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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:

National Grid employees distribute food to needy families for Thanksgiving

Around 100 families received food, which included either a turkey, ham or chicken with potatoes and vegetables, as well as a box mix to make a dessert. The food was distributed by volunteer National Grid employees.

Town officials seek to tie up loose ends to bring ice rink to Veterans Memorial Park

When the Riverhead Town Board authorized a contract on Oct. 4 with the nonprofit Peconic Hockey Foundation to bring an ice rink to Veterans Memorial Park, town officials expressed excitement for the project and for the opportunity to continue developing the flagship park. 

Riverhead officials remain in a standoff over paying the cost of loose leaf pickup program

As the winter months approach, bringing the potential for snowfall while leaves still lay upon town roads, town officials are scrambling to find a way to resolve what they hope is the final dispute between the Town Board and the highway superintendent over who pays for loose leaf pickup in Riverhead. 

Turning food scraps into fertilizer: Riverhead launches pilot program in partnership with residents and businesses

Riverhead Town is conducting a pilot food scrap collection program, with the goals of providing material for composting to local farms and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change.

Juan Micieli-Martinez, Riverhead winemaker, elected Long island Farm Bureau president

Juan Micieli Martinez, a Riverhead winemaker, was elected the new president of the Long Island Farm Bureau during the organization's annual meeting and dinner on Oct. 24.

Riverhead Police reports: August and September

Riverhead Town Police reported 216 criminal incidents and made 69 arrests in August, and 183 criminal incidents and 79 arrests in September, according to reports released last week by Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Riverhead mulls raising income limits for senior citizen and disabled person property tax exemptions

More senior and disabled homeowners in Riverhead could receive property tax exemptions in 2024, if the Town Board increases income eligibility limits authorized by a state law passed this year.

Blue Masques present ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ this weekend

The Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present the cult-classic musical “Little Shop of Horrors” this weekend. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Riverhead High School auditorium.

Retail marijuana zoning rules adopted in Riverhead, over town supervisor’s opposition

The board voted 4-1 to adopt the code, with Supervisor Yvette Aguiar casting the lone dissenting vote, arguing that it will be invalidated by the state, as she misrepresented the contents of a document outlining upcoming state regulations.

Hundreds flock to new Barnes & Noble bookstore on opening day in Riverhead

The line outside the new Barnes & Noble in Riverhead snaked around the building and looped back through the parking lot this morning as hundreds of people waited for the doors of the bookstore open for the first time. The grand opening event featured a meet-and-greet book signing with bestselling author Nelson DeMille.