Timothy Bolger

Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.

Pope Names New Bishop of Rockville Centre Diocese

Pope Francis named Bishop John O. Barres of Allentown, Pa., to replace retiring Bishop William Murphy as leader of the Rockville Centre diocese, which includes 1.4 million Catholics on Long Island.

Bishop John O. Barres
Bishop John O. BarresNames

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the pope’s US ambassador, announced the decision Friday morning in Washington, D.C. Barres, 56, will become the fifth Bishop of Rockville Centre following a Mass of Installation at the Cathedral of Saint Agnes on Jan. 31.

“I must thank the priests and the entire people of God of the Diocese of Allentown, where I have had the great blessing of serving as bishop for the last 7 ½ years,” Barres said in a statement. “You will all always be in my heart, my memories, my prayers and my masses as I remember our days of ‘holiness and mission’ together.”

Murphy, 76, is retiring 15 years after being tapped to lead the Diocese of Rockville Centre, which ranks as the sixth-largest Catholic diocese in the nation. Under its umbrella are 133 parishes plus 1 campus parish, 57 Catholic schools, a Catholic college, and Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island, which has six hospitals, three health care centers, four nursing homes, a home care and hospice network and a community-based agency for persons with special needs.

“It is my deep conviction that [Barres] will be a Bishop for all of us without exception,” Murphy said in a statement. “He has shared with me his love of youth and his care for the elderly. He has a keen sense of parish life and has a special expertise in education.”

Murphy also touted Barres’ support of the nonprofit Catholic Charities mission to help the needy, parish outreach as well as interfaith cooperation. Barres, who was the fourth Bishop of Allentown, where he worked to strengthen Catholic schools, enhance evangelization and improve the financial condition of the diocese.  

Mount Sinai Man Killed in Crash

A 66-year-old man was killed when he crashed his car in his hometown of Mount Sinai on Wednesday night.

Suffolk County police said Glenn Taylor was driving a Toyota southbound on Chestnut Street when he struck a tree near the corner of Route 25A at 7:08 p.m.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sixth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.

Man Found Dead in Elmont

A 57-year-old man was found dead in Elmont on Thursday morning, Nassau County police said.

Fifth Precinct officers responded to an alleyway between Huntley and Wellington roads, where the man was found lying dead on the grass shortly after 8 a.m., police said.

Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation but do not suspect foul play.

The Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death. His name was not immediately available.

Wahlburgers Opening First Long Island Location Friday


Wahlburgers, the Massachusetts-based hamburger restaurant chain led by a celebrity chef whose brothers are even bigger celebrities, opens its first Long Island location Friday in Port Jefferson Station following several false starts.

The eatery is slated to open at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 on Nesconset Highway near the corner of Terryville Road. The chain touts recipes based on the family’s home-style cooking with locally sourced ingredients made fresh daily on site—although some of the menu requires translation from Bostonese.

“We’ve created this family business with a mission to welcome families and friends from around the world to a place where they can break bread, enjoy some great food and lots of laughs,” said actor Mark Wahlberg, a partner in the company, earlier this year when the company announced plans to double its number of franchises.

The LI location will be the 13th Wahlburgers since the chain debuted five years ago in Hingham, Mass., a suburb of Boston. Currently it has locations in seven states and two in Toronto, although the only other one in New York is in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. The next restaurant expected to open soon will be in Florida.

Wahlburgers is also the subject of a self-titled A&E reality series starring founding chef Paul Wahlberg as well as his brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg.

The burger menu includes homemade Mom’s Sloppy Joes, double and triple burgers with “government” cheese, and the “O.F.D.”—the ½ lb. bacon and Swiss cheese burger with mushrooms and tomato jam, whose acronym is short for “Originally From Dorchestah.”

Among the lighter fare—including the ability to have any of the burgers made into a salad—they also offer seared chicken sandwiches, a Portobello sandwich and a kid’s menu that includes a “smahlburger.”

Wahlburgers also features a full bar with wine, spirits and beer—both local and bigger names, including their own house beer, the Wahlbrewski. In addition, the bar menu features adult frappes and floats, such as the Fluffanuttahh: vanilla ice cream, marshmallow vodka, crème de banana and peanut butter.

The LI location will be open form 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily for the soft opening for several weeks. Once it’s fully open, it will stay open til 12 a.m. weeknights and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant is located at 4837 Nesconset Hwy., Port Jefferson Station.

4 BMX Bikers Charged With Breaking Into Splish Splash Waterpark

A BMX biker rides down a slide at Splish Splash Waterpark in Calverton on Nov. 24, 2016 (YouTube)

Four men were arrested for breaking into Splish Splash Waterpark in Calverton, where they made a viral video of them riding BMX bicycles on the slides while the park was closed on Thanksgiving, Riverhead Town Police said.

Brian Chliek, 34, of Bayport, 22-year-old William Perry of West Islip, 25-year-old Jonathan Nemecek and 19-year-old Anthony Panza, both of Lindenhurst, were charged with trespassing. Police said another four suspects are wanted in connection with the incident.

“Hopefully we don’t get arrested,” one of the suspects said at the beginning of the 15-minute Go Pro video posted on YouTube, which has been viewed more than 6 million times in two weeks, as of this post.

The video shows the group climbing a barbed wire fence and biking through several slides before being chased out by a park employee.

Riverhead town police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-727-4500.

Huntington Station Man Killed in Crash

A 58-year-old man was killed when he crashed his pickup truck in his hometown of Huntington Station on Tuesday evening.

Suffolk County police said Gary Capek was driving a Ford F-250 northbound on New York Avenue when he apparently suffered a medical emergency. His vehicle left the roadway and struck two parked cars at 5:40 p.m.

The victim was taken to Huntington, where he was pronounced dead. Two people in one of the parked vehicles were not injured

Second Squad detectives inspected the Ford and are continuing the investigation.

NY to Sue EPA Over Long Island Sound Dredge Dumping Plan

A beach in Bayville, overlooking the Long Island Sound on May, 15 2010. (Photo by Mike LoCascio)

New York State will sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to block the agency’s approval of plans to dump dredged material in the eastern Long Island Sound, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

The announcement came the same day the EPA formally designated the eastern portion of the Sound as a permanent disposal site for dredge spoils—a move that the governor said violates federal law and an agreement the agency made with the state a decade ago. EPA officials have said the move is environmentally sound. Environmentalists cheered the lawsuit, which dozens of LI lawmakers have been urging Cuomo to pursue for months.

“Continuing to use this precious economic and ecological resource as a dumping ground is unacceptable and—on behalf of current and future generations of New Yorkers—we intend to fight this decision using any and all legal means,” Cuomo said.

The Sound, which lies between the North Shore of LI and the southern shore of Connecticut, was previously deemed an impaired waterway, a designation that qualifies it for funding to address poor water quality.

The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers and its contractors have for years used designated areas in the Sound to dispose of material pulled up from the bottom of boating channels that need to be regularly dredged to ensure safe navigation. The EPA noted there are already four other dredge disposal sites on the Connecticut side of the Sound, although two are scheduled to be phased out at the end of this year. The fifth would debut next month.

A spokesman for the EPA said the agency does not comment on pending litigation. But Curt Spalding, the EPA’s New England regional administrator, has said the plan balances both environmental and economic needs.

“Our decision is based on sound science, reflects extensive public input and strikes an appropriate balance between the need for dredging to maintain safe navigation and protecting the significant natural resources of Long Island Sound,” he said. “The site protections and restrictions we included in the final rule are intended to help meet the goal of reducing or eliminating dredged material disposal in the open waters of Long Island Sound.”

State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials counter that the EPA didn’t fully considered the effects of dumping dredged materials into the Sound, didn’t prioritize alternatives to open water dumping and didn’t go far enough in analyzing other disposal sites. There are also concerns about whether the sediment will be properly tested before its dumped.

“Long Island Sound is an essential economic and environmental treasure in New York and one in which the state has invested billions to restore,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

New York has to wait 60 days from filing its letter announcing its intention to sue before formally filing suit. It intends to cite the Ocean Dumping Act as well as a 2005 agreement with the EPA that set a goal to reduce or eliminate dumping dredge spoils in the Sound, Cuomo said.

Shirley Man Fatally Hit by Van

A 59-year-old Shirley man was fatally hit by a van in Smithtown early Monday morning.
Suffolk County police said Vito Dispigna was standing in the right lane of Jericho Turnpike when he was hit by a westbound Chevrolet near the corner of Wyandanch Boulevard at 5:45 a.m.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not injured.
Fourth Squad detectives impounded the van, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8452.

Bay Shore Motorcycle Crash Leaves Man Dead

A 31-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash in the victim’s hometown of Bay Shore over the weekend.

Suffolk County police said Kenneth Boos was riding a Suzuki northbound on Pine Acres Boulevard when his motorcycle collided with a westbound Toyota at the corner of Huron Drive at 11:53 a.m. Saturday

The victim was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver was not injured.

Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.

Oceanside Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

A 35-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle crash in the victim’s hometown of Oceanside over the weekend.

Nassau County police said Richard Soulant was riding a Harley Davidson southbound on Fortesque Avenue when he lost control and hit a curb near the corner of Christopher Street at 3:46 a.m. Sunday.

The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.

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