04/30/12 6:05pm
04/30/2012 6:05 PM


Mattituck is not your typical high school boys tennis team. For one thing, not many teams have three eighth-graders and a freshman in their singles lineup. For another, the undefeated Tuckers are Suffolk County League VIII champions for a second straight year.

Mattituck’s 7-0 defeat of Southold/Greenport last Wednesday, coupled with Longwood’s defeat of Rocky Point the same day, left the Tuckers (11-0, 11-0) with their eighth league title and second since 2000. Last year marked their first title as a League VIII team.

“Well, it’s awesome because now we get to go to the playoffs, and everyone goes to the county tournament,” one of the team’s eighth-graders, first singles player Garrett Malave, said. “I was definitely confident that we were going far because I know last year we lost a lot of seniors, but I did have hope. I knew other teams lost seniors, too, so it was not just us.”

An injection of youth gave the Tuckers new life this season. The eighth-graders — Malave (10-1), Parker Tuthill (10-1) and Thomas Chatin (7-4) — as well as freshman Andrew Young (11-0) have been instrumental.

“I’ve had a lot of young players playing on the varsity level [before], but not this many,” said coach Mike Huey, who started coaching the Tuckers in 1976. “I knew it was all a matter of how the younger kids developed, and obviously they developed very well.”

The unbeaten record may be somewhat misleading. The Tuckers had some close matches, including a pair of 4-3 wins over Longwood.

“It was definitely a challenge to get here,” said Malave.

Mattituck faced less of a challenge on Monday when it defeated Riverhead by a 7-0 score for the second time this season. The Tuckers, playing their first match since learning they had clinched first place, were in total control at Riverhead High School. Mattituck lost only three games in the four singles matches.

Malave defeated Seth Conrad, 6-1, 6-1. Tuthill trounced his second singles opponent, John Rios, 6-0, 6-0. That was the same score that Chatin posted in his defeat of Dillon Fara-Wiggins at fourth singles. Young registered a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Tim Saletel at third singles.

Mattituck’s first doubles team of Stefen Kuehn and Austin Tuthill brought their record to 10-0 with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Christian Aquirre and Joe Inzalac.

The No. 2 doubles team of Graham Homan and James Rabkevich improved its record to 9-2 by scoring a 6-0, 6-0 win over Steve Velasquez and Clive Williams.

Because Riverhead (0-10, 0-10) had only eight players available, it forfeited third doubles to Mattituck’s Dan Salice and Kevin Schwartz, who are 8-3.

Riverhead coach Bob Lum said his team certainly needs more depth. The Blue Waves have 12 players on their roster, including one injured player. Four of the team members started playing tennis only five weeks ago.

Lum said his players need a better understanding of the off-season commitment required to keep up with opposing teams.

“What they have to learn is how much work is needed,” Lum said. “This is not a, ‘O.K., let’s play for two months and that’s it.’ If you want to compete, you have to play for more than two months out of the year. You have to practice for more than two months out of the year, and then you can see what happens. If you only give something two months out of the year, it doesn’t take too much effort from the other team to come beat you. All they have to do is practice three months out of the year.”

The team losses aside, Conrad said it is a “great season,” and he is enjoying playing alongside his teammates. “There’s a competitive side of me that wants the team to get better, but more importantly, personally, I wish everyone had the outlook that I do,” he said. “I just want to have fun. It’s the love of the sport. I don’t think it should be something taken so seriously that you can’t enjoy it. I try to enjoy it as much as I can.”

The Tuckers have a lot to enjoy. With their young players, they should be a force for years to come. In Malave, they have one of the league’s finest talents, a player capable of making remarkable shots.

“I think Garrett can play with anybody,” Huey said. “He’s got a lot of confidence and he goes for his shots, and he’s playing good tennis right now.”

Others have obviously helped. Young, though, has been something of a wild card. Last year he played junior high school baseball before turning to tennis this year.

“Andrew Young was probably my biggest surprise,” Huey said. “I didn’t even know he existed.”

Young and his young teammates, however, are quickly making a name for themselves.

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04/30/12 6:00pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Dan Welden adds to the print using a water crayon.

Dan Welden of Sag Harbor, a master printmaker, painter, teacher and author, conducted a free public demonstration of his printmaking process in the Carriage House at the East End Arts in Riverhead Friday.

Mr. Welden, who was assisted by artist Rosamaria Eisler during the all-day program, is the originator of the printmaking technique called the ‘solarplate’ method.

As a pioneer, he is at the forefront of using safer and greener methods for printmaking without the use of acids and other dangerous chemicals.

During his 40-year career as an artist and printmaker he has shown his work in more than 70 solo exhibits and over 500 group exhibitions across the United States and abroad.

Check out photos from Friday’s program below:

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04/30/12 4:42pm

TIM KELLY PHOTO | Al Krupski and Congressman Tim Bishop during Sunday's Democratic Party celebration.

The Southold Democratic Party honored Councilman Al Krupski and the Cutchogue Polish Democratic Club during a party fundraiser at Touch of Venice in Cutchogue Sunday afternoon. Mr. Krupski has served in town office for close to three decades and the club has been meeting for over 80 years.

GOP Supervisor Scott Russell was on hand and delivered a lighthearted “roast” of Mr. Krupski, a fellow Town Board member.

See the video below:

04/30/12 11:16am

Milla Handley has been making wine in California since 1975. Back then, she was one of very few women actually down in the cellar, dragging hoses around and monitoring fermentation temperatures. In 1978 she and her husband, Rex McClellan, moved to the remote Anderson Valley, north of Sonoma, where, over time, they planted 29 acres in chardonnay, pinot noir and gewurtztraminer. In 1982, she began to make her own wine in their basement.

At the time, Milla and Rex were true winemaking pioneers. While Napa was surging to prominence under the leadership of such wine greats as Robert Mondavi, the Anderson Valley was a little too far from San Francisco, a little too cold, a little too rural for the kind of investors who poured money into Napa. But Milla liked its isolation. She enjoyed the camaraderie of her hardscrabble farming neighbors. Even after Rex’s death, she continued making wine there despite its many challenges.

At Milla’s vineyard, heavy fog from the Pacific Ocean makes for cold nights (around 50 degrees during the growing season). When the fog clears, it can get as hot as 112 degrees. Most of the time, a 35-degree change in 24 hours is typical there. This makes the vines struggle to ripen, but it also conserves acidity in the fruit. Just when the fruit is almost ripe, autumn rains begin, sometimes forcing a premature harvest.

I met Milla in Manhattan at Keen’s Steakhouse, where a small group of wine writers was led through a retrospective tasting of 12 Handley pinot noirs from the 1997-2009 vintages. We tasted silently and seriously, then asked questions of Milla and her co-winemaker, Kristen Barnhisel. It was indeed a tasting worthy of focused attention; the wines were seriously good. But what I liked best about the tasting was Milla herself. She and I began making wine at the same time (1975), and she told stories that I could really identify with about raising two children while making wine professionally.

As much as Milla liked the remoteness of her Anderson Valley home, from a very early age her eldest daughter wanted to live in a more populated area. “Mom,” the child said, “Let’s move to New York.”

“No,” said Milla. “New York is too far away.”

“Then can we move to San Francisco?”

“No,” said Milla. “That’s too far, too.”

“Well then,” asked the child, “How about Booneville?”

My own daughter, at age 3, used to say, quite regularly, “I wanna go somewhere!” And we were already in Cutchogue, which was about as populous as Booneville back then.

Milla may live in the middle of nowhere, and favor a laid-back personal style, but she is sophisticated in the world of wine. She told me of her meeting with the cellar master at the famed estate of Romanée Conti in Burgundy. This man, revered for his wines but a notorious fanny pincher, encircled her shoulders with one arm, grasping her breast in one hand while firmly holding a bottle of 1966 Le Montrachet in the other. Being a true lover of wine, and not wanting to compromise her chance to taste one of the world’s finest white Burgundies, Milla ignored the inappropriate gesture.

“Hey, he’s French! And he was scheduled to have a triple bypass. He looked like a garbage man,” she told me. “Besides, the wine was worth it.”

Having survived this and other forms of disrespect familiar to many female winemakers (“We were once called a coven,” Milla says), Milla has expanded Handley Cellars, so that now she makes wines from several vineyards. Still, my favorites were those from her home vineyard, called “RSM” after her late husband. The 1997 had a wonderful subtlety rarely found in California pinot noirs. As old as it is, the wine still blossomed in the glass, with flavors of black cherries and allspice.

I also admired the 2005 RSM Pinot Noir, which had nuanced fruit and sweet, nutty wood.

Other tasters preferred the bigger, more extracted wines, like the 2009 RSM, with its brilliant color and lush fruit. But this is a style one expects from a California pinot. When Milla said, “New York has a European palate,” someone yelled, “No they don’t. They want fruit bombs!”

That’s an issue for Long Island’s vintners, too: Wine critics have led consumers away from subtle, cool-climate wines. I sympathize with Milla, who said, “I’m trying not to be a bitch. I’m trying but I fail sometimes.”

Ms. Hargrave was a founder of the Long Island wine industry in 1973. She is currently a freelance writer and consultant.

04/30/12 9:00am

COURTESY PHOTO | Sarah Lihan and Amanda Clark in a photo from their Team Go Sail Facebook page.

Shelter Island Olympian Amanda Clark and her crew, Sarah Lihan, placed second in the women’s 470 class at the International Sailing Federation’s world cup event in Hyeres, France this week, well behind the Netherlands team of Lisa Westerhof and her crew, Lobke Berkhout.

Most of the teams Ms. Clark and Ms. Lihan will face in the Olympics this summer were at the French event this week, according to race organizers.
Not only did the US team place second in the regatta this week, but Ms. Clark and Ms. Lihan were second in the medal race that included only the top 10 competitors from among the original 48-boat field.

US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics Sperry Top-Sider athletes have been in good standing throughout the competition in Hyeres. American sailors held top-10 positions in the Women’s 470, Laser, Finn, Sonar, 2.4mR and Star classes.

Although the Clark-Lihan Team Go Sail hasn’t commented publicly on their finish in the overall competition, earlier this week they attributed the success they were having to the windy Mistral conditions, which they have trained for but haven’t had during the past year of competition, according to Ms. Lihan. The Mistral winds in Hyeres have been strong, shifty and gusty.

The American athletes got some good news Tuesday, learning that Sperry Top-Sider had stepped in as a sponsor, replacing Alpha Graphics, which is under new management and is stepping back from its long-term sponsorship of the U.S. sailing team. Sperry Top-Sider will be bringing 40 to 50 percent more money to the table, according to Dean Brenner, chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sailing Committee.

Mr. Brenner didn’t release specific figures on the contract but said in a Tuesday afternoon teleconference that there would be a significant increase in resources, including coaching, available to the U.S. Olympic sailors. Much of the benefit won’t be realized in 2013, until after this summer’s Olympics, he said.
But having the new sponsorship in place has “allowed our athletes to continue to focus on sailing,” Mr. Brenner said. He predicted that U.S. sailing teams would be very competitive in at least six classes, including the women’s 470.

After this week’s races in France, Ms. Clark and Ms. Lihan have two more international competitions before the summer Olympics. They’re due to compete in the Barcelona 470 World Championships beginning May 13 and the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth, England starting on June 4.

The pair plans to be in London for the Olympics opening ceremonies on July 27, before heading to coastal Weymouth for their Olympic competition, Ms. Clark said. When she competed in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, she didn’t get to participate in opening ceremonies and said it’s something she doesn’t want to miss as she has said this will be her final Olympic competition.

She told students during a talk she gave at the Shelter Island School this winter that her goal was to come home with a medal.

04/30/12 7:00am

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | 10-year-old Gideon Burnes Heath entertains the audience at Poquatuck Hall in Orient Saturday evening with his cover of Coldplay's "The Scientist."

Some strummed guitars and others wielded banjos for a packed house at Poquatuck Hall in Orient Saturday. Even 10-year-old Gideon Burnes Heath participated in the evening of song and music, playing Coldplay’s “The Scientist” from behind the hall’s grand piano in front of an audience of more than 100 people.

Called a “Song Swap,” the duel-purpose event was aimed to entertain and raise money for renovations to historic Poquatuck Hall.

The Song Swap is the third of its kind, organized and emceed by Gideon D’Arcangelo.

“I like to think of Poquatuck Hall like our living room in Orient,” Mr. D’Arcangelo said during the event’s introduction. It’s a space where we can all come together and do this sort of thing.”

Poquatuck Hall was built in the 19th century to provide Orient with a town hall and entertainment center, which is still does today.

Money made from the first Song Swap raised funds to rip out the linoleum flooring to reveal and refinish the original hard wood beneath it. This year’s profits will go toward replacing an old oil furnace in the basement with a higher efficiency gas furnace.

04/29/12 5:00pm
04/29/2012 5:00 PM

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | Guns belonging to Frank Tuthill, found murdered in 1932, and the 'Wickham ax,' used to murder Frances and James Wickham in the 1850s. Both are part of a new exhibit at Suffolk County Historical Society in Riverhead.

Take note, oh ye of dark or baneful natures, because a host of events celebrating the macabre is creeping up on us.

The Suffolk County Historical Society and East End Arts are coming together to kick off a month of metaphysical mayhem.

“La Morte,” a show where interpretations of the theme “death” were judged by guest juror April Gornik, an internationally known landscape artist, opens Friday, April 27, at the East End Arts Gallery.

“Ms Gornik was surprised by the quality of the work,” said Jane Kirkwood, gallery director at East End Arts. For the first time in judging history, there was a tie for best in show. Anne Seelbach from Sag Harbor produced an acrylic on paper piece called “Life Serves Death” which tied Center Moriches resident Cynthia Parry’s oil on canvas work called “La Petite Mort.”

Ms. Kirkwood said her personal favorite in the show is by Mary Wynn of Islip who, through her years as an organist at a funeral parlor, kept a journal with observations and drawings inside. “The Organist’s Funeral Journal” can be found at the EEA show sitting on a pedestal covered by a long, black veil.

Some works from the EEA show will also accompany the Suffolk County Historical Society’s similarly themed exhibit, “Death Becomes Her: Objects and Art of Death and Mourning,” opening the same evening and running through May 26.

“It really enhances our classical historic pieces when we pair them with contemporary works,” said Kathy Curran, the historical society’s executive director.

Ms. Curran said the society’s upcoming spooky programming, which includes visits from psychics, paranormal investigators, tarot card readers and more, began when she was approached by East End Arts Gallery director Jane Kirkwood.

“She had an exhibition she was really excited about and asked us if there was anything we could do with death as a theme,” Ms. Curran said. “At first we wondered if we wanted to do death so far away from Halloween, but that’s why we’re calling it Metaphysical May!”

Ms. Kirkwood said Ms. Curran did not immediately agree to the collaboration, but after a period of deliberation Ms. Curran agreed, reportedly by approaching Ms. Kirkwood to say, “I’m giving you death.”

The historical society’s exhibit will feature Edwardian mourning clothing, mourning jewelry that often accompanied such garb, two colonial children’s coffins, murder weapons and oddities like “hair jewelry,” often made from the hair of a lover in the 1860s.

“We have a beautiful gold watch with a locket containing a picture of two children and the band is made from hair,” Ms. Curran said. “The hair jewelry is so spectacular.”

Ms. Curran said the society likes to showcase what it owns and, when it comes to death, is well prepared.

“We have the guns of Frank Tuthill, an eccentric man found murdered in the Hampton Bays woods on Aug. 6, 1932,” said Ms. Curran. “He was a flimflam doctor, a snake oil salesman, and some people say his death was a flimflam doctor deal gone wrong. He was known to carry thousands of dollars on him.”

Among the exhibit’s most impressive items, she said, is what’s known as “the Wickham ax,” a weapon used to murder James and Frances Wickham in the 1850s while they slept in their Cutchogue home. The murder was reportedly perpetrated by disgruntled servant Nicholas Behan, who had been rejected by one of the Wickham’s female servants and was subsequently dismissed.

Ms. Curran said she recently handed the Wickham ax to psychic Dawn Joly, who told her, “There’s a farmer and his wife here. They’re very peaceful, were very much in love and are so happy you’re doing this and bringing attention to it. They follow you all over the museum and the man who did this is nowhere near them. He’s in the far reaches of the netherworld and will never get out.”

She said she was most impressed by this interpretation because Ms. Joly had never been to the museum and did not know about the Wickham ax.

The ax, she said, was obtained by George Edwards, son of Daniel Edwards, who was a jailer at the time of the murders, and was presented to the society in 1906 by Septer Luce.

Ms. Joly will lead a guided tour of the historical society’s exhibit at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, and will give interpretations of items guests bring in for examination.

Other events scheduled at the historical society during Metaphysical May are “Transchanneling of the White Buffalo Womyn” on May 11 and “The Spirits Among Us: Metaphysical and Paranormal Investigations of New York” on May 17.

To register for one of these events or to find out more about “Metaphysical May,” call the Suffolk County Historical Society at 727-2881, ext. 100, or visit suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org.

Other events to be held at East End Arts during Metaphysical May include “Astrology & Reincarnation” on May 8, “Past Life Regression Hypnotherapy Sessions” on May 12, “Spirit Travel Sessions” on May 19 and “Mini Chart Readings and Mini Tarot Card Readings” on May 27. Space is limited. For more information, call 727-0900 or visit eastendarts.org.

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‘Death Becomes Her’
Exhibit of objects and art of death and mourning at Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main Street, Riverhead.
On view through May 26; opening reception Friday, April 27, 6-8 p.m.
Visit suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org or call 727-2881.

‘La Morte’
Juried show at East End Arts Gallery, 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead. On view through June 1; opening reception Friday, April 27, 5-7 p.m. Guest juror: April Gornik.
Visit eastendarts.org or call 727-0900.

04/29/12 3:00pm

BETH YOUNG PHOTO | The newly completed conference center at the former Santorini resort in Cutchogue, which is now owned by a New York electricians' union.

The electricians’ union that purchased the old Santorini Beach Resort at the end of Duck Pond Road in Cut­chogue expects its new 18,000-square-foot conference center at the site to open soon.

The Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry, a part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which owns the 12.3-acre property, is awaiting final Planning Board inspection before receiving the certificate of occupancy for the new building.

The other former motel buildings have also been renovated to serve as the union’s Long Island educational facility, complete with a restaurant, pool and pool house.

Visitors must pass through a security gate before entering the property.

The Planning Board approved the project in 2010 and board members said at Monday afternoon’s work session that they received no complaints during construction about truck traffic driving to the site down the quiet residential dead-end street.

Planning Board chairman Don Wilcenski seemed excited by the project’s completion.

“I’m going to electrician school tonight!” he said.

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04/29/12 1:30pm

GIANNA VOLPE PHOTO | More than 50 vehicles were already registered Sunday morning for the Hot Dogs and Hot Rods event.

There were motorheads galore at Calverton Links Sunday Morning to register their vehicles for the Hot Dogs and Hot Rods event to benefit the Riverhead Animal Shelter.

More than 50 vehicles were registered by 10 a.m. and small groups had already started heading out to five locations around the North Fork, including Claudio’s Clam Bar in Greenport and Wendy’s Deli in Mattituck to participate in today’s “poker run” for cash prizes. Participants in the contest pick up a card at each location and the person with the highest hand upon completion wins.

Live music will play this afternoon between 1 and 7 p.m. with musical acts including “Who are those guys,” “The Vendettas” and “Misspent youth” to perform.

Vendors are also setup with tents and will be selling their wares all day.

Tickets are $15 per person and kids 10 and under are admitted for free.

Today, as was yesterday, is a free adoption day for a shelter pet. Two shelter dogs, Elvis and Sofia, will be on hand today at the shelter’s tent amongst the vendors.

04/29/12 11:17am

A 23-year-old Mattituck man was charged with aggravated DWI and leaving the scene of an accident in Mattituck Saturday night, Southold Police said.

Stephen J. Tuthill allegedly failed to stop his 2009 Honda at an intersection while crossing over Cox Neck Road and struck a cable, tree and house, police said. He left the scene and was located at his residence shortly after, police said, where he was found to be intoxicated.

He was transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.