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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. Email:

Triple Five megamall suffered $245 million in operating losses in 2022, filing shows

by Sep 20, 2023
The New Jersey megamall owned by Triple Five, which is in contract through another affiliate company to purchase more than 1,600 acres of industrial land in Calverton from Riverhead Town, had $245 million in operating losses last year, security filings released this week shows.

Family of children attacked by teens at Riverhead football game asks Anti-Bias Task Force for action

by Sep 19, 2023
Riverhead’s newly reorganized Anti-Bias Task Force came face-to-face with a shocking racial bias incident at its first meeting Monday, hearing details of the incident from the family of children who were assaulted and called a racial slur at a highs school football game Sept. 9.

Planning consultants brief town on proposals to revise industrial zoning, revamp transfer of development rights program

by Sep 19, 2023
Responding to community concerns about the nature and amount of industrial development in Calverton, planners are recommending zoning changes to reduce industrial development density and update rules for modern warehouse development and other uses.

Racial slur hurled at young children by teens at Riverhead football game cannot be tolerated: Great-grandfather demands action by district

by Sep 15, 2023
The four children — between the ages of five and seven — were called the N-word by a high school student and a middle school student while at the Blue Waves football game Saturday. “I grew up in Aquebogue with this stuff. It was the N-word every day in school — and I’m tired of it,” Robert Brown, 83, told the school board.

Are Hubbard’s moratorium proposals dead on arrival? They lack clear support from a majority of Town Board.

by Sep 15, 2023
Facing opposition from Supervisor Yvette Aguiar and skepticism from the rest of the board, Council Member Tim Hubbard's proposals for moratoriums on industrial development in Calverton and BESS facilities saw no clear path to even a public hearing after he presented the proposals Thursday.

NYC drops lawsuits against Riverhead, Suffolk and other counties brought over emergency orders blocking relocation of migrants

by Sep 14, 2023
New York City has discontinued the actions it filed against the Town of Riverhead and the County of Suffolk and most of the other counties it sued in June, seeking to invalidate their emergency orders banning the relocation of migrants and asylum-seekers to their jurisdictions.

Riverhead Anti-Bias Task Force shake-up: Members removed, new leadership installed, Town Board to oversee programming going forward

by Sep 13, 2023
Riverhead Town’s Anti-Bias Task Force will receive more oversight from the Riverhead Town Board moving forward, according to board members, after the task force’s previous leadership was removed and replaced last week without the group's input.

Polish Town civic donates $250,000 to PBMC for new expansions

by Sep 11, 2023
Peconic Bay Medical Center has received a $250,000 donation from the Polish Town Civic Association in Riverhead for the construction of the hospital’s new expansions, the hospital announced today.

Suffolk D.A.: Riverhead man sentenced to nine years in prison for drug charges

by Sep 8, 2023
A Riverhead man was sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of felony and misdemeanor drug charges stemming from the execution of a search warrant at his apartment in December 2021, Suffolk's district attorney said today. 

Riverhead High School student in police custody after using pepper spray on another student

by Sep 8, 2023
A Riverhead High School student is in police custody this morning after using pepper spray on another student, according to the school district.