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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:

Suffolk County traffic tickets can now be resolved online

by Jun 9, 2021
After a pilot program implemented last fall, Suffolk County has made permanent an online program for handling moving violations returnable at the traffic violations agency in Hauppauge.

Registration open for cardboard boat races

by Jun 9, 2021
Riverhead's popular cardboard boat races return to the Peconic Riverfront Aug. 7, after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Stony Brook Medicine launches survey to learn about LBGTQ healthcare needs

by Jun 9, 2021
The survey gives the opportunity for LGBTQ individuals on Long Island to make their voices heard and feel empowered in their care, according to the study's principal investigator.

Riverhead says goodbye to RASCAL program after nearly 35 years

by Jun 8, 2021
RASCAL, an after-school program providing care for Riverhead children for nearly 35 years will not return in the fall. The Riverhead Central School District has contracted with a different agency to provide the service.

Suffolk launches initiative to get children vaccinated before summer camp season

by Jun 7, 2021
Suffolk County has launched a new vaccine initiative aimed at eligible kids and camp counselors in advance of summer camps reopening.

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.