06/01/14 7:00am
06/01/2014 7:00 AM
Dillon Realander, 2, of Riverhead helps construct a fairy house. His sister Summer, 5, is in the background. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Dillon Realander, 2, of Riverhead helps construct a fairy house. His sister Summer, 5, is in the background. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Peconic Community School hosted a fundraiser at Hallockville Museum Farm on Saturday afternoon to benefit the school.

Kids and their parents enjoyed the music of Brady Rymer and the delicious pizza from Rolling in Dough Pizza Truck. (more…)

01/28/14 10:50pm
01/28/2014 10:50 PM

DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO  |  Riverhead’s Faith Johnson-DeSilvia sinks a layup past Smithtown East defenders Victoria Redmond (#15) and Sam Delaney.

The Riverhead girls basketball team dropped its third straight game Tuesday night, falling 46-31 at home against Smithtown East. The Blue Waves, who are out of playoff contention, are now 2-9 in League III. The Bulls improved to 9-2 in league. (more…)

01/16/14 8:19pm
01/16/2014 8:19 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Deon Shorter goes up for a contested shot Thursday against Smithtown West.

A last-second 3-pointer from Charles Manning misfired Thursday night as the Riverhead boys basketball team lost in overtime to Smithtown West, 65-63.

Brandon Tolliver led the Blue Waves with 19 points. Riverhead fell to 2-6 in League III and can only afford one more loss in league to keep postseason aspirations alive.

Three other players reached double figures Thursday. Manning and Tyrese Kerr had 12 each. Ryun Moore added 11.

The Blue Waves trailed by three in the final minute before a Tolliver 3-pointer with 25 seconds left that sent the game into overtime. Riverhead trailed by seven at halftime before outscoring the Bulls, 19-12 in the third quarter.

Smithtown (6-5, 4-3 League III) had four players in double figures, led by Tyler Weigl. Riverhead returns to action Tuesday at North Babylon.


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01/10/14 3:15pm
01/10/2014 3:15 PM

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | The main characters, George and Mary Bailey, are played by Alex Bowe and Shannon McAlister.

The Riverhead Blue Masques are presenting “It’s A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play” beginning tonight at 7 p.m. Additional performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Charles Cardona Auditorium at Riverhead High School.

The performance is under the co-direction of music teacher Dena Tishim and English teacher Jessica Guadagnino.

The performance is inspired by the classic American film of the same title. It is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience. Fifty students divided into two ensembles will perform this weekend. The actors in the photographs below will be performing Saturday night.

The main characters, George and Mary Bailey, are played by Alex Bowe and Shannon McAlister, respectively. The angel, Clara, is played by Kaitlyn Jehle and the superintendent of angels by Jesse Goodale. The announcer Freddie Fillmore is played by Kamaria Harris. Musical accompaniment on the piano is Jessica Sisti.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at door and $5 for seniors. For more information, contact Dena Tishim at 369-6741.

11/28/13 7:52am
11/28/2013 7:52 AM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Culinary students Kristina Caschetta (left) Anastasia DeRosa (center) and Alexa Cimino with the carved up roasted turkeys that were prepared for the Dominican Sisters Wednesday morning.

Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary School in downtown Riverhead partnered for the fourth year with the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service to cook and prepare about 140 dinners for long-term patients and home-bound seniors of the Dominican Sisters of Hampton Bays.

Local businesses on the North and South Forks teamed up to raise money for the feast.

Chef instructor Vinny Winn worked with about 40 students and high school volunteers in the culinary’s kitchen to prepare the meal. They cooked 15 turkeys weighing 15 pounds each, 100 pounds each of mashed and sweet potatoes, seven gallons of gravy and 20 pounds of stuffing. There were also rolls, cranberry sauce and 24 apple pies and 24 pumpkin pies.

Local elementary schools students made and decorated trays for the meals.

11/23/13 9:43am
11/23/2013 9:43 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Ryan Hubbard holds the football after scoring a remarkable 84-yard touchdown on a punt return.

In a thrilling, last-second victory, the Riverhead football team won its second straight Division II county championship Friday night by defeating East Islip, 20-14. The Blue Waves got a three-touchdown game from Ryan Hubbard, who scored on offense, defense and special teams.

His 84-yard punt return for a touchdown won the game. Click here for a full recap. And click below for more photos from the championship game.

Hubbard TD on Make A Gif

11/10/13 10:00am
11/10/2013 10:00 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead running back Jeremiah Cheatom carried the Blue Waves on the ground Saturday against Hills West.


The 8-1 Riverhead Blue Waves opened the playoffs in style Saturday with a 44-21 win over Half Hollow Hills West. The win sends Riverhead into the semifinals next week against No. 5 Newfield.

See below for photos from Riverhead’s win over the Colts.