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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. Email:

‘The most wonderful time of the year’: Here’s the lineup of Riverhead’s holiday happenings

With tree lightings and the annual holiday parade and riverfront bonfire, greens sales and plenty of Santa sightings, there's something for everyone this holiday season in Riverhead. Here's the lineup.

A new restaurant, Perla Restaurant and Bar, to open at former PeraBell location on Main Street

A new restaurant is readying to open up at the East Main Street site formerly occupied by PeraBell Food Bar.

Residents call on governor, state lawmakers to fund public water extension in Manorville

Clean water activist Adrienne Esposito organized a press conference in Manorville today, where residents gathered to demand state officials provide funding for public water in a remote area of Manorville where private wells are contaminated with toxic chemicals.

Riverhead’s indoor farmers market starts its winter season on Saturday

Riverhead's indoor farmers market, the largest on the East End, will feature more than 40 vendors featuring their locally sourced and hand crafted products. The market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through April 20.

Calverton-Manorville residents to rally for clean water Wednesday, after state denied grant funding for public water extension

Calverton and Manorville residents will rally Wednesday for clean water, after a request for funding for a public water hookup was denied by the state. “The Thanksgiving menu for Calverton is turkey, stuffing, gravy and a side helping of toxic chemicals,” said Adrienne Esposito of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

Town Board remains divided as it considers two routes to industrial moratorium in Calverton

The town board is split on whether any moratorium on industrial development should allow exemptions for projects already under review.

Update: Police identify woman found deceased in Wading River Sunday

Police identified the deceased woman as Joanna Derosse, 44, of Brentwood. The investigation into the woman's death remains ongoing, police said.

National Grid employees distribute food to needy families for Thanksgiving

Around 100 families received food, which included either a turkey, ham or chicken with potatoes and vegetables, as well as a box mix to make a dessert. The food was distributed by volunteer National Grid employees.

Town officials seek to tie up loose ends to bring ice rink to Veterans Memorial Park

When the Riverhead Town Board authorized a contract on Oct. 4 with the nonprofit Peconic Hockey Foundation to bring an ice rink to Veterans Memorial Park, town officials expressed excitement for the project and for the opportunity to continue developing the flagship park. 

Riverhead officials remain in a standoff over paying the cost of loose leaf pickup program

As the winter months approach, bringing the potential for snowfall while leaves still lay upon town roads, town officials are scrambling to find a way to resolve what they hope is the final dispute between the Town Board and the highway superintendent over who pays for loose leaf pickup in Riverhead.