01/17/15 9:29pm
01/17/2015 9:29 PM
Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tanner Zagarino, right, wrestling against Riverhead's Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational's Champion of Champions. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Tanner Zagarino, top, wrestling against Riverhead’s Raheem Brown, won the 170-pound title and was selected the North Fork Invitational’s Champion of Champions. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

NORTH FORK INVITATIONAL

Every second of a wrestling match counts. With the right move (or the wrong move), a match can turn in an instant, the proverbial blink of an eye.

Such was the case in the 170-pound final of the 18th annual North Fork Invitational on Saturday night. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold sophomore Tanner Zagarino was trailing by 3 points in the dying moments of the match and looked spent, but he still had something left in him. With about 10 seconds to go, Zagarino, the No. 1 seed, took down Riverhead senior Raheem Brown for 2 points and kept him down, picking up 3 back points for a dramatic 10-8 triumph at Mattituck High School. It was his third tournament title this season. (more…)

01/17/15 11:00am
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.