11/09/12 8:00am
11/09/2012 8:00 AM
Sandy, North Fork, hurricane relief, Long Island

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Naomi Cichanowicz, 8, collects donations at a fundraising relay race event for Hurricane Sandy victims Sunday.

Across the North Fork, benefits for victims of Hurricane Sandy are springing up.

A by-no-means complete list is below. Please contact Times/Review to have any additional events added to our online listings.

Or, load the event yourself — for free — through our online events calendar.

•Southold Rotary and its youth Interact Club will hold a food drive at the Cutchogue King Kullen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Sunday, Nov. 11, to help local food pantries and other Suffolk residents affected by Sandy.

• The Riverhead Knights of Columbus are holding a food drive on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Riverhead King Kullen to benefit the food pantries at St. Isidore R.C. and St. John the Evangelist churches.

• A coalition of local businesses, including San Simeon by the Sound in Greenport, Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic, Greenport Wines and Spirits and JABS in Mattituck are all gathering cleaning supplies, toiletries, generators, food and other supplies, as well as gift cards, for distribution to the Red Cross for hurricane victims.

For online financial donations: http://igg.me/p/269036

San Simeon will continue to accept  non-perishable/clothing/supplies/gift card donations until Friday, Nov. 9 after that they will be delivered.to the following businesses who will continue to collect donations until Saturday, Nov. 10, for distribution to the Red Cross

JABS, 605 Pike Street, Mattituck NY 11952
(indoor and outdoor collections)

Catapano Dairy Farm, 33705 North Road, Peconic, NY 11958

Greenport Wines and Spirits, 132 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944

• Town & Country Real Estate is donating a portion of each of their rental commissions to the American Red Cross and the Group for the East End to help with the relief efforts. They are also collecting clothing and soft goods at their offices, for distribution in Breezy Point on Nov. 23.

• First Parish Church in Northville, on the corner of Sound Avenue and Church Lane, will be collecting cleaning supplies; toiletries; underwear and socks for men, women and children; warm clothes such as sweatshirts, hats, gloves; blankets; non-perishable food; and bottled water. Emergency response kits will be made and distributed throughout Long Island. Food items can be dropped off at the church on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at 516-673-1231.

• Peconic River Yoga in Riverhead is collecting non-perishable food for the Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library’s community outreach and for the Riverhead food pantry. For more information, call 369-9569.

• Church of the Redeemer on Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck is collecting non-perishable food, warm clothing, baby supplies, bottled water, hand sanitizer, blankets, pillows and sheets, as well as sturdy boxes to transport the donations to a collection site in Suffolk County. Call ahead to make sure someone is at the church: 298-4277.

• Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead is working with Long Island Cares to collect and distribute ready-to-eat non-perishable food, personal care items, blankets, coats and baby items. Donations can be dropped off at the aquarium between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

• The Riverhead Fire Department is collecting goods for storm victims. Click here to learn more.

• Suffolk County National Bank is matching relief donations up to $25,000.

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11/07/12 11:21am
11/07/2012 11:21 AM
Riverhead, Superstorm Sandy, gas lines, Long Island

MICHAEL WHITE PHOTO | A gas line that stretched from a Hess station on Edwards Avenue and around River Road on Friday.

Unlike elsewhere on Long Island, where angst at the gas lines after superstorm Sandy reportedly devolved into fights in some cases, Riverhead lines were relatively civil during the past week.

At least seven disputes were reported at gas stations in town in the past week, according to Riverhead police reports.

But Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard said the incidents were quickly resolved.

“Just guys quibbling over who was in line,” Lt. Lessard said.

One dispute erupted into a fight, but Lt. Lessard said that incident was fueled by a prior dispute between the subjects.

On Saturday during the height of the gas shortage, five disturbances were reported at gas stations around town, including two at a Valero station and two at the Citgo station on West Main Street.

Two more incidents were reported on Sunday, according to police reports.

Lt. Lessard town police were at local stations as “more of a presence” to keep things under control and direct traffic.

“From what we’ve seen, everything’s been pretty orderly,” he said.

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11/06/12 10:40am
11/06/2012 10:40 AM

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Fire Department headquarters on Roanoke Avenue.

The Riverhead Fire Department has set up a donation site for residents to donate blankets, water, food, coats and other needed supplies to victims of superstorm Sandy in Shirley and Mastic, according to volunteers.

Residents can donate at the fire department headquarters at 540 Roanoke Avenue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week and between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the headquarters’ back entrance. The donation site will also be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Fire officials said the victims are “in need of nearly everything.”

“We got people closer that are in real need, that’s why we’re doing this,” said press officer Bill Sanok.

Needed items include:

  • sheets and pillows,
  • cleaning supplies, like paper towels and rags
  • toiletries, toilet paper, first aid kits, peroxide
  • flash lights, pocket warmers
  • work gloves, rubber gloves, shovels and buckets
  • winter coats of all sizes
  • water and non-perishable food

Donations will be given to storm victims in Shirley and Mastic, Mr. Sanok said. Monetary donations may also be made through Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Manorville. Checks should be written to the Shrine with “Hurricane Relief” in the memo line, fire officials said.

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11/04/12 1:53pm
11/04/2012 1:53 PM
Hurricane Sandy, Relief Efforts, Long Island, Mattituck

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Brianne Miller and Shannon Schmidt, both 12, came from Jamesport to run at the Sandy fundraiser Sunday.

JABS exercise studio in Mattituck held a relay race for Hurricane Sandy relief at Jean Cochran Park in Peconic on Sunday.

Organizers Jill Schroeder, Nicole Alloway and Cyndi Cichanowicz put the word out to friends via email, Facebook, and word of mouth and within a half hour of setting up at the park Sunday morning, they were flooded with donations.

Amy Bailey of Jamesport saw the notice on Facebook and immediately went into action, prompting her family to gather up food, clothing and toiletries.

“I was concerned about using the gas to get here, but I felt it was worth it,” said Amy.

Her 9-year-old son Quinnlan ran 3.5 miles around the track to help raise money.

See suffolktimes.com for photos from the event.

11/03/12 10:00am

News-Review reporter Gianna Volpe took to the air Friday to document some of the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the shores of the North Fork, which was thankfully spared some of the more widespread destruction seen in other areas like the Rockaways and Long Beach.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Damage to Paradise Point in the Bayview area of Southold Town.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Damage to Paradise Point in the Bayview area of Southold Town.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Damage to Paradise Point in the Bayview area of Southold Town.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A view above Shelter Island.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.


GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A fallen sailboat in the Bayview area of Southold Town.




GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO |  A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO |  A view above Rabbit Lane in East Marion following Hurricane Sandy.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO |  A dock partially submerged.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Erosion along the shore in Wading River.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Erosion along the shore in Wading River.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Sand being removed from a South Jamesport Town Beach parking lot.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Sand being removed at a South Jamesport Town Beach parking lot.


GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A plane damaged at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton.

11/03/12 9:00am

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Abra Morawiec cuts loose tomato plants in a damaged greenhouse at Garden of Eve Thursday afternoon.

Hurricane Sandy may have brought historic flooding and severe winds to the East End earlier this week, but local produce farmers say the storm’s timing was about as good as it could get.

The superstorm that flooded many areas along the North Fork with water from the Long Island Sound and the bays struck so late in the season that most farms had already harvested their high value summer crops.

“Our season basically finished up at Halloween,” said Jeff Rottkamp of Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow. “Had this been two months ago, we would have had a disaster.”

More than a year ago, Tropical Storm Irene hit the North Fork, knocking over crops and — more damagingly — whipping up salt water from the sea onto the produce. It will take about a week or so to see how bad the salt spray from Sandy is, Mr. Rottkamp said, but since most crops were already harvested, the effects will not be as economically devastating.

At Schmitt’s farm stand on Sound Avenue, Debbie Schmitt was just opening up shop Thursday afternoon after power was restored. She said corn had been knocked over and the delicate herbs like cilantro and arugula were ruined by the storm, but otherwise the farm escaped without much damage.

“We’re a lot luckier than a lot of other people,” Ms. Schmitt said.

A greenhouse containing tomatos at Garden of Eve in Northville had its plastic covering ripped away by Sandy’s gusts, killing off the crop. On Thursday, a worker was cutting away the tomato plants from the greenhouse and disposing of the ruined fruits.

Chris Kaplan-Walbrecht at Garden of Eve said though the farm does plant crops into the winter, the unpredictable nature of weather in November means the crops planted then are “riskier.”

The farm lost some baby peas, baby lettuce and mustard due to the storm, but the damage was not as bad as it was after Irene when more valuable crops were in the field.

“I’m not really disappointed,” he said. “We definitely got salt [spray] going, but it even killed some of the weeds, which was fine.”

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Additional reporting by Beth Young

11/02/12 8:00am
11/02/2012 8:00 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | South Jamesport homeowners Jennifer Giordano sorts through items Thursday morning damaged in the severe flooding from Sandy.

Karen Testa watched as the water rose around her home on Morningside Avenue in South Jamesport Monday evening.

She and her boyfriend had decided to ride out Hurricane Sandy, thinking they could always leave if the weather got worse.

It did.

The Peconic Bay surged over her yard, flooding the neighborhood under several feet of water. The canal where residents kept their boats overflowed into the streets and trees began to fall due to the heavy winds.

Ms. Testa and her boyfriend waded out to a tractor in their driveway that miraculously still worked, despite the flooding.

Riding over planks of wood and dodging downed power lines, Ms. Testa escaped the area.

“It was like the Posiedon Adventure,” she said Thursday morning. “We’re both fine, thank God, but it was scary. Very scary.”

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Damage from Sandy’s storm surge near the Dreamer’s Cove Inn.

Ms. Testa. was one of hundreds of Jamesport residents returning to their homes days after Sandy swept through the area Monday, bringing historic storm surges and causing beach erosion damages houses along the bay.

Ms. Testa’s house had three feet of water in the basement Thursday morning. Her jetskis, parked on stands in the backyard, had been lifted away and dumped onto a neighbor’s yard hundreds of feet away across the street.

Her driveway was a dirty mess of silt, sand and mud dumped by the surge. Nearby, a utility pole dangled dangerously over the street, held up only by the taught power wires.

“My whole block was underwater,” Ms. Testa said. “We walked back to our house in waders.”

Luckily, though her garage was flooded, the water didn’t reach high enough to submerge her house. In her eight years of living in the home, Ms. Testa said she’d never seen any storm as bad as Sandy.

“There was no canal. It was just water,” she said, reminiscing on the storm’s fury. “It was crazy.”

Garret Moore inherited a small colony of 7 summer cottages in Jamesport on the bay from his father who had owned and operated them since the 1950s. He was hauling a broken sailboat with a golf cart up Smith Lane from the beach to a garbage pile Thursday morning.

“This is the absolute worst we have ever had of any storms going way back,” he said. “The other storms were like hitting a single in baseball. This was a home run. Waves were breaking over the bulkhead to the east at 10 to 12 feet high.”

Mr. Moore lives right on the bay and moved up to his daughter’s house by the road when the storm hit. He was happy to hear that Riverhead Town will be waiving building permit fees.

He said he applied to the DEC for permits to replace the bulkhead on his property in July and just got the permits last week.

“I was planning on replacing it because it was in bad shape but not so soon,” Mr. Moore said. “This was totally unbelievable. I really didn’t expect this.”

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Sandy’s storm surge caused damage to this cottage on the Peconic Bay in South Jamesport.

Elsewhere in South Jamesport, homeowners Peter Schanz and Jennifer Giordano sorted through items scattered on their lawn Thursday morning to determine if they were ruined or salvageable.

The storm surge had filled the basement of their summer house at 1 Dunlookin Lane with four to five feet of water Monday.

“They evacuated us Monday morning and we went back to our house in Hicksville,” Ms. Giordano said. “We called FEMA and they said they would get back to us in 24 hours and they have not but that’s understandable.”

She said that all the utilities in the basement were ruined: a water heater, two refrigerators, washer and dryer, tools and even a golf cart stored under the deck that she said she uses to get around to the beach.

“Everything is lost,” she said.

Around the corner, Brian Freeman watched on Thursday afternoon as a National Grid repairman inspected his parent’s utilities at their home on Front Street.

His parents had decided to stay at the house through Sandy when the waves of the surge crashed through two windows in their first floor bedroom, flooding the home with six-foot waves. The couple retreated to the second floor of the beachfront home until the waters receded and escaped without injury.

“Usually any damage they got was to the property, but never water into the house,” Mr. Freeman said. His parents were staying at a friends in town, he said.

Mr. Freeman said the house didn’t suffer any structural damage, but stairs leading down to the beach were torn up and thrown onto a neighbor’s yard by the surge. A shed near the water was missing, swept away by the waters; no one knows where it, or the bicycles inside the shed, went.

He said his father was not too upset by the damage, happy to be safe and saying the things lost in the storm were “just dollars and cents.”

“I guess this is the price you pay for the beautiful view,” Mr. Freeman said.

Additional reporting by Barbaraellen Koch.

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11/01/12 2:59pm
11/01/2012 2:59 PM
Riverhead, Sandy, Social Media


The News-Review has compiled a string of videos, photos and Tweets that were sent out by Riverhead residents before and after Hurricane Sandy.

Scroll down to check them out.