Hamptons league eyes Calverton for Tomcats games

03/11/2011 11:26 AM |
GARRETT MEADE FILE PHOTO | The 2010 Riverhead Tomcats watch their season come to an end.

GARRETT MEADE FILE PHOTO | The 2010 Riverhead Tomcats watch their season come to an end.

Hamptons Collegiate Baseball league organizers are interested in playing games at Riverhead’s new town fields at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.
If allowed to do so, the league would consider paying for improvements at the fields, said league organizer Henry Bramwell, who addressed the Town Board at its Thursday work session.

“It’s our hope to someday play up in Calverton,” Mr. Bramwell said. “We think it’s going to be a great spot. It will offer us a lot of opportunities because some of the things we do are free clinics where we have coaches and college players on hand to run these free clinics.”

The wooden-bat league, which makes up a division of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, is entering its third year playing on the East End. It consists of five teams based in Riverhead, Southold, Westhampton, Southampton and Sag Harbor, which play 40-game schedules.

There is no admission charge to watch the games and pro scouts are often present, Mr. Bramwell said.

The league, started by Montauk cattle rancher Rusty Leaver, is supposed to get $250,000 in state grant money over a five-year period, Mr. Bramwell said, but hasn’t seen any of that money. The state does want a memorandum of understanding from the town stating that if the league undertakes improvements at the park, that league has no ownership interest in the park, something both the town and the league agree to.

The Riverhead team, called the Riverhead Tomcats, has played most of its home games at the Riverhead High School field.
“Rusty wants to commit money from this grant to the Calverton field,” Mr. Bramwell said, although he couldn’t specify how the money would be spent or when it would become available.

Of course, the other big hurdle is getting the fields open.

Riverhead Town has run into roadblocks from the state Department of Transportation that have since been resolved, and additional roadblocks from the county health department, which is preventing the fields from opening because of sewage requirements.

“We need to figure out how we get to the point where we open it,” Supervisor Sean Walter said at the meeting.

Mr. Walter said the town has only $850,000 in recreation fee revenues on hand to cover all of the work planned for the proposed Calverton park, which already has completed baseball fields that can’t be used until the county permit is obtained.

“We’re going to have it open,” Mr. Walter assured.

Mr. Bramwell said the league prefers to hold games at night, but for now, Riverhead is not planning to install lights. But league member Bob Furlong mentioned that the group has contacts in the field lighting industry, and may be able to help in that effort down the line.

The supervisor said the town is “110 percent in favor” of having the Hamptons league hold games at EPCAL.

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  • why is he being charged with criminal possession of a weapon if according to your story if Mr Lamphere was “a convicted felon, Mr. Lamphere could legally posses the single-shot shotgun he carried” doesnt make much sense to me or did u mean couldn’t legally carry the single-shot shotgun???

  • ARTICLE 26 of the Agriculture & Markets Law


    § 353-a. Aggravated cruelty to animals.
    1. A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills a companion animal. Aggravated cruelty to animals is a felony.

    § 371. Powers of peace officers. A constable or police officer must, and any agent or officer of any duly incorporated society for the prevention of cruelty to animals may issue an appearance ticket pursuant to section 150.20 of the criminal procedure law, summon or arrest, and bring before a court or magistrate having jurisdiction, any person offending against any of the provisions of article twenty-six of the agriculture and markets law.

    Why hasn’t Lamphere been charged with cruelty to animals?

  • High School news papers are better then the news review

  • Better you than me.

  • This guy should have stayed with the winery tour…

  • So what are the repercussions for the retired cop who beat the hell out of this guy and killed his dog? Does he just get to skate away?

  • Because he was claiming self defense or did u not see that in ur cloud of smoke?… Puff puff the magic dragon

  • I hope the retired cop goes to jail!!! Nobody deserves to get beat like that. I would have shot the dog too If it were attacking me!!! There is obviously no case for animal cruelty!!! Go hug a tree..

  • a plague on both there houses.

  • Self Defense is a defense, that is an issue for a judge or jury, not for police to decide.

  • I guess no one is proof reading

  • The dog owner / alleged batterer is being prosecuted.

    There is an obvious case for animal cruelty. The law does not provide for prosecutorial discretion by the police or district attorney.

    It appears to be another clear case of law enforcement officials scoffing at animal cruelty laws.

  • A police dog that is trained to attack people, and a man carrying a gun. Do you think the dog was coming up to say hi?

  • The dog owner / alleged batterer is being prosecuted.

  • Another fine Eastern Long Island “hospital”, let’s build new wings but our gowns are old and holey.What a joke.

  • Are you assuming that Bear was “A police dog that is trained to attack people”?

    The news reports don’t seem to have covered that yet.

    Since he was unleashed I assume that Bear was not aggressive.

  • Are you people serious?!?! You see nothing wrong with a convicted felon carrying a shotgun with a deer slug less than 500 feet from homes where people live and children play? I think the beating was well justified and I hope the judge makes a fine example out of him.

  • bear was never aggressive..always with kids ..sorry u all r totaly wrong why dont u ppl youtube bear singing….thats what its called u tell me if thats a attack dog

  • “As a convicted felon, Mr. Lamphere cannot legally posses the single-shot shotgun he carried when hunting in Mattituck, said DEC spokesman Bill Fonda.”

    looks to me like it says “cannot”

  • Just wondering if you read the story The retired cop is the owner of the Dog, he was out walking in the rear of his property where Mr Lamphere was illegally hunting ,illegally carrying a loaded shot gun and illegally discharged the weapon

  • This is just one of the felonies Mr Lamphere has

  • The original story said “can.” It has since been corrected to read “cannot.”

  • http://www.albany-ny.org/psinfo/booking-03-11.pdf This Is also a link of what this guy was doing Just three days before Shooting this innocent animal

  • So this criminal from upstate comes down here to Mattituck to hunt deer and is right behind familes houses with an illegal gun ? Where was he staying?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBWuOH3ly7o here is a video of the dog that was MURDERED for no other reason then being out in this field behind the owners residence

  • Here is More of a question then a comment How in the world did a convicted felon decide to come to eastern long island to hunt ??? Where was he staying Who was he staying with?? Who gave him a gun to begin with ??? It states in the story he had no landowners permission hunt Did he just decide Oh this looks like a nice spot to go hunting?? Was it somebody in the Farmvue Community that invited a Convicted Felon with a Loaded gun to hunt the property That would seem very reckless to me

  • Word has it the dog was shot broadside. What kind of animal can “attack” sideways?

  • 4 people shot, a stabbing, and an assault. Yeah Mr. Gerson, “refreshing, live, and vibrant” are not the words I would choose to describe your establishment.

    Let’s shut this bitch down.

  • rocky points a quit town must of the time, u can still wake the streets at night without worrying about being stabbed…. and that’s a ware thing theses days…..rocky point doesn’t need this kind of club in our town!!!! that’s just my opinion…..

  • Eric, I hope you typed that with your thumbs, in the dark.

  • Oxygen is used to host college parties for Stony Brook University students. The night you are referring to was probably a college party, in which entrance requires you to be 18 or have a college ID. So they might have LOOKED young but were in fact atleast 18 years old. And individuals go back to their cars to drink before entering the club, not to take illegal substances. You’re right that this club should be removed since it has a history of altercations but I don’t see what the ethnicity of club-goers has to do with anything.

  • Oh Katherine you are so cute…you said”so they might of LOOKED young but were in fact at least 18 years old”. Ok here goes at least 18 means some were 17.Also if they are going back to their cars to Drink before entering and they are “AT LEAST 18YEARS OLD”Then they are taking illegal substance because the are drinking and not 21 years old….just sayin!

  • I thought there would have been pages and pages of comments on this story. Oh I thought it said “Say No To Walmart!” I guess Walmart isn’t looking so bad after all.

  • I’m not sure why you’re so focused on the race and ethnicity, it detracts from your message. Unless by Oriental you mean they looked like rugs.

  • …while drunk, with your hands superglued together, on a Blackberry with half the keyboard missing.

  • basically they do not belong out here, most locals will go to Tommys Place or Gracies, These people that “club” is bringing in to our town from out of the area, there are bars near Stony Brook that dont bring in this type of people. There is no parking for this club anyway, so how does the town give them a CO to operate. And since most of you seem to know who goes there and what goes on there, I must assume you hang out in this dump also. And Emton, I am not just focused on race and ethnicity, I am just describing who was attending this “club” and they do not live in this community, so let them party in the city or whereever they live, or perhaps one night you or a loved one will get hit by one of them heading home drunk, and you will think twice ! Close it down, its not needed here ! 4 less bullets in this town is ok with me !

  • Do you think the effects of drunk driving are limited to “black & hispanic patrons” and “Oriental looking women?” Are you suggesting that locals never drive after drinking? I think you would be just as upset if you lost a loved one to an alcohol related crash regardless of who was behind the wheel. Also, from your account it sounds as if the women took a cab to the bar, which indicates that they have made plans to transport their drunk assess responsibly.

  • Thank you, I have said locally the same thing. RP as a community can get together and protest a Walmart or sidewalks on King Rd. but this man has been allowed to continually operate establishments of this type where violence has occurred SEVERAL times under different names and yet I hear nothing! And @Emton….if you knew how things are run in the city you would have understood the relevance of being curious at a group of young looking oriental women entering the club from a van all at once. I am not saying that this particular incident was of that nature, as it may have very well been Stonybrook students, but it is well known in the city what that could mean. And if you don’t know what I am talking about, get informed at the way these women are exploited and abused. Stop showing your ignorance by berating another concerned citizen for their spelling and GET INVOLVED. This is not just a club for college students. It is a common practice to bus people in from out west and tell them that this is their “affordable night on the east end.” College students don’t go around packing weapons in anticipation of a deadly confrontation. How many other college hotspots are there on LI? MANY and they don’t have the same level of consistent violence.

  • As of today the place is closed, combined efforts of Lesko, Anker, LaValle should end Oxygen once and for all, we’ll see. I am not in favor of expansion of downtown RP, over barring an area or over extending the business district, in the future, will cause nothing but problems. Keep RP safe and simple, as it has always been. Residents on the side roads of RP do not want business district traffic parking in front of their homes.

  • Until we can say with 100% certainty that no bar/nightclub will ever be able to operate there, this is a hollow victory. Here’s a thought . . . . . why can’t the same people who vigorously oppose Walmart and the like in RP ban together and solicit the town to purchase the parcel and turn it into green space (911 Memorial???) thereby removing the blight on our community and have a space for all of RP residents to enjoy.

  • JANE BONNER should be included in that list of politicians who put forth the effort to close this place down.

  • You’re generalizing, and insinuating that the only acceptable group of Asian-Americans is one from Stony Brook. You can’t pretend to be concerned with the exploitation of a group of women while at the same time tell us that they are not welcome in your neighborhood because all they do is invite crime.

    Clubs like this suck… underage drinking, assaults, shootings, etc. are unacceptable. Blame the club’s owner, blame the perpetrators, praise the town for making a responsible decision today… But don’t blame the bystanders and victims.

    I think “berating” might be a bit strong, either that, or you haven’t cracked a smile in 50 years. Lighten up, Jodie!

  • yes some are probably 17, but they have a college ID. they are in college, it is a college party.

  • just because they don’t live out here they’re not allowed to party out here? this may not be their hometown but technically they actually do live out here because they dorm as students in Stony Brook University. like I said before, I’m all for closing this place down because of the dangerous situations that keep occuring, but i think the way these students are being described is unnecessary.

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    Marie Lindell

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