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Alek Lewis

Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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

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.

New York officials worry vaccine mandate will drive healthcare worker shortage

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

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.

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 mandate

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.

Riverhead Democrats say they’d push for more police funding if elected

Democratic candidates for Riverhead Town Board say the Riverhead Police Department is under-resourced and, if elected, they'll push for more funding to hire more officers.

Aguiar says she would support making Calverton drag strip permanent

Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said today she would support making an unused airstrip at the Enterprise Park in Calverton a permanent site for racing. 

Flanders Fire Department remembers Sept. 11 attacks on 20th anniversary

Flanders Fire Department marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with solemn ceremonies at Fireman's Park on Flanders Road.

Opponents blast proposed county law making discrimination against law enforcement illegal

A proposed amendment to Suffolk County’s human rights law that would make discrimination against law enforcement unlawful was attacked as unconstitutional and unnecessary during a public hearing of the County Legislature on Thursday. 

Mattituck man used county resources to mine cryptocurrency, prosecutor says

A Suffolk County information technology supervisor has been arrested for mining Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency out of the county center in Riverhead...