05/10/15 10:00am
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Riverhead Charter School kids filled up several bags with garbage they cleaned at Iron Pier beach Saturday

Riverhead Charter School students filled up several bags with garbage they cleaned at Iron Pier beach Saturday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Students from the Riverhead Charter School spent their Saturday morning cleaning Iron Pier beach in Northville with the help of some slightly older students from Stony Brook University.

Emily Markowitz, the president of the Undergraduate Students Club at Stony Brook, said “all the cool clubs were doing outreach programs, so I thought it was time we started doing one.”

She sent a notice to her department head, who in turn notified all the faculty. Dr. Konstantine Rountos, a post-doctoral associate at Stony Brook, was one of those faculty members, and he mentioned it to his wife, Muriel, who happens to be a teacher at the Riverhead Charter School.

Voila! An outreach program is born!

“We gave a presentation last week to the students in the Riverhead Charter School about marine plastics and the problems they cause,” Ms. Markowitz said. “It’s huge.”

The kids filled about 10 plastic garbage bags with stuff they picked off the beach, such as cigarettes, plastic bottles and bottle caps, straws, frisbees, even lobster trap tags, which are plastic. They also kept a log of what they found.

Last week, for Earth Day, those kids, working with Stony Brook students and a non-profit group calls Coastal Stewards, took garbage from home and from beach cleanups and made them into “plastic trash art,” Ms. Markowitz said.

“One group made a T-Rex that had a baseball for a head and a Slurpee Cup for a body,” she said.

“We wanted to involve kids in a local beach cleanup,” said Ms. Rountos. “I think it’s important that kids help keep the beaches of their own community clean.”

Konstantine Rountos and Celestino Pascual pick up trash while another student logs the type of trash.

Konstantine Rountos and Celestino Pascual pick up trash while Jenna Cichy logs the type of trash. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Charter School has students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

“I learned that it’s bad to litter,” said fifth-grader Rami Lawson. “I saw some dead birds on the beach today and I figured they might have died from thinking that the trash people litter the beach with was food.”

She said sea gulls often eat things left on the beach.

Third-grader Teandre Murray had similar experiences.

“We saw a lot of stuff on the beach,” she said.

tgannon@timesreview.com

04/28/15 8:00am
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Shoreham-Wading River High School football plays a championship game at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Citing “unconstitutional alterations” to the state budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed millions in appropriations for stadium upgrades at Stony Brook University’s Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium earlier this month. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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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
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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…)