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Grant Parpan

Grant Parpan is the executive editor for Times/Review Newsgroup.

11/19/14 10:00am
Fred Carter of Cutchogue holds up a handmade card he received from a group of local Girl Scouts.

Fred Carter of Cutchogue holds up a handmade card he received from a group of local Girl Scouts. The cards have been sent to local vets on Veterans Day for the past six years.

Fred Carter said he was already having a great Veterans Day when he checked his mailbox last Tuesday.

The 85-year-old Cutchogue resident had spent the morning visiting his wife at a nursing home in Westhampton. After a patriotic ceremony was held at the facility, the couple watched videos of old Bob Hope USO shows.

When the Korean War veteran returned home that afternoon, he was touched by something he received in the mail. It was a handmade card from a group of local Girl Scouts thanking him for his service.  (more…)

11/16/14 12:00pm
If you're looking to hire, which is columnist Grant Parpan's #1 raking tip, then Manuel Canel (left) of Canel Landscaping of Riverhead is available. Above he's cleaning up an Aquebogue yeard with his crew, Jose Canel (center) and Victor Garcia (right hidden). (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If you’re looking to hire, which is columnist Grant Parpan’s #1 raking tip, then Manuel Canel (left) of Canel Landscaping of Riverhead is available. Above he’s cleaning up an Aquebogue yeard with his crew, Jose Canel (center) and Victor Garcia (right hidden). (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I don’t like leaves.

Sure, they’re beautiful when they change color, and I appreciate the shade they help provide on a hot day. But the agony caused by having to physically rake up thousands of leaves from my yard each autumn is enough to make me generally dislike them.  (more…)

11/15/14 10:00am
Tim Bishop addressed the crowd on Election Day Nov. 4 after losing to Republican Lee Zeldin. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Tim Bishop addresses the crowd on Election Day Nov. 4 after losing to Republican Lee Zeldin. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

When I began reporting on Suffolk County politics back in February 2006, the Democratic party here was on the rise.

In Brookhaven Town, where I was assigned at the time, Democrats were one month into their first majority in more than 25 years. The party controlled the Legislature, the 1st District Assemblyman was a Democrat and so was our local congressman. Suffolk also had just as many Democratic town supervisors as Republicans in office and the county executive was a Democrat.  (more…)

10/27/14 11:37pm
A Wyandanch player makes a tackle during the team's 54-0 loss to Shoreham-Wading River Oct. 11. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

A Wyandanch player makes a tackle during the team’s 54-0 loss to Shoreham-Wading River Oct. 11. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

As it turns out, the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck football team would likely not have played its final game after all.

The Porters’ last game — before the season was abruptly ended last week due to a lack of players — was to be played at Wyandanch Saturday.

But the Warriors would have also been forced to cut their season short after the team’s equipment shed burned down last week, several media outlets reported Monday. 

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10/19/14 8:00am
Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead football coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield Oct. 11. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

At 6-foot-4 and the Arby’s side of 300 pounds, I get asked a lot about my past life as a football player.

The truth is, I didn’t play much growing up.

I played youth football the summer going into fifth grade until my parents gave me the option of quitting after my coach was arrested on — of all things — a domestic violence charge.  (more…)

10/16/14 6:29pm
Southold Town police lead the three shooting suspects into Southold Town Justice Court Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southold Town police lead the three shooting suspects into Southold Town Justice Court Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A 16-year-old alleged MS-13 gang member from Southold was arrested Thursday at Southampton Hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound following the Tuesday morning shooting incident on South Harbor Road, town police said.

Freddie Fernando Torres Campos  was shot in the left ankle by a .22 caliber bullet fired by a member of his own gang, police said. He was admitted into the hospital the day of the shooting, they said.

Mr. Torres Campos faces two counts of first-degree assault. He is being held overnight at Southold Town Police Headquarters and will be arraigned Friday morning, police said.

Three fellow members of the MS-13 street gang were previously arrested in connection with the shooting. They are Pedro Emilio Santamaria, 31 of Greenport; Jeremias Nathanael Recinos Torres, 19, of Aquebogue; and Walter Vasquez, 17, of Greenport, police said.

Mr. Santamaria and Mr. Recinos Torres were additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Mr. Recinos Torres and Mr. Vasquez are both in the United States illegally and are currently in removal proceedings, police said.

The three men were arraigned Wednesday in Southold Town Justice Court. They are each being held on $250,000 cash bail or $750,000 bond. Judge Rudolph Bruer presided. They’re due back in Southold Town Justice Court Friday.

A responding officer spotted Mr. Santamaria and Mr. Recinos Torres in a parked vehicle a short distance from the scene, police said. The officer found a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle.

Police brought both men into custody and, during the investigation, discovered Mr. Vasquez was also involved. Authorities arrested Mr. Vasquez at Greenport High School, where he is a student, police said.

The violence occurred just past midnight Tuesday and stemmed from a dispute that occurred at Third Street Park in Greenport Oct. 10, police said. The victims, whose identities have not been released, are allegedly members of Mara-18, or 18th Street, a rival street gang, police said.

The victims were walking along Route 25 and South Harbor Road, where they both live, when they were spotted by the MS-13 members Tuesday, police said. The MS-13 members ambushed the victims, police said, and as many as five shots were fired from a .22-caliber handgun. One victim was attacked with a machete, police said.

The two victims were reported in stable condition Wednesday, according to a Peconic Bay Medical Center spokesperson.

The MS-13 gang, also known as Mara Salvatrucha, originated in Los Angeles and comprises Central Americans commonly from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, according to the federal Department of Justice.

Its main rival is the “18th Street” gang, also known as M-18 or Mara-18, which also is made up of those with ties to Central America, according to the department.

gparpan@timesreview.com