12/21/14 8:00am
12/21/2014 8:00 AM

One of these columns apparently begets another. At least that’s my conclusion after writing in this space two weeks ago about our Orient neighbor George Hossenlopp, who was in the news recently in connection with the 150th anniversary college football game between Lehigh and Lafayette. It seems George played quarterback for Lafayette 50 years ago in the 100th anniversary game.

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10/10/14 8:00am
10/10/2014 8:00 AM
A flag flies at half-mast at Shoreham-Wading River High School last week following the death of junior Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A flag flies at half-mast at Shoreham-Wading River High School last week following the death of junior Tom Cutinella. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

When tragedy strikes, it’s only natural to wonder what, if anything, could have been done to prevent it. When a life is lost on the athletic fields at far too young an age, the emotional toll cuts deep to the core of a community.  (more…)

10/10/14 8:00am
(Credit: Paul Squire)

Pallbearers carry the casket of Tom Cutinella at Tuesday’s funeral service in Wading River. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Editor’s Note: This story appeared in the Oct. 9 print edition of the The Suffolk Times.

It was second-down-and-five with 3 minutes, 51 seconds remaining in the third quarter on the overcast afternoon of Oct. 1. The Shoreham-Wading River football team led host Elwood/John Glenn by a score of 17-12.

The call was for a simple running play.

Wildcats quarterback Danny Hughes handed the ball to tailback Chris Rosati, who began to run to his left.  (more…)

10/10/14 8:00am
A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)

A candlelit tribute to Tom Cutinella made during a vigil at the Shoreham-Wading River football field last Thursday. (Credit: Thomas Baker)

Football, a sport that has been as bruised and battered as some of its players sometimes, has taken hit after hit in recent years. In the NFL, we have seen Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson involved in domestic abuse and child abuse cases, respectively. The commissioner, Roger Goodell, has come under fire for his handling — or mishandling — of the Rice case. The danger of concussions hangs over the sport like a sword of Damocles. College football has had its own misdeeds, scandals and problems.  (more…)

10/09/14 8:00am
10/09/2014 8:00 AM

In our inaugural North Fork in the News podcast we cover the story of Tom Cutinella, a 16-year-old football player from Shoreham-Wading River who died following a head injury suffered in the team’s game at Elwood/John Glenn last week.

Locally, it devastated his community, as thousands of mourners came out to remember a young man who made a positive impact on the lives of everyone he came in contact with.

We also discuss the Whitebread, an annual sailboat race around Shelter Island that is now in its 21st year. (more…)

10/08/14 10:32am
10/08/2014 10:32 AM
West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for Tom Cutinella. (Credit: courtesy photo)

West Point football coach Jeff Monken helped arrange for the Cutinella family to receive a jersey and scholarship offer for their son, Tom. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Tom Cutinella dreamed of attending West Point, his father, Frank, said during a eulogy for the 16-year-old Tuesday morning.

It was a dream that, in a way, became reality one day earlier thanks to the effort of a Shoreham-Wading River alumnus and the football staff at West Point.  (more…)

10/07/14 3:56pm
Tom Cutinella's family embrace after the teen's funeral Tuesday morning. The 16-year-old was killed after being injured while playing football last week.

Tom Cutinella’s family embraces after the teen’s funeral Tuesday morning. The 16-year-old was killed after being injured while playing football last week. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Tom Cutinella was a gifted athlete, an exceptional student and a patriotic young man who planted flags at Calverton National Cemetery and had dreams of going to West Point, his father Frank said to hundreds during a eulogy opening his funeral service Tuesday morning.

But while the teen loved his country and competing in sports, to Tom, his family always came first.  (more…)

10/03/14 3:52pm
10/03/2014 3:52 PM

Services have been set for Thomas Cutinella, 16, of Wading River. Mr. Cutinella died on Wednesday following an injury sustained in a football game.

A visitation will take place at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church in Wading River on Sunday from 4-7 p.m., and on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m.

A funeral mass will take place at the church on Tuesday at 10 a.m., followed by a burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.