A peek inside this week’s News-Review

Cover photo: News-Review photographer Barbaraellen Koch snapped this photo of downtown Riverhead from the second story of Robert James Salon & Spa on East Main Street.


$567,000 grant will fund new vision for Main Street

Revitalizing blighted areas such as those along Riverhead’s Main Street corridor, which officials and community members have been trying to do for years, can be more complicated than just redeveloping properties parcel by parcel.

Page 1, posted online April 25

A kind life cut short; charges expected

Brian Costello of Mount Sinai “did not see race or status. Had no hate, no jealousy and no anger,” said his brother, Robert Costello. And he had always wanted to drive a car. In fact, he seemed to have loved everything about cars.

Page 1, posted online April 20, updated April 27

Wounded vets take bike tour with President George W. Bush

Riverhead’s own Sebastian “Sam” Cila has been selected as one of 14 seriously wounded Iraq or Afghanistan war veterans to bike alongside former President George W. Bush in a three-day, 100 kilometer ride through the mountains of Big Bend National Park in Texas.

Page 2, posted online April 22

Carney gets to set date for bond vote

The Riverhead school board voted Tuesday night to allow Superintendent Nancy Carney to set a date for the public to vote on a multimillion-dollar bond proposal to improve the district’s aging infrastructure.

Page 3, posted online April 28

Activist petition DA for dog shelter investigation

A cadre of animal lovers and civic activists is turning up the heat on Riverhead Town officials who have been dealing with mounting pressure to expel head animal control officer Lou Coronesi from the municipal dog shelter, where he oversees day-to-day operations.

Page 3, posted online April 25

Cardinale will run, maybe

Former Riverhead supervisor Phil Cardinale said this week that he will screen for the Democratic nomination for his old job. But whether he runs or not will depend on the strength of the candidates running with him — and the strength of the backing the party can provide for him.

Page 4, posted online April 28

80-year-old pushed down during theft

An 80-year-old greeter at the Riverhead WalMart was knocked to the ground Friday after asking to see the receipt of a homeless man who was attempting to leave the store after stealing a laptop computer.

Page 4, posted online April 26

Downtown mural set for makeover

The “Welcome to Riverhead” tractor mural on East End Arts Council property is about to get a face-lift.

Page 6, posted online April 21, updated April 28


Guest Spot: How our farmers saved the East End

If it weren’t for the tenacity and courage of a small band of North Fork farmers, some of whom have been working the land here for generations, all of us — on both forks — would be living in the shadow of nuclear plants with the same design as the destroyed plants that are devastating Japan.

Editorial: It’s about our way of life

Just a glance at a satellite image of Long Island will reveal the North Fork’s uniqueness. While the rest of Nassau and Suffolk counties is shrouded in green or even a sort of grayish color that represents the densest hamlets, the long stretch from Wading River to Orient appears as a patchwork of oranges, reds, browns and beiges.



Heads held high, Blue Waves push forward in first season

There are no manuals on how to guide a team through the ups and downs of its first year of varsity competition. You just go with your gut, keep your head up and roll with the punches.

Page 37, posted online April 26

Luppens blasts two HRs

Coming into the season Shoreham-Wading River coach Sal Mignano felt confident junior Danny Luppens could provide some offense for the Wildcats. The question was how to get him into the lineup.

Page 37, posted online April 26

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