IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF THE OBSERVER…

Special Bridal section

  • Freedom Point at VA revealed
  • Bump in state aid for schools
  • Huntington judicial races take shape
  • Editorial on Moreland Commission
  • Letters from our raders
  • Northport boys’ and girls’ lacrosse coverage

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Annual Lax4Vets this Saturday

Northport boys’ lacrosse will hold its annual Lax4Vets game against Mahopac at Northport High School, Saturday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. The game will honor all who have served in the United States armed forces and will feature a ceremony.

Among those honored will be Cpl. Christopher Scherer, an East Northport native, 2004 Northport High School graduate and former varsity lacrosse player, who was killed in action as a marine in 2007. The Scherer family will also make a special presentation at halftime of the varsity game.

The game will be attended by the Boys and Girl Scouts of America and also feature Northport Youth Lacrosse games and a performance by the Northport High School band. Also at halftime of the varsity game will be an exhbition lacrosse game featuring the second grade Tiger Cubs.

During the day, a limited supply of the same special shorts the varsity team will wear during the game will be available for purchase for $40. Shorts will be sold on a first come, first served basis and all profits will be donated to Team Chris, which honors veterans with the  Cpl. Christopher G. Scherer Scholarship, the Cpl. Christopher F. Scherer Semper Fi Fund and the Leave No Marine Behind Project. For more information on Team Chris, visit its website, www.cplchris.com

-A. LIFRIERI

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF THE OBSERVER…

Special Spring Home Improvement section

  • Northport village election coverage
  • School administration discloses staff reductions
  • Village administrator quits
  • Relay team wins all-American honors
  • Letters from our readers
  • Things to do section

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McGowan earns all-American honors

Northport senior Tim McGowan celebrates his all-American performance in the two mile run.

By ANTHONY LIFRIERI

 

Northport High School senior Tim McGowan is no stranger to being an all-American. He was a part of both the Tigers’ all-American relay teams last year, but at the New Balance Nationals Indoor at the Armory in New York City, McGowan earned the first individual all-American track and field honors since 2004 with his fourth place finish in the two mile run, in which he also set the school and county record, Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16.

McGowan came into the race as hot as any runner in the country. In the past month the Northport senior won the state championship, finished second in the mile run at the Millrose games, where he also set the Long Island record in the race, won the boys’ state qualifying race in the two mile run and the county championship two mile race.

Despite the momentum, McGowan still felt pressure going into the race. “I’ve probably never been more nervous than I was going into that race,” McGowan said. “I knew it was going to be a stacked field but the competition was completely different from what I had seen previously. Usually I know who the guys are in a race and how they plan their race. This time I didn’t recognize a name on there so I didn’t know what to expect.”

Gunther digs out roads antiquated operations

ON THE ROAD: Huntington Highway Superintendent Peter Gunther (right) with Toniann Lattanzio in the new operations center at the highway office on Rofray Drive in Elwood.

By DAVID AMBRO

 

Along with fighting through one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record, Huntington Highway Superintendent Peter Gunther has had a lot more to cope with.

“I had to move this place into the 20th Century before I could move it into the 21st Century,” Mr. Gunther said during an interview at his office on Rofray Drive in Elwood Tuesday, March 18.

Mr. Gunther, who was elected in November and took over January 1, 2014  in a blizzard with a foot of snow, said the department was operating on pencils and paper, there was scant communication with the public, the administrative office was a dump, and employee morale was low. He received little transitional cooperation from the administration of outgoing Highway Superintendent William Naughton and relations were strained between the department and the Huntington Town Board, which controls the purse strings.

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF THE OBSERVER…

  • Common core comes to a head
  • Doll, Sabia face off go mayor
  • Political endorsements and further election coverage
  • Editorial on State Senator John Flannagan, charter schools
  • Superintendent unveils 2014-2015 budget proposal
  • Ex Tiger thriving as coach of SUNY Brockport
  • Things to do section
  • Letters from our readers

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Northport Little League gearing up for new season

SLUGGER: Northport slugger Andrew Bernson (right) takes a swing on a tee during the 2011 season.

By ANTHONY LIFRIERI

 

For 45 years, Northport Little League has stood the test of time and has provided the youth of Northport an opportunity to learn the nation’s pastime.

Founded in 1970, the league’s boundaries encompass all areas north of 25A from Woodbine Avenue east to the Sunken Meadow Parkway. “We try to carry on the tradition, but make it better than the last year,” League President Bob Gelabert said. “In times like this it’s a challenge to keep enrollment up because there are so many other opportunities for kids in terms of sports, art, music and other activities.”

Over the years, Northport Little League has been active in improving its league. “In 2004 we started to take on the responsibility of maintaining the grounds using ourselves as volunteers. We’re always putting funds into the fields and partnering with Northport Village to accomplish any goals we have in mind.”

The Kehoe factor: Mayor apologizes for Trustee’s tirade

By DAVID AMBRO

 

When Northport Mayor George Doll walked into the Northport American Legion Hall for the Meet the Candidates Night Tuesday, March 11, he made it a point to apologize to Allen Scalzo for the behavior of Northport Village Trustee Thomas Kehoe.

Mr. Scalzo is a homeowner on Woodhull Place, where residents have been up in arms about a Northport Village Planning Board decision to grant a steep slope ordinance to allow a home to be built on an odd shaped ravine at 87 Woodhull Place, a site that runs down to Scudder Avenue.

At the Northport Village Board meeting March 4 Mr. Scalzo accused the village of cronyism with regard to the steep slope permit, pointing out that Northport Village Attorney James Matthews is the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals attorney, which is chaired by Christopher Modelewski, who is the attorney for the owner of 87 Woodhull Place. Mr. Kehoe became enraged by Mr. Scalzo’s comments last week and began screaming at him as he spoke. At the height of the dispute, Mr. Kehoe told Mr. Scalzo to “shut up,” he said he’s not going to listen to his B.S. and he stormed out of the meeting room. Mr. Scalzo stayed and finished  his point.

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE OF THE OBSERVER…

  • Napper Tandy’s shooter arrested
  • Families displaced by fire
  • Budget to get second airing
  • Sabia takes shot at police pact
  • New term for Huntington officials
  • Editorial on LIE closing
  • Tiger wrestlers hold league opener, alumni night
  • Things to do section

Suffolk pays $2 million for tank violations

By DAVID AMBRO

To resolve alleged violations of federal laws related to underground fuel storage tanks, Suffolk County has agreed to a $2 million consent judgement with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District.

The consent judgement will settle a federal lawsuit which alleges Suffolk violated the federal leak prevention requirements for underground storage tanks at 35 facilities that the County has owned or operated. The violations involve 68 underground storage tanks, which contain gasoline or waste oil in generally large quantities and can cause serious environmental damage if allowed to leak.

Five of the facilities with 11 of the suspect tanks cited in the federal lawsuit are located in the Town of Huntington. They are: five tanks at the Department of Public Works (DPW) Garage on Crooked Hill Road, Commack; one tank at the groundsman garage on Griffin Avenue, Commack; one tank at the DPW yard on Oakwood Road in Huntington, and one tank at the Second Precinct on Park Avenue in Huntington.

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