01/31/12 9:47pm
01/31/2012 9:47 PM

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Kelsey McGayhey, who is one point shy of her 1,000th career point, taking aim while Pierson/Bridgehampton's Rachel Saidman (5) and May Ejven try to stop her.

INDIANS 37, WHALERS 30

The countdown to 1,000 points — and the drama — continues.

Kelsey McGayhey’s career point total sits at 999 points after the Shelter Island senior scored 20 in a 37-30 win over Pierson/Bridgehampton in girls basketball on Tuesday night. With the win at Pierson High School, their seventh in eight games, the Indians (8-4, 6-2 Suffolk County League VIII) clinched a playoff berth.

But the big question of the night was whether or not McGayhey would become the first Shelter Island player to reach the 1,000-point mark, something she is anxious to achieve.

“I’m furious,” McGayhey said in mock anger afterward. “I played pretty well, but I just wish I got that last point. I just want to get it over with. It’s killing me.”

McGayhey said she felt pressure before the game. Her parents had invited friends to the game, she said, and she noticed that a few news organizations were present, ready to record her 1,000th point.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Haley Willumsen of Shelter Island, tangling with Pierson/Bridgehampton's Abby Ruiz, collected 11 rebounds.

Then, after the opening tipoff, McGayhey experienced a different sort of pressure: Pierson/Bridgehampton’s box-and-one defense.

Whenever McGayhey received the ball, two and sometimes even three Whalers smothered her, determined to prevent the Shelter Island star from reaching the milestone.

“Defensively, we did a great job,” Pierson/Bridgehampton coach Dennis Case said. “We shut her down for a long time.”

McGayhey sank her first three shots, and had only 6 points by halftime. The 5-foot-11 center didn’t force things, though, and passed to open teammates.

“They worked very hard denying her the ball,” Shelter Island coach Peter Miedera said of the Whalers. “In the scheme of things, that’s pretty impressive, getting 20 points [when] everyone is focused on stopping you.”

It wasn’t a bad shooting night for McGayhey, who went 10 of 15 from the field. She did not take a foul shot.

“I thought she was going to make it,” Shelter Island forward Alexis Gibbs said. “It was close.”

Now McGayhey must wait until Friday when Shelter Island will play its next game at The Ross School.

“I think she’s upset she didn’t make it,” Gibbs said, “but it will be a show at Ross.”

The way the game started, it looked as if McGayhey would easily reach her goal. She banked in a layup in the opening moments and scored 6 of Shelter Island’s first 8 points.

But those remained her only points until the third quarter. When McGayhey headed to the bench with 49.3 seconds left in the second quarter for her only breather of the game, she had an unhappy look on her face. The ball wasn’t in her hands much in the first half.

Then things opened up for her a little bit in the third quarter. She drained a turnaround jumper from the foul line, converted an offensive rebound, made a layup, and got a ball to bounce in off the rim, leaving her with 14 points after three quarters.

Case couldn’t have been surprised that McGayhey would get her points. He had seen her play since she was a seventh-grader, and he said he knew she had what it takes to be a 1,000-point scorer. “She’s the real deal,” he said, adding, “She’s the best player in our league, absolutely.”

A layup in the fourth quarter brought McGayhey her final points with over a minute left. It was her last shot.

Shelter Island called a timeout with 16.5 seconds to go, undoubtedly with the aim of setting McGayhey up for one final shot, but the Indians turned the ball over and it never materialized.

Shelter Island trailed only once at 6-4, and was able to survive a 1-for-11 shooting slump in the third quarter when both teams hit a scoring drought, combining for only 7 points.

Case counted 10 possessions in that quarter during which his team picked up only 2 points. “Our biggest problem was we didn’t score in the third quarter,” he said. “We didn’t put enough points on the board.”

Megan Mundy had 6 assists and Haley Willumsen collected 11 rebounds for Shelter Island.

Sydnee McKie Senior, a junior, was Pierson/Bridgehampton’s top scorer with 12 points. “She had the best game of her career,” said Case.

Now McGayhey looks ahead to Friday with the virtual certainty that that will be the day she makes school history. McGayhey said that when that moment does come, and the game is stopped after she scores her 1,000th point, she will be emotional.

“I’m going to cry,” she said. “I’m going to go crazy. I’ve been looking forward to this since eighth grade.”

“It’s going to sound really corny,” she continued, “but it’s kind of like a dream.”

A dream that is likely to come true on Friday.

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01/31/12 4:58pm

Hans J. Kuehl of Riverhead died Jan. 25 at the age of 75.

He was born Dec. 28, 1936, in Kiel, Germany, to Johannes and Henny (Kloth) Kuehl.

In 1960, he married Joan Tyrell and they lived in Flushing and later West Hempstead and Lindenhurst. He worked for many years as an electrician for the New York City Transit Authority until he retired. He and his wife then moved to North Carolina and Florida, but eventually they returned to Long Island and settled in Jamesport, and more recently, Riverhead.

Mr. Kuehl enjoyed model trains, car shows and traveling, according to family members. He was a member of Advent Lutheran Church in Mattituck and American Legion Griswold Terry Glover Post No. 803 in Southold.

He is survived by his wife; his sons, John, Joseph and Paul, all of Lindenhurst, and James, of Arizona; his sister, Ellen Schmahl of Germany; and two grandchildren.

The family received friends Jan. 29 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, where Mr. Kuehl’s fellow Legionnaires conducted services. On Jan. 30, the Rev. George Summers also conducted services at the funeral home. Interment with U.S. Army military honors was at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

01/31/12 4:05pm

Daniel Bruce Reiter died Jan. 26 at Bellhaven Nursing and Rehab Center in Brookhaven. He was 76.

Daniel Bruce Reiter

He was born Dec. 4, 1935, at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport to Theodore and Mary (Norkalin) Reiter. He married his fiancée, Carol, on June 25, 1986, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport.

Mr. Reiter is survived by his wife, of Morrisville. N.C.; his daughters, Sherrey McKiernan of Smithtown, Cherry Fuentes of Morrisville and Shelley Boyle of Riverhead; his son, Eugene Davis of Mastic; his siblings, Judy Hughes, Ted and Bob; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers William and Edward and his sisters Mary Ann Reiter and Gladys Urban.

Visiting hours took place Jan. 29 at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport, where a service was held Jan. 30, Pastor Carl Weaver officiating. Interment was at Arshamomaque Cemetery in Southold.

Memorial donations may be made to John’s Place at St. Agnes R.C. Church, 523 Front St., Greenport, NY 11944.

01/31/12 3:59pm

Eleanor C. Pollock of Greenport died Jan. 30 at the age of 84.

The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 3, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. Private cremation will follow.

A complete obituary will appear in a future edition of The Suffolk Times.

01/31/12 3:30pm

COURTESY PHOTO | Greenport native Mike Check.

Greenport native Mike Check just released his latest music video “Stand Up,” which features shots of Greenport High School and several scenes with locals.

“I went back to my hometown in Greenport, LI and sought out kids from around the area to feature throughout the video,” he said in an email to The Suffolk Times. “It felt good to send a message to kids out there with little opportunity to not be afraid to follow their dream.”

Check out the video below and a previous story we wrote about Mike.

01/31/12 2:33pm

William H. Mills Jr. of Riverhead passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, January 25, 2012. He was 94.

Mr. Mills was born in Astoria, N.Y., the son of William H. Mills Sr. and Hilda Celander. In 1942, he was drafted by the United States Army and landed in Normandy, France. He served under General George Patton with the 774 Tank Destroyer Battalion. He married Adeline Donley shortly before going overseas. Over the next years, he repeatedly distinguished himself in combat as part of Patton’s 3rd Army. By the time they arrived in Berlin, he was the company first sergeant.

Returning to New York, he and Adeline settled in Elmhurst, Queens, and he returned to his job at the post office, a career begun shortly before he was drafted. In 1948, they moved to Levittown, becoming one of the original families of this iconic Long Island town. They spent 28 years on Bucket Lane.

His career with the post office continued to flourish and, in the early 1950s, he volunteered for an assignment in Long Island City and again distinguished himself as a supervisor of men. This brought him to the attention of the New York regional office at Penn Station. After several different assignments, he designed and implemented the Postal Service Officers Program. His men then fanned out over the New York region, providing technical support and operational assistance to various post offices from Boston to Philadelphia and Puerto Rico.

Mr. Mills was cited several times for superior performance, most notably during the famous Morgan Annex fire of the 1960s. His plan redirected mail from New York City to Buffalo, N.Y., where it was rerouted and sorted. In 1968, he was again promoted to Regional Director of Marketing, a position he held for three years, until his retirement in 1971.

In 1976, he and Adeline moved to their favorite vacation spot, Southold, N.Y., where he took up boating, fishing and grandfathering full time.

Adeline predeceased him in 2004. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Bennett; his grandchildren, Kirsten Bennett O’Rourke and Sean Bennett; and four great-grandchildren, Ava, Madeline, Tessa and Eamonn.

Visitation was held January 29, 2012, at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A funeral service was held January 30 at the funeral home, with burial following at Calverton National Cemetery.

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01/31/12 2:16pm

John J. Schmidt of Mattituck died on Jan. 29, 2012. He was 83 years old.

Jack was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Aug. 9, 1928, to John and Helen (O’Neill) Schmidt and later served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

A longtime resident of Mattituck, he had been a commercial fisherman and a member of the Mattituck Lions Club, and had participated in the Strawberry Festival.

Jack was well-known in Greenport at Mitchell Docks and in the local fishing community.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; a son and daughter-in-law, William and Diane Schmidt of Mattituck; and three grandchildren, Amanda, Pamela and Paul.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Cutchogue by Monsignor John Nosser with the assistance of the Ministry of Consolation. Interment, with U.S. Army military honors, will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mattituck Fire Department Rescue Squad or the Mattituck Lions Club.

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01/31/12 2:04pm

COURTESY PHOTO | An example of an Aldi market.

An international specialty supermarket is looking to come to Riverhead.

It’s not Trader Joe’s, which some Riverhead residents have been trying to lure to the town for years, having even started an online petition and a Facebook site – called the “Trader Joe’s Riverhead, NY Location Request Group.”- for that purpose.

But it’s close. Well, sort of.

Instead, it’s Aldi Supermarkets, a Germany-based discount supermarket chain founded by Karl Albrech, who is reportedly the richest man in Germany. His brother Theo, who died in 2010 at the age of 88, was the owner of the Trader Joe’s chain, and was reportedly the second-richest man in Germany when he died.

Aldi has about 1,400 stores nationwide and one on Long Island, a Bay Shore store that opened in 2010. Rather than stocking name-brand products, most of what Aldi sells is its own brand, which is often priced lower than its competitors, according to reports.

Leanne Wheeler met with the town planning department at its work session Tuesday morning on behalf of the Aldi chain, which she said is considering three sites in Riverhead, all along Route 58.

One would be the proposed Shops at Riverhead development on the north side of Route 58, between Out East Family Fun and Riverhead Auto Mall. That site is slated to include a Costco warehouse store at its anchor, and is advertising for additional tenants. It has yet to be approved by the town Planning Board, and was undergoing an environmental impact study the past two years, a draft of which was recently submitted.

Another proposed location is directly across the street from that, on what is now an application called the Saber-Riverhead LLC, which proposed three storefronts are proposed in a 114,000 square foot building. That site had been in litigation for many years, as its previous owner, a group including realtor Larry Oxman, was charged with illegally clearing the land seven years ago and has been in court with the town ever since. They lost the property to foreclosure, and Saber-Riverhead acquired it.

The third potential site, Ms. Wheeler said, is the Target shopping center, where property owner Serota and Son acquired two residences on Harrison Avenue several years for expansion of the shopping center, but has yet to build anything there.

Aldi is seeking about 16,000 square feet for a supermarket, Ms. Wheeler said.

“Have you thought about downtown?” planning director Rick Hanley asked Ms. Wheeler. Officials have been trying to lure a supermarket downtown for years.

“We typically do best with other national retailers,” she respond, saying that being near other large chain stores gives them the best opportunity to capture potential customers.

Ms. Wheeler also was asked if Aldi’s is similar to Trader Joe’s.

“Trader Joe’s is more organic and eclectic,” Mr. Wheeler said. “We carry the mainstream products.”

So far, the Trader Joe’s fans have had no success getting that chain to come to Riverhead or elsewhere on the East End. The nearest Trader Joe’s store is in Lake Grove.

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01/31/12 1:47pm

Sonya Mebus of Southold died Jan. 24 in Florida at the age of 68.

She was born Sept. 9, 1943, in Queens to Richard and Helen (Kap) Hofmann and completed several semesters of college. She worked as an administrative assistant for her husband’s firm, Stanford Mebus & Co. CPAs P.C., in Southold.

She is survived by her husband, Stanford; her daughters, Sonya Sulton and Pamela Cuffalo; her son, Ted; her brothers, Richard and Bruno Hofmann; and 17 grandchildren.

Visiting hours will take place Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Reginald H. Tuthill Funeral Home in Riverhead. A service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick R.C. Church in Southold, followed by interment at the church cemetery.