- New York Blood Center has announced a blood emergency. Many blood types are in extremely short supply. Riverhead Community Blood Drive is set for Tuesday, December 6 at Riverhead Fire Department headquarters, at 540 Roanoke Avenue from 1 to 7 p.m.
- Santa and Mrs. Claus rolled into town this afternoon in the Riverhead Lions Club annual Santa parade.
- Hundreds gathered on the Peconic Riverfront last night for the 17th Annual Holiday Bonfire, where they enjoyed carols, cocoa and Santa Claus.
- Riverhead Country Day School, which has operated for more than 23 years at a town-owned facility at Stotzky Park is closing its doors at the end of this month.
- The event draws hundreds to the Big Duck each year for carols, the lighting of the duck and a special visit from Father Christmas himself.
- More than a hundred people turned out for the Jamesport Fire Department’s annual tree-lighting ceremony and Santa visit last night at the George Young Community Center.
Autism support group ‘Families in Arms’ sending 6-year-old local student and his family on first-ever Disney vacationSix-year-old Shoreham-Wading River student Anthony Belvedere and his family is being sent on the Disney vacation thanks to Families in Arms.
‘One of the very fortunate few’: Diagnosed when it meant near-certain death, local lawyer reflects on 26 years HIV-positiveOn the eve of World AIDS Day, Riverhead attorney Adam Grossman looks back on 26 years of life since his diagnosis with HIV in 1990, before the advent of the effective drug treatments that keep the virus at bay.
Riverhead businessman who hosts annual back-to-school giveaway turns his attention to making Christmas merryA Riverhead native with a heart for helping struggling families is working to make Christmas a bit brighter for those in need.
- At 86, Irwin Garsten is still a hands-on business owner. In an interview earlier this month, he reflected on what it takes to build a successful business, on giving back to the community, on Riverhead’s past and its future.
- A guide to this year’s holiday happenings in and around Riverhead.
- The memory of former student Tom Cutinella will forever be preserved in Shoreham-Wading River through an Eagle Scout project recently completed by junior Ryan Ledda.
- The congregation of Church of the Harvest on Raynor Avenue delivered Thanksgiving dinner to 100 homebound residents and expected to serve another 150 free holiday meals at the church yesterday.
At America’s busiest national cemetery, veterans care for fellow vets, their families and their serene final resting placeBurials at Calverton National Cemetery, the busiest national cemetery in America, are steeped in traditions and rituals aimed at fulfilling the mission proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln: “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.”
Riverhead residents share coffee, conversation and concerns with local police officers at morning meet-upsThe morning meet-ups are intended to create a dialogue between officers and the community.