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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: alek@riverheadlocal.com

Town board approves tax cap override, amends proposed budget to increase 2023 town-wide tax levy by 4.5% over this year

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If adopted in its current form, the 2023 budget will increase the town-wide tax bill on an “average” home by $120.45 over 2022, the town financial administrator said. An “average” home is one with an assessed value of $50,000, about 10% of its market value.

Election preview 2022: candidates and propositions on this year’s ballot

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Here's a rundown of candidates and propositions on the ballot in this year's general election: governor, First Congressional District, local State Senate and State Assembly races, with sample ballots.

Tempers flare as council members move to amend supervisor’s budget proposal, sparking dispute

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Six proposed amendments to the supervisor's budget proposal angered the supervisor and sparked a heated debate at Thursday's work session.

Developer pitches bringing indoor sports facilities and new outdoor fields to Veterans Memorial Park

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Veterans Memorial Park could be getting more than just an ice rink in the not-so-distant future, as another company has proposed bringing indoor sports facilities and multipurpose outdoor fields to continue to fill an undeveloped section of the Calverton park.

Dean of Students resigns, transportation contracts approved: school board wrap-up

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The Riverhead Board of Education last night accepted the resignation of its dean of students, Kenneth Coard, just a little more than a year after hiring him to fill the recently created administrative position.

Police seeking public’s help locating teen runaway from Little Flower in Wading River

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Riverhead Town Police are seeking the public’s help to locating Autumn Tucker, who left Little Flower Children’s Services in Wading River late last night. No foul play is suspected.

Town Board gets updated look at Town Square ideas during ‘activation plan’ presentation

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The presentation outlined the ongoing development of the downtown area, including plans for the riverfront and town square, and also unveiled plans for two parking garages off East Main Street not previously presented to the board.

Riverhead Democrats oust party chair after last year’s landslide losses; former town supervisor leads slate of new party leadership

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After Democratic voters ousted the incumbent party chairperson and elected 10 new members to the Riverhead Town Democratic Committee in the June party primary, the newly reconstituted committee on Tuesday elected Laura Jens-Smith as its chairperson and replaced all of its other officers.

Prospective marijuana business owners hail Riverhead zoning proposal for dispensaries and lounges as the friendliest on Long Island

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Residents and prospective marijuana entrepreneurs applauded the Riverhead Town Board’s proposed zoning code for marijuana businesses as retail sales are poised to get underway, with one speaker calling it the most “progressive” of its kind and most friendly to the emerging industry on Long Island.
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