BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The F-14 on display at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton.
The F-14 and A-6E fighter jets on loan from the U.S. Navy and on display at Grumman Memorial Park in Calverton will receive much-needed repairs this week, Riverhead Town officials have announced.
After concerns raised by Calverton civic members and a News-Review article in May highlighting the planes’ deteriorating condition, the town is partnering with Nassau County’s Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City to make the proper repairs.
“I wish to express my utmost appreciation to the Cradle of Aviation Museum for providing the volunteer labor necessary to provide the necessary facelift to the F-14 and A-6 Navy aircraft,” Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said in a statement. “This memorial recognizes the significant efforts that Grumman employees played in the history of both the Town of Riverhead and the entire United States of America. I am thrilled that we are able to keep the park open in a pristine manner that is deserving of those who served our country.”
Volunteers, many of them Grumman retirees, will provide their services free of charge for the cleanup. The Town will supply the paint and other materials, such as ladders, a power washer and a bucket truck.
The work on both the F-14 and A-6 aircraft is scheduled to take place Friday.
COURTESY PHOTO | Riverhead High School Naval Instructor Lt/Col Peter McCarthy (left), Cadet Harold Hubbard (center) and district Commander John Skarin at a ceremony in the high school.
Riverhead NJROTC Cadet Harold Hubbard of Jamesport has been selected for the prestigious Navy ISR Scholarship.
The $180,000 scholarship applies to the college of Harold’s choice.
The news was delivered by district Commander John Skarin Tuesday morning.
ISR stands for “Immediate Scholarship Reservation.” Harold was one of just six students in the Riverhead NJROTC’s area district — which includes Northern New Jersey, New York City, parts of Westchester and Long Island — to be chosen for this scholarship.
In addition to the scholarship award, Harold and Cadet Nicholas Deschamps attended the highly selective General Tommy Franks Four Star Leadership Academy for a week in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Harold also attended a week-long Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) seminar at Embry Riddle University in Daytona Beach, Fla., a trip that was fully funded by the Navy. This all came after he was chosen as the boys’ state representative from Riverhead High School and spent a week in June at SUNY Morrisville. This event was sponsored by the Riverhead American Legion.
He plans to study aeronautical engineering in college and hopes to become a pilot.