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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:

Riverhead unemployment rate dips to lowest since the pandemic began

Riverhead's unemployment rate fell to 5.3% in April, its lowest since the pandemic began. It had climbed to 15.8% last April after the governor ordered a lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Protect yourself: tick season is here

Most ticks emerge in April and May. Learn how to protect yourself from tick bites and what to do if you get bit by a tick.

Riverhead Town Board to set hearing on proposed law to opt-out of retail marijuana sales

The town board will vote on Wednesday on a resolution scheduling a June 15 hearing on a proposed...

Dates changed for EPCAL drag races to avoid bird-nesting season

The dates of the two drag racing proposals at the Calverton Enterprise Park have changed after an environmental assessment found that the event’s would interfere with local birds’ nesting season.

Splish Splash will reopen this weekend with reduced capacity, COVID restrictions

Splish Splash will reopen this Memorial Day weekend after it was closed last year due to the pandemic. But the park will look different to most with COVID-19 restrictions in place — and without its iconic high tower slide, Cliff Diver.

Identity theft reports continue to climb

Identity theft reports have spiked in Riverhead Town, across the state and throughout the nation, government data show.

Update: In-person screening of ‘High School Musical’ film postponed to Saturday evening

The Blue Masques filmed their spring production of "High School Musical" and will show it on a big screen on the football field on June 5 and stream it online June 4-6.

Physicians’ foundation donates feminine hygiene products to Butterfly Effect Project during Period Poverty Awareness Week

The Butterfly Effect Project received a donation of 50 knapsacks filled with maxi pads yesterday to mark Period Poverty Awareness week, which draws attention to families unable to afford feminine hygiene products.