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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:

Battery energy storage moratorium is no longer necessary, Hubbard says

by Jan 5, 2024
The proposed three-month moratorium on commercial battery energy storage system facilities in Riverhead is no longer necessary, Supervisor Tim Hubbard said yesterday, with the state about to issue new safety regulations that will apply to any BESS facilities built in Riverhead.

Calverton Industrial moratorium and EPCAL zoning amendment approved at Riverhead Town Board’s first meeting of 2024

by Jan 4, 2024
The new Riverhead Town Board had an eventful first meeting of 2024, passing a moratorium on industrial development in Calverton and amending a zoning district at EPCAL to prohibit airports.

Hallockville Museum Farm appoints new executive director

by Jan 3, 2024
The Hallockville Museum Farm has a new executive director. Heather Johnson of Smithtown will operate the nonprofit Northville Museum starting Jan. 9.

Riverhead Police arrest man who allegedly stole $8,000 from BJ’s while working at gas station

by Jan 2, 2024
Riverhead Police have arrested a man who allegedly stole approximately $8,000 while employed as a gas station attendant for BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Riverhead man arrested after robbing acquaintance of $800

by Jan 2, 2024
A Riverhead man has been arrested after a nearly four-day search for allegedly robbing an acquaintance, according to Riverhead Police.

The spirit of giving: Spreading holiday cheer to those less fortunate in the Riverhead community

by Dec 24, 2023
‘Tis the season for giving in Riverhead Town. Local people are spreading holiday cheer and giving back to the community during the...

Riverhead Town officials to be sworn in during New Year’s Day ceremonies at Town Hall

by Dec 22, 2023
Supervisor-elect Tim Hubbard and other newly elected town officials will be sworn in on New Year's Day during ceremonies at Riverhead Town Hall.

Riverhead proposes relaxing zoning restrictions on marijuana businesses, but license holders say changes may not go far enough

by Dec 21, 2023
A proposed amendment to Riverhead’s zoning code governing cannabis businesses in town would allow retail marijuana shops in more locations than the code in its current form. But the true impact of the proposal — and whether it would be effective in bringing the businesses to town — remains to be seen.  

Anti-Bias Task Force book donation to school libraries remains in limbo

by Dec 19, 2023
Riverhead Town’s donation of children’s books celebrating diversity and inclusion to the school district remains in limbo, despite the majority of the town’s Anti-Bias Task Force supporting the donation.

Comp plan update workshop: Community members comment on plan’s preliminary goals

by Dec 18, 2023
A crowd of more than 50 people went to Riverhead Town Hall on Wednesday to share their thoughts on preliminary goals and recommendations for the town’s comprehensive plan update.