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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]

Southampton tattoo artist plans to open new shop on East Main Street next month

The owner of Natives With Ink, a tattoo shop on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, is set to open a second location, Vibes Ink, on East Main Street in downtown Riverhead mid-July.

Former congressman asks town board to hire him to work on EPCAL issues

Former congressman George Hochbrueckner told the town board he had "affiliations and relationships" that will allow him to solve the town's issues with the State DEC over the EPCAL subdivision.

Riverhead CAP launches ‘celebrate sober’ campaign in advance of graduation celebrations

In partnership with local businesses and Peconic Bay Medical Center, CAP is placing 2-inch stickers on participating businesses' items — like deli sandwiches, take out bags and coffee cups — which say: “Congratulations Class of 2021. Live Your Best Life: Celebrate Sober.”

Riverhead wants more community input on town square design through survey

Riverhead Town has put out a second online survey looking for community input for the design of the new town square on East Main Street. The survey is available until July 2.

Riverhead Polish Hall planning festival in place of canceled Polish Fair

Riverhead Polish Hall is planning a one-day Polish festival on Aug. 21 to help fill the void left by the cancellation of the Polish Town Street Fair and Festival this year.

Riverhead school trustee-elect is first Democratic-Socialist member to win elective office in Suffolk County

Colin Palmer, Riverhead school trustee-elect, is the first elected official in Suffolk County to be a member of the Democratic-Socialists of America organization.

Thiele’s LIPA reform bills sail through legislature

Five bills sponsored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele aimed at increasing transparency, accountability and oversight of the Long Island Power Authority and its contractor PSEG-LI have passed both chambers of the state legislature.

Riverhead school district receiving $18 million in federal COVID relief funds, seeks community input

The Riverhead Central School District is using federal COVID relief funds to launch new programs in the summer and during the next school year to help students whose academic progress was halted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Riverhead’s Cruise Night returns at Alive on 25 on July 1

Calling all classic car enthusiasts: Cruise Night is returning to Downtown Riverhead during July 1’s Alive on 25 event. Classic cars will be parked on the north end of Peconic Avenue near Main Street from 4 to 8 p.m.

Virtual Juneteenth benefits two days of music, dance, comedy, film and more

The two-day virtual benefit hosted by the African American Educational & Cultural Festival features a host of performers June 19 & 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.