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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:

North Fork Audubon Society weighs name change over namesake’s racist legacy

by Feb 20, 2024
The North Fork Audubon Society, like other chapters of the national conservation group, is re-evaluating its use of the Audubon name, in light of the celebrated naturalist's legacy of slavery and racism.

Hearing on agri-tourism resort code canceled after farmers raise objections, supervisor says

by Feb 17, 2024
A public hearing on the proposed agri-tourism resort code that was scheduled for Feb. 21 has been canceled, as town officials discuss changes sought by the farming community to ease restrictions on preserved land.

For this hospital administrator, DEI is more than a concept — it’s the story of his life’s journey, and he’s passionate about...

by Feb 16, 2024
PBMC's Director of Imaging Services Joseph Bynum has a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion, which he says tells the story of his journey from patient transporter to head of an important division in a bustling hospital.

Townhouse apartments planned for E. Second St. site of home destroyed in 2021 fatal fire

by Feb 14, 2024
Eight new townhouse apartments are planned for the East Second Street site of a historic home destroyed in a 2021 fire that killed five people.

Residents organize against Riverhead Charter School plan for new high school on Sound Avenue

by Feb 13, 2024
Some residents have started to organize against a plan by the Riverhead Charter School to build a new high school in Northville, which can only happen if the Riverhead Town Board grants a necessary special permit. 

Riverhead students chalk messages of kindness and love at high school on ‘P.S. I Love You Day’

by Feb 10, 2024
Students and staff at Riverhead High School donned purple and adorned school grounds with messages of support and love Friday during the school’s annual 'P.S. I Love You Day' event.

Expanded zoning uses for Tanger outlets approved: Riverhead Town Board wrap-up

by Feb 8, 2024
Manufacturers Outlet zoning change approved by Riverhead Town Board Feb. 6 expands allowed uses.

Spanish speakers ask school district for translation services at meetings and events

by Feb 8, 2024
Spanish-speaking community members are calling on the Riverhead Board of Education to provide translation services at school board meetings and other meetings.

Former Suffolk legislator Sarah Anker to challenge Anthony Palumbo in First Senate District

by Feb 7, 2024
Former Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy for the First Senate District, where she hopes to unseat incumbent State Senator Anthony Palumbo. 

Habitat for Humanity builds its first poured concrete home on Long Island in Riverhead

by Feb 5, 2024
A Habitat home undergoing construction at 18 Oak Drive is being built using insulated concrete forms, or ICF, a method that uses concrete poured between blocks of polystyrene foam for walls, rather than a wood form.