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Update: Two of six missing Little Flower teens located unharmed, four still missing

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Six teenagers were reported missing yesterday from from Little Flower Children's Services in Wading River. No foul play is suspected, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Riverhead Police at 631-727-4500. all calls will be kept confidential.

First project proposed for new Railroad Avenue district gets green light from town board

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The proposed five-story, mixed-use building on the corner of Osborn Avenue and Court Street does not require additional environmental review because it will not have significant adverse impacts, the town board determined last night. The plan can now move forward in the approval process.

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Time capsule hidden in church steeple provides glimpse into its past

by and | Sep 22, 4:00 pm
A time capsule found in the steeple of an Aquebogue church during renovations last month provided the congregation with a peek into the past when it was opened after Sunday’s worship service this week. Workers at Old Steeple Church discovered the locked wooden box tucked away in the structure as they prepared to dismantle it […]

Riverhead to hold Oktoberfest celebration Saturday along the Peconic riverfront

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Riverhead's first Oktoberfest, organized by the East End Tourism Alliance and the Business Improvement District, will feature local beer and wine tastings, some traditional Oktoberfest foods, live music and contests. At dusk, the Reflextions: Art in the Park exhibit in Grangebel Park will be lit up, and will feature live music from the band Who Are Those Guys, until 10 p.m.

Groundwater pollution at closed Riverhead landfill is 10x state limit, investigation finds

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Chemical contaminants known to have a wide range of health risks have been detected at the Riverhead landfill site on Youngs Avenue at levels up to more than 10 times the state drinking water standard, prompting an investigation by environmental and health officials into potential contamination of nearby private wells.

Two ‘hometown hero’ banners back up after Tweed’s owner takes them down

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Tweed's Restaurant owner Ed Tuccio told RiverheadLOCAL last week he had a friend take the banners down because they were blocking the view of his restaurant. Someone turned them in to town officials last Wednesday. Police are investigating the incident.

School bus rear-ended on Flanders Road, no serious injuries on bus

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Updated: A Riverhead school district bus with children aboard was rear-ended on Flanders Road in Riverside this afternoon. The driver of the truck was airlifted to Stony Brook with serious injuries. The school bus driver an six children were taken to area hospitals with minot injuries, police said.

New York officials worry vaccine mandate will drive healthcare worker shortage

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State lawmakers on the East End say they fear an impending staffing crisis in local hospitals and nursing homes due to vaccine resistance among workers.

Eddie Partridge takes final lap during memorial service at Riverhead Raceway Saturday

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Riverhead Raceway co-owner Eddie Partridge, who died on Sept. 10 at age 68, took his final laps around his track during a memorial ceremony Saturday.

Zeldin announces leukemia diagnosis, treatment and ‘complete remission’

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Rep. Lee Zeldin said in a statement yesterday he was diagnosed with early chronic myeloid leukemia in November and has since achieved complete remission through targeted drug therapy for the disease.

Riverhead Police investigating reported robbery in Court Street parking lot Friday night

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The victim, a 51-year-old male, told police two men pushed him to the ground and demanded money. One displayed a knife while the other removed cash from his pants pocket, according to the report.

Brothers’ retirement ‘a huge loss’ to Riverhead

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Lt. David Lessard and Sgt. Thomas Lessard descended the front steps of Riverhead Police headquarters today for the last time in their 33-year careers as Riverhead cops.

County sues Riverhead over sewer rate dispute

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Suffolk County has sued the Town of Riverhead over sewer rates established earlier this year for out-of-town users — which the county says is targeted at its facilities in Riverside.

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Bus driver shortage complicates student transportation as schools reopen

School bus drivers are a hot commodity. There's a nationwide shortage and the Riverhead school district has been struggling to recruit enough drivers to handle its transportation needs, Deputy Superintendent Sam Schneider told the Board of Education Tuesday night.

School board member asks district to support lawsuit against state mask...

School board member Chris Dorr asked board members to write a letter of support for two Nassau County school districts suing to overturn the state's mask mandate in schools. Former schol board candidate Monique Parsons, on behalf of a new group called Save Our Schools-Riverhead, demanded the district become a plaintiff in the suit.

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Amber S. Maltese, 28

Etta R. Ross, 82

Katherine Adele Romano, 95

Edmund John Galloway, 77

Agnes G. Kuberzig, 70

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