Local assembly members on opposite sides of the aisle, on opposite sides of reproductive rights billsAbortion rights and access to contraceptives were on the agenda in the New York State Assembly this week and the East End’s two assembly members, on opposite sides of the political aisle, cast opposite votes on both measures.
- The mood on the Riverhead Town Board dais went from whimsical to serious last night as members of the Riverhead Youth Coalition presented the board with statistics that were inescapably sobering.
- The owner of the former Wal-Mart shopping center expects to sign a lease with Regal Cinemas to bring a state-of-the art multiscreen movie theater to the Route 58 location, according to a company executive.
- Riverhead residents will have a third, mid-summer day for dropping off household hazardous wastes for free disposal this year.
- The physical and ecological implications of climate change to our local region will be the subject of a talk by coastal scientist Kevin McAllister Jan. 27 at the Jamesport Meeting House.
- As Congress takes the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, local people relying on its coverage wondering what will happen to them.
For rent: Riverhead Kmart, just in case; landlord is wary as struggling retailer closes hundreds of stores nationwideWorried by hundreds of Kmart store closings and billions in losses posted by the retail chain’s parent company in the past five years alone, the owner of the Riverhead Kmart store is advertising the space for rent, even though Kmart has a lease through February 2020 and hasn’t indicated an intention to vacate.
- Suffolk officials are taking legislative action to continue the county’s farmland preservation program — and protect agriculture — following what they call a devastating blow struck by a State Supreme Court ruling last year.
- A new pizzeria and restaurant will be opening in the former Uncle Joe’s location on West Main Street next month.
- A transplant from North Carolina and Kentucky, the Shoreham woman joined the Riverhead Chamber as executive director in November.
- The drinking water protection funds would provide, among other things, money for advanced wastewater treatment systems to address nitrogen loading on Long Island.
Honoring Riverhead’s finest: PBA fêtes Cop of the Year and other officers for exceptional performance of dutiesRiverhead Police Officer Anthony Montalbano was honored as the PBA Cop of the Year for 2016 for his numerous actions saving lives and fighting crime.
- Yesterday’s snowstorm dumped between 8 and 11 inches of snow across the local region. Roads are plowed and sanded but packed snow will make travel treacherous and motorists are urged to use extra caution.
- Riverhead Town has declared a “winter storm event” effective at 11 a.m. today and continuing for up to 24 hours. Residents are urged to stay off the roadways and avoid all but emergency travel. Overnight parking on roads is prohibited.
Former congressman, who got Grumman site given to Riverhead for a buck, urges town to move forward with subdivision“Aviation and aerospace will be reborn on Long Island. It’s being re-birthed right now,” former congressman George Hochbreuckner told the Riverhead planning board at a public hearing last night. “Don’t ruin this fantastic opportunity.”