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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:

Watch out for turtle crossings: Give ’em a brake

by Jun 6, 2021
Turtles come out of hibernation in May and June to mate and breed. Since all 11 species of turtles native to New York are in decline, even the loss of one breeding female can have a significant effect on the local population.

LI Republicans speak out against new criminal justice and parole reforms

by Jun 4, 2021
Republicans called the collection of bills “pro-criminal” and “anti-public safety” during a press conference Friday morning outside Suffolk County Criminal Court in Riverhead. The main focus of the conference was Senate bill S15A, which would make convicts over the age of 55 eligible for review by the state’s parole board.

Cancer research and grant fund named in honor of Keri Stromski

by Jun 3, 2021
The North Fork Breast Health Coalition named its new stage 4 breast cancer research and support fund in honor of the late Aquebogue Elementary School kindergarten teacher Keri Lynn Stromski.

Riverhead library celebrates Pride Month with books, DVDs and programs

by Jun 3, 2021
To celebrate Pride Month, Riverhead library is offering a collection of books and DVDs focused on the experience of the LGBTQ community. It is also hosting two Pride Month programs: a drag queen hour and LGBT 101.

NYU Langone expands its Riverhead outpatient practices with new, larger location on Main Street

by Jun 2, 2021
NYU Langone relocated its Riverhead practice to a larger location on East Main Street. In addition to primary and specialty care, the site is planning expansions into pulmonology and gastroenterology as well as an endoscopy suite.

Riverhead immortalizes local veterans with wall of honor

by Jun 1, 2021
Riverhead High School unveiled the Garfield M. Langhorn Veterans Wall of Honor Tuesday afternoon. The wall holds the name of 89 veterans and fallen soldiers who attended the Riverhead Central School District.

Suffolk Theater plans August reopening after nearly 18 months closed due to pandemic

by Jun 1, 2021
The Suffolk Theater will reopen on Aug. 27 after a nearly year-and-a-half closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The theater will require attendees to be fully vaccinated so it may operate at full capacity without social distancing.

Riverhead schools set dates for in-person graduation ceremonies with COVID restrictions

by Jun 1, 2021
Riverhead schools will have in-person graduation and moving up ceremonies this year with COVID restrictions and allowing two guests per student, according to Interim Superintendent Christine Tona.

Riverhead unemployment rate dips to lowest since the pandemic began

by May 31, 2021
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

by May 30, 2021
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.