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.
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.
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.
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.
CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Martha Clara Vineyards hosts a Vines and Canines event where people can bring their dogs along for a tour.
Martha Clara Vineyards is beginning its third year of Vines and Canines, a dog friendly day where guests can bring their canine along as they explore the vineyard on an informative tour. The vineyard hosts the walk roughly twice a month and it lasts about 45 minutes, giving pets an opportunity to play with other dogs, said Kelly Tuthill, tour guide and event assistant for Martha Clara.
The Riverhead vineyard asks that participants bring a dog food item to donate to local shelters in need. After superstorm Sandy, all donations were given to a shelter in New Jersey.
“We try to do them as often as we can,” Ms. Tuthill said. “It is always great to help.”
The next Vines and Canines event will be 11 a.m. Jan. 27. To find future dates you can visit the Martha Clara website.
When looking to relax after a long stressful day, it’s best to avoid rooms painted yellow or red.
At least that’s the conclusion Pulaski Street School sixth-grader Cole Seuling drew from his science project, titled “Don’t Paint the Psych Ward Red.”
The experiment won first place last Thursday at the Riverhead school’s annual science fair, for which hundreds of fifth- and sixth-grade students entered projects in both the demonstration and scientific method categories, which sought to either demonstrate or prove scientific principles.
For Cole’s project, he and a few friends and family members sat in a dark room for several minutes and then were shown one of four colors — red, blue, yellow and green. Their blood pressure was measured before and after the experiment. He found that red and yellow raised his subjects’ blood pressure rates, while colors like blue and green lowered blood pressure.
He displayed the final results with a color-coded graph.
While Cole took top honors in his grade’s scientific method competition, Luke Zuhoski won first place in the same category for fifth-graders.
The two boys will go on to compete in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Science Fair on May 7. The second place winners, sixth-grader Zachary Bozuhoski and fifth-grader Kenny Rothwell, will compete in the competition as well.
Sixth-grade teacher Linda Wallace said making the projects gives students a deeper understanding of how to formulate and test a hypothesis, which are skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
“It’s an extension of the whole-year process of [studying] the scientific method,” Ms. Wallace said. “The kids get to come up with their own idea and build on it.”
Many of the projects helped students think about science and how it relates to the environment around them.
Endi Figueroa demonstrated his knowledge of the water purification process using carbon, cotton and gravel, and won first place in the demonstration category.
Zachary Bozuhoski took home second place in the scientific method category by testing whether or not a renewable energy source like a piece of fruit can power a light longer than a double A battery.
And what did he learn?
“That limes can power simple electronic devices such as LED lights,” he said.
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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Endi Figuergoa, 12, of Riverhead and his experiment which demonstrates the water purification process using active carbon.