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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]

N.Y. health care workers will be required to take COVID-19 vaccine boosters, Hochul says

Health care workers in New York State will be required to take a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot when they are eligible, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced today.

Riverhead eyes drag racing return in 2022

The town board will schedule public hearings on new proposals from the two drag racing promoters that held events in Calverton last year. Plans call for four racing series over a total of 13 weekends.

COVID causes spike in absences in Riverhead schools after winter break

Superintendent Augustine Tornatore said 25% of the student population and 22% of the district’s staff did not attend school the last three days, a number which he attributed primarily to COVID cases, isolations and those waiting for test results. 

Riverhead school district embarks on developing five-year strategic plan

A five-year strategic plan to guide the school district's goals for budgeting and learning will be developed by a steering committee set to begin its work next week, Riverhead Central School District Superintendent Augustine Tornatore said.

Anti-Bias Task Force announces collaborations with Riverhead library, including MLK event, ‘kindness corners’

Riverhead Town’s Anti-Bias Task Force has revealed three new collaborations for January and February with the Riverhead Free Library.

Rental assistance webinar set ahead of eviction moratorium expiring

The webinar is being held ahead of the expiration of New York State’s eviction moratorium on Jan. 15. The webinar will be available in both English and Spanish. There are no immigraion status requirements to qualify for the program.

Riverhead elected officials take oaths in low-key private ceremonies

Councilman Kenneth Rothwell and Assessor Laverne Tennenberg took their oaths of office yesterday in Town Hall Hall and Highway Superintendent Mike Zaleski was sworn in at the highway department.

With COVID surging, town board meetings to move virtual in the new year

Meetings of the Riverhead Town board after Jan. 4 will be held virtually because of the recent surge in coronavirus cases, Supervisor...

Riverhead Town inauguration ceremony to take place Sunday at Town Hall

The Town of Riverhead’s inauguration ceremony will take place Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Town Hall meeting room. In-person attendance at the ceremony will be limited because of the surge of COVID-19 cases.RSVP is required The event will be live-streamed and also available via Zoom.

Peconic Bay Medical Center offering free drive-thru COVID tests in Riverhead

Tests are available by appointment only beginning Dec. 28, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.