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Top Stories 2015: Our favorite stories from the past year

The reporters and editors at the Riverhead News-Review have covered a lot of stories this year. We asked our staff for their favorites:

Grant_BW-150x150“Loved reading about downtown Riverhead’s second-generation business owners. Those men and women have seen it all.”

Grant Parpan, Executive editor

JoeP_BW-150x150“The story of Jack Crowley, the Wading River teen who was hit by a line drive and died — and was later revived with the help of an automatic external defibrillator. It included how the community has lobbied the school for more AEDs.”

Joseph Pinciaro, Editor

Rachel_BW-150x150“The profile on Jerry Steiner, a longtime downtown Riverhead businessman and all-around interesting guy who made the decision to close up shop this year.”

Rachel Young, Reporter

Laura_BW-150x150“Joe Werkmeister’s column on the Queens family that descended on a Wading River home. The column reminded me of what can happen when we approach situations with kindness, understanding and a sense of humor.”

Laura Huber, Editorial assistant

Cerria“Joe Pinciaro’s column on his real name, Cesidio. My birth certificate says – Cerria Siobhan Orientale. I was one of four kids and the rest are named Gerard, Maureen, and Michael.”

Cerria Torres, Sales coordinator

Jen_BW-150x150“The story about Sue Condreras’ German shepherd, Rocket, competing in the Westminster Dog Show. He was going to become a search and rescue dog, but found a calling as a show dog instead.”

Jen Nuzzo, Associate editor

Vera_BW-150x150“Loved reading about valedictorians who all graduated on the North Fork decades apart. Their lives shared a few common themes in how they had relatives that were also valedictorians, they left the North Fork to pursue their careers and they pursued philanthropic interests.”

Vera Chinese, North forker editor

Squire_Paul_full_size“Four thousand songs and 111 hours later, Riverhead’s own Darren Stakey set Guinness World Records for the longest performance while singing and playing a piano. Even better was the cause he was supporting: Autism awareness.”

Paul Squire, Web editor

SuffolkTimes-4367“The Guardian Angels coverage. I like the continued coverage of this subject because whether you are for or against the Angels being in our communities, we definitely needed to be informed about it. “

Sonja Reinholt Derr, Sales and marketing director

Andrew_BW-150x150“I loved the story bringing to life how Riverhead’s Joseph Guiliano earned a Purple Heart during WWII.  The print story was incredibly compelling and the video component with several other area veterans also really connected with me.”

Andrew Olsen, Publisher

Nicole Smith_C“Being a graduate of Shoreham-Wading River High School, seeing the football team grace the cover again as Long Island Champions was tops for me. No team deserves it more.”

Nicole Smith, Reporter

Lauren 2“I loved the story about new farmers and the challenges they face, especially those who didn’t grow up on farms. I’m the daughter of a farmer, and it’s heartening to think that agriculture can continue to thrive on the North Fork.”

Lauren Sisson, Senior associate editor