04/10/15 2:43pm
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Mattituck/Greenport/Southold coach Matt Maloney talking to his team before it takes the field in Deer Park. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold coach Matt Maloney talking to his team before it takes the field in Deer Park. (Credit: Bob Liepa)

TUCKERS 17, FALCONS 3

One can imagine hearing a vendor cruising through the stands, yelling out: “Get your programs here! You can’t tell the Hoegs without a program!”

That’s because the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school girls lacrosse team is packed with Hoegs, five of them altogether. That’s right, five! (more…)

11/26/13 2:15pm
11/26/2013 2:15 PM
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ZAKI HOSSAIN COURTESY PHOTO | Genny David was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to stealing more than $430,000 from a Deer Park packing company.

A Greenport woman who had pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $430,000 from her employer was sentenced to one year in jail last week, and will have to pay back the money she stole while falsifying checks, court officials said.

Genny David, 38, admitted in April to stealing the money over two years from Modern Packaging Inc. in Deer Park, where she had worked for nearly a decade, court and company officials said.

She was sentenced by Suffolk County judge Martin Effman Friday and must pay $444,150 in restitution; the packing company will recieve $344,150 and $100,000 will go to its insurance company to repay for the insurance payout, court records show.

Prosecutors said Ms. David used her position as payroll manager to write payroll checks to former and faked employees, then cashed the checks in her own bank account.

Modern Packing Inc. president and founder Zaki Hossain said Ms. David stole $5,000 a week from the company. An outside accountant eventually noticed the missing money, but when Mr. Hossain asked Ms. David to investigate, she told him the payroll company was looking into it, he said.

Mr. Hossain called the company himself weeks later, and discovered that the funds were being diverted into her bank account.

Ms. David stole $281,870.91 from Modern Packaging Inc. in 2011 and $148,961.65 in 2012, according to a statement by the company.

“She broke the whole trust in doing [this],” Mr. Hossain said, adding that the 130 workers were not given a bonus that year because of her theft. “It’s not fair.”

Ms. David was arrested on Dec. 13, 2012 and was indicted on a grand larceny charge in Suffolk County court this April. Ms. David was released on her own recognizance after her arraignment and pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 15, court records show.

She was sentenced Friday before county Judge Martin Effman.

But Mr. Hossain fears that he may not see the restitution money, noting that Ms. David has residences in other parts of the country and abroad and saying prosecutors were unable to find the stolen funds. He wrote the company was “dismayed” to learn Ms. David could be released from jail in as little as eight months.

Suffolk County District Attorney representatives could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Hossain said he thinks the lenient punishment will only encourage more crime.

“Every thief, they will come up with an idea not to pay, unless it’s enforced,” he said. “These things will happen more and more.”

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11/18/13 11:00am
11/18/2013 11:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.

The Tanger Outlets centers in Riverhead and Deer Park on Monday announced a “Moonlight Madness” promotion that will see all its stores open at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Night.

The stores will then remain open throughout the night and morning into Black Friday, Nov. 29.

The hours “will offer Tanger shoppers the opportunity to capitalize on huge savings at their favorite brand name and designer outlet stores before the Black Friday rush,” Tanger officials said in a statement.

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“With a short holiday season this year, shopping early is more important than ever,” said Steven Tanger, the president and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., of Greensboro, N.C. “Tanger Outlets’ Moonlight Madness Sale offers customers a unique shopping experience where they can shop all of our brand name and designer stores across categories at one fun and clean location.”

Among other marketing promotions, Tanger Outlets is offering 20 percent and 30 percent-off “Bonus Savings Passes” that must be downloaded here or picked up at either of the two Tanger Outlets centers by Wednesday, Nov. 27, company officials said.

04/20/13 12:45pm
04/20/2013 12:45 PM
GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Audrey Hoeg trying to pass a Deer Park defender.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Audrey Hoeg trying to pass a Deer Park defender during Saturday’s game at Deer Park High School.

FALCONS 15, TUCKERS 12

Whether it’s as a goal scorer or an assist maker, it’s common for a Hoeg to figure in the scoring for the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold girls lacrosse team. Sometimes it’s a Hoeg-to-Hoeg connection for a goal, but the point is, a Hoeg is usually involved in there somewhere, and that’s just fine with the Tuckers.

The two freshmen, Audrey Hoeg and Katie Hoeg, are not only cousins, but they also happen to be the team’s top two offensive threats.

Audrey plays attack and Katie is a midfielder. The two agree that Audrey is more on the shy side while Katie is more outgoing. There is no resemblance between the Hoegs that would hint that they are related.

Perhaps the biggest similarity they share is the impact they bring when they step onto a lacrosse field.

To say that the Hoegs are vital to Mattituck/Greenport/Southold would not be too much. Tuckers coach Julie Milliman undoubtedly wouldn’t want to think about what life for her team would be like without them.

“We definitely rely on them heavily,” she said. “They’re both just critical players. Together, they’re kind of like the motor of our team.”

A typical example of what the Hoegs can do for the Tuckers was seen Saturday when every goal but one in a 15-12 loss at Deer Park High School was scored by the cousins. Katie Hoeg registered 7 goals from 9 shots and had 2 assists while Audrey Hoeg put up 4 goals and 2 assists. They combined three times for goals. The only goal a Hoeg didn’t score for the Tuckers was provided by Tricia Brisotti.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Katie Hoeg charging forward before scoring one of her 7 goals against Deer Park.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Katie Hoeg charging forward before scoring one of her 7 goals against Deer Park.

“They’re definitely both impact players,” Milliman said. “Katie controls more of the midfield and she plays a lot of good ‘D’ for us, and on attack she’s awesome. And Audrey’s kind of actually taken on a new role this year. We kind of just rely on her for some assists and some feeds up front. She causes a lot of turnovers [by] the other team. I have definitely seen both of them evolve into more complete players this year.”

That may help explain why the Tuckers (4-6, 3-5 Division II), in their fourth varsity season, have more wins in a season than they ever had before.

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold led for much of Saturday’s game before Deer Park scored 6 straight goals as part of a paralyzing 9-1 run in the second half that gave the Falcons a 15-10 lead. Nicolette Tortorici bagged 3 of her 4 goals during that decisive spurt. She also had 2 assists.

Deer Park (3-5, 2-4), which snapped a five-game losing streak, also received 3 goals each from Shannon Doolan and Hailey Leitch. Kaylan DiModugno contributed 2 goals and 3 assists to the victory and Jordan Lazarich added 2 goals and 1 assist.

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold never trailed until Tortorici scored on a free-position shot to break a 9-9 tie with 10 minutes 48 seconds left in the game.

“We had the momentum in the first half, and then they just took over,” said Katie Hoeg.

It was almost as if Deer Park flipped a switch.

“I’m proud of my girls that they were able to come together at halftime and, you know, really go out and play it all out,” Deer Park coach Anthony Saccone said. “They buckled down and did what they needed to do.”

Deer Park also put more pressure on the Hoegs, who at times found themselves covered by two or even three players. As the Hoegs have improved their game and gained more notoriety, partly through their play for a club team, the Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets, they have had to contend with the reality of more defensive attention and face guarding.

“It’s really frustrating, but I get used to it,” Katie Hoeg said. “We have ways to break it. I’m getting used to it by now.”

Both Hoegs come from lacrosse families. Audrey’s father, Tom, and Katie’s father, James, who is the Tuckers’ assistant coach, both played lacrosse for Smithtown. Tom also played college ball for William & Mary.

The cousins started playing when they were in first or second grade, developing different playing styles along the way.

“She’s more finesse, more sneaky,” Katie said, “and I’m more, just like I’ll say, a bull.”

Both styles work for the cousins, who share a passion for lacrosse, and a knack for putting the ball in the net.

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04/10/13 2:30pm
04/10/2013 2:30 PM

Greenport resident Genny David is accused of embezzling $400,000 from her Deer Park employers.

A Greenport woman accused of embezzling more than $400,000 from two Deer Park companies where she worked as a bookkeeper is to be arraigned next week on felony grand larceny charges, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.

Genny David, 37, was employed by Modern Packaging Inc. and PDF Seal and was in charge of entering payroll information, according to Bob Clifford, a spokesman for District Attorney Thomas Spota. She was arrested on Dec. 13, 2012 and accused of using her access to reactivate payroll for former employees and having payroll checks for the phantom workers deposited directly into her personal bank account.

She is to be arraigned in County Criminal Court in Riverhead before Judge Martin Efman, Mr. Clifford said.

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