Riverhead has awarded a $3.5 million contract to Railroad Construction Co., Inc. of Paterson, N.J., to refurbish the long-defunct rail spur that used to serve the old Grumman manufacturing plant in Calverton, the site of the Calverton Enterprise Park. The contract is funded by the state department of transportation with federal aid obtained by Rep. Tim Bishop last year.
The rail spur, which connects with the Greenport branch of the LIRR, will be used to transport freight in and out of the enterprise park, known as EPCAL. Its refurbishment has been cited by officials as essential for the full redevelopment of the site, which was transferred by the U.S. Navy to the town in 1998, two years after Northrup-Grumman, once the town's largest employer and taxpayer moved out.
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 614 PM EST WED FEB 10 2010 ...A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM CONTINUES TO IMPACT THE AREA THROUGH TONIGHT... .A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM SOUTH OF LONG ISLAND THAT BROUGHT SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO THE REGION WILL CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY AS IT MOVES EAST INTO THE ATLANTIC. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF AND END FORM WEST TO EAST AROUND MIDNIGHT AS THE LOW MOVES AWAY. NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK- 614 PM EST WED FEB 10 2010 ...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST THURSDAY...
The National Weather Service has issued the following BLIZZARD WARNING for our area:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 340 AM EST WED FEB 10 2010
...SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM TO IMPACT AREA TODAY INTO TONIGHT... .LOW PRESSURE WILL RAPIDLY INTENSIFY AND PASS JUST TO THE SOUTH... BRINGING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL AND GUSTY WINDS TO THE REGION. ...BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST THURSDAY...
Riverhead Central School District voters resoundingly rejected the district's $123 million building bond referendum Tuesday by a vote of 2,274 no to 1,385 yes. There were 176 absentee ballots cast, which are not reflected in the tally.
"We go back to the drawing board on the 23rd," district superintendent Diane Scricca said after the vote results were announced, referring to the date of the next Board of Education meeting. (See video below.)
The superintendent, board members and district staff made 30 presentations throughout the community to civic, service and PTO groups in an effort to sell the bond to voters.
"The board has to decide what they want to do in terms of the crumbllng buildings and not having good facilities for our children," she said. "It's a sad day for Riverhead."
Updated forecast from the National Weather Service
A winter storm warning remains in effect from midnight tonight until 6 am Thursday
Tonight: Snow, mainly after 1am. Low around 27. Calm wind becoming east between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Wednesday: Rain and snow, possibly mixed with sleet before noon, then rain and snow between noon and 3pm, then snow after 3pm. Areas of blowing snow after 3pm. High near 36. Breezy, with a east wind between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.