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Alek Lewis

Alek Lewis
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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.

BID eyes space in town-owned building on Main Street

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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

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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.

Calverton teen sets records in national powerlifting competition

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What began as a pandemic hobby has turned 16-year old Andrew MacGray into a powerlifting record holder — and an opportunity to compete on an international stage this year.

CAP Youth Coalition urges town board to focus marijuana efforts on youth prevention

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Riverhead Town looks to Riverhead CAP Youth Coalition for assistance to help prevent marijuana use by the community's youth.

Child tax credit expansion promises a financial boost for low and middle class families

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Parents who make up to $150,000 jointly, or $112,500 filing single, will receive monthly payments of $300 per child age 0-5, and $250 per month per child ages 6-17, for the next six months under the American Rescue Plan.

Candidates criticize Aguiar administration on nonfunctioning downtown security cameras

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Retired Riverhead Police Detective Evelyn Hobson-Womack, a Democratic candidate for town council, is questioning why the security cameras purchased by the town and installed in Grangebel Park remain inoperable.

COVID-19 test positivity rate rises above 2% in Suffolk for the first time since early May

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With most restrictions lifted and the new delta variant circulating throughout the state, the number of confirmed COVID infections is climbing.

‘Ziggy’s Way’ dedicated in Polish Town, in memory of Polish Hall president

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The portion of Marcy Avenue in front of Polish Hall will now be known as Ziggy’s Way in honor of the late Riverhead postmaster and longtime Polish Hall President Zbigniew “Ziggy” Wilinski.

Town attorney, planner respond to criticism from former councilwoman on review of large solar project

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After criticism from a former councilwoman a week ago, Riverhead officials defended their involvement in the state review of a 36-megawatt solar energy facility proposal, approved last month for a 275-acre site in Calverton.

First National Bank LI opens first branch on the East End in downtown Riverhead

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First National Bank of Long Island has opened its first East End branch in downtown Riverhead at 140 East Main Street at the corner of East Avenue.
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