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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:

A barrier-breaking musical comedy comes to Riverhead: Blue Masques present ‘The Prom’

“The Prom” is about a lesbian teen, Emma, who becomes an outcast after her small-town high school cancels its prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Her story makes national news and a group of washed-up Broadway actors arrive to help set things straight.

Victoria’s Helado, frozen delights with a Latin flair, now open in downtown Riverhead

The family-owned frozen dessert shop will feature frozen yogurt, Granizadas (shaved ice with fresh fruit syrup), mangoniadas, fresh con crema, smoothies, and more.

Riverhead school district budget proposal projects 8.4% increase in ‘regular day school‘ budget line for 2023-2024 year

The Riverhead school district’s '23-'24 budget proposal includes an increase of more than $4.2 million for general classroom teaching, instruction and support, Assistant Superintendent for Business Rodney Asse said at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

New town committee would focus on housing, homelessness and quality of life in Riverhead

Riverhead officials are discussing forming a committee to focus on recommendations on "quality of life issues," focusing on housing, homelessness and home ownership. 

Riverhead High School revives its long-dormant mock trial team, and students get a taste of what it’s like inside a courtroom

The program gives students an opportunity to build public-speaking skills, while learning about courts and the law.

Riverhead Police blotter March 3-5, 2023

Incidents reported by Riverhead Town Police between March 3-5, 2023.

Riverhead school board begins consideration of budget for upcoming school year

The school board last week had a presentation of the administrations proposals for the general support and debt service aspects of the 2023-2024 budget.

Pulaski Street School hosts ‘stuff-a-bus’ donation drive for Ukraine this month

Pulaski Street School is hosting a “stuff-a-bus” donation drive to collect necessities for the people affected by the war in Ukraine.

Audit: Riverhead school district had surplus of more than $9.9 million in 2021-2022, thanks to increased state aid and coronavirus relief...

The Riverhead Central School District had a good year financially in its 2021-2022 fiscal year, with actual revenues coming in higher than budgeted and spending less than budgeted, according to the district’s annual external audit. 

Jealous boyfriend’s accomplice gets 18-year sentence in beating death of man on Roanoke Avenue in November 2020

A 23-year-old man involved in the November 2020 robbery and murder of a man who was found dead in the back of his pickup truck on Roanoke Avenue was sentenced today to 18 years in prison with five years of post-release supervision.