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Katie Blasl

Katie Blasl
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Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a reporter, editor and web developer for the LOCAL news websites. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie

Riverhead braces for major snowstorm Tuesday, eight to 12 inches expected

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With a potentially major snowstorm on Long Island's doorstep, Riverhead schools and businesses are closing tomorrow in anticipation of dangerous travel conditions, 55 mile-per-hour wind gusts and possible power outages.

Blizzard watch issued for Tuesday’s storm, 12 to 18 inches of snow forecast

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A significant snowstorm is expected to bring between 12 to 18 inches of snow to the area Tuesday, with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

Winter storm watch forecasts up to 10 inches of snow on Long Island, locally higher amounts possible

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A winter storm watch is calling for six to ten inches of snow Thursday, with locally higher amounts possible.

From North Fork classrooms to Kenya: Riverhead tech start-up, Brady Rymer will stream concert to schools across globe

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After connecting students from dozens of schools around the world, a Riverhead tech start-up will bring a special piece of the North Fork straight to their classrooms this week with a live-streaming concert by Brady Rymer.

Kent Animal Shelter looks across the road for site to build new, expanded kennel

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Kent Animal Shelter is looking at property across the road from its current facility as a site for the new, expanded kennel facility it needs — a site outside the Pine Barrens core preservation area, where land use restrictions have stalled plans to expand on its current site.

Water contamination in Pine Barrens neighborhood prompts county health department, state investigations

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High levels of a gasoline additive were found in the well water of a Manorville home, prompting a state investigation to find where the contaminant came from and if it is affecting other homes in the neighborhood that also depend on well water.

Downtown food market and eatery, Luminati Aerospace and EPCAL bike trail receive $1.7 mil in state grants

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Several projects in Riverhead Town – from a downtown food market to unmanned aircraft development at EPCAL – were awarded a combined $1.7 million in grants from New York State's Regional Economic Development Council Awards today.

Bill to create new zip code for Flanders, Riverside and Northampton passes U.S. House, goes to Senate

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A bill that would create a new zip code for the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton passed the United States House of Representatives in a unanimous vote today.

Music, art, dance and wine come together for ‘Art Barre’ in downtown Riverhead

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Peconic Ballet Theater, East End Arts and Martha Clara Vineyards will co-host a series of events at Peconic Ballet Theater's studio this fall, featuring wine tasting, music and dance performances and art galleries of local artists.

Local youth dragged under vehicle in late-night hit-and-run, father says, offers cash reward for driver’s arrest

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A 21-year-old man on a motorcycle was struck by a vehicle, dragged more than 500 feet underneath and then left in the middle of the road in a late-night hit-and-run Friday, according to eyewitness and police accounts.