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Riverhead ethics board clears town planner in complaint by civic group

In an opinion dated April 30, the Riverhead Board of Ethics said it found no evidence that Riverhead planning and building administrator Jefferson Murphree violated either the towns ethics code or his employment contract by working as a consultant for a developer of a site on the traffic circle in Riverside.

Town board OKs cell tower permit, as it claims in federal lawsuit cell company made ‘fraudulent misrepresentations’ in application

The Riverhead Town Board approved Crown Castle's permit for a new new cell tower on Fresh Pond Avenue Tuesday, though in a court filing two weeks earlier, the town accused the company of making 'fraudulent misrepresentations' in its permit application documents.


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Riverhead police investigate theft of ‘several firearms’ from vehicle parked overnight in downtown hotel parking lot

by | May 8, 10:33 am
Police said in a press release this morning they were contacted by a hotel guest who reported that sometime between 11 o’clock last night and 8 o’clock this morning, an unknown person removed several firearms from a vehicle parked overnight in a hotel parking lot.

Michelangelo of Riverhead closes its doors

The restaurant, which opened less than six months before the pandemic struck, is "a victim of this pandemic," the restaurant posted on its Facebook page. The site. where three restaurants have opened and closed in the past decade, is being sold, a source close to the property owner said.

Suffolk Theater scrambling to book acts, aiming for September reopening

With the governor's announcement this week that most businesses, including theaters, will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity as of May 19, the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead got busy trying to book acts in a hurry. "Coordinating the dates has been like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube," theater owner Bob Castaldi said.

Fourth large solar energy facility in Calverton clears major hurdle

The Riverhead Planning Board last night granted preliminary site plan approval to the proposed Calverton Solar Energy Center, a 22.9 megawatt commercial solar energy production facility to be built on approximately 198 acres off Edwards Avenue in Calverton.

Town has not yet inked $1.5 million community benefit agreement with solar company

Nearly five months after the Riverhead Town Board authorized the supervisor to sign a $1.5 million community benefit agreement with Long Island Solar Generation, the agreement has not yet been signed by the developer.

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Roanoke Avenue Elementary School students improve school’s garden

Students removed debris, removed weeds and planted new flowers. They also added a flag they purchased with funds they raised during a recycling campaign.

Riverhead Youth Court participants recognized

Riverhead High School youth court participants met weekly during the past year with mentors and virtually handled 10 real cases involving juveniles accused of nonviolent crimes.

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