02/18/13 1:15pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Georgia Gabrielssen (left) and her mother Janice were the first skaters to try out the ice rink Thursday.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Georgia Gabrielsen (left) and her mother Janice were the first skaters to try out the ice rink when it opened.

With frigid temperatures today and school’s closed for President’s Day, it’s a perfect opportunity to hit the ice rink at Stotzky Park. The Riverhead Recreation Department announced the rink will be open today from noon to 8 p.m.

The rink, which debuted last month, is free to use.

The town purchased the materials needed for the rink last year, but the climate never dropped enough for the water to freeze. That finally changed this year.

02/03/13 7:00am
02/03/2013 7:00 AM
BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  The temporary ice rink at Stotzky Park was closed after temperatures rose above freezing. But it may reopen for a few hours Sunday.

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | The temporary ice rink at Stotzky Park was closed after temperatures rose above freezing. But it may reopen for a few hours Sunday.

Riverhead residents and even some out-of-towners enjoyed five straight days of ice skating at Stotzky Park when the weather dipped below 20 degrees last week. The rink is now locked but Councilman George Gabrielsen said he was hoping that the below freezing overnight temperatures will allow the rink to reopen for a few hours Sunday.

The town’s recreation department is expected to check the ice at noon today. If frozen enough, the rink will reopen at that time.

Temperatures are forecast to hover around 32 degrees and overnight to dip in the 20s for the next five days. Mr. Gabrielsen said he will ask the fire department if necessary to spray down the surface to smooth out the ice.

Recreation Department director Ray Coyne said the rink will likely be open again once it freezes.

“It’s going to be hit or miss,” he said. “I was very impressed with the amount of people who came out to enjoy the skating.”

The department said it will provide updates via Facebook on the Riverhead Parks and Recreation page.

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01/26/13 5:45pm
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  At Stotzky Park's new ice rink Saturday, three friends from Baiting Hollow tried out their skating skills.

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | At Stotzky Park’s new ice rink Saturday, three friends from Baiting Hollow tried out their skating skills.

On the first weekend Riverhead’s new ice rink at Stotzsky Park was open, dozens of kids showed off their skating skills.

The temporary rink opened last Thursday and is free for all to enjoy, said Riverhead town councilman George Gabrielsen.

The town purchased the materials needed for the rink last year, but the climate never dropped enough for the water to freeze.

The rink will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until the temperature rises above 32 degrees.

01/24/13 3:30pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Georgia Gabrielssen (left) and her mother Janice were the first skaters to try out the ice rink Thursday.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Georgia Gabrielsen (left) and her mother Janice were the first skaters to try out the ice rink Thursday.

Thanks to a blustery blast of arctic air this week, the flooded roller hockey rink at Stotzky Park turned into a vast light blue field of smooth and glistening ice.

The temporary ice skating rink opened for the first time Thursday afternoon after more than a year of waiting.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Councilman George Gabrielsen's wife Janice arrives at the rink with freshly sharpened skates.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Councilman George Gabrielsen’s wife Janice arrives at the rink with freshly sharpened skates.

Recreation Department director Ray Coyne and town board members gathered at the edge of the rink this afternoon for the opening. Councilman George Gabrielsen’s wife Janice and 27-year-old daughter Georgia were the first skaters to try out the new rink.

“This is going to be the ‘George Gabrielsen Family Skating Rink,’ ” said councilman John Dunleavy.

Mrs. Gabrielsen said she’s waited 30 years for the rink.

“I’m in my glory,” she said as she slowly and cautiously maneuvered around the ice. “I just got my skates sharpened. It’s good but I just have to get used to this.”

Georgia Gabrielsen said it was only her second time on ice this year. She skated in Greenport earlier this month.

The town brought the plastic liner and PVC piping needed to convert the roller skating rink into an ice rink last year, but it never got cold enough to make ice, so the rink was never used for ice skating.

It’s free to skate, but ice skates are not provided, Mr. Coyne said.

The rink will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until the temperature rises above 32 degrees, he said.

Mr. Coyne said that they have received many phone calls about the skating rink and predicted a large turnout over the weekend.

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Town board members (from left) John Dunleavy, George Gabrielsen, Jodi Giglio and Jim Wooten officially open the rink Thursday afternoon.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Town board members (from left) John Dunleavy, George Gabrielsen, Jodi Giglio and Jim Wooten officially open the rink Thursday afternoon as Mr. Gabrielsen’s family tested out the ice.

 

01/23/13 3:49pm
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO  |  The temporary ice skating rink at Stotzky Park will open for the first time at 2 p.m. Thursday.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The temporary ice skating rink at Stotzky Park will open for the first time at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Riverhead Town’s temporary ice skating rink in Stotzky Park will have ice skating for the first time Thursday as temperatures dipped below freezing long enough for the first time this winter.

The town brought the plastic liner and PVC piping needed to convert the roller skating rink into an ice rink last year, but it never got cold enough to make ice, so the rink was never used for ice skating.

But that’s changed this year.

Riverhead Recreation Department Superintendent Ray Coyne has announced that the town “will officially be opening the gate to the ice rink” at 2 p.m. Thursday.

It’s free to skate, but ice skates are not provided, Mr. Coyne said.

The rink will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until the temperature rises above 32 degrees, he said.

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01/11/13 3:00pm
01/11/2013 3:00 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The roller skating rink at Stotzky Park is ready to become an ice skating rink, if only the temperatures dip to allow the water to freeze.

Ice skating rink! Take Two!

Riverhead Town’s recreation department filled the roller skating rink at Stotzky Park this week with water in hopes of turning it into an ice skating rink when the weather gets cold enough.

That is, if the weather gets cold enough.

In mid-January last year, the rink was filled with water and ready to go, but the weather never got cold enough to produce ice, and no one ever actually ice skated on the makeshift ice rink.

The town paid about $5,000 for the portable ice rink, which basically is a liner, much like a swimming pool liner, along with some PVC piping, according to recreation superintendent Ray Coyne. It’s filled with a few inches of water, and officials are now waiting for that water to freeze.

“We’ve got water in it now,” Mr. Coyne said. “We kind of hope if gets cold at some point. Last year it did not get cold at all. This year, we hear it might get cold next week, and that’s what we’re hoping for.”

Temperatures are forecast near 50 degrees through the weekend. The ice needs to be below freezing temperature for several days in a row in order to get thick enough to skate on, he said.

“The plan is to leave it up until March, unless the weather is still freezing in March and we have ice,” Mr. Coyne said. “Then we’ll leave it up.”

Roller hockey groups usually rent the rink at least once a week, but they will be unable to do while the ice rink is in place, Mr. Coyne said.

Ice hockey also won’t be allowed on the rink, should it get cold enough to be an ice rink, he added.

“It will be just for free skating,” he said. “It will be open to the public, just as if you were skating on a pond. We’re not going to rent or sell skates. Just bring your own skates and skate on it like it was an open pond.”

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10/08/12 8:00am
10/08/2012 8:00 AM
Strut your Stuff, Denise Lucas, EPCAL, Isaac Dog Park

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Augie Doggie, a 1-year-old English cocker Spaniel belonging to Mimi and Dave Bristel of Flanders got a lot of attention Saturday in his sheriff’s deputy outfit.

Move the Animal Shelter’s latest event, called “Strut Your Pup,” was held Saturday afternoon at the town’s Isaac Dog Park in Calverton to raise funds to build a second dog park at Stotzky Park in Riverhead.

About two dozen people showed up with their dogs in tow, and about 10 of them dressed in costumes.

Move the Animal Shelter founder and event organizer Denise Lucas said all proceeds from the day’s events would be going toward a second dog park.

“Not a penny goes to the new shelter building, 100 percent goes to the new park which is planned for the back of Stotzky Park,” she said.

The group’s ultimate mission is to raise money to get a new town animal shelter built to replace the aging and often overcrowded shelter on Youngs Avenue, near the town dump.

Councilman Jim Wooten, who was also at the event, said there is enough land at Stotzky Park near Polish Town to make a dog park as large as Isaac Park, which is about a half an acre.

He said he recently walked Stotzky Park with town recreation department supervisor Ray Coyne.

“We looked at a spot by the back parking lot, near the soccer fields in a wooded area that marries up to the fire department land,” Mr. Wooten said.

Ms Lucas agreed that the goal at Stotzky is “to do exactly the same thing as here in Calverton.”

She noted that the fencing and infrastructure for Isaac Park cost $14,000, so she’ll be having many, many more events to raise the money.

Mr. Wooten said the area at Stotzky would be cleared by the town, but many trees would remain for shade for the dogs and their owners.

Ms. Lucas has had plans drawn up and a rendering of the proposed shelter building, which she said she and Mr. Wooten will be presenting to the town board at an upcoming work session.

They both said they would like to locate the new shelter behind the Isaac Dog Park treeline.

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06/21/12 3:52pm
06/21/2012 3:52 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Moving Up Day at Riverhead Country Day School.

Riverhead Country Day School on Columbus Avenue at Stotzky Park held moving up ceremonies for its 60 students Thursday morning.

The school was built 19 years ago through a grant the town received from the Community Development Agency. Three of the students in this year’s graduation class, started at the school as babies.

School director Cheryl Taormina marched the children out of the school to perform the “Pledge of Allegiance,” “God Bless America” and “The World is a Rainbow.”

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Ms. Taormina asked the students. Their answers? Princess fairy, doctor, mommy, chef, farmer, Batman, Spiderman, Ninja Power Ranger, police officer, princes doctor and Captain America.

After the graduation ceremony there was a ribbon cutting for the “Outdoor Learning Environment” that surrounds the school. The environment was created after two of the teachers, Teresa Bello and Michele Viccaro, traveled to California last year at their own expense to take a workshop modeled after a similar environment at the Roseville Community Preschool.

The outdoor space now has raised garden beds, a digging area, a stage, play areas, swings and a new blackboard, which was presented to Ms. Taormina by the families of the graduating class at the graduation ceremony.

The project was created by volunteers, with money raised by a community yard sale and items donated by Riverhead Building Supply, Riverhead Garden Club, DeLea Sod Farms, Hampton Sand and Gravel, Peconic Bay Materials, Whitney Tree and Cornell Cooperative Extension and Rick and Kristin Trojanowski, Bud Sexton and Alex Batyr families.

Trees were donated by the Gassar, Talbot and Gajowski families.

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