- K9 Vaki, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, was a veteran police dog with seven years of service on the force.
- Zika virus, which has swept through South and Central Americas and has been reported in every state in the continental U.S. except Wyoming, is not likely to reach epidemic proportions in North America, according to Riverhead infectious disease specialist Dr. Sandeep Gandhi.
- For the second and last time this year, Suffolk County legislative committees will convene in Riverhead next week in the run-up to a Riverhead general meeting on Sept. 7. Here’s next weeks’s committee schedule, agendas and items of interest.
Town will choose next week between two suitors for 600 acres at Calverton Enterprise Park, supervisor saysAfter five-and-a-half years and more than $600,000, Riverhead Town is at last in the home stretch of a long, difficult and sometimes contentious process of subdividing, zoning and marketing the remaining land it owns at the former Grumman plant in Calverton.
- The final “Alive on 25” street festival of the summer takes place tomorrow along Main Street in Riverhead. Live music, dancing in the streets, lots of food served by downtown Riverhead’s restaurants, local craft beer and wine, artists, street vendors and a classic car show.
- Riverhead Water District rates and fees have gone up, effective Aug. 1, under new schedules approved by the town board last week.
- Relations between local officials and the Federal Aviation Administration, at odds for several years over helicopter flight paths, grew even more turbulent after the two town supervisors on the North Fork yesterday accused federal regulators —and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer — of being less than forthright.
Elementary students given option to transfer to Aquebogue as Riverhead schools labeled ‘focus schools’ by stateAlmost every Riverhead public school has been identified as a “focus school” this coming school year due to low academic performance on state tests by certain groups of students last year.
Toxic rust tide spreads across entire Peconic estuary, could be lethal to estuary’s fish, marine lifeRust tide has spread across the Peconic Bay and all of its waterways over the past week, posing a lethal threat to fish and marine life in the estuary.
- Health officials are warning residents to stay out of local waters where blue-green algae has been found. Sampling performed by Stony Brook University scientists has confirmed cyanobacteria blooms — more commonly known as blue–green algae — in Niger Pond in Calverton, Peconic River/ NYS DEC fishing access off West Main Street ...
- As more mosquito samples and birds test positive for West Nile and a mosquito believed capable of transmitting Zika virus reported to be active in Suffolk, the county vector control division plans more aerial larvicide applications.