RiverheadLOCAL http://riverheadlocal.com News and events for Riverhead, New York Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:15:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 77146263 Aquebogue Elementary School transforms into teddy bear clinic for the day http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/28/aquebogue-elementary-school-transforms-teddy-bear-clinic-day/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:15:23 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102167 Kindergartners at Aquebogue Elementary School become doctors for the day and treat "injured" stuffed animals in a program sponsored by the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.]]>

On Thursday afternoon, the library at Aquebogue Elementary School was temporarily transformed into an emergency care facility — for stuffed animals. And all of the “doctors” were kindergarteners.

It was Teddy Bear Clinic day at the school and educators from the Stony Brook Trauma Center were on hand to teach the children about personal safety using a program sponsored by Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.

The program began with a review of injury prevention and basic safety: a reminder to the children how important it is to buckle up, wear a bike helmet and sit in the back seat of a car. 

Afterwards the children donned surgical gloves, masks and hats to perform first aid procedures on stuffed bears, cats and even a wolf. They filled out medical forms, wrapped bandages around injured paws and comforted their “injured” pals. 

“It’s a great program,” said principal Phil Kent, who was on had to assist the young doctors. “It helps them to learn about their bodies, about being safe and responsible and teaches them the importance of taking care of themselves.”

Once all the animals were cared for, the doctors and their patients posed for a group photo.

“It’s fun and that’s what school should be,” said teacher Keri Stromski. “They should be learning through play and through fun and that’s what we’re bringing back.”

SoutholdLOCAL photos by Katharine Schroeder

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Monarchs blanked by Southold, 6-0 http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/28/monarchs-blanked-southold-6-0/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:14:43 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102270 Southold was in control on the softball diamond yesterday at McGann-Mercy, shutting out the Monarchs 6-0. Game action photos by George Faella.]]>

McGann-Mercy wanted a little payback today following their one-run loss to Southold on April 5. Their ace, Sarah Penny, was on the mound ready to throw some heat, but Southold had other ideas. Their bats were hot and they had a 1-0 lead after one inning.

The Southold defense came to play too, as did their ace Ashley Hilary, who was in the zone with her pitching. Southold chased Penny by the third inning, after adding another two runs to bring the score to 3-0. Penny was replaced by Izzy Sorgi. It wasn’t much better, as Southold managed another three runs to make it 6-0 on some fancy hitting by Kathleen Tuthill and Hannah Sutton. McGann-Mercy tried to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh, but was shut down by Southold. Final score: 6-0.

McGann-Mercy next plays Shelter Island at home on Saturday at 11 a.m.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by George Faella

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Happy Birthday April 28 http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/28/happy-birthday-april-28-4/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:52:34 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102266 happy-birthday-postmark

HAPPY BIRTHDAY APRIL 28 to…Deborah Goroleski…Roger Rose…Pat Hoblin…Darshan Gandhi…Joseph Goetz…Jenn O’Connor…Elaine Simms…Debra Fischer

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OLA of Eastern Long Island contrata a una nueva Coordinadora de Compromiso Civico http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/27/ola-eastern-long-island-contrata-una-nueva-coordinadora-de-compromiso-civico/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:24:56 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102262 OLA of Eastern Long Island, una organizaciÛn sin ·nimo de lucro fundada en el 2002 que promueve el desarrollo econÛmico, social, cultural y educativo de la comunidad Latina en el East End, anunciÛ esta semana la contrataciÛn de Gabriela Cabrera como su coordinadora de compromiso cÌvico. La meta es ìexpandir el importante trabajo no partidario […]]]>

OLA of Eastern Long Island, una organizaciÛn sin ·nimo de lucro fundada en el 2002 que promueve el desarrollo econÛmico, social, cultural y educativo de la comunidad Latina en el East End, anunciÛ esta semana la contrataciÛn de Gabriela Cabrera como su coordinadora de compromiso cÌvico.

La meta es ìexpandir el importante trabajo no partidario que busca educar, energizar y activar a los votantes latinos del East End,î dijo Minerva Perez, la directora ejecutiva de OLA. Ella seÒalÛ tambiÈn que se enfocaran en las elecciones hÌper locales, desde las juntas escolares y de ayuntamientos hasta el congreso.

La nueva coordinadora de compromiso cÌvico, cuyo objetivo es motivar a que la gente vote, se enfocara en la comunidad latina.

ìAhora mismo los latinos como grupo est·n sub representados,î dijo Cabrera. ìNecesitamos tomar los pasos adecuados para que ellos se involucren a nivel local y aprendan a votar,î explicÛ ella.

Llegar a contactar con votantes latinos que ya est·n registrados es una de las prioridades inmediatas, especialmente teniendo en cuenta las elecciones de las juntas escolares locales del prÛximo 16 de mayo.

ìNo sÈ de ninguna organizaciÛn [local] que enfoque su atenciÛn en motivar e informar a la gente sobre las elecciones hÌper locales,î dijo PÈrez quien en el pasado trabajÛ brevemente en una campaÒa polÌtica del ayuntamiento de Southampton y que conoce de cerca lo difÌcil que es hacer que la gente vote en elecciones locales.

La organizaciÛn empezar· por educar a la gente mediante volantes sobre ìComo Votarî que ser·n distribuidos en espaÒol e inglÈs y que se encargar·n de explicar todos los pasos del proceso de registraciÛn y voto y proveer·n una lista de las candidaturas que est·n abiertas en cada distrito. La entidad tambiÈn busca atraer y movilizar voluntarios que puedan ayudarles en sus esfuerzos de llamar y educar a los votantes latinos que ya est·n registrados.

Para lograr implementar las metas de OLA, Cabrera ha empezado a recibir varios cursos de entrenamiento especializado de parte de organizaciones no partidarias como New York Civic Engagement Table y New York Immigration Coalition, que la ayudaran a reforzar sus capacidades de extensiÛn comunitaria y compromiso mediante las ultimas tÈcnicas y metodologÌas.

ìHay mucho trabajo por hacer y estoy aprendiendo a como contactarme con los votantes Latinos de la manera adecuada. Tenemos que empoderar a nuestra gente y estamos aquÌ para ayudar,î dijo Cabrera.

Seg˙n un reporte de 2016 del Pew Research Center, el Primer Distrito del Congreso, que se extiende desde Smithtown hasta la punta de los llamados ìtwin forks,î tiene alrededor de 40,000 latinos que son ciudadanos americanos y que serian elegibles para votar. Esto representa m·s de un 13 por ciento del n˙mero total de votantes del distritoóy sobre un 44 por ciento de la poblaciÛn latina total que est· viviendo en este momento en el Primer DC.

A pesar del n˙mero record de votantes latinos elegibles en todo el paÌs, data del Bureau de Censo de 2012 sobre las elecciones generales revela que el impacto de estos en el sistema electoral ha sido modesto debido a la baja tasa de participaciÛn en las votaciones, un problema que se ve exacerbado durante las elecciones locales, cuando esto se vuelve m·s bien una regla y no una excepciÛn en todos los diferentes bloques de votantes.

OLA ha mandado cuestionarios a todos los candidatos de las diferentes juntas escolares del ìSouth Forkî y divulgara las respuestas, incluso cuando no reciban ninguna, para que la gente que est· votando tenga m·s informaciÛn sobre los diferentes candidatos.

Perez explico lo importante que es no solo motivar a los latinos que voten, pero tambiÈn que entiendan quien se est·n lanzando como candidatos y lo que est·n representado. Ella tambiÈn explico que los votantes latinos deben hacer que sus voces sean escuchas y hacer que se involucren de forma civica es la manera de hacerlo.

La posiciÛn de coordinadora de compromiso cÌvico es a tiempo parcial y ha sido financiada de forma privada.

Desde Bronx hasta el East End

Cabrera naciÛ y se crio en el Sur del Bronx. Hija de inmigrantes ecuatorianos, ella es la primera de su familia que va a la universidad. Se graduÛ de la Universidad de Stony Brook con un titulo en Literatura EspaÒola. En el 2007 se mudo al East End cuando conociÛ a su marido. Cabrera, que es madre orgullosa de dos hijos, un niÒo y una niÒa, ha estado siempre activa en su comunidad.

ìSiempre he intentado ayudar a la gente,î dijo ella.

Actualmente ella es defensora familiar en ìla escuelitaî de Bridgehampton Head Start. Cabrera dijo que darle voz a los que no la tienen ha sido siempre su pasiÛn. Y aunque su nuevo puesto de trabajo como coordinadora de compromiso cÌvico de OLA la llevara a un territorio nuevo e inexplorado, ella est· segura e inspirada a que lograra sus objetivos.

ìAl principio me sentÌa intimidada. Pasare de trabajar con familias de forma individual a abarcar grupos enteros de gente para las elecciones de los colegios, pero al final lo que importa es que la comunidad me conoce y sabe por lo que lucho y lo que represento,î explico Cabrera.

Cabrera fue referida a OLA por Leah Oppenheimer, la directora de compromiso comunitario del Museo de los NiÒos del East End.

ìGaby es una persona encantadora y eso es precisamente lo que necesitamos,î dijo Oppenheimer.

ìSu nuevo trabajo va a ayudar a cambiar la percepciÛn de este bloque de votantes. La gente piensa que los latinos no votan, pero la realidad es muy diferente,î dijo la coordinadora.

ìLos latinos han sido socios silenciosos aquÌ y necesitan alzar su voz,î dijo ella.
Antes de ser defensora familiar, Cabrera trabajo como asistente de maestra, donde vio de cerca la necesidad de los padres latinos.

ìEllos no podÌan comunicarse de forma apropiada con los profesores y profesoras de sus hijos y era obvio que necesitaban una guÌa. Fue entonces que decidÌ volverme defensora familiar,î explico Cabrera.

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Riverhead falls to Sachem North, 13-4 http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/27/riverhead-falls-sachem-north-13-4/ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:01:30 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102205 Riverhead fought hard but was unable to overcome a strong Sachem North Thursday afternoon during a home game, ultimately losing 13-4. ]]>

Riverhead fought hard but was unable to overcome a strong Sachem North Thursday afternoon during a home game, ultimately losing 13-4. 

Third baseman Allyson O’Kula drove in three of the Blue Waves’ four runs with an RBI double in the first inning and an RBI triple in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Flaming Arrows, who took the lead after a big third inning and held onto it for the rest of the game.

Riverhead (3-9) will play at Northport tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Courtney Blasl.

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Happy Anniversary Rob and Keri Stromski http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/27/happy-anniversary-rob-keri-stromski/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:49:57 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102257 Happy Anniversary to Rob and Keri Stromski

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Latino advocacy group hires civic engagement coordinator http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/27/latino-advocacy-group-hires-civic-engagement-coordinator/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:30:45 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102202 OLA of Eastern Long Island has hired a civic engagement coordinator whose main focus will be to motivate Latinos to register and vote.]]>

OLA of Eastern Long Island, a non-profit organization founded in 2002 that promotes the social, economic, cultural and educational development of the Latino community on the East End announced the hiring of Gabriela Cabrera this week as its civic engagement coordinator.

The goal is to “expand on important non-partisan work that will educate, energize and activate East End Latino voters,” said Minerva Perez, OLA’s executive director. She also said that they will focus on hyper-local elections, from school boards and village boards up to the congressional level.

The new civic engagement coordinator, whose main focus will be to motivate people to vote, will target the Latino community.

“Right now Latinos as a group is underrepresented,” said Cabrera. “We need to take the right steps so they can engage at the local level and learn how to vote,” she said.
Reaching already registered Latino Voters is one of the top immediate priorities, especially with the upcoming School Board Elections on May 16.

“I am not aware of any [local] organization out there that is focusing their attention on motivating and informing people about hyper-local elections,” said Perez who in the past worked briefly on a Southampton Town Board campaign and knows from personal experience how difficult it is getting people to vote locally.

They will start by educating people through “How to Vote” posts in English and Spanish that will address all steps of the registration and voting process and provide a list of open seats in each district. The organization is also looking to enlist and mobilize volunteers that can help their efforts by calling and educating registered Latino voters.

In order to implement OLA’s goals, Cabrera has started to receive several specialized training courses through non-profit organizations such as the New York Civic Engagement Table and New York Immigration Coalition, that will help her strengthen her outreach capacities by teaching her the latest methodologies and techniques.

“There is a lot of work to do and I’m learning how to get in contact with Latino voters the right way. We have to empower people and we’re here to help,” Cabrera said.

According to a 2016 Pew Research Center report, the First Congressional District, which extends from Smithtown to the tips of the twin forks, has more than 40,000 Latinos who are U.S. citizens and eligible to vote. That represents more than 13 percent of total voters in the district — and about 44 percent of the total Latino population currently living in the First CD.

Despite the record number of eligible Latino voters throughout the country, Census Bureau data from the 2012 general election show that their impact in the electoral system has been modest due to the low turnout rate, a problem that is exacerbated during local elections, when low participation is generally the rule and not the exception across all groups.

OLA has sent questionnaires to all School Board candidates on the South Fork and will share what they learn, even if they don’t get any response from them so people voting have more information on the different candidates.

Perez explained that it is important not only to motivate Latinos to vote, but also understand who is a candidate and what they stand for. She said Latino voters have to make their voices heard and having them engage civically is the way to go.

The civic engagement coordinator is a part-time, privately funded position.

From the Bronx to the East End
Cabrera was born and raised in the South Bronx. The daughter of Ecuadorean immigrants, she was the first in her family to go to college. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Spanish Literature. In 2007 she moved to the East End when she met her husband. A proud mother of two children, Cabrera has always been active in her community.

“I’ve always tried to help people,” she said.

Currently a family advocate at Bridgehampton Head Start, Cabrera says that giving voice to the voiceless has always been her passion. And although her new position as OLA’s civic engagement coordinator will take her unto new and uncharted territory, she is confident and inspired to make it work.

“I was intimidated at first. I will go from working with individual families to reaching out to whole groups of people for school board elections, but the bottom line is that the community knows me and they know what I stand for,” she said.

Cabrera was referred to OLA by Leah Oppenheimer, the director of community outreach at The Children’s Museum of The East End.

“Gaby is a very engaging person and that’s exactly what we need,” Oppenheimer said.

“Her new job is going to help change the perception of this voting bloc. People think Latinos don’t vote. The reality is quite different,” she said.

“Latinos are a quiet partner out here and they need to have a voice,” Oppenheimer said.

Prior to being an advocate, Cabrera was a teaching assistant, where she says she saw the need of Latino parents.

“They couldn’t communicate properly with their children’s teachers and needed guidance. It is then that I decided to become an advocate,” Cabrera said.

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‘Escape’ game planned for downtown Riverhead http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/27/escape-game-planned-downtown-riverhead/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:22:39 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102162 A Flanders man is planning to open an “escape the room” game house on West Main Street in downtown Riverhead. ]]>

A Flanders man is planning to open an “escape the room” game house on West Main Street in downtown Riverhead.

Saulius Trucinskas got a warm reception from the Riverhead Town Board this morning for the idea. He wants to open the facility, dubbed Escape Quest, at 120 West Main Street, just west of Griffing Avenue. The 2,400-square-foot storefront space is currently vacant. It was part of a 5,000-square-foot furniture store at that location.

“It’s a fun thing,” Trucinskas said. Escape houses are popular all over the world, he said. Players work to solve clues to escape from rooms that can hold up to six people. There are two rooms per game. The first one to escape both rooms wins the game. There will be a one-hour limit on each game. Escape Quest will start with one game but will eventually have four games to choose from.

Trucinskas said he decided to pursue an “escape house” because, “there’s like nothing to do in Riverhead. You go to the bar or you go to the gym. That’s it.”

The cost of admission hasn’t been finalized, he said. It will probably be around $20 per person.

An indoor recreation facility in the DC-1 zoning use district requires a special permit from the town board.

The nearest “escape house” facility is in Ronkonkoma, Trucinskas said.

Site of the planned Escape Quest facilty at 120 W. Main St. Photo: Denise Civiletti
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Cardboard boat races to make comeback http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/27/riverhead-cardboard-boat-races-will-return-summer-2017/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:44:08 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102155 The Riverhead cardboard boat races, which were canceled last year, will be revived this summer in a joint effort by the Riverhead BID Management Association and the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce. ]]>

Riverhead’s cardboard boat races will be back in action this year.

The popular race, which was canceled last year, is being revived this year in a joint effort by the Riverhead BID Management Association and the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce.

The cardboard boat race has been tentatively set for Aug. 6, Riverhead BID executive director Diane Tucci said this morning. The date must be approved by the Riverhead Town Board, she said.

“The Chamber and the BID have been meeting every month and talking about common interests,” she said. “This event was one of those things we just didn’t want to see fall by the wayside. Everybody loves it.”

The event will be held in August rather than June due to concerns about the number of bunker fish in the Peconic and the possibility of another massive fish kill like the ones that occurred in May and June two years ago.

There is again a large number of bunker in local waters this year, Riverhad Supervisor Sean Walter said last week. The numbers may even be greater than they were in past years, he said.

Last year a massive die-off was averted, which the supervisor said was the result of expanded net fishing opportunities agreed to by the DEC and subsidized by the state, the Town of Riverhead and the Town of Southampton.

In 2016, the cardboard boat race event, which had been held on the last weekend in June since their inception in 2010, was first postponed by the town board, which discussed moving the event to the month of August but never set a date. In July town officials said the event would not be rescheduled, citing scheduling conflicts among the volunteers on organizing committee as the reason.

Members of the organizing committee disputed that account. Former councilman George Gabrielsen who along with members of his family and members of the Zaneski family, organized the event since its founding, was angered by officials’ remarks.

“There’s one reason and only one reason why we’re not having the cardboard boat race this year and that’s the town board canceled it without even talking to the committee, the organizers,” Gabrielsen told RiverheadLOCAL last summer.

“We’re very excited about helping to bring back this wildly popular event to downtown Riverhead,” Tucci said. She said the BIDMA and Chamber expect the town board to sign off on the date. 

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Van collides with tractor-trailer on Rt. 25, injuring two and shutting down Main Road http://riverheadlocal.com/2017/04/27/van-collides-tractor-trailer-rt-25-injuring-two-shutting-main-road/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:33:10 +0000 http://riverheadlocal.com/?p=102156 A van collided with a tractor trailer on Route 25 in Jamesport this morning, injuring both occupants of the van and temporarily closing the road in both directions, according to police.]]>

A van collided with a tractor trailer on Route 25 in Jamesport this morning, injuring both occupants of the van and temporarily closing the road in both directions, according to police.

A Chrysler Dodge van was headed eastbound on Route 25 this morning around 9 a.m. when the driver crossed over the double yellow line just east of Manor Lane and collided with a tractor trailer driving in the other direction, according to police on the scene.

Both the driver and passenger of the van were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver of the truck did not go to the hospital, according to police. There were no other passengers in either vehicle.

Police have closed Route 25 between Manor Lane and Herricks Lane in both directions while the accident is being cleared.

No summonses have been issued at this time, according to police.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Peter Blasl.

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