02/02/17 6:00am

As director of animal training at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, Candyce Paparo’s responsibilities extend far beyond playing with monkeys and sea lions. In fact, Paparo spends more than 10 hours a day caring for the facility’s mammals — a job she and her team of eight trainers and assistants all relish.

“I just got into the marine mammal field and never looked back,” she said. (more…)

01/31/17 6:02am
Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo) Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo)

Steph Gaylor of Invincible Summer Farms holding Hawaiian tomato seeds inside her greenhouse. (Credit: Carrie Miller file photo)

Got a need for seed?

Trade your saved heirloom seeds and pick up some planting tips at the Long Island Regional Seed Consortium‘s third annual Seed Swap at Suffolk County Community College’s Riverhead campus next month. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 11, from noon to 4 p.m. (more…)

01/30/17 5:59am
The Long Island Aquarium will host a sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Feb. .(Credit: Claire Leaden)

The Long Island Aquarium will host a sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Feb. 23. (Credit: Claire Leaden, file photo)

Wake up with the fishes after an adventurous overnight at the Long Island Aquarium next month.

The Riverhead aquarium will host a family sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Thursday, February 23, beginning at 6 p.m. (more…)

01/26/17 6:01am
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Sunny and Jim Liszanckie inside their downtown Riverhead restaurant, which will be called Sunny’s Diner and Grill. (Credit: Nicole Smith)

Sitting in the back at the Riverhead Diner and Grill, it’s sometimes difficult to hear Sunny Liszanckie and her husband, Jim, over the sound of a buzzing mechanical saw.

The couple is hard at work overhauling the longtime East Main Street eatery they purchased Jan. 13. Frequenters of the establishment need not worry, though.

The Liszanckies say they aren’t making any major changes. Rather, they’re “freshening up” the property, making sure to preserve the history of the popular eatery.

“We love the charm of it,” Ms. Liszanckie said of the business, which was founded in 1932. “It’s been around for so long we want to keep it mostly the same, keep the charm of the place.” (more…)

01/16/17 6:02am
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Alexandra Bussi, store manager at Taste the East End, behind the counter at the Riverhead store. (Credit: Lauren Parker)

What happens when you turn the back half of a 1957 Ford truck into a cash wrap focal point of your boutique? Consumers will take photos, post them on Instagram, and new customers will find their way into your store organically. (more…)

01/12/17 6:00am

For as long as he can remember, Bakithi Kumalo recalled during a recent interview, music has been the center of his life. The 60-year-old South Africa native, who grew up in a family of musicians and is a longtime bassist for Paul Simon, has made a living doing what he loves.

Now he’s sharing his passion with the 16 student musicians enrolled in East End Art’s Music Masters Mentorship Program, helping them hone their techniques for a free concert next month at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

“I’m so honored to come and work with these kids,” said Kumalo, whose concert will feature songs by Simon, whom he’s played alongside for the past three decades. (more…)

12/23/16 5:43pm
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Ken Loo and girlfriend Maryanne Fiducia inside Main Street Heros, which Mr. Loo is planning to open by Jan. 2 in the front of the Hy Ting building. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

One of downtown Riverhead’s longest running businesses is being split in half to make way for a new sandwich store called Main Street Heros.  READ