08/08/13 6:00am
08/08/2013 6:00 AM

SCREENSHOT | Lorenza Leal came to America from Guerrero, Mexico in 2002 to start a family.

An ancient Mexican language called Mixteco — which originated, and is still spoken, in the mountainous regions of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Puebla — can be heard in area parks, stores and schools.

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06/29/13 3:31pm
06/29/2013 3:31 PM

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | News-Review reporters Cyndi Murray (left) and Carrie Miller compete in the fourth annual Cardboard Boat Race Saturday.

Long Islanders gathered Saturday in downtown Riverhead to watch paddlers compete against each other in the fourth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront.

The popular event was organized by the Riverhead Business Improvement District and hundreds of people lined the riverfront, enjoying a day of fun, food and friendly competition.

Riverhead News-Review reporters Carrie Miller and Cyndi Murray competed in the Grand National Regatta race. With a video camera strapped to the front of their boat, the duo recorded their race as they tried navigating through the water among more than a dozen boats.

Click on the video below for a first-person view of the race.

See more photos at northforker.com.

05/10/13 10:00am
05/10/2013 10:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOS | From left, Riverhead school board candidates Christopher Dorr, Amelia Lantz and Jeff Falisi met Wednesday night in Calverton.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOS | From left, Riverhead school board candidates Christopher Dorr, Amelia Lantz and Jeff Falisi met Wednesday night in Calverton.

Riverhead school board candidates introduced themselves to the community Wednesday at the Greater Calverton Civic Association’s meeting and answered questions.

Challenger Christopher Dorr of Baiting Hollow will face incumbents Jeff Falisi of Calverton and Amelia Lantz of Riverhead. There are two seats carrying three-year terms up for grabs on the seven-member board.

Residents will go to the polls to vote on the budget and school board election May 21.

Pick up the May 16 issue of the Riverhead News-Review for full coverage.

05/09/13 11:00am
05/09/2013 11:00 AM
Patricia Monzon, a nurse a PBMC Health demonstrates CPR compressions during Nurses Week's Community Health Fair on Wednesday | CARRIE MILLER PHOTO

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Patricia Monzon, a nurse a PBMC Health, demonstrates CPR compressions during Nurses Week’s Community Health Fair on Wednesday.

Peconic Bay Medical Center is celebrating National Nurses Week, taking time to thank the nurses who make up much of their healthcare services staff.

In honor of Nurses Week, PBMC Health is holding a Community Health Fair, free to all. It is being held in the hospital’s front lobby. Staff nurses will be on hand giving out information on medicine safety, community CPR, and a stroke awareness and blood pressure monitoring.

The Suffolk County Sheriffs Department will also be present to provide a car seat safety check.

Community Health Fair Schedule: Thursday, May 9

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Community CPR

10 a.m.-2 p.m.:  Stroke Awareness, Risk Factor Evaluation and Blood pressure Monitoring

1 p.m. -3 p.m.: Car Seat Safety Check

05/04/13 11:56am
05/04/2013 11:56 AM

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The male bumblebee (center) just watch as the workers buzz about.

Master beekeeper Chris Kelly of The Plantage in Mattituck has been teaching aspiring beekeepers the dos and don’ts of caring for bees for 10 years. And with over 40 years experience, he offers a lot of guidance.

The past several years have been tough on bees, and their keepers. Colony collapse, parasites and even pesticides are causing harmful effects, culminating in what some North Fork beekeepers said was just the toughest season to date.

Luckily, raised awareness of the bees’ recent difficulties has resulted in more people interested in becoming beekeepers.

But you don’t have to become a beekeeper to help these little pollinators.

Mr. Kelly explains how to help feed the bees.

02/09/13 3:21pm
02/09/2013 3:21 PM

A view toward the end of a time-lapse video that condensed 13 hours of footage into under five minutes.

Reader Matthew Graziano of Riverhead created this time-lapse video of the blizzard from Friday night into Saturday. Every five seconds a picture was taken. It added up to 13 hours of video condensed to just under five minutes.

By the end of the blizzard, Mr. Graziano — a 2006 Riverhead graduate — said there was 21 inches of snow.

It was the first time-lapse video he created, he said.

01/26/13 5:45pm
01/26/2013 5:45 PM
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.

01/26/13 10:23am
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Heather Riley, a 2008 Riverhead graduate,

CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Heather Riley, a 2008 Riverhead graduate, is a finalist for the Miss Long Island Pagaent.

Heather Riley is the first Riverhead native to be selected as a finalist in the Miss Long Island Pageant.

Miss Riley, 22, graduated from Riverhead High School in 2008 and with a partial athletic scholarship to the College of St. Rose in Albany.

She has decided to support Strength for Life, a non-profit that works to help cancer patients enhance their recover process through exercise.

The pageant will take place Aug. 11. at the Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts.