Articles by

Grant Parpan

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

04/29/15 3:00pm
Pete Victoria has been bowling at Riverhead's Polish Hall for the past decade. It is believed that on Monday night he bowled the first-ever perfect 300 game at the historic basement lanes. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Pete Victoria has been bowling at Riverhead’s Polish Hall for the past decade. It is believed that on Monday night he bowled the first-ever perfect 300 game at the historic basement lanes. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Written in multi-color marker on a dry erase board next to the basement bowling lanes at Polish Hall in Riverhead is the alley’s “300 Club.”

There’s just one entry: Pete Victoria 4/27/15.

Despite being heralded as Suffolk County’s first bowling alley and perhaps even one of the state’s oldest, it was believed that no one had ever rolled a perfect game at Polish Hall until Monday. The first person to accomplish the feat is Mr. Victoria, a 61-year-old plumber from Mattituck.  (more…)

04/20/15 6:18pm
The NYLO hotel on the corner of Nroadway and 77th Street on Manhattan's Upper West Side. (Credit: nylohotels.com)

The NYLO hotel on the corner of Nroadway and 77th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. (Credit: nylohotels.com)

Fox News reported that they had “vanished without a trace.”

Their pictures appeared with the headline “Gone Girls” on the cover of the New York Daily News, which also published a jailhouse interview with a relative.

Even People magazine featured a pair of stories about Iona and Emily Costello of Greenport in the “True Crime” section of its website this past week.

Then, early Monday morning, five days after a missing persons report was filed with the Southold Town Police Department, the mother and daughter were reported to have been found in good health inside a New York City hotel room, where they had escaped for a getaway three weeks earlier.  (more…)

04/16/15 10:00am
Michael Brown's sister, Karre Brown, and mother, Denise Wilson, hold a picture of the late Greenport resident from his time in high school. Mr. Brown, who had cerebral palsy, was killed in Northampton when his car was struck by a bus in 2010. A scholarship in his name will now benefit a local student with a disability. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Michael Brown’s sister, Karre Brown, and mother, Denise Wilson, hold a picture of the late Greenport resident from his time in high school. Mr. Brown, who had cerebral palsy, was killed in Northampton when his car was struck by a bus in 2010. A scholarship in his name will now benefit a local student with a disability. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Walking on a treadmill at the gym, Karre Brown recently had a thought about her late brother, Michael.

Each year since his death in February of 2010, family and friends have gathered for a fish fry to raise money toward a scholarship at Greenport High School that’s named after Mr. Brown, who was killed at the age of 21 when his car was broadsided by a bus in Northampton.

Thinking about her younger brother, who lived with cerebral palsy, Ms. Brown realized there was a better way to celebrate his life. (more…)

04/04/15 8:00am
This photo of the Mattituck baseball team celebrating a come-from-behind win won in the sports feature photo category in the New York Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

This photo of the Mattituck baseball team celebrating a come-from-behind victory won in the sports feature photo category in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Nine years ago, I attended my first New York Press Association convention.

I had just joined Times Review Media Group as a reporter and had no idea what to expect. What I found was a lot of newspaper people scared of the big, bad Internet.

With putting newspapers out each week, we have no way of updating a website, folks said. This is impossible. We will all go out of business.  (more…)

04/02/15 2:00pm
Allied Optical Plan owner Jerry Steiner shows a customer a bottle of Manischewitz wine he received as a gift for passover. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Allied Optical Plan owner Jerry Steiner shows a customer a bottle of Manischewitz wine he received as a gift for passover. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

It’s Tuesday morning in downtown Riverhead and the going-out-of-business sale is unofficially underway at Allied Optical Plan on West Main Street.

At 9:52 a.m., about an hour after store owner Jerry Steiner releases the lock on his front door, the first customer of the day walks in. Marilyn Downs Aldrich, a lifelong East Ender and Aquebogue native, is looking for a new pair of glasses.

“Everything’s half-price,” Mr. Steiner tells her.

One day earlier, the 60-year-old businessman went to contract with a buyer for his building at 20 West Main St. Developer Georgia Malone, who recently renovated the now-sparkling building at 30 West Main, next door to Mr. Steiner’s business, hopes to do something similar with the brick structure that has housed Allied Optical Plan since 1975.

It’s the end of the line for a business that, its owner admits, died years ago.  (more…)

03/15/15 1:56pm
Pastor Jef Gamblee of First Universalist Church in Southold, with church member Peter Young of Southold, load the church sign into a pickup truck before driving it to a service at  Custer Institute. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Pastor Jef Gamblee of First Universalist Church of Southold, with church member Peter Young of Southold, load the church sign into a pickup truck before driving it to a service at Custer Institute. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Minutes into the First Universalist Church service in Southold Sunday morning, a speaker was briefly interrupted by a voice at the back of the room.

“Excuse us,” the gentleman said. “We have your bell. We thought you’d want it here.”

The voice was that of Southold fireman Brian Grattan, who had driven along with fellow firefighter Ed Boyd the 1.4 miles from the church to the Custer Institute, where members of the congregation gathered for a service.

The charred bell was located after the Main Road church was destroyed in a fire the night before and its relocation to Main Bayview Road was symbolic of how First Universalist’s members were rising from the ashes themselves.  (more…)

03/09/15 5:00am
Congressman Lee Zeldin speaks to reporters and concerned members of the public at a press conference on helicopter noise at Southold Town Hall Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Congressman Lee Zeldin speaks to reporters and concerned members of the public at a press conference on helicopter noise at Southold Town Hall Sunday. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Congressman Lee Zeldin asked the Federal Aviation Administration to do its part in reducing helicopter noise on the East End before the busy summer season in a letter he sent last week.  (more…)