04/17/14 4:00pm
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John Barci discusses his proposal for a Barbecue Championship at Thursday’s Riverhead Town Board work session. (Credit: Barbarallen Koch)

A proposed Long Island Barbecue Championship and music festival at Stotzky Park on Labor Day weekend will not allow alcohol on the park grounds, according to John Barci of West Babylon, who is proposing the event.  (more…)

04/17/14 10:00am

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The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to discuss John Barci’s proposal to have a Long Island Barbecue Championship and music festival at Stotzky Park on Labor Day weekend at Thursday’s work session. Mr. Barci originally hoped to have the festival in downtown Riverhead but said there was some opposition. The board discussed the plan at last week’s work session but asked Mr. Barci to come back with more details. (more…)

02/16/14 3:56pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO  |  The ice skating rink at Stotzky Park in Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The ice skating rink at Stotzky Park in Riverhead.

Riverhead Town officials announced Sunday the ice rink at Stotzky Park in Riverhead will be open until 9 p.m. tonight.

The town’s parks and recreation department finished clearing snow earlier in the day and said the rink is now ready for skaters, according to its Facebook page.

For more information, contact the park office at 631-727-5744 Ext. 31.

10/05/13 12:00pm
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DANIEL DE MATO PHOTO  |  Riverhead shortstop Danielle Napoli applies the tag at second base on a Bay Shore runner Wednesday in the Class AA quarterfinals.

DANIEL DE MATO FILE PHOTO | Riverhead shortstop Danielle Napoli applies the tag at second base on a Bay Shore runner last spring in the playoffs.

A Riverhead High School alumni softball game will be held Oct. 12 at Stotzky Park with proceeds going toward the purchase of portable automated external defibrillators for the varsity and JV softball teams.

The event is sponsored by Riverhead Little League and begins at 10 a.m. Any former Riverhead softball player is encouraged to participate. A $20 registration fee per player includes a T-shirt. The game will be nine innings on Field 4 at Stotzky Park. Helmets and catchers equipment will be provided.

For more information and to register, visit the event’s Facebook page. The rain date is Oct. 13.

09/25/13 9:00am
09/25/2013 9:00 AM

shed1For the second time in less than five months, someone has broken into the Riverhead Little League shed in Stotzky Park and stolen from the organization.

Police received a call at 8:05 a.m. today after a buildings and grounds employee stumbled upon the damage, which included busting through the door to the little league’s concession stand.

But after the shed was broken into in April, and thieves made off with over $800 in cash and equipment, they weren’t quite as lucky this time. League President Tony Sammartano said since then, they’ve kept much less cash on hand in the register – which the burglars reportedly walked away with.

“We left some change in the drawers and a couple singles,” he said this morning. “Maybe they got away with $40.”

Police were on scene this morning and Sammartano said a crime unit is expected to head over sometime before noon. Though police are currently tied up searching for a couple who reportedly robbed the CVS on Route 58 this morning. In addition, a criminal mischief was reported at an EPCAL business.

Sammartano said whoever broke into the shed walked out with some Starburst and soda, as well as the register itself.

Money raised at the concession stand pays for the league’s umpires.

08/10/13 6:00pm
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TIM GANNON PHOTO | Denise Lucas and her dog Duke at Saturday’s opening of the ‘Duke’ Dog Park at Stotzky Park.

Riverhead Town officials and members of the non-profit Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter group officially opened the town’s second dog park Saturday.

The ‘Duke’ Dog Park at the north end of Stotzky Park is named after Denise Lucas’s dog, Duke, a 7-year-old Husky/Shepard blend.

Ms. Lucas is the leader of the Move the Animal Shelter group, which has held dozens of fundraisers to help privately fund the construction of a new, and better, town animal shelter.

But along the way, she and her group also got involved in helping to establish the town’s two dog parks. The Isaac Dog Park off Route 25 in Calverton opened last summer.

“I’m glad it’s done so we can move on with our promise to the community to move the shelter,” Ms. Lucas said. “We’ve got to really work hard with the shelter project.”

Sept. 27 will mark two years since she got involved in the project, she said.

The town turned over management of its animal control department this year to the non-profit North Fork Animal Welfare League. Both Ms. Lucas’s group and NFAWL, as well as the Town Board, support moving the town shelter from its current location on Youngs Avenue to the Henry Pfeiffer Community Center on Grumman Boulevard in Calverton.

NFAWL has received a $300,000 bequest from Patricia Toner Troxel of Mattituck for use in building an animal shelter, but that money can’t be used for a municipal building. The plan is to build a new facility on the Grumman Boulevard site and use additional money raised by NFAWL and Ms. Lucas’s group to renovate the Pfeiffer building into an animal facility.

NFAWL has plans for a cat shelter and spay-neuter clinic, in addition to the dog shelter.

“However NFAWL and Denise want to do it, I support,” Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter said.

Ms. Lucas said the town’s highway department and recreation department, along with Councilman James Wooten, were helpful in getting the new dog park ready.

Mr. Wooten said there are still some things that need to be done, such as putting in picnic tables, hydro-seeding the lawn and connecting it to a water source.

Mr. Wooten said he’d like to build one more dog park in the eastern part of the town, but he has to discuss it with the rest of the Town Board first.

tgannon@timesreview.com

06/28/13 2:13pm
06/28/2013 2:13 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Riverhead Little League will host the state softball tournament for 11-12-year-old majors division in July.

The Riverhead Little League is getting set to host the state softball tournament for the 11-12-year-old majors division at Stotzky Park.

The six finalists in the state tournament will arrive July 8 and start playing July 9. The tournament could run as long as until July 13, with the one state champion moving onto the overall Little League World Series tournament in Williamsport, Pa. at the end of the month, according to Tony Sammartano, Riverhead Little League president.

The games will be played at Stotzky Park, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day until a champ is crowned.

But while hosting the event is an honor for Riverhead Little League, it’s also expensive, Mr. Sammartano said.

The host league has to provide lunches for players and pay the lodging costs for the players, although not for the players’ families.

As a result, Riverhead Little League has planned a number of fundraising events to help in the effort.

“We really could use your support,” Mr. Sammartano said in an appeal to members of the community. “It’s a big event and something a league doesn’t get to have very often.”

The last time the state championship was held in Riverhead was about 2004, he said.

A July 8 fundraising banquet at Calverton Links’ Eagle Landing restaurant is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 at the door, and there will be a 50-50 raffle and a Chinese auction that also will serve to help offset Riverhead Little League’s overall costs.

League officials are still hoping local residents or businesses can make donations or provide gifts to be auctioned off.

Mr. Sammartano said some businesses have been very generous, such as Home Depot, Digger O’Dell’s bar and restaurant and McDonald’s.

Another way the league is raising funds is through a journal for the tournament.

The league is selling one-page ads for $300, half-page ads for $200 and quarter-page ads for $75.

Mr. Sammartano asks that anyone interested in donating items for the Chinese auction, buying a journal ad or making any kind of contribution to the Little League call him directly at (631) 767-8206.

So, what are the chances of a local team playing in that tournament?

Mr. Sammartano said the Riverhead team was eliminated Thursday, but that the North Shore league’s team, which covers Mount Sinai to Shoreham was still alive as of Thursday night.

tgannon@timesreview.com

05/01/13 12:20pm
05/01/2013 12:20 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Town employee boarded up the Little League's storage area Sunday morning after someone broke into the building the night before.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A Riverhead Town employee boarded up the Little League’s storage area Sunday morning after someone broke into the building the night before.

Three days after someone broke into the Riverhead Little League’s concession stand and storage area, ransacked the building and made off with nearly $800 in cash and items, the concession stand has been reopened, the league’s president said.

Tony Sammartano said the concession stand was back up and running Tuesday.

COURTESY PHOTO | The doors to the Little League's concession stand and storage area were both damaged.

The doors to the Little League’s concession stand and storage area were both damaged.

“There was a bit of a shortfall, but we did [set it up again,]” he said. The money raised by concession sales pays for the Little League’s umpires, he said.

Mr. Sammartano said sponsors of the Little League had offered donations to help get the stand running again, as well as recoup some of the losses.

The concession stand was targeted Saturday night, when someone smashed in the doors of the building in Stotzky Park near the ballfields, police said.

The thieves took about $500 in cash from the building and about $250 in equipment and food was stolen, according to a police report. Three dozen baseballs and old Little League shirts were stolen from the storage area, Mr. Sammartano had said.

The Little League had kicked off opening day to its 61st season just hours before the burglary. The building had been broken into once before about two years ago, he said.

Riverhead police are investigating the break-in.

psquire@timesreview.com