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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

Food start-ups are thriving on the North Fork, thanks to Stony Brook Business Incubator in Calverton

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"The beauty of it is that they’re giving entrepreneurs an opportunity to start a business with low cost," said Emmett Carey, who runs Linda's Baking Company with his wife, Linda, at the Stony Brook Business Incubator.

Boating safety certification, necessary for some to operate motorboats, can now be completed online

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This month, New York State will allow would-be boaters to complete their boating safety certification through online courses, rather than exclusively through an eight-hour classroom-based course.

Masked man with handgun robs Barth’s Drug Store on East Main Street

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A man wearing a gorilla mask entered the pharmacy through the back entrance, placed a gun to an employee's head and demanded money, according to a witness whose niece was inside filling a prescription.

For the first time, a Riley Avenue student takes home the gold in county-wide science fair at Brookhaven National Lab

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Mark Burns is a tiny, soft-spoken second-grader at Riley Avenue. He is a little shy, with eyeglasses that seem too large for his round face, but when asked about his science fair project, he lights up with visible enthusiasm.

‘Mural with a message’: Riley Avenue students paint colorful anti-bullying mural in school’s cafeteria

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“It shows respect and kindness, which are some of the words that represent our school,” said one Riley Avenue fourth-grader at the unveiling of the mural today. “If we all look at it each day, we will be reminded to be kind to each other.”

Honoring their memory: Riverhead’s first annual Run to Remember 5k race

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Riverhead’s first annual Run to Remember 5k race, sponsored by the Riverhead Administrators Association, will honor lost faculty and students of RCSD. It will be held Sunday, May 17.

Peconic Bay Medical Center to offer healthcare to veterans at its Manorville campus

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“It’s been a long wait for the veterans on the East End that have to travel to Northport for all their major surgeries and doctors appointments,” said Councilman John Dunleavy. “Now they can just come here to Manorville."

PBMC’s annual Garden Festival has become the major hospital fundraiser envisioned by its founder 20 years ago

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A beloved Mother’s Day tradition for many locals, Peconic Bay Medical Center’s East End Garden Festival will celebrate 20 years of fundraising, flowers and festivities this May.

What you can do to help save local honey bees — and why you should care

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Honey bees give us a lot more than just honey. From fruits and veggies to nuts and beans, they are responsible for one out of every three mouthfuls of food you eat.

Thanks to ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’, ALS victims have ‘new hope’ as they begin annual Ride For Life march

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The viral social media phenomenon last summer made ALS a household name after millions of people started filming themselves pouring buckets of ice water over their heads, raising more than $220 million in the process.