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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:

As Russia invades Ukraine, Riverhead community plans rally for peace Monday at Town Hall

by Feb 25, 2022
Riverhead’s Ukrainian community will rally at Riverhead Town Hall on Monday at noon to oppose Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The rally is being organized by St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Riverhead,

RISE Life Services opens new outpatient mental health clinic on East Main Street

by Feb 24, 2022
The Elevations Clinic Treatment Program will provide medical services, including medication prescriptions and management, antipsychotic injectables, smoking cessation treatment and mental health monitoring, and therapeutic services, including psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and an early intervention program for those with and at risk of developing substance use disorders.

Democrats Skyler Johnson and Wendy Hamberger to challenge Palumbo and Giglio in state races

by Feb 23, 2022
Democrats Skyler Johnson and Wendy Hamberger are looking to unseat incumbent Republican state lawmakers Sen. Anthony Palumbo and Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio in November.

Cops: 20-year-old arrested after middle schoolers consume THC infused candy

by Feb 22, 2022
A 20-year-old Riverhead man has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly giving a Riverhead Middle School student he lived with a THC-infused candy.

Town officials discuss water infrastructure, need for developers to shoulder costs

by Feb 22, 2022
Town officials are asking residents to advocate for developer contributions to the cost of water infrastructure needed to grow and maintain the Riverhead Water District's capacity.

Local history museums suspend executive directors, pledge more diversity, after featuring KKK-related content during Black History Month

by Feb 18, 2022
The Suffolk County Historical Society and Southampton History Museum are suspending their executive directors and pledging to increase the diversity of their leadership after apologizing to members of the Black community for featuring Ku Klux Klan-related content on their websites during Black History Month.

Riverhead Water District asks residents for contaminant data to strengthen its grant opportunities

by Feb 17, 2022
Water District Superintendent Frank Mancini said during Wednesday’s water forum that the town has had a difficult time obtaining contaminated private well data within the boundaries of the Riverhead Water District from the Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County Department of Health Services. He asked residents with private well contamination to send the water district their test results, because documentation will help the town gain infrastructure grant funding.

Riverhead Town to distribute 1,200 free rapid COVID-19 test kits on Tuesday

by Feb 17, 2022
The Town of Riverhead will distribute 1,200 free rapid COVID-19 test kits to residents on Tuesday at the Town Hall reception desk and at the Riverhead Senior Center in Aquebogue from 12-4 p.m.. There are two tests per kit.

Riverhead’s Ukrainian-American community prays for peace as Ukraine tensions escalate

by Feb 16, 2022
The Ukrainian-American community in Riverhead is praying for peace in Ukraine, as the country and its allies brace for a possible invasion by neighboring superpower Russia.

Second Riverhead water forum scheduled for Wednesday

by Feb 11, 2022
The second Riverhead Town water forum will be held in the town board meeting room on Wednesday. The forum aims to facilitate an informal discussion between town officials and residents on issues pertaining to the Riverhead Water District and Riverhead’s public water supply.