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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:

Town vaccinated 62 residents last week

by Aug 17, 2021
Riverhead Town helped inoculate 62 residents with their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last week during a vaccine distribution event at the Riverhead Senior Center.

Groups organizing to protest school mask mandates

by Aug 16, 2021
Citizen groups are organizing protests aimed at stopping various school boards, including Riverhead’s, from implementing mask mandates intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus in schools.

Riverhead to create advisory committee for town marijuana policy

by Aug 14, 2021
The proposed advisory committee will help the town craft policy on where retail marijuana dispensaries and cafés can be located and their hours of operation.

Citing capacity concerns, PSEG asks customers to cut electrical use this afternoon

by Aug 13, 2021
PSEG Long Island is asking customers to cut all “non-essential” electrical use from 3 to 7 p.m. today due to excessive heat...

Town Board agrees to set public hearing on pet store restrictions in Riverhead

by Aug 13, 2021
The town board has agreed to set a Sept. 8 public hearing on proposed legislation that would ban the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores in the Town of Riverhead.

Riverhead bike rentals are nearly a quarter of all rentals at more than a dozen Bethpage Ride locations in Suffolk

by Aug 10, 2021
PedalShare bike rentals at the EPCAL recreation trail outpaced the other Riverhead rental spots — by a lot. The EPCAL site accounted for 85% of the rentals in Riverhead since the program launched in May.

Former Suffolk DA Spota sentenced to five years in prison and $100,000 fine

by Aug 10, 2021
Former Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine today after attempting to obstruct a federal investigation into the brutality of a prisoner by former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke in 2012.

Resolution apportioning CARES Act funds tabled after food pantry operator cries foul

by Aug 9, 2021
A resolution authorizing payment of coronavirus relief funds to community organizations was tabled last week after the operator of the Church of the Harvest food pantry argued the town was giving a disproportionate amount of money to the Long Island Aquarium.

Riverhead supervisor hits pause button on proposed bill to regulate pet store animal sales

by Aug 8, 2021
Supervisor Yvette Aguiar in an Aug. 2 email to the town board said the board should "reconsider to not move this forward," after a pet dealers' advocacy group voiced its opposition to Councilman Ken Rothwell's bill.

Suffolk County announces $100 million farmland preservation initiative to reach goal set over 50 years ago

by Aug 4, 2021
Suffolk County is committing $100 million over the next 10 years to preserve 10,000 acres of developable farmland, in order to reach the goal of preserving 30,000 acres set over 50 years ago.