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Decision to end Zoom participation in town meetings irks some residents

The announcement last week that Riverhead Town would end remote public participation by Zoom in public meetings has met with pushback from community members. One resident even started an online petition asking the town board to reinstate Zoom participation for residents.

Riverhead looks to ban sale of commercially bred dogs and cats by pet stores

Stores offering dogs and cats for sale will be required to prove the animals came from animal shelters, animal control agencies, humane societies or nonprofit rescue groups registered with the state.


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Alive on 25 event this evening canceled

by | Jul 29, 10:33 am
Tonight's festival was canceled because of the inclement weather forecast for the area.

County legislators pass honey bee protection bill

Commercial exterminators in Suffolk will be prohibited from destroying honey bee colonies or swarms without first consulting a beekeeper for assistance in...

Proposed code changes would restrict electric scooters ahead of rideshare program launch

The proposed code changes put heavy restrictions on the operation of electric scooters, which the town board is looking to bring to downtown Riverhead through a rideshare program operated by Bird Scooters.

NY state will not mandate masks, but local governments ‘should seriously consider the CDC guidance,’ Cuomo says

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today left the door open for future state action, but he said policy-making responsibility rests with local governments and school districts in areas of substantial virus transmission to decide whether to implement the revised CDC guidance.

CDC issues health advisory on ‘urgent need’ to increase vaccination coverage

The new advisory, issued after the CDC announced revised guidance on mask-wearing yesterday, urges public health officials and clinicians to step up vaccination efforts. CDC said the 300% increase in COVID-19 infections over the past month is attributed to the spread of the highly infectious delta variant among unvaccinated people.

BID eyes space in town-owned building on Main Street

The Riverhead BID Management Association is interested in the vacant storefront next to Craft'd in a building the town recently acquired.

CDC now recommends vaccinated wear masks in some places with high transmission, including Long Island

The CDC has reversed its recommended guidance on mask use in public indoor settings for vaccinated individuals, especially in areas with high community transmission, citing an increase of breakthrough cases by the Delta variant. The CDC is also recommending K-12 students and staff wear masks in the coming school year, regardless of vaccination status.

‘Semi-conscious’ motorist charged with felony DWI under Leandra’s Law after Good Samaritan intervenes: police

Another motorist approached the vehicle, stopped in a roadway for an extended period, to see if the driver needed assistance and found that she “appeared to be semi-conscious, very disoriented with slurred speech.” He was able to reach inside the Toyota, put the vehicle in park, turn off the ignition and remove the keys, police said.

Cops: Action by crash victim leads to DWI arrest

A woman who was rear-ended while stopped at an intersection by a vehicle whose driver left the scene followed him and got him to pull over. He was then arrested for driving while intoxicated, police said.

Riverhead woman files $10 million civil rights action against town police

In a complaint filed last month in federal court, a Riverhead woman said she was injured by police officers in June 2019 as they attempted to arrest her son.

Virtual public meeting set on proposed town square design

Riverhead Town will host a virtual public meeting with Urban Design Associates on Aug. 5, to update the community on the progress of the town square project and solicit additional public input.

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Riverhead Town is again late remitting school taxes to district, BOE...

The Riverhead Central School District, which last July filed a notice of claim against the town demanding remittance of school tax revenues, has again not received the full property tax remittance due on June 30.

In honor of late teacher Keri Stromski, Riverhead schools plan outdoor...

Aquebogue Elementary School in Riverhead will establish an outdoor learning space in memory of the school’s late teacher Keri Stromski.

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