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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]

Board of Education adopts ‘Blueprint for Success,’ a new five-year improvement plan

The Riverhead Central School District has a new five-year plan that identifies five goals: improving academic success, improving the district’s culture, engaging the community and families, enhancing social-emotional support and improving facilities.

School district forensic audit finds no evidence of financial misconduct, though business office was in ‘conflict’ under former administrator

A forensic audit of Riverhead Central School District found no evidence of financial misconduct over the past 5 years, but found the environment in the district’s business office was one of "conflict" and “seeming discontent,” largely due to the number of responsibilities assumed by former Deputy Superintendent Sam Schneider.

Town Board adopts revised rental housing code with increased safety measures, after fatal downtown fire

The Riverhead Town Board amended the town's rental dwellings code last week to require all third-floor rental units have increased safety measures, including a second means of egress, sprinklers and interconnected smoke detectors.

Water forum scheduled for next Wednesday; updates on Manorville water agreement expected

The next Riverhead Town water forum will take place on June 22 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall and will cover updates on projects surrounding drinking water-related issues.

From corrections to college: the Riverhead-based Sound Justice Initiative fights incarceration with education

Inmates at Suffolk County Correctional Facilities are studying philosophy and other liberal arts subjects in an innovative program offered by the Sound Justice Initiative in collaboration with the Suffolk County Sheriff's office.The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism through education.

Downtown civic to host ‘trash talk’ panel with town officials Wednesday

The recently formed downtown Riverhead civic association will host town officials to discuss the issues of litter and trash throughout the town during its meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverhead Free Library.

Firearms dealer looking to open in Riverhead is author of blog disparaging Jews, Black people and praising founder of Proud...

A principal in the firearms business looking to open on Elton Street in Riverhead authored a blog for several years in which he espoused views accusing Jews of controlling Congress, posted racist opinions of Black people and pitched a fundraising effort for a Proud Boys member's legal defense after he'd been convicted of stabbing another man during a political confrontation.

Niosi Firearms issued stop-work order and code violations for using Elton Street building without permits

The firearms business seeking permission to open at 680 Elton Street has been hit with a stop-work order and code violations charging the company with occupying and using the premises without permits.

Town Board bans marijuana use at town parks and buildings, extends smoking bans to town-approved events

The town board on June 7 banned smoking and vaping marijuana at and near town parks, beaches playgrounds and other facilities, where tobacco use is already prohibited. It also extended a ban on smoking to all town-approved events.

Supervisor’s ‘State of the Town’ speech rescheduled to June 29

Supervisor Yvette Aguiar's "State of the Town" speech has been postponed from June 8 to June 29 due to "unforeseen circumstances," according to a press release issued by her office.