01/26/15 8:00am
01/26/2015 8:00 AM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Greenport school board approved Superintendent Michael Comanda's retirement request at Wednesday night's meeting.

Michael Comanda, who retired as Greenport’s superintendent, will take over the New Suffolk budget this year. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo, file)

New Suffolk school board president Tony Dill confirmed this week he won’t prepare the next spending plan as he’s done in years past.

That’s because the district’s part-time superintendent, Michael Comanda, is now available to take over the process.  (more…)

01/24/15 10:00am
Southold High School senior Juliane Van Gorden sketches a self-portrait after school earlier this month. She travels into Manhattan once a week to take classes at Fashion Institute of Technology. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Southold High School senior Juliane Van Gorden sketches a self-portrait after school earlier this month. She travels into Manhattan once a week to take classes at Fashion Institute of Technology. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Southold High School senior Juliane Van Gorden doesn’t mind waking up at 4 a.m. and driving to Ronkonkoma to catch a 6 a.m. train into Manhattan on Saturdays after working in a restaurant the night before.

That’s because the 17-year-old Southold resident is dedicated to furthering her art skills at SUNY/Fashion Institute of Technology. She recently finished an observation drawing course there and is planning to take another course next month that will teach her how to draw live models.

“Working with live models is a big step for me,” she said in a recent interview. “In the art world, it’s highly respected.”

Juliane gave a presentation at the December school board meeting in Southold, during which she described her experience in the FIT program and expressed her gratitude to the district for providing a supportive atmosphere that allowed her to immerse herself in art.

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01/23/15 3:30pm
Peconic Landing CEO Robert Syron (right) hands over a check for $4,000 to Southold Superintendent David Gamberg last Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Peconic Landing CEO Robert Syron (right) hands over a check for $4,000 to Southold Superintendent David Gamberg last Friday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Southold School Educational Foundation has been raising money with the help of teachers and students to expand on the high school’s fledgling television and film program. As of Tuesday, $2,805 had been raised through a campaign launched in November on gofundme.com, an online donation system. Now, thanks to a $4,000 donation from Peconic Landing last week, the foundation is nearly halfway to its $15,000 goal.  (more…)

01/21/15 9:56pm
01/21/2015 9:56 PM
Diane O’Neill enters court in RIverhead last Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Diane O’Neill enters court in Riverhead last Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

The Southold High School math teacher arrested on a drunken driving charge after she fatally struck a pedestrian in Jamesport last week has retired.

The Southold Board of Education unanimously approved Diane O’Neill’s retirement without discussion in a resolution listing several other personnel items at its meeting Wednesday night.

Police said Ms. O’Neill, 65, of Farmingville was driving her 2007 Mercedes-Benz westbound on Main Road near Herricks Lane shortly after 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 13 when she struck George Kurovics, a 90-year-old beloved barber and war veteran from Jamesport.

His family believes Mr. Kurovics had stopped after he spotted one of the family’s cats dead on the roadside.

Superintendent David Gamberg said after the meeting that Ms. O’Neill, who’s worked in the district for 21 years, is eligible for her benefits and will be granted them.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation,” he said, when asked for comment. “My heart goes out to everyone involved.”

Ms. O’Neill was arraigned last Wednesday and released on $10,000 bail. She’s due back in court next month.

jnuzzo@timesreview.com