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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:

Cops: Two people, including Riverhead resident, arrested for possessing stolen firearm and illegal drugs

by Nov 3, 2023
Two people were arrested by Riverhead Police last night for illegally possessing a stolen firearm and a “large quantity” of illegal drugs, according to Riverhead Police.

Blue Masques present ‘Mean Girls’ musical this weekend at Riverhead High School

by Nov 2, 2023
The Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present the musical comedy, "Mean Girls," this weekend. Performances are Friday at...

Suffolk County Planning Commission rejects Riverhead’s 6-month industrial moratorium, OKs a 3-month pause, over town’s objections

by Nov 2, 2023
Riverhead's proposed 6-month moratorium on industrial development hit a snag yesterday when the Suffolk County Planning Commission rejected it, authorizing a 3-month moratorium instead. Overriding the commission requires four votes — unlikely for an already-divided Town Board.

Riverhead Police investigating robbery that occurred Tuesday near Union and Maple Avenues

by Nov 2, 2023
Riverhead Police are investigating the robbery of a person by four men that occurred on Tuesday evening in the area of Union Avenue and Maple Avenue in Riverhead. 

Flanders man sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for November 2021 shooting death of Moriches man

by Nov 2, 2023
A Flanders man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the November 2021 shooting death of a Moriches man outside his apartment, Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney announced today.

Riverhead’s first proposed cannabis dispensary falls through because of town’s restrictive zoning, business owner says

by Oct 30, 2023
“We’ve just moved on from Riverhead, because …the process there (is) — too restrictive.” The holder of a state-approved provisional cannabis dispensary license is looking elsewhere after learning of Riverhead’s 1,000-foot setback from residential uses.

Meet the candidates: town council member

by Oct 27, 2023
Riverhead Town election preview: Council candidates Andrew Leven, Denise Merrifield, Rene Suprina, Joann Waski. Brief bios and a rundown of where they stand on local issues.

Bronx man arrested in South Jamesport after attacking a Riverhead ambulance with pipe

by Oct 26, 2023
A Bronx man was arrested today in South Jamesport after blocking a volunteer ambulance vehicle with his truck and attacking it with a metal pipe.

Turmoil in Riverhead schools administration continues: superintendent resigns and top business official says he’s ‘leaving’

by Oct 24, 2023
Riverhead Central School District Superintendent Augustine Tornatore and the district’s top business official, Rodney Asse, have resigned their positions. 

Town Board special meeting set for vote on measure canceling contract with EPCAL buyer

by Oct 24, 2023
The Riverhead Town Board will take up a resolution today to cancel the town’s contract to sell more than 1,600 acres of land at the Calverton Enterprise Park for $40 million to Calverton Aviation & Technology.