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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Riverhead Blue Masques rehearse a scene in ‘Fiddler on the Roof.’

The Riverhead High School Blue Masques present a performance of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ beginning 7 p.m. Saturday in the Charles Cardona Auditorium at the high school.

The musical is directed by Jessica Guadagnino and Dena Tishim, with choreography by Victoria Carroll. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets for seniors are $5.

Additional performances are Sunday, May 3 and May 4.

03/22/13 2:00pm
03/22/2013 2:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Rex Vazquez as ‘Narcissus’ being stalked by ‘Echo,’ played by Evelyn Kennedy-Jaffe, during Riverhead Middle School’s dress rehearsal Wednesday of ‘Echo, Narcissus and the Duck.’

Riverhead Middle School students performed ‘Echo, Narcissus and the Duck’ at the 17th annual Roman Banquet Thursday night. The eighth-graders wrote the play over summer vacation following seventh grade. Editing of the play began in September and auditions and casting of characters began before December break.

After hundreds of hours of editing and rehearsals that began in January, the 37 students took to the stage to show off their talents.

Food at the Roman Banquet is prepared by the students’ families and served by Latin students dressed in togas and tunics.

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.

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

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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.

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

11/01/12 1:51pm
11/01/2012 1:51 PM

THEODORA COHEN PHOTO | Behind the Hyatt Hotel Monday as Hurricane Sandy approached Long Island.

THEODORA COHEN PHOTO | Channel 4 News reporting in Riverhead Monday.

THEODORA COHEN PHOTO | The East End Arts Building Monday.

THEODORA COHEN PHOTO | Water flooding downtown Riverhead Monday.

THEODORA COHEN PHOTO | Downtown Riverhead Monday as water flooded the streets.

JOSEPH TUMMINELLO PHOTO | A tree that fell near First Parish Church in Riverhead.

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | A tree that blocked off Church Lane between Main Road and Sound Avenue.

MELANIE DROZD PHOTO | A tree that fell on 12th Street in Wading River narrowly missed two houses.

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Debris left on Wading River Beach following the storm.

BILL LANDON PHOTO | The playground at Wading River Beach survived the storm.

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Wading River Beach suffered some erosion, but the playground still stands.

COURTESY PHOTO | A hangar at the New York Air National Guard facility in Westhampton Beach had parts of its roof blown off.

STEPHEN POPOVICH PHOTO | Pre-storm flooding at the end of Creek Road in Wading River.

06/14/12 6:00pm
06/14/2012 6:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riley Avenue Elementary School students proudly displayed the American flag Thursday.

Students from Riley Avenue Elementary School showed off their patriotic spirit Thursday on Flag Day. The second graders hosted a parade in the school parking lot, read personal essays about the American flag and sang patriotic songs such as “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”

Afterward they had a musical production in the gym.

Flag Day officially became set as June 14 in 1949 with a congressional resolution signed by President Harry Truman.

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03/27/11 2:20pm
03/27/2011 2:20 PM

Whack! In the blink of an eye, 8-year-old Billy Donahue of Greenport had split two 1-inch-thick boards in two. But that was just one feat that demonstrated his prowess in the art of tae kwon do Saturday. When the trials were over, Billy stood triumphantly in the middle of the mat.

His small waist was now adorned with the mighty black belt.

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The Greenport Elementary School third-grader has been practicing the Korean martial art techniques for more than two years, starting initially three days a week and quickly expanding to six days a week at Expert Martial Arts in Aquebogue.

“We’re all really excited to see him perform,” instructor Carmen Jessup said on Friday, the day before Billy earned his belt. He had considered testing in December, but he and his instructors and family decided another few months of preparation would ensure his success.

Ms. Jessup described Billy as “nervous and excited” about a test that went beyond his physical prowess and ability to demonstrate his “indomitable spirit” to include foreign language skills and courtesy. He was required to learn many Korean terms, she said.

For a demanding hour and a half, Billy had to demonstrate self defense techniques, which included sparring and kicking. Beyond the physical elements, the boy’s spirit, self-control, discipline, perseverance, courtesy and respect, integrity, empathy and courage all were put to the test, Ms. Jessup said.

He also had to write an essay about what tae kwon do has done for him.

“Mostly, tae kwon do has given me self-esteem,” Billy wrote. “It makes me feel good about my physical condition and my ability to succeed at anything that I try. It’s helping me to be the best person that I can be.”

His father agreed. “His self-esteem is through the roof,” said Bill Donahue.

Billy began his training under Master Kim, who ran a martial arts business in the same business where Expert Martial Arts currently operates. The boy was determined from the beginning to learn the skills to teach and — in his mind, if it ever were necessary — to be able to protect his instructor. When Master Kim died a year ago, Billy continued his studies with masters Sung Choi and Joongwoo Kang, and Ms. Jessup.

Never once in his training has he asked to skip a session, Mr. Donahue said. The sport’s demands make it a family affair, with parents Bill and Brenda Donahue coordinating their son’s schedule and driving him to training sessions, religious lessons at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport and Cub Scout activities.

They’re not complaining, because the discipline of tae kwon do and lessons on courtesy and respect are serving him well in school and all other aspects of his life.

“These guys provide such a positive mentoring to kids,” Mr. Donahue said about the instructors. Billy and other students also discuss the dangers of substance abuse, bullying and of unhealthy interactions with strangers, he said.
“He’s what you’d call a strong-willed child,” Mr. Donahue said. But he’s not referring to stubbornness, rather his son’s determination to put in the necessary time and effort to learn and perform ably.

“He’s a good boy,” Mr. Donahue said, with no small amount of pride in his voice.

Asked where he gets his bravery, Billy said, “My dad.” Mr. Donahue is a former chief and current member of the East Marion Fire Department.

When Billy isn’t training or doing schoolwork, he still finds time for kid stuff, his parents said, like bike riding, swimming, skiing and Lego construction. And he’s “a savant” at video games, Mr. Donahue said.

In fact, it was video games that first attracted Billy to tae kwon do. He wanted to start training at age 5, but his parents made him wait a year. At 6, his determination was undiminished, his father said.

Billy said his long-term goal is to join the ranks of the masters of tae kwon do.

Toward that end, he has several black belt levels yet to achieve.

jlane@timesreview.com

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Black belt martial arts instructors and co-owners Sung Choi (left) and Joongwoo Kang administer the 'black belt' test to Billy Donahue (center).

03/19/11 3:03pm
03/19/2011 3:03 PM

The Riverhead Recreation Department presented the first ever ‘Pet Drama’ featuring three golden retrievers and two Belgian Tervurens Saturday at the Senior Center in Aquebogue.

The pooches are all dog obedience competitors and told throught the point of view of ‘Chiquita Banana, an 8 year-old golden retriever that belongs to the Town’s Youth Bureau coordinator Donna Lyczkowski. Ms. Lyczkowski also narrated the stories that take place in a magical place she calls Camp Copperstar.

Chiquita Banana and other members of her fur family are: daughter Lola, 5; Belgium Tervuren Simply Red; golden retriever Savannah, 2; and Red’s brother Belgium Tervuren, Hampton, 3.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Golden retriever Savannah remains calm with the crowd.

03/16/11 10:53pm
03/16/2011 10:53 PM

Winterfest continues at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard in Baiting Hollow.

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