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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:

Despite recent wet weather, lawn irrigation still threatens water supply

by Jul 13, 2021
Officials say it's imperative for residents and businesses practice water conservation measures when it comes to irrigating their lawns and landscapes.

New York’s ‘do not call’ protection now applies to text messages

by Jul 13, 2021
New York State has passed a law expanding the classification of telemarketing to include marketing by text messages, closing a loophole that allows texts to be exempt from telemarketing regulations.

Riverhead Town hires economic development consultant to assist with three projects

by Jul 9, 2021
Riverhead Town has hired the nonprofit National Development Council for technical assistance on three projects, including a transit-oriented development project planned for the Court Street parking lot, the development of a the Main Street town square and the potential lease of the former Kmart building for a municipal complex.

In honor of late teacher Keri Stromski, Riverhead schools plan outdoor learning space, book exchange program

by Jul 8, 2021
Aquebogue Elementary School in Riverhead will establish an outdoor learning space in memory of the school’s late teacher Keri Stromski.

All-vegan brewery Übergeek enters Riverhead’s tasting room scene with fresh brews and fresh ideas

by Jul 6, 2021
Übergeek Brewing Company opened its tasting room doors in April at 400 Hallett Riverhead, the former Moustache Brewing Company location.

Downtown Riverhead parking lot work begins Wednesday, closures to take place through July 14

by Jul 6, 2021
Work gets under way tomorrow on the downtown parking district repaving project, which is scheduled to be completed before the Alive on 25 event July 15. The lots will be closed for construction on a rotating basis.

‘Cruise Night’ rescheduled to July 15, ‘Kids Zone’ returns to Alive on 25 on July 29

by Jul 2, 2021
'Cruise Night' — along with the fireworks display— have been rescheduled for the July 15 Alive on 25 event.

Riverhead’s proposed marijuana shop ban lacks town board majority support

by Jul 1, 2021
A majority of the Riverhead Town Board said they will vote against the proposed ban on marijuana dispensaries and lounges.

Plan to remove trees to make way for more parking spaces draws pushback

by Jun 30, 2021
Judy Barth, who more than 20 years ago helped plant the trees the town now plans to remove, says it's a bad idea.

Alive on 25 canceled tomorrow due to forecast, fireworks pushed to July 15

by Jun 30, 2021
The Alive on 25 summer street festival Thursday is canceled and the fireworks rescheduled to July 15, according to the Riverhead Business Improvement District.