisory board for the Family Community Life Center nonprofit group. The group’s project has been stalled for decades.

Aside from the positive impact the project, which would include 24-hour day care, will have on our area — including more than $50 million in construction contracts and $22 million in wages for residents — it will benefit the entire community!

As a community servant, leader and taxpayer, I expect that those I vote for will make decisions in the community’s best interest.

I would like to know why these exciting programs have not been approved.

Since the town cannot or will not pay for these services — and the First Baptist Church Community Life Center is willing to make this dream a reality at no cost to the town, as well as having support from all levels of government except our own town — It just does not make sense to me.

Felecia Wilson, Riverhead

04/29/15 3:00pm
04/29/2015 3:00 PM
Pete Victoria has been bowling at Riverhead's Polish Hall for the past decade. It is believed that on Monday night he bowled the first-ever perfect 300 game at the historic basement lanes. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Pete Victoria has been bowling at Riverhead’s Polish Hall for the past decade. It is believed that on Monday night he bowled the first-ever perfect 300 game at the historic basement lanes. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Written in multi-color marker on a dry erase board next to the basement bowling lanes at Polish Hall in Riverhead is the alley’s “300 Club.”

There’s just one entry: Pete Victoria 4/27/15.

Despite being heralded as Suffolk County’s first bowling alley and perhaps even one of the state’s oldest, it was believed that no one had ever rolled a perfect game at Polish Hall until Monday. The first person to accomplish the feat is Mr. Victoria, a 61-year-old plumber from Mattituck.  (more…)

04/28/15 7:40pm
04/28/2015 7:40 PM
Riverhead pitcher John Wendt threw six innings against Half Hollow Hills West Tuesday, giving up four runs. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead pitcher John Wendt threw six innings against Half Hollow Hills West Tuesday, giving up five runs. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

COLTS 8, BLUE WAVES 6

As the ball skipped over the glove of Half Hollow Hills West first baseman Jon Faraci, the Riverhead fans along the third base line erupted. For a brief second, it appeared the ball off the bat of Riverhead’s Cody Dilworth was destined for right field.

A runner on third raced toward home plate with a teammate trailing right behind.  (more…)

04/22/15 5:47pm
04/22/2015 5:47 PM
Riverhead's Karla Vanston went 2-for-2 Wednesday against Walt Whitman. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Karla Vanston went 2-for-2 Wednesday against Walt Whitman. (Credit: Bill Landon)

As the dark clouds crept closer and light rain began to fall, the brand new scoreboard adjacent the left field line at Riverhead’s softball field turned off. By that point, in the fourth inning, the Blue Waves didn’t need any reminders of the score.

Walt Whitman hit early and often Wednesday afternoon to bring the Blue Waves’ three-game winning streak to a screeching halt.  (more…)