A sunny hike through the Pine Barrens in Manorville turned tragic for Boy Scout Troop 161 in September.
A seventh-grade Shoreham-Wading River Middle School student was killed and four others were injured after a drunken driver crashed into the troop as they walked along the shoulder of David Terry Road Sept. 30. READ
In October, North Fork Animal Welfare League moved into its new location on Church Lane in Aquebogue.
The six-acre site was formerly home to Scoshire Kennels, whose owners sold the property and retired. Referred to on their website as the “Taj Mahal of kennels,” the property boasts 24 interior kennel runs and 16 outdoor runs, along with exercise areas and showers for larger dogs. READ
Several more big box retailers announced closures in 2018, including Toys R Us in March and Kmart, which closed its doors Nov. 25.
The stores, once beacons for shoppers seeking blue light specials or the season’s hottest toy, have now joined the likes of Riverhead’s former Walmart, Sports Authority and Radio Shack franchises. READ
Riverhead police dog Rocky was killed in action Sept. 2 after the vehicle K-9 officer John Morris was operating crashed during a police pursuit. The dog was 8 years old.
Following his death, more than 40 K-9 officers and their dogs attended the funeral procession Sept. 10 at Veterans Memorial Park in Calverton to honor the German shepherd killed in the line of duty. READ
The closure of Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead shook the Catholic school community on the North Fork. READ