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Barbaraellen Koch

08/09/14 10:11am
Musicians Corky Maul of New Suffolk and Jeannie Woelker of Cutchogue perform on East Main Street next to Barth's Drug Store. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Musicians Corky Maul of New Suffolk and Jeannie Woelker of Cutchogue perform on East Main Street next to Barth’s Drug Store. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It was a picture perfect summer evening Friday as several hundred people filled downtown Riverhead to see JumpstART artists unveil their work on the grounds of the East End Arts complex and various venues along East Main Street and Grangebel Park.  (more…)

08/09/14 8:00am
(Credit: Barbarellen Koch_

(Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

When Tony Trubisz Jr. was a little boy, a North Fork summer meant wandering the fields and woods surrounding his family’s Sound Avenue homestead, traveling all the way to the Sound and exploring the 500 acres behind the property.

On Thursday, Mr. Trubisz — now 67 — returned from Richmond, Va. to the 19th century farmhouse of his youth, since relocated to the Hallockville Museum Farm property, to spruce up the old building which hasn’t had a paint job since its big move in 2010. (more…)

05/31/14 10:44am

Classic Car Night resumed down by the Peconic Riverfront in Riverhead on Thursday night, as about 20 classic car owners drove downtown to enjoy the sun.

The weekly gathering in the parking lot by the river is sponsored by the Business Improvement District, and runs through August.

Miss the cars this week? Head down there next week. Or in the meantime, check out these photos from Thursday night. (more…)

04/30/14 4:15pm
anielle Allen of Riverhead (center) as Aida in a scene with the other captured slaves. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Danielle Allen of Riverhead (center) as Aida in the “Dance of the Robe” as her people convince them to lead them. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Danielle Allen of Riverhead plays Aida in McGann-Mercy Theatre Company’s presentation of the Broadway show “Aida.”

Based on Verdi’s opera of the same name, the musical opens in the Eygptian wing of a modern day museum, where two strangers meet and a “transported” back to ancient Egypt. A love story between Aida of Nubia and Radames of Egypt, both of warring nations, evolves with a tragic ending.  (more…)

02/26/14 3:00pm

Patrick O’Brien of Riverhead as Biff (on floor), Danielle Allen of Riverhead as Linda, Ian Byrne of Baiting Hollow as Willy and Max Crean of Farmingville as Ben, Willy’s older brother. (Barbaraellen Koch photo)

The McGann-Mercy Theater Company will present Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller beginning Thursday night in the school auditorium. The show runs through Saturday with start times of 7:30 p.m.  (more…)

11/16/13 10:00am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | East End Arts gallery director helps customer Craig Rosenberg pick out a wool scarf for a friend Friday morning on the first day the boutique was open. Scarf is made by Elizabeth Palmer-Buchtman of Pawling New York.

Handmade ornaments, one-of-a-kind jewelry and unique knits and crafts will be among the gifts on display at the East End Arts’ Annual Holiday Gift Boutique. An opening reception will be held today from noon to 5 p.m. in the East End Arts Gallery in Riverhead.

The event is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The gallery will feature a large selection of hand-crafted heirloom ornaments. There are art-ful gifts at a wide variety of prices. All the items in the boutqie are unique creations by East End Arts member-artists. This year, 45 local artists are participating.

Guests can meet the artists at today’s reception. The boutique runs through Dec. 22. For more information, click here.

10/19/13 12:00pm

BARBARALLEN KOCH PHOTO | Andy Warhol’s Souper Dress, courtesy of Woodward Gallery, is paired with a 19th-century dress from the historical society’s permanent collection, at the entry to the exhibit.

The Suffolk County Historical Society opened its new exhibit, ‘Back to the Future: Contemporary Artists Consider the Permanent Collection’ Friday evening.

The show features 11 contemporary painters, sculptors and a photographer, all of whom have created new works for this exhibit. The works utilize themes or materials that echo the older, antique nature of most of the items in the society’s permanent collection. As stated in the society’s newsletter: “the exhibit’s featured work focuses not on copying the past but rather considers history as fluid, something that is constantly in dialogue with the present and future.”

The exhibit was curated by Mary Lou Cohalan with assistance by Martina Camarola.

“Exhibiting the antique pieces from our collection alongside these contemporary works is a thought provoking way to view history,” said executive director Kathy Curran. ”It places our objects in another context that brings history to life.”

Funding for the exhibit is provided by Heart for Art and a special grant from the Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs to encourage collaborations among nonprofit agencies on Long Island. The exhibit will run through Nov. 23.

The artists in the exhibit are: Cara Barer, Rob Carter, Juddith Condon, Elizabeth Duffy, Katherine Frey, Susan Hoeltzel, Keith Long, Judy Richardson, Donna Sharrett, Karen Shaw and Andy Warhol.

06/07/13 5:00pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The 2013 class of McGann-Mercy High School at Thursday’s graduation.

The McGann-Mercy High School Class of 2013 celebrated its graduation Wednesday afternoon. The 84 graduates come from all across the East End and as far west as Patchogue and Port Jefferson.

The students received more than $11 million in scholarship offers and 99 percent of graduates will be pursuing post-secondary studies or serve in the military.

05/03/13 5:00pm
Papa John's in Riverhead

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Craig Viana, owner of Viana Signs of Oceanside, installing a Papa John’s sign Friday morning at the East Main Street location.

Papa John’s Pizza will be coming soon to downtown Riverhead.

Franchise co-owners Sean LaValle of Selden and Alfred Fico of Manorville are just awaiting the OK from the Suffolk County health department and are hoping to open May 16, about a week before the busy Memorial Day weekend.

The business partners chose Riverhead because, they found, a lot of people in the area know about Papa John’s but never tasted the product, Mr. LaValle said.

Mr. LaValle is familiar with Riverhead, having graduated from Mercy High School in 1984.

The two have hired staff for the storefront but are still looking to hire delivery drivers. The delivery jobs pay $9 an hour and $1 per pizza delivered, plus tips.

The shop is located in the same building that houses aBlue Duck Bakery Cafe and a Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices.

There are about 4,200 Papa John’s franchises in every state in the U.S. and 35 countries, according to the pizza company’s website.

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