10/12/14 8:00am
10/12/2014 8:00 AM
The Shoreham-Wading River tennis courts have been condemned. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Upgrading the condemned tennis courts are included in the capital improvement proposal residents will vote on Dec. 9. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

Shoreham-Wading River School District residents will go to the polls Dec. 9 to vote on two capital improvement referendums — one to issue a $33.6 million bond, the other to offset construction costs with $15 million in reserves.

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10/11/14 5:29pm
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Shoreham-Wading River players bowed their heads during a moment of silence in memory of their late teammate Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River players bowed their heads during a moment of silence in memory of their late teammate Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 54, WARRIORS 0

Tom Cutinella wasn’t present, but his presence was felt, and his uniform number, 54, was everywhere.

“SWR 54” was painted onto a hillside by the Shoreham-Wading River High School football field in yellow characters outlined in blue. A replica of Cutinella’s No. 54 jersey hung from the front of the press box. Near the top of the press box dangled a banner that read, “#54 FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS.” The players and coach Matt Millheiser wore towels with “54” imprinted on them.

And had the scoreboard been functioning, it would have read 54-0 — poetic enough — by the time the Suffolk County Division IV game ended. (more…)

10/10/14 8:00am
10/10/2014 8:00 AM
A flag flies at half-mast at Shoreham-Wading River High School last week following the death of junior Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A flag flies at half-mast at Shoreham-Wading River High School last week following the death of junior Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

When tragedy strikes, it’s only natural to wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it. When a life is lost on the athletic fields at far too young an age, the emotional toll cuts deep to the core of a community.  (more…)

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Pallbearers carry the casket of Tom Cutinella at Tuesday’s funeral service in Wading River. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Editor’s Note: This story appeared in the Oct. 9 print edition of the Riverhead News-Review.

It was second-down-and-five with 3 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter on the overcast afternoon of Oct. 1. The Shoreham-Wading River football team led host Elwood/John Glenn by a score of 17-12.

The call was for a simple running play.

Wildcats quarterback Danny Hughes handed the ball to tailback Chris Rosati, who began to run to his left.  (more…)

10/10/14 8:00am
A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)

A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)

Football, a sport that has been as bruised and battered as some of its players sometimes, has taken hit after hit in recent years. In the NFL, we have seen Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson involved in domestic abuse and child abuse cases, respectively. The commissioner, Roger Goodell, has come under fire for his handling — or mishandling — of the Rice case. The danger of concussions hangs over the sport like a sword of Damocles. College football has had its own misdeeds, scandals and problems.  (more…)

10/08/14 10:00am
10/08/2014 10:00 AM
West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for Tom Cutinella. (Credit: courtesy photo)

West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for their son, Tom. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Tom Cutinella dreamed of attending West Point, his father, Frank, said during a eulogy for the 16-year-old Tuesday morning.

It was a dream that, in a way, became reality one day earlier thanks to the effort of a Shoreham-Wading River alumnus and the football staff at West Point.  (more…)