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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:

‘Art in Action’ and virtual music performance websites launched

by Jun 24, 2021
The Riverhead Central School District has launched websites to allow the community to view what art and music students have created over...

Shots fired into Trout Brook Lane home last night prompts investigation

by Jun 24, 2021
Police are investigating gunshots fired into a house on Trout Brook Lane late last night. Anyone with information is asked to call the Riverhead Town Police Department at 631-727-4500.

Thiele and Palumbo pass bill allowing East End towns to collect 0.5% transfer tax for affordable housing fund

by Jun 23, 2021
To establish a community housing fund with a supplemental transfer tax, the town would have to pass a local law that is subject to a mandatory referendum.

Southampton tattoo artist plans to open new shop on East Main Street next month

by Jun 23, 2021
The owner of Natives With Ink, a tattoo shop on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, is set to open a second location, Vibes Ink, on East Main Street in downtown Riverhead mid-July.

Former congressman asks town board to hire him to work on EPCAL issues

by Jun 22, 2021
Former congressman George Hochbrueckner told the town board he had "affiliations and relationships" that will allow him to solve the town's issues with the State DEC over the EPCAL subdivision.

Riverhead CAP launches ‘celebrate sober’ campaign in advance of graduation celebrations

by Jun 22, 2021
In partnership with local businesses and Peconic Bay Medical Center, CAP is placing 2-inch stickers on participating businesses' items — like deli sandwiches, take out bags and coffee cups — which say: “Congratulations Class of 2021. Live Your Best Life: Celebrate Sober.”

Riverhead wants more community input on town square design through survey

by Jun 21, 2021
Riverhead Town has put out a second online survey looking for community input for the design of the new town square on East Main Street. The survey is available until July 2.

Riverhead Polish Hall planning festival in place of canceled Polish Fair

by Jun 21, 2021
Riverhead Polish Hall is planning a one-day Polish festival on Aug. 21 to help fill the void left by the cancellation of the Polish Town Street Fair and Festival this year.

Riverhead school trustee-elect is first Democratic-Socialist member to win elective office in Suffolk County

by Jun 21, 2021
Colin Palmer, Riverhead school trustee-elect, is the first elected official in Suffolk County to be a member of the Democratic-Socialists of America organization.

Thiele’s LIPA reform bills sail through legislature

by Jun 21, 2021
Five bills sponsored by Assemblyman Fred Thiele aimed at increasing transparency, accountability and oversight of the Long Island Power Authority and its contractor PSEG-LI have passed both chambers of the state legislature.