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JOHN NEEELY FILE PHOTO | Calverton National Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Monday.

JOHN NEEELY FILE PHOTO | Calverton National Cemetery will host its annual Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Monday.

In keeping with tradition, Memorial Day will be observed Monday with a series of parades and ceremonies across the North Fork and Riverhead Town.

The following is Monday’s schedule of events: (more…)

02/24/15 8:00am
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Volunteer firefighters practicing ice rescues in Mattituck. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A volunteer firefighter giving a hand signal to rescue workers on shore during an ice rescue drill Monday night in Mattituck. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

The Jamesport and Mattituck fire departments ran an ice rescue drill Monday night at the southern end of Mattituck Inlet, where volunteers practiced pulling victims out of a frigid pool of ice dug into the creek.

Mattituck Fire Department Chief Steve Libretto said this winter’s historically cold temperatures have created very thick ice on waterways, making for ideal conditions for these types of drills. (more…)

05/23/14 11:39am
05/23/2014 11:39 AM

A Riverhead detective investigates the remains of a minivan involved in Friday morning’s serious car accident on Main Road in Jamesport (Credit: Paul Squire)

UPDATE (May 24): An 82-year-old woman involved in a two-car accident in Jamesport Friday died from her injuries, a Stony Brook University Medical Center spokesman confirmed. Marjorie Case of Aquebogue was driving a 2010 Lexus east on Main Road when she lost control of her car and crashed into a Honda minivan.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Massachusetts man and his three sons are expected to be transferred to Stony Brook University hospital after being injured in Friday morning’s serious two-car accident in Jamesport, Riverhead police said.

The other driver in the crash is also being treated at the hospital for “serious injuries,” while the mother of the three boys is recuperating after undergoing treatment in Riverhead, according to a police statement.

Police said 82-year-old Marjorie Case of Aquebogue was driving a 2010 Lexus east on Main Road when she lost control of the car around a turn and drifted into the oncoming lane, smashing into a Honda minivan driven by 47-year-old Thomas Devlin of Massachusetts.

Fire Departments from across the East End responded to the scene, including Jamesport, Riverhead, Mattituck, Southold and Cutchogue. Firefighters cut open the Lexus door and cut off the roof of the minivan to reach victims trapped inside.

Flanders-Northampton and Riverhead ambulance volunteers also assisted.

Ms. Case was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center and later transfered to Stony Brook University hospital with “serious injuries,” according to a police statement.

Mr. Devlin, his wife Mairead, and the couple’s three sons  — ages 7, 11, and 13 — were all taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center.

The couple’s three children who were injured were “alert” at the scene, said Riverhead police Lt. David Lessard.

A woman from Mattituck driving behind the minivan said she pulled over after the accident to try to assist. The woman — a nurse who gave her name as Diane — said the man and woman in the minivan told her that they just had just gotten off the ferry and were headed to a baseball tournament.

A Jamesport man said he heard the crash while in his garden nearly a mile away.

The stretch of Main Road opened to traffic about 2:30 p.m. after a three-hour accident investigation. New York State police has since taken over the investigation; no arrests are expected at this time, police said.

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01/16/14 9:28am
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RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | Police investigate the scene of a fatal accident Thursday morning in Laurel.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in a motor vehicle accident just east of the Riverhead Town line early Thursday morning, police and fire officials confirmed.

Authorities said Riverhead and Southold police were originally called to the scene a few hundred feet east of the Laurel Post Office shortly before 5:45 a.m.

Jamesport Fire Department’s heavy rescue team and the Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded but the scene was turned over to Mattituck’s rescue squad when it was determined that the crash had happened within their jurisdiction, fire officials said.

Two vehicles were involved in the accident, an SUV and a sedan.

At least one victim had become trapped, fire officials said. Southold Police said the pedestrian was jogging on Main Road. The drivers of the two vehicles were not injured, police said.

JOE WERKMEISTER PHOTO | Southold Police deployed its new command van to the scene of Thursday’s accident. It was the first official use of the van.

Mattituck firefighters closed Main Road in both directions while the scene was cleared; the road remains closed while Southold police investigate.

Police  expect the road to remain closed through the morning. Southold police deployed its brand new command van for its first official use.

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s office is also on scene to help investigate.

Southold Police Department said it would release more details from the accident shortly.

04/19/13 11:32pm
04/19/2013 11:32 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Firefighters put out a house fire in Jamesport Friday night.

Jamesport Fire Department volunteers quickly put out house fire on Lockitt Drive that started while the occupants of the home were away Friday night.

“We had gone out and when we got back home, we heard the fire alarms and saw the smoke,” said Dieter Schwarz, who lives at the home with his wife, Laurie, and step-daughter Amanda.

“We called 911 and then we started getting our animals out,” he said.

The animals rescued were a dog, three cats, three birds and four turtles.

Mr. Schwarz said the home was filled with smoke when they opened the doors. They noticed the fire at about 8:45 p.m, he said.

Jamesport fire chief Duffy Griffiths said about 50 volunteer firefighters responded with help from the Mattituck Fire Department, which was on standby at the scene. The Riverhead Fire Department sent a rapid response team of veteran firefighters trained to rescue firefighters who may run into difficulty fighting the flames.

“We knocked it down real quick,” chief Griffiths said.

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance also was on the scene, although no one was injured and all of the animals were accounted for.

Mr. Schwarz said they breathed in smoke while looking for the animals but were OK.

The fire started in the back wall of the building, although the cause had yet to be determined, chief Griffiths said.

Mr. Schwarz said it appears to have started near a basement dryer, although he said the dryer wasn’t on while they were away.

Riverhead fire marshal Dave Andruszkiewicz is investigating the fire’s cause.

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TIM GANNON PHOTO | Firefighters put out a house fire in Jamesport Friday night.

04/09/13 3:04pm
04/09/2013 3:04 PM

TIM GANNON PHOTO | A small brush fire in Laurel Tuesday brings to light the growing danger this time of year to brush fires, a year after the massive wildfire in Manorville, Calverton and Ridge.

Firefighters from the Mattituck and Cutchogue departments put out a brush fire deep in the woods off Kirkup Drive in Laurel Tuesday afternoon.

The fire, which was called in about 1 p.m., was in a cedar tree farm southwest of the Juniper Hill greenhouses.

Firefighters had it out shortly after it 2 p.m., but it brings it to light how this is the worst time of year for brush fires, according to Mattituck Fire Chief Vinnie Tirelli.

“The county just upgraded it to high alert,” he said. “Everything is perfect for brush fires. With this one, the wind picked up right when I got here and ran the fire [in another direction].”

The Mattituck department responded with two engines, a tanker and an ambulance, and Cutchogue brought a brush truck, Mr. Tirelli said.

No one was injured, he said.

Tuesday’s brush fire occurred exactly one year after the large brush fire that burned more than 1,000 acres in Manorville, Ridge and Calverton last year.

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