05/02/14 6:00am
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David Gamberg during a school board meeting in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

David Gamberg during a school board meeting in Southold. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

What would make the most sense about developing and promoting the necessary ingredients for a high-quality public education system in the United States? Would it be an agenda made up of the highest standards possible? Of course, but in and of itself this would fall short of a full-bodied agenda for success. (more…)

04/25/14 11:00am
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(Credit: Barbarallen Koch)

This 19.2-acre parcel on the east side of Young’s Avenue allows programs at the Southold Agricultural Center to expand. The Peconic Land Trust acquired the land in a like-kind exchange from the Krupski family on March 28.(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When Holly and Chris Browder needed help with their irrigation system or getting their field seeded, Dan Heston was there. Mr. Heston, 45, would also roll up his sleeves and delve into the dirty job of turning compost for the Browders, who were just getting started in the poultry business.

In return, the Browders supplied him with free farm-fresh eggs — and, at times, new perspectives about farming.  (more…)

01/19/14 9:43am
01/19/2014 9:43 AM

A Southold man was arrested for driving high with a child in the car in Flanders early Saturday, Southampton Town Police said.

Jacob Riehl, 23, was stopped by police on Flanders Road near Red Creek Road in Flanders shortly after 1 a.m. He was found to be high on marijuana at the time he was pulled over, police said.

He was charged with DWI Leandra’s law, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to a press release.

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01/13/14 8:17pm
01/13/2014 8:17 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Riverhead freshman Jon Visek strung together 11 strikes for a career-high 290 game, capping a career-high 783 series on Monday against Southold.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Riverhead freshman Jon Visek strung together 11 strikes for a career-high 290 game, capping a career-high 783 series on Monday against Southold.

BLUE WAVES 30, FIRST SETTLERS 3

In bowling, it’s not so much how a ball is delivered that counts as what the ball does once it is thrown down the alley. The Visek brothers need look no further than at each other to appreciate that point.

Riverhead High School senior D. J. Visek has an unusual two-handed throwing style that he adopted to get out of a slump. His younger brother, freshman Jon Visek, adheres to the more conventional one-handed approach.

The two dramatically different throwing styles have brought similar results. D. J. Visek said that once the ball leaves their hands, it has similar action. Quite often that action sends pins flying, producing spares and strikes.

That was the case Monday when both Riverhead bowlers excelled. Jon Visek capped a career-high 783 series with a career-high 290 game as the Blue Waves beat Southold, 30-3, in a Suffolk County League IV match at Wildwood Lanes in Riverhead. He delivered 11 straight strikes during the third game. In the first two games, he rolled a 248 and a 245.

D. J. Visek didn’t have a bad day, either, a 683 series from game scores of 203, 255 and 225. It was the fourth time this season that he hit 600 or higher.

The brothers combined for 50 of their team’s 79 strikes, 27 by Jon Visek.

Jon Visek started the day with a team-leading 206.04 average. D. J. Visek was third at 197.04, behind Forrest Vail’s 199.54.

The Viseks were the only Riverheaders to bowl in all three games. Nine Blue Waves bowled at least one game as Riverhead swept the three games, 922-747, 955-779, 1,028-717.

Among the other highlights for Riverhead were a 204 by Mark Stewart, who also employs a two-handed throwing style, and a 202 by Joe Gambino.

Riverhead, which entered the match in fifth place, has won 17 of 27 games and accrued 182 1/2 points.

Last-place Southold, which is 0-33 in games this season with only 22 1/2 points, was led Monday by Kaitlyn Kettenbeil’s 531 series, topped off by a 189 game. Jess Jerome added a 448 series, Emily Pressler had a 447, Mike Insogna a 427 and Jen Jaklevic a 290.

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12/19/13 12:15pm
12/19/2013 12:15 PM
FILE PHOTO | Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg said Wednesday the book

FILE PHOTO | Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg.

Southold Superintendent David Gamberg confirmed Wednesday that a children’s book that sparked a debate on the North Fork has been reintroduced to the elementary school’s curriculum.

nasreens secret school 2Following a Wednesday evening school board meeting, Mr. Gamberg told The Suffolk Times that “Nasreen’s Secret School,” a book based on a true story about an Afghan girl whose parents were taken away (and never returned) by members of the Taliban, is again being used in Southold Elementary School. The young girl in the story named Nasreen enrolls in a secret school after she inexplicably loses the ability to speak following the loss of her parents.

“I don’t know the exact time frame [it was brought back] but we consulted with the teachers and tried to find out how they would be using it,” Mr. Gamberg said. “And they felt comfortable using it.

“It’s basically run within the classroom so that it’s not a uniform on, off kind of situation … So [the teachers] determine the way that they’re going to incorporate the use of the text.”

During an Oct. 23 school board meeting, Mr. Gamberg said the book had been taken out of the classroom after three parents said at the meeting that they believed it was too violent for third graders.

“We did, if you will, pull the book as far as being used beyond this point,” Mr. Gamberg said to concerned parents about six weeks ago.

During the same October board meeting, school board member Scott DeSimone said he believed the intended message of the book is about “Islam and Allah.” Then in a Newsday opinion piece published today, Mr. DeSimone said he sees in the book a “pro-Muslim agenda that comes straight from the White House.”

“I thought the book was introduced at this young age and grade level as part of the underlying doctrinal forces pushing Common Core  . . .  in this case, the social justice agenda and pro-Muslim agenda,” he told Newsday.

Mr. Gamberg is also quoted in the Newsday opinion piece and said that he has faith in the choices of his classroom teachers.

“As long as we have a teacher who has the skill to use the text in an appropriate and responsible way — and I believe our teachers do — the message about the power of literacy comes through,” Mr. Gamberg said.

“Nasreen’s Secret School” is reading material currently used under the Common Core State Standards, which has been nationally recognized and adopted by most states across the country that claims to better prepare students for college and careers by requiring instructors to teach more non-fiction and rigorous math to students at a younger age.

Mr. Gamberg said Wednesday he believes the book offers “the truth” and “perspective on the value of reading.”

“It helps to illustrate how children in various parts of the world or a particular part of the world,” he said. “That their access to books was limited and that they end up developing means and a way to be able to celebrate the ability to read.”

Since the initial story was published in The Suffolk Times Oct. 31, the paper has received frequent letters from the community about the book and the local controversy surrounding it. A total of 13 letters have been published in subsequent editions, including some that appeared in the News-Review.

Additional reporting by Jennifer Gustavson

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11/24/13 2:00pm
11/24/2013 2:00 PM
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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Allison Rappa works at her home studio in Aquebogue.

During a recent evening in the makeshift beauty studio located on the second floor of her Aquebogue home, Allison Rappa was hard at work applying a full set of silk eyelash extensions to a female client.

“I feel like I’m performing surgery,” Ms. Rappa joked as she used special tweezers to dip the silk eyelashes into a medical-grade adhesive before gluing them onto her client’s eyes at a ratio of one synthetic lash to one natural lash.

“There’s a lot to know when doing lashes,” she said of the process, which gives clients the look of mascara, no effort required. “It’s not just grabbing a lash and sticking them on. It’s very meticulous.”

The increasing popularity of eyelash extensions, whose legions of followers reportedly include the eternally doe-eyed Kim Kardashian and pop singer Katy Perry, is one of the reasons Ms. Rappa, a licensed cosmetologist, has decided to launch The Beauty Bar, a new spa she plans to open in Southold by the end of this month.

Located in a roughly 1,200-square-foot space above Salone Dei Capelli on Main Road, in what was previously a psychiatrist’s office, The Beauty Bar, Ms. Rappa said, will offer customers a variety of cosmetic and therapeutic services, including eyelash extensions, professional makeup application, waxing, facials, body wraps and massage therapy.

In addition, Ms. Rappa said, her friend Michael DeRosa, a nurse practitioner, will likely stop into The Beauty Bar once or twice a month to give clients injectable facial fillers like Botox and Juvéderm.

“Minimally invasive procedures are in great demand ,” Mr. DeRosa said of the popularity of facial fillers.

As for Ms. Rappa, whom Mr. DeRosa has known for years, “she’s somebody who knows what patients and clients need,” he said.

For nearly seven years, Ms. Rappa, 34, has operated her small business, Artistry by Allie, out of her home in Aquebogue, where she lives with her husband, Adrian Feliciano, owner of My Butcher in Wading River, and her two children.

“I definitely outgrew my home,” Ms. Rappa said of her decision to open a separate business in Southold, an area where she said a fair number of her current clients live. Ms. Rappa said she’s currently on the lookout for a nail technician and certified aesthetician.

“I wanted a space where I could have a store that everybody could come to for services,” she said of the new location.

A lifelong Suffolk County resident, Ms. Rappa studied makeup artistry at the New York and Los Angeles campuses of Make-up Designory, a professional makeup school. She was trained in eyelash extension application by NovaLash, a leader in the burgeoning lash extension industry.

“Lash extensions are probably the most innovative new technique in the beauty industry,” Ms. Rap-pa said. “You don’t need makeup and you can throw away your mascara. You basically wake up looking beautiful.”

“I’m into beauty,” she added. “I love bringing out everybody’s features.”

“She’s very familiar with the face, and aesthetics,” Mr. DeRosa said of Ms. Rappa. “It’s exciting to see somebody like that opening a business to serve our community.”

ryoung@timesreview.com

11/02/13 8:30pm
11/02/2013 8:30 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Udvadia, shown here during the division championship, finished first in Class B to help the Wildcats to the county crown Saturday.

SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ryan Udvadia wasn’t going to let some cramps cramp his style in his final competitive high school meet on his favorite cross-country course, Sunken Meadow State Park. The Shoreham-Wading River senior withstood some cramping and still won the Class B race in the Section XI Championships rather handily on Saturday.

Udvadia clocked a winning time of 16 minutes 26.84 seconds on the reconfigured 3.1-mile course. It was still 30 seconds faster than the second-place runner, Islip senior Mike Watts.

Udvadia’s performance, with an average mile time of 5:17.7, led the way for Shoreham-Wading River’s third straight county championship and ninth in 11 years. It has been a remarkable run for the League VI champion Wildcats, who have won 11 straight league titles, suffering only one loss over the course of those 11 years. They have also won nine of the last 11 division crowns under the guidance of coach Bob Szymanski.

Shoreham-Wading River grabbed the top ranking Saturday with 41 points. Its toughest competition came from Bayport-Blue Point (55 points).

Keith Steinbrecher (17:31.69) and Matt Gladysz (17:33.16) gave the Wildcats a boost by taking seventh and eighth. More help came from Connor McAlary (12th in 17:54.44), Jack Kelly (13th in 18:00.68), Michael Godfrey (21st in 18:25.87) and Ryan Groskopf (36th in 19:10.16).

As a county champion, Shoreham-Wading River is entitled to send seven runners to the state meet, which will be held Saturday at Queensbury High School.

Southold junior Jonathan Rempe was the Class D champion in 18:27.84. He qualified for the state meet along with teammates Owen Klipstein (fourth in 19:14.57), Jeremy Rempe (sixth in 20:11.15) and Gus Rymer (ninth in 20:35.75). Two other First Settlers, Michael Cosmadelis (21:13.35) and Christopher Buono (22:46.46), were 11th and 17th.

In Class B, Mattituck freshman Matt Heffernan came in sixth in 18:56.47. He was one place ahead of teammate Lucas Webb (19:00.92). The other Tuckers who competed were Adam Hicks (12th in 19:47.70), Dan Harkin (22nd in 20:33.12), Charles Zaloom (23rd in 20:34.23), Tim Schmidt (28th in 21:00.96) and Jack Dufton (32nd in 21:12.30).

Matt Abazis was the first of Bishop McGann-Mercy’s four runners, coming in 10th in 19:17.62. The others were Sean Tuthill (35th in 21:45.57), Dan Dern (40th in 22:54.96) and Elijah Louis (41st in 23:13.70).

Riverhead went into the Class A race hamstrung by the absence of its No. 1 runner, Travis Wooten, and its No. 3 runner, Nick Cunha, who both had SAT exams on Saturday. The Section XI Championships were originally scheduled for Friday, but postponed a day out of concern for inclement weather.

Without two of its top three runners, Riverhead finished 22nd among 23 teams. Joe Gattuso was the first Riverheader to cross the finish line. He was 95th in 19:38.71. Also competing for the Blue Waves were Eric Cunha (100th in 19:48.99), Owen O’Neill (103rd in 19:53.08), Luke Coulter (112th in 20:11.43) and Connor Behr (147th in 21:33.55).

bliepa@timesreview.com