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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 the LOCAL news websites. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie/a>

Flanders Road repaving delayed to May 26, after Memorial Day Weekend

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The Route 24/Flanders Road repaving project, which was set to resume Thursday, has been delayed until Tuesday, May 26.

Another local creek closed to shellfish and gastropod harvesting

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Shellfish and gastropods in a Southold creek tested positive for the marine biotoxin saxitoxin, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

‘Massive’ die-off of turtles: Dozens of dead diamondback terrapins wash up along Flanders Bay beaches

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The bloated bodies of dozens of diamondback terrapins have been found scattered across the shores of several Jamesport and Flanders beaches since late April.

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."