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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: [email protected]

Research and extension center in Baiting Hollow has been helping L.I. growers for 100 years

The Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center in Baiting Hollow, founded in 1922, provides a crucial service to the region's growers. Yesterday the center celebrated its centennial with a gala at its sprawling 68-acre campus on Sound Avenue, attended by the president of Cornell University.

Two men plead guilty to June burglary at Elton Street building illegally occupied by gun dealer

Two men who allegedly stole guns, ammunition, apparel and accessories in June from a vacant commercial building at 680 Elton Street being illegally occupied by a firearms dealer pleaded guilty this month to burglary charges.

Planning Riverhead’s future: Town Board, hoping to reboot comp plan update, calls two consulting firms for second meeting next week

The appointment of a new planning firm to take on Riverhead's long-stalled comprehensive plan project could come as soon as the next town board meeting, officials said, if board members reach a consensus after interviewing two "finalists" at next week's work session.

Residents support year-long extension of solar moratorium during public hearing

The Riverhead Town Board received support from residents last night on its plan to extend the moratorium on applications for developing new solar energy production facilities for another year.

Town Board looks to adopt law allowing board members to attend meetings virtually

The Riverhead Town Board will move to grant board members the ability to participate virtually during public meetings if they aren’t physically available to attend in person. 

RVAC to start billing insurance companies for all ambulance rides next year

The Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps will start billing insurance companies for all ambulance rides next year in an effort to boost revenue to offset the rising cost of first aid supplies and hire more staff members to respond to calls.

RFCT presents ‘Annie Jr.’ this weekend

The Riverhead Faculty and Community theater will present its youth-on-stage production of Annie Jr. this weekend. Performances are on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m at the Riverhead High School auditorium.

New SoBol opens on Route 58 in Riverhead

SoBol, the Long Island-based café franchise that serves fresh smoothies and acai bowls, celebrated the grand opening of a new store on Route 58 in Riverhead today.

Town board wrap: upcoming public hearings plus actions taken at last week’s board meeting

The Town Board set upcoming public hearings on extending the commercial solar moratorium for another year, proposed rules for marijuana retail shops and lounges in the town and more.

Town Board sets hearing on code to reduce parking time limits from two hours to one hour along Main Street

Town officials want to reduce parking time limits on Main Street from two hours to one hour to increase the “flow” of the downtown area. The Town Board last week scheduled an Oct. 4 public hearing on an amendment to parking rules downtown.