05/10/13 12:00pm
05/10/2013 12:00 PM
PBMC Health grant writer Max Comando of Jamesport, 24,  tests out the weighted Hula Hoops that will be used Saturday for the kids contest at the Garden Festival from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Staples Shopping Center on Route 58 in Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  PBMC Health grant writer Max Comando of Jamesport, 24, tests out the weighted hula hoops that will be used Saturday for the kids contest at the Garden Festival form 1 to 3 p.m. at the Staples Shopping Center on Route 58 in Riverhead.

Flower lovers take note — the 18th Annual Garden Festival hosted by Peconic Bay Medical Center kicked off Thursday and will continue all weekend in Riverhead.

Forty East End growers will be selling everything from trees and bushes to flowers and bedding plants, which will be available at three different locations. Plant experts from the Cornell Cooperative Extension and Garden Center will be on hand to provide festival goers with green-thumb advice. Briermere Farm pies and Holey Moses cheesecakes will also be on sale.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit Project Fit America, a non-profit organization promoting cardiovascular health and fitness programs at elementary schools nation wide.

PBMC Health has partnered with Project Fit America to launch the program at Riverhead School District elementary schools, the first Project Fit America program in New York. Its health and fitness program has been used at schools in 42 other states.

All five elementary schools in the Riverhead district will benefit from the program.

To start promoting health and fitness, a weighted hula hoop contest for kids will take place every 15 minutes from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Staples Shopping Center on Route 58 in Riverhead Saturday. Winners from each round will take home a free potted plant for Mother’s Day.

The Garden Festival will take place May 9-12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Staples Shopping Center in Riverhead and Green Lawn in Westhampton Beach.

It will also take place May 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at PBMC Health Manorville Campus located at 496 Route 111S in Manorville.

For more information call (631) 548-6080 or visit pbmchealth.org.

cmiller@timesreview.com

04/05/13 2:07pm
04/05/2013 2:07 PM

CYNDI MURRAY PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters extinguished a burning aircraft during a drill Thursday night at Gabreski Airport.

The Riverhead Fire Department trained to extinguish a burning aircraft at Gabreski Airport Thursday night. The three-hour drill was the first of its kind for the department, which has a mutual-aid agreement with the base.

Conducted by the 106th Air Rescue Wing, the drill prepares crews to control flames and rescue passengers in the event of a fiery airplane crash. Thirty Riverhead firefighters, joined by members of the Manorville Fire Department, took turns battling the fire, which was set to the mobile aircraft simulator using 750 gallons of propane. The simulator, provided by Kellogg Community College in Michigan, replicates a 50-foot fuselage with severe structural damage.

Over the past several days crews from Flanders, East Quogue, Quogue, Eastport, and Westhampton Beach participated in the drill. The simulator will now travel to Florida to continue training firefighters with similar drills across the nation.

cmurray@timesreview.com

09/10/12 8:30am
09/10/2012 8:30 AM

A two-car crash at a Riverside intersection Sunday led to the arrest of a 21-year-old unlicensed driver for fleeing the scene, Southampton Town police said.

And in this case, the cops got help from the accident victim, who had tailed the fleeing pickup to Westhampton Beach after the 11:40 a.m. crash at Flanders Road and Ludlam Avenue, police said.

Police had arrived to the crash scene when they were notified the driver of a black pickup had fled, and that he was being followed by the other driver, officials said in a release.

Also with the help of Westhampton Village police, Southampton Town cops soon located both vehicles on Montauk Highway near Rogers Lane, where officers arrested the pickup truck driver, Marco Antonio Cruz of Riverside.

Mr. Cruz was charged with leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, unlicensed operation of vehicle, and for having only one plate.

He was being held at Southampton police headquarters for a morning arraignment.

The other driver was taken by Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance volunteers to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

10/18/11 6:31pm
10/18/2011 6:31 PM

BOB LIEPA PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River sophomore Aimee Manfredo prevailed in a three-hour three-setter to claim the Division IV singles title.

Patience is not exactly Aimee Manfredo’s forte.

Manfredo has a number of qualities that make her a formidable tennis player. She hits a ball with gusto, giving it everything she has. She can make shots from sharp angles. She is an efficient server.

But patience? That doesn’t appear to be part of her makeup. The Shoreham-Wading River High School sophomore wants to finish points ASAP. The sooner, the better.

“I do dislike testing my patience because I’m not a patient person,” she said. “I like to end the point. I like to be the one hitting the winners.”

Manfredo and her patience were both put to the test on Tuesday. The biggest match of her career was not played the way she would have preferred, but she couldn’t complain about the result.

Manfredo was one game from defeat in the second set, but survived that and prevailed over Mattituck senior Erica Bundrick, 5-7, 7-5, 6-3, in the Suffolk County Division IV singles final on an unseasonably warm October afternoon in Shoreham. In a match that lasted about three hours, Manfredo (17-1) had no choice but to be patient.

“Maybe if I was more patient it wouldn’t have gone to a third set,” she said.

The fact that it did, however, is a testament to Manfredo’s fighting spirit. She proved herself capable of performing under pressure.

Bundrick (12-3) employed a defensive strategy of safe shots and high lobs in an attempt to counter Manfredo’s all-out, hard-swinging style. It worked to some degree, producing long rallies. Bundrick took the first three games of the match and used that momentum to claim the first set. Manfredo, who made 41 unforced errors to 15 by Bundrick, found herself trailing, 5-3, in the second set, yet composed herself and took the final four games of the set by a combined score of 16-3.

BOB LIEPA PHOTO | Mattituck senior Erica Bundrick employed a conservative approach in the division final.

“When [Bundrick] was up 5-3 in the second set, she needed to come out firing,” Mattituck coach Jim Christy said. “Aimee basically won the match because she fired away, and when she was in a hole, she didn’t back off. She just said, ‘I got to up my game,’ and to her credit, she did. Aimee hit the ball the way she’s supposed to hit it at the time she had to hit that way, and she did that at big moments.”

The match swung in Manfredo’s favor. “It was a great weight lifted off my shoulders after I won that second set,” she said.

It showed in her play, too. The unforced errors are partially a product of Manfredo’s aggressive approach, but she also hit some remarkable shots. Bundrick somehow managed to get a racket on some of them to keep the ball in play.

“It surprised me that she got to a lot of balls,” Manfredo said. “There were a couple of times when I had her on the run, and I was like: ‘Yeah, oh! I have to hit another shot.’ ”

Bundrick’s skill at returning the ball tested Manfredo’s patience further.

Serving consistency was in Manfredo’s favor. She committed only three double faults, and her percentage on first and second serves was 80 percent and 93 percent, respectively. Bundrick double faulted 14 times. Her first- and second-serve percentages were 66 and 60.

But Bundrick’s downfall, more than anything else, might have been her reluctance to attack balls near the net when the opportunities presented themselves. For her part, Manfredo showed no reluctance going for winners.

“What is fascinating is she swings about as hard as she can swing,” Christy said. “She never lets up.”

What was Bundrick’s take on the match?

“I think I played pretty good,” she said. “I had a chance in the second set to pull it out, but she just played really good toward the end of that” set.

Manfredo stuck to a game plan that Shoreham-Wading River coach Debbie Lutjen declined to outline in case the two players meet again in the county tournament. Lutjen said Manfredo’s determination and will won the day for her.

“She did not give up,” the coach said. “Aimee was able to be patient enough to wait for her openings.”

Manfredo is 6-1 in her career against Bundrick. The only time Bundrick beat her was in the quarterfinals of last year’s division tournament.

After the final point was scored Tuesday, Manfredo looked happy and relieved.

“I just feel so happy right now after that,” she said. “It’s a great accomplishment.”

MERCY DOUBLES TEAM LOSES IN FINAL Erica Blanco and Shannon Merker of Bishop McGann-Mercy reached the Division IV doubles final before bowing out to the Westhampton Beach duo of Remy Kneski and Sammi Vickers, 6-3, 6-3. Blanco, a senior, and Merker, a sophomore, have a 14-3 record.

bliepa@timesreview.com

07/18/11 11:40pm
07/18/2011 11:40 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mairead Glynn of Bishop McGann-Mercy is a slashing forward with a fondness for driving to the basket.

Rebounding from the loss of its top rebounder, Amy Boden, one area that the Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School girls basketball team should not have to worry about, interestingly enough, is the rebounding department.

Thank you, Mairead Glynn. Thank you, Elizabeth Hartmann.

The Monarchs could count on nine rebounds per game last season from Boden, who was a four-year varsity player before graduating this past spring. Coach Jacki Paton doesn’t have to worry about where the rebounds will come from in Boden’s absence, though. Glynn and Hartmann have shown that they can get boards, even if the two senior forwards go about it in different ways.

While the 5-foot-8 Glynn uses her athleticism and jumping ability to grab the ball, the 5-6 Hartmann relies on positioning and power. Both styles have worked.

“For Elizabeth’s size, she’s a phenomenal workhorse,” Paton said. “She reads the ball extremely well and gets herself physically in a good position and works for it. Mairead will outjump people to get rebounds, not necessarily doing the physical boxing out first. One’s more of a physical player, one’s more of a finesse player. They’re completely opposite in the way they play.”

Hartmann, a Mattituck resident with two seasons of varsity experience behind her, was an occasional starter last season. Glynn, who lives in Hampton Bays, was a reserve in her first varsity season as a junior. Both, however, are expected to figure prominently in the team’s plans for 2011-12.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Bishop McGann-Mercy's Karlin McIntyre tried to beat Westhampton Beach's Brooke Alpert on the dribble.

“They’ll definitely be getting a lot of playing time, those two,” Paton said. “Instead of one person, [the rebounds] will be distributed across the board. They’ll all get their own pieces.”

A junior, Danielle Gehring of Cutchogue, should also help out on the glass.

Glynn has played basketball since she was in third grade and is a former point guard with ballhandling skills. She has shown confidence in her play.

“She’s a very talented player,” Paton said. “The more she plays, the more she gets comfortable. She had those moves since her freshman year. It’s getting the confidence.”

The physicality of varsity basketball was a revelation for Glynn last season. “I didn’t realize how tough it would be down low, and Amy Boden helped me a lot with that,” she said.

Like Hartmann, Glynn is a volleyball player as well, but she said she has a passion for basketball and enjoys plucking down rebounds. She is a slashing player, anything but a typical low-post player.

“It’s tough sometimes going up against girls who are bigger than me, but I think I can definitely improve a lot more,” she said. “I think I need to be tougher down low. I think I improved a lot over the season, but there’s definitely a lot more room for improvement.”

Hartmann was presented with the team’s most improved player the past two years. Her demeanor on the court provides a stark contrast to the one shown off it.

“Even though she’s funny and jokes all the time, she’s very intense and focused on the court,” said Paton.

Nobody has to tell Hartmann that rebounds don’t come easily. It’s hard work, and one of the things the Monarchs are ironing out in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League.

“That’s just one thing we’re going to have to work on, and we’re just going to have to box out more because boxing out will help us get rebounds,” Hartmann said. “I think for us, starting without one of our top rebounders [Boden], we’re doing pretty good.”

Glynn and Hartmann were McGann-Mercy’s leading rebounders with seven and six, respectively, in a 28-15 loss to the Westhampton Beach Hurricanes in a summer league game Monday evening at Patchogue-Medford High School. In addition, Glynn scored a team-leading nine points. One of her four offensive rebounds came off a missed free throw that she turned into a putback.

Glynn also showed some nice moves around the basket. On one occasion she attempted a reverse layup that failed to go down, prompting her to scream.

“That happens every game, and I scream after every attempt,” she said.

Glynn hasn’t made a reverse layup in the summer league this season, but she is still working on it.

She said, “I’m going to try to get it by the end of the season.”

bliepa@timesreview.com