07/16/13 11:06am

STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | Erin Walsh from Schmitt Family Farms tries to keep cool by staying in shade while spraying vegetables.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s today as part of the heat wave that has hit Long Island this week.

The National Weather Service said the warm weather is here to stay until Saturday when a low pressure system is expected to move in and bring cooler temperatures.

Long Island Power Authority is reporting fewer than five outages right now in Riverhead and is expecting power to be restored to affected customers by 2 p.m. There are about 60 reported outages altogether on Long Island as of Tuesday morning.

Town of Southold Supervisor Scott Russell has urged residents to use designated cooling centers to avoid the high heat and humidity. The Human Resource Center located at 750 Pacific Avenue has will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and local libraries are offering services as well.

As a result of the hot weather this week, the Town of Riverhead has decided to keep local beaches open until 7 p.m. through Friday.

07/10/13 12:00pm
STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | The Jamesport Fire Department Parade is tonight at 7 p.m. The carnival continues throughout the week.

STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | The Jamesport Fire Department Parade is tonight at 7 p.m. The carnival continues throughout the week.

The Jamesport Fire Department has put the finishing touches on setting up for what has become a staple for the Town of Riverhead — its annual summer carnival.

The weeklong event kicked off Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. by the corner of Main Street and South Jamesport Boulevard at the George Young Community Center. This year’s event marks the events 58th anniversary of the event.

Jamesport Fire Chief Duffy Griffiths said people have been anxiously awaiting the start of this year’s festivities.

“We start getting questions about when the parade and fireworks are coming as early as May, people line up their vacations around it,” Mr. Griffiths said.

There are over a dozen rides to choose from like the Himalaya, a large tilt-a-whirl that is expected to be one of the more popular attractions among carnival goers this week. In addition to the rides, there will be opportunities to play carnival classics like the balloon and darts game as well as trying to sink someone in a dunk tank.

Other activities expected to take place this week include the customary parade which begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. Residents can also gaze at fireworks in the starry sky, which will close out the festivities Saturday night at 10 p.m.

Mr. Griffiths said the event has been a rewarding experience since he first joined the fire department.

“I’ve been doing it for 13 years and it’s great, people are happy when they come and you get to see the same faces and new faces every year,” he said.

One of the things Mr. Griffiths says he loves most about the carnival is being able to share the experience with his kids.

“The kids love it, it’s great because they’re 10 and 7 years old and as they get older and go on different rides they get a little more freedom,” he said.

The carnival will be open from 5 p.m. to midnight each day. Admission is free,but the Fire Department is accepting donations to help pay for the fireworks show that will take place Saturday night.

07/02/13 12:00pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters outside Cliff's Rendezvous after last Tuesday's grease fire.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Riverhead firefighters outside Cliff’s Rendezvous after last Tuesday’s grease fire.

Cliff’s Rendezvous is slowly recovering and rebuilding from a fire at the popular downtown eatery last week, the restaurant’s owner said Monday.

Owner Cliff Saunders said last Tuesday’s fire started when one of the chefs in the kitchen left a pan of bacon unattended near the oven and the boiler.

“It must’ve spattered and that’s why it ignited,” Mr. Saunders said.

The Riverhead Fire Department arrived at the restaurant shortly before 3 p.m. to extinguish the blaze. The firefighting effort closed down a part of East Main Street between Union and Maple avenues for about an hour before roads were reopened.

As a result of the fire, the restaurant suffered minor damage and has been closed since last week, Mr. Saunders said. A small section of the roof near the chimney was charred as a result of the fire, he said, adding that carpeting in the lower dining room was damaged and will have to be replaced as well.

“There was some damage from the firemen using the hose,” Mr. Saunders said. “It washed out into the dining room and it kind of flooded the floor so we had to tear the carpet up … The damage is fairly minimal, it’s just a matter of rebuilding.”

Mr. Saunders said he hopes to reopen the restaurant within a week or two.

He said he was grateful for the outpouring of support from both town employees and the community.

“The town has been nothing but stellar,” Mr. Saunders said. “A couple of our customers work for the town and they want to see us open.”

Just a few days after the fire at Cliff’s Rendezvous, a major fire occurred at Athens Grill just down the street. Having been through a similar, but less severe incident, Mr. Saunders is sympathetic to what his neighbors are going through now and was glad no one was hurt in either fire.

“If you drive down Main Street past Athens Grill you can still smell [the smoke] in the road,” Mr. Saunders said. “I just hope they can get everything repaired, because something like that could have happened to us.”

06/03/13 11:00am

STEVE ROSSIN PHOTO | About 80 homes and businesses lost power Monday morning in New Suffolk and Cutchogue, where there were reports od downed live wires.

About 80 power outages were reported in the Cutchogue-New Suffolk area Monday morning, where there were reports of downed live wires in the area.

A portion of New Suffolk Road is closed due to a downed wire at the New Suffolk Shipyard. Cutchogue fire officials have been at the scene there since about 10:30 a.m. The road is not expect to fully reopen until after noon.

Cutchogue fire chief Tony Berkoski said the wire broke off the insulator and LIPA will continue to monitor the situation and to trim branches near where the wire fell.

LIPA had initially reported 37 outages in the area, but that number quickly grew to 80. The utility is currently estimating that power will be restored by 3 p.m.