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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:

PBMC unveils ambitious $92 million plan for expansion of emergency department and Center for Women and Infants

Peconic Bay Medical Center unveiled plans yesterday for the next phase of an expansion it says will lay the foundation for bringing advanced specialized care to the region.

Riverhead has a new way to purchase beach parking stickers online. Here’s how to do it.

Riverhead Recreation Department has launched a new system to purchase the parking stickers needed to park at town beaches.

The exceptional life of Jelly the Otter: Trainers mourn the loss of beloved river otter at Long Island Aquarium

When Jelly the river otter first arrived at Long Island Aquarium in 2008, she captured the hearts of staff members and guests alike with her inquisitive and energetic nature. No one knew then that Jelly's playful charm was only the beginning of an extraordinary journey that would impact lives far beyond the water of her pool in Otter Falls.

Kent Animal Shelter moves closer towards long-awaited new facilities in Calverton

Kent Animal Shelter is finally moving forward with plans for the construction of new kennel and quarantine facilities along with improvements to other buildings at its campus in Calverton.

‘Near-normal’ Atlantic hurricane season expected this year, scientists say

This year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which starts on Thursday and ends on Nov. 30, is expected to be “near-normal,” according to climate forecasters with the National Weather Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Senior citizen cybercrime prevention training event scheduled for next week

Senior citizens can learn how to avoid falling victim to cyber crimes during a training next week at the Riverhead and Southold senior centers.

Riverhead will mark Memorial Day with parade and ceremonies Monday morning

The Riverhead VFW will host the annual Memorial Day ceremonies and parade Monday beginning at 9 a.m. to remember the nation's fallen military.

Memorial Day weekend in Riverhead: Chalk art, live music and more on Main Street, beaches and Splish Splash water park open...

There's lots to do around Riverhead this holiday weekend, with the annual street-painting festival on Main Street, and beaches opening for the season.

Nurse and guard who saved choking student honored, top students celebrated: Riverhead school board wrap-up

Nurse Judy Marcus-Shivers and security guard Sarah Atkins were honored by the Board of Education Tuesday for saving the life of a young child choking on food at Riley Avenue Elementary School May 9.

Riverhead students help with Habitat for Humanity home in Riverside

Students in Riverhead High School’s Interact Club helped today in the construction of a home in Riverside with Habitat for Humanity.