03/31/14 9:38pm

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03/31/14 5:00pm
The Riverhead Fire Department firefighters at  (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Riverhead Fire Department firefighters at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School Sunday evening. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Update 5:20 p.m.: Bishop-McGann Mercy High School officials have confirmed the school will be opened Tuesday.

Principal Carl Semmler also issued the following statement:

“Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School was inspected by the Riverhead Fire Marshall, the Suffolk County Department of Health and a team of private environmental engineers.  It has been determined that the building is safe for the students, faculty and staff to return tomorrow, April 1.  The major debris has been removed, the student areas have been cleaned, including the use of air scrubbers with HEPA filters.  The kitchen surfaces will continue to be disinfected tomorrow.  As such, all students and faculty have been advised that there will be no food service tomorrow and to bring a bag lunch.”

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Riverhead Fire Department responded to an electrical fire Sunday evening at Bishop-McGann Mercy High School in Riverhead.

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03/31/14 3:58pm

The Greenport High School Drama Club will present “Bye Bye Birdie” on April 4, 5 and 6 in the district auditorium.

In the satirical musical, set in 1958, a small-town teenager is chosen to receive “one last kiss” from rock star Conrad Birdie — based on Elvis Presley — before he goes into the Army. The show is known for its songs “Put On a Happy Face” and “Kids.” (more…)

03/31/14 3:38pm

Joan Sheehan was born Aug. 12, 1932, in New York City and is survived by her sister Betty Sheehan, who resides in Jackson Heights and their dear cat, Megan, as well as her nieces and nephews, Tom Weigel, Mary Susan Shaffer, George Locke, Monica Claire Antonie, Kevin Doherty, Kathy Mazzo and Diane Coleman and their respective children.  (more…)

03/31/14 1:44pm
NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | An aerial view of Calverton Enterprise Park, looking south

NEWS-REVIEW FILE PHOTO | An aerial view of Calverton Enterprise Park, looking south

Riverhead Town landed a hefty $5 million out of New York State’s $137.9 billion 2014-15 budget to upgrade and build new sewer infrastructure at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

The budget is expected to be voted on before the end of the fiscal year today.

The town already was given about $1.3 million late last year from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council to build out sewers at EPCAL, which will need to be expanded and upgraded if the town gets the development it is hoping to attract.

State Sen. Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) said on Monday “this was a priority because job creation is critically important to our region. Development at EPCAL will benefit the entire eastern end of Brookhaven and eastern Long Island. When we start putting ratables there, that will help stabilize real property taxes.”

Town officials have said it could cost over $23 million to do all the sewer work that needs to be done on site. A first phase would include moving discharge for groundwater away from McKay Lake, which should cost nearly $7 million.

Between the $5 million coming through next fiscal year’s budget, and the $1.3 million from the LIREDC, Supervisor Sean Walter said phase one of a sewer upgrade should be pretty much paid for. A connection fee to be paid by a 97,000-square foot drug research center could close the gap, he said.

Mr. Walter said on Monday he was “extremely pleased with Senator LaValle,” also recognizing Assemblymen Fred Thiele and Anthony Palumbo.

“Everybody who doubted that the state would partner with us — I’m happy to prove them wrong,” said the supervisor.

Monday’s announcement was the second big announcement for moving development ahead at EPCAL in as many years in Albany: in fact, last June, the state legislature OK’d a fast-track bill which will hasten the approval process for projects at EPCAL, which was gifted to the Town of Riverhead in the late 1990s.