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.

07/06/13 12:00pm
07/06/2013 12:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Christopher Paparo, former senior aquarist of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead  has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

COURTESY PHOTO | Christopher Paparo, former senior aquarist of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

Long Island Aquarium’s former senior aquarist Christopher Paparo has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

Mr. Paparo spent more than 14 years at the Riverhead aquarium, starting there when it was in the building stages, eventually taking on the position of senior aquarist. He also served educational coordinator for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Stony Brook University officials said.

The new marine sciences center is run by Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and is slated to open this September.

The 15,000-square-foot, $8.5 million center will enable SoMAS to expand their program, facilitating further research of Long Island’s bays and estuaries. It will offer more students the opportunity to learn through Stony Brook, according to a release from Stony Brook University.

SoMAS will also be using the space to hold public meetings, summer camps, and for expanded K-12 outreach programs among other activities, according to the release.

“Mr. Paparo’s strong background in maintaining marine animals, public outreach and education, and seawater systems make him the ideal fit for this position,” said Minghua Zhang, dean of the SoMAS program at Stony Brook. He attended Southampton College and received his Bachelors of Science in Marine Science there in 1999, Stony Brook officials said.

“As construction of the new Marine Sciences Center is completed in the coming weeks, Mr. Paparo will be on hand to learn the details of the state-of-the-art systems within the building including the computerized seawater circulation system, teaching and analytical labs, and quarantine and culture rooms,” said Christopher Gobler, director of academic programs. “This hire comes at a perfect time.”

cmiller@timesreview.com

05/24/13 1:00pm
05/24/2013 1:00 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team and assistant coach Caitlin Defliese will travel to Riverhead June 7 for the 28th annual Say No to Drugs March.

The nationally ranked Stony Brook University women’s lacrosse team will be the keynote speakers at next month’s annual anti-drugs march in Riverhead.

The 28th annual Say No to Drugs March, sponsored by the Riverhead Community Awareness Program June 7, will begin at Pulaski Street School before looping back around through Roanoke, Griffing and Hallett Avenues. The team will speak to students and residents on the steps of Pulaski Street School after the march.

The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team put together a historic season this year, winning a program-best 17 games and going undefeated in conference play. The team went on to win its first-ever America East title. The team won 10 awards, including  Demmianne Cook winning Player of the Year.

“We are honored and humbled to have been asked to be a part of Riverhead CAP’s Say NO to Drugs March,” said women’s lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina, who was named Synapse Division I National Coach of the Year last week. “The student-athletes on the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team understand the importance of taking care of their bodies, which includes saying no to substance abuse. We look forward to showing members of the community how living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle can help them achieve their goals.”

CAP’s executive director Felicia Scocozza said she was “thrilled” to have the team share their experience with Riverhead students and the community.

“We hope that members of the community will once again come out and support the students and their efforts to remain drug-free,” said Ms. Scocozza, a Stony Brook alumna.

psquire@timesreview.com

05/20/13 9:57am
05/20/2013 9:57 AM

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet, a Riverhead High graduate, rushed for 220 yards against Army this season.

Miguel Maysonet’s run with the Philadelphia Eagles is over.

The Riverhead native was released by the team Monday morning, according to the Eagles’ website. CSNPhilly.com had previously reported his imminent release.

Maysonet’s days in Philadelphia appeared numbered after the Eagles signed former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones last week. That move all but ended the local man’s chances of securing the third spot on the depth chart in new head coach Chip Kelly’s lightning fast spread offense.

Under NFL rules, Maysonet will retain the $10,000 signing bonus the club gave him after he signed immediately following the NFL Draft. While he had been projected as a late round pick, no team selected him during the three-day event.

There could still be more teams interested in the Riverhead product. Maysonet and his agent received several phone calls during the draft from other teams interested in signing him, he said that day. The Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins all called, he said.

Maysonet capped off his college career at Stony Brook University with a jaw-dropping 2012 senior season that landed him the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year award for the second straight season.

Maysonet was one of three finalists for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. He ended up second in the voting, which was announced during a ceremony Dec. 17 in Philadelphia.

Maysonet was named to a bevy of All-American teams following the season, including the Associated Press first team.

At 5-foot-10, 210-pounds, Maysonet rushed for 1,964 yards this season, tops in the FCS. He scored 23 touchdowns to join former Stony Brook running back Brock Jackolski as the only players in Big South history with a 20-touchdown season.

His rushing total was the 11th most yards in a season in FCS history.

He helped lead Stony Brook to a 10-3 season that ended in the second round of the FCS playoffs against Montana State. Maysonet scored two touchdowns in the Seawolves’ playoff victory over Villanova.

gparpan@timesreview.com

 

05/15/13 11:02pm
05/15/2013 11:02 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead was named Stony Brook University's Co-Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday night.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead was named Stony Brook University’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday night.

Miguel Maysonet of Riverhead, who played for Stony Brook University’s football team, was named the school’s Co-Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday night along with Tommy Brenton of the men’s basketball team. The presentations were made at Stony Brook’s annual awards ceremony, The Wolfies, at the Student Activities Center on campus with more than 475 people in attendance.

Maysonet had one of the greatest seasons in Stony Brook, Big South and Football Championship Subdivision history when he rushed for 1,964 yards, the 11th most in FCS history, and 21 touchdowns. He rushed for over 200 yards three times last season, including his signature game — a 220-yard, two-touchdown performance in Stony Brook’s 23-3 win at Army, the program’s first ever victory against a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Maysonet was the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, given to the FCS Player of the Year, named a first-team All-American and was selected as the Big South Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He graduated as the Big South’s all-time leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. He recently signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles.