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With vaccinations up and COVID-positive tests down, Cuomo eases restaurant restrictions

More than 5.5 million COVID-19 doses have been administered in New York State so far, the governor said yesterday. Vaccination progress, coupled with declining COVID testing positivity and hospitalization rates led the governor to ease occupancy restrictions on restaurants outside of New York City, beginning March 19.

Riverhead releases its police reform plan

The police reform and reinvention plan is the product of a months-long effort by a town advisory panel to assess police practices and polices and make recommendations for reforms.

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Legislature votes to restrict governor’s emergency powers

by | Mar 6, 7:50 am
Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic majority, charging the bill passed this week does not nearly go far enough to 'rein in' Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New grocery headed for former Best Market site

A Fine Fare supermarket will be opening in the former Best Market store on Route 58. Best Market supermarkets were purchased in 2018 by LiDL, which is opening a Riverhead location the former Toys 'R' Us site later this year.

Riverhead COVID-19 vaccination site opens

Riverhead opened a COVID-19 vaccination site today for seniors age 65 and older. All 1,000 vaccination appointments have been booked. The town is continuing to preregister seniors for the next shipment of vaccine doses, which the supervisor said she expects will be allocated by the state in the next week or two.

Taxicab compliance check found six of seven cabs in violation of codes

Police issued a total of 11 town code violations for violation of town code provisions requiring operator permits and vehicle permits, according to Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Riverhead Town eyes vacant Kmart building on Route 58 for municipal complex

Riverhead Town officials are considering leasing the vacant 106,000-square-foot former Kmart building on Route 58 for use as a municipal complex. The town would consolidate most departments in one location.

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Students scientists in action at Riley Avenue Elementary School

The experiments focused on the rock cycle, rock identification, earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics.

100 days of learning celebrated at Riverhead Central School District

Students at Riverhead Central School District elementary schools celebrated their 100th day of learning on Feb. 24. Elementary...

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