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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.

Riverhead wants more community input on town square design through survey

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Riverhead Town has put out a second online survey looking for community input for the design of the new town square on East Main Street. The survey is available until July 2.

Riverhead Polish Hall planning festival in place of canceled Polish Fair

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Riverhead Polish Hall is planning a one-day Polish festival on Aug. 21 to help fill the void left by the cancellation of the Polish Town Street Fair and Festival this year.

Riverhead school trustee-elect is first Democratic-Socialist member to win elective office in Suffolk County

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Colin Palmer, Riverhead school trustee-elect, is the first elected official in Suffolk County to be a member of the Democratic-Socialists of America organization.

Thiele’s LIPA reform bills sail through legislature

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Five bills sponsored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele aimed at increasing transparency, accountability and oversight of the Long Island Power Authority and its contractor PSEG-LI have passed both chambers of the state legislature.

Riverhead school district receiving $18 million in federal COVID relief funds, seeks community input

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The Riverhead Central School District is using federal COVID relief funds to launch new programs in the summer and during the next school year to help students whose academic progress was halted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Riverhead’s Cruise Night returns at Alive on 25 on July 1

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Calling all classic car enthusiasts: Cruise Night is returning to Downtown Riverhead during July 1’s Alive on 25 event. Classic cars will be parked on the north end of Peconic Avenue near Main Street from 4 to 8 p.m.

Virtual Juneteenth benefits two days of music, dance, comedy, film and more

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The two-day virtual benefit hosted by the African American Educational & Cultural Festival features a host of performers June 19 & 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Drag race promoter says town permit allows 4,000 people per event, but runway agreement limits attendance to 1,100

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Some town board members expressed confidence that everything will work out fine, despite apparent conflicting terms of permit and runway agreement.“We always can stop it on a moment's notice if it's not what we agreed to,” Councilman Tim Hubbard said.

Should Riverhead opt out of retail pot sales? Residents weigh in at public hearing

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Residents spoke out on both sides of the issue at a public hearing on a proposed local law to opt out of legal marijuana sales in the Town of Riverhead.

Local business owners hail a return to normal

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Business owners — especially restaurant owners whose businesses suffered the most during the pandemic are excited for a return to 'normal.'
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