04/30/14 6:00pm
04/30/2014 6:00 PM
Gene Allen, shown in a game against Bayport-Blue Point last season, proved to be tough to tackle. The Greenport/Southold/Mattituck senior has made Hartwick College his college choice. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

Gene Allen, shown in a game against Bayport-Blue Point last season, proved to be tough to tackle. The Greenport/Southold/Mattituck senior has made Hartwick College his college choice. (Credit: Garret Meade file)

Gene Allen recalls being encouraged to hit the weight room a few years ago. It wasn’t later, however, until he truly committed himself to weight training. What a difference it has made.

“Words can’t even describe how much the weight room helped,” he said.

Lifting all those weights not only sculpted the Mattituck High School senior’s muscles and enabled him to lead Greenport/Southold/Mattituck’s football team to its finest season in over three decades, it also gave Allen a future in college football. Allen has made Hartwick College his college of choice, declaring that he will play football for the NCAA Division III team.  (more…)

04/30/14 4:15pm
anielle Allen of Riverhead (center) as Aida in a scene with the other captured slaves. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Danielle Allen of Riverhead (center) as Aida in the “Dance of the Robe” as her people convince them to lead them. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Danielle Allen of Riverhead plays Aida in McGann-Mercy Theatre Company’s presentation of the Broadway show “Aida.”

Based on Verdi’s opera of the same name, the musical opens in the Eygptian wing of a modern day museum, where two strangers meet and a “transported” back to ancient Egypt. A love story between Aida of Nubia and Radames of Egypt, both of warring nations, evolves with a tragic ending.  (more…)

04/30/14 2:00pm
Gerry Hayden and Chris Pendergast make their way down Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck last during the annual Ride for Life event last year. (Credit: Tim Kelly file)

Gerry Hayden and Chris Pendergast make their way down Old Sound Avenue in Mattituck last during the annual Ride for Life event last year. (Credit: Tim Kelly file)

Participants of the annual ALS Ride for Life event, which raises funds and awareness for the illness also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, are expected to start their ride in Southold Tuesday. (more…)

04/30/14 1:00pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Village at Jamesport is proposed for this property just west of the hamlet's business district on Main Road.

The Village at Jamesport is proposed for this property just west of the hamlet’s business district. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A 44-acre Jamesport property that has been the subject of a controversial development proposal is now being offered for sale as part of a bankruptcy proceeding.

A company called GA Keen Realty Advisors LLC has an advertisement in the New York Times Wednesday offering the 43.6 acres on Main Road in Jamesport as a “bankruptcy sale.”  (more…)

04/30/14 12:00pm
Southold cheerleaders perform during a basketball game this past winter. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold cheerleaders perform during a basketball game this past winter. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Riverhead athletic director Bill Groth remembers attending cheerleading competitions for the first time sometime around the mid-90s. The Blue Waves were a newcomer to the competitive scene, a phenomenon just beginning to sweep Long Island.

“You go to those championships,” Groth said, “and you’re going to have one word come out: Wow.” (more…)

04/30/14 10:00am
Village board members hope to resurface the basketball courts on Third Street. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Village board members hope to resurface the basketball courts on Third Street. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Greenport’s parks could be receiving a facelift after Village Board members voted to seek bids for several upgrades to spruce up the Third and Fifth street playgrounds and basketball courts.

Members are seeking a cost estimate on three projects that include replacing the fence at Third Street Park and resurfacing the basketball courts on both Third and Fifth streets.  (more…)

04/30/14 7:00am
Southold Elementary School fifth graders Ronald Gonzalez and Danielle Henry make the obstacle course look easy. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southold Elementary School fifth graders Ronald Gonzalez and Danielle Henry make the obstacle course look easy. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Southold Elementary School students celebrated as they made their way across the finish line of a more than quarter-mile long obstacle course Monday during the school’s pilot run of the Just Finish Kids program.

The program, developed to promote physical activity and nutrition, was funded through the school’s Arts in Education Enrichment Program, challenging their endurance, balance and coordination.

It was created by Nikita Dorcinvil, owner of a race timing and scoring company Just Finish.

“I noticed that while the bulk of the crowd sticks around to see the the winners of a race — the people that are finishing last in a race, those are the real heroes,” said Mr. Dorcinvil, adding that those coming in last have often conquered more than just a race.

“Many have just completed chemo or some other types of medical treatment,” he said. “Their goal was to just finish.”

Gym teacher Pete Salerno helped Mr. Dorcinvil with the educational aspects of the program, which has now been backed by Nassau Suffolk BOCES, he said.

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