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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:

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. 

Dispute between Riverhead and LIPA over invoicing PILOT payments nears an end

An agreement has been reached between the town, LIPA, Suffolk County and the town’s school and fire districts to collect what is likely more than $10 million of payments-in-lieu-of-taxes, also known as PILOTs, for LIPA-owned properties in Riverhead.

First winter storm of the season expected to bring 3 to 5 inches of snow Monday night

(Updated Tuesday, Feb. 28 5:30 a.m.) Plow trucks will be called into service for the first plowable snowfall of the season, with the arrival of a winter storm system expected to drop 3 to 5 inches of wet snow across the local area tonight into midday tomorrow.

Fate of downtown pattern book code remains up in the air due to continuing objections of town’s Business Advisory Committee

Ten months after a public hearing on proposed code revisions to implement the downtown pattern book — the town’s adopted $175,000 plan intended to improve downtown development standards — the fate of the legislation remains uncertain.

Riverhead Police January 2023 crime report

Criminal incidents and arrests reported by the Riverhead Police Department for the month of January 2023.