02/26/15 8:00am
02/26/2015 8:00 AM
The Baiting Hollow shoreline was covered in ice this past week. The icing represents the worst freeze of Long Island Sound in decades, according to experts and historical accounts. (Credit: Jerry McGrath)

The Baiting Hollow shoreline was covered in ice this past week. The icing represents the worst freeze of Long Island Sound in decades, according to experts and historical accounts. (Credit: Jerry McGrath)

You could be forgiven for thinking this February has been colder than usual. It has. But just how much colder — a staggering 10.8 degrees below normal — has surprised even meteorologists, who say the month is on track to become Long Island’s coldest February on record.

The consistent cold snap has caused a rare phenomenon, one not seen for nearly 40 years: Long Island Sound is freezing over, so to speak.

“I’ve never seen it freeze over like this,” said Dominick Mavellia of Southold, whose home overlooks the frozen waters. “It looks like Antarctica … it’s quite beautiful.”  (more…)

02/14/15 12:00pm
02/14/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead freshman Yasmine Kocan. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Riverhead freshman Yasmine Kocan. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

In the summer of 2011, Marissa Macchio, the Riverhead High School orchestra director, introduced Yasmine Kocan to the cello during a music program.

“I could tell from the start that she was gifted and had an exceptional ear for music,” Ms. Macchio said in a news release.  (more…)

05/30/14 10:00am
05/30/2014 10:00 AM
Stony Brook business students Neha Shethia and Justin Kline present their EPCAL study to the Town Board Thursday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Stony Brook business students Neha Shethia and Justin Kline present their EPCAL study to the Town Board Thursday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead Town is in contract to pay professional consultants about $500,000 for a land-use study land at Enterprise Park at Calverton.

But a study done for free by three Stony Brook University students may have the biggest impact in terms of convincing the town to allow mixed-use residential development at EPCAL — something town officials have opposed in the past.

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04/04/14 10:43am
04/04/2014 10:43 AM
Professor Christopher Gobler will lead the Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance (Credit: Gordon M. Grant / Stony Brook University)

Professor Christopher Gobler will lead the Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance (Credit: Gordon M. Grant / Stony Brook University)

Experts at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences are taking a more integral role in combating pollution in Long Island coastal waters.  (more…)

03/11/14 2:00pm
03/11/2014 2:00 PM

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Tim Rotanz (20) made his college debut Saturday for the University of Maryland in the Terrapins’ 11-8 win over Stony Brook.

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Tim Rotanz, who led the Wildcats to back-to-back Long Island championships in 2012-13, returned to Long Island for the first time Saturday as a member of the University of Maryland.  (more…)

11/21/13 1:41pm
11/21/2013 1:41 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Senator Ken LaValle at a previous Calverton Business Incubator event.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Senator Ken LaValle at a previous Calverton Business Incubator event.

East End state legislators Ken LaValle and Fred Thiele are hosting a roundtable discussion on food-industry related topics at the Calverton Business Incubator Friday morning, Senator LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) announced.

The Senator said the following topics will be discussed:

• The impact of locally grown/artisanal foods on the local economy.

• Changes to New York State funding outlets — now done on a competitive, regional basis.

• State government has been successful in supporting the establishment of the necessary infrastructure to support the local agriculture/food industry (e.g. funding for cold storage facility, funding for establishment of small scale, shared-use food-processing facilities at Calverton, funding for farmland preservation) to allow the creativity, determination, and ambition of entrepreneurs to thrive. Determine other infrastructure needs and how to achieve those needs.

• How as a region can we work together to establish/support the food industry on Long Island as an economic cluster (to join IT, biotech, and energy) and overcome challenges/obstacles and allow it to flourish.

The Long island Farm Bureau, Long Island Wine Council, Peconic Land Trust and many other local businesses and non-profits are expected to participate.

The event will take place at 10 a.m. Click here for directions to the incubator.

07/17/13 7:00pm
07/17/2013 7:00 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead was named Stony Brook University's Co-Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday night.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead was named Stony Brook University’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year in May. Wednesday, he was announced as the Big South Conference Male Athlete of the Year.

As Miguel Maysonet prepares to fight for a spot with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL, he can add one more accolade to his already impressive resume: Big South Conference’s Howard Bagwell Male Athlete of the Year.

Maysonet, a star running back at Stony Brook University, became the first football player to win the award, which was announced Wednesday. Maysonet earned 79 points and eight first-place votes to edge out Coastal Carolina soccer All-American Ashton Bennett.

Maysonet, the 2008 Hansen Award winner from Riverhead, went undrafted in the April NFL draft, but quickly signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. His time in Philadelphia was short-lived, but after the Eagles dropped him, the Browns scooped him up off waivers May 21.

The Browns’ training camp starts next week.

Maysonet was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision.