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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:

Riverhead school district receiving $18 million in federal COVID relief funds, seeks community input

by Jun 18, 2021
The Riverhead Central School District is using federal COVID relief funds to launch new programs in the summer and during the next school year to help students whose academic progress was halted during the coronavirus pandemic.

Riverhead’s Cruise Night returns at Alive on 25 on July 1

by Jun 18, 2021
Calling all classic car enthusiasts: Cruise Night is returning to Downtown Riverhead during July 1’s Alive on 25 event. Classic cars will be parked on the north end of Peconic Avenue near Main Street from 4 to 8 p.m.

Virtual Juneteenth benefits two days of music, dance, comedy, film and more

by Jun 18, 2021
The two-day virtual benefit hosted by the African American Educational & Cultural Festival features a host of performers June 19 & 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Drag race promoter says town permit allows 4,000 people per event, but runway agreement limits attendance to 1,100

by Jun 17, 2021
Some town board members expressed confidence that everything will work out fine, despite apparent conflicting terms of permit and runway agreement.“We always can stop it on a moment's notice if it's not what we agreed to,” Councilman Tim Hubbard said.

Should Riverhead opt out of retail pot sales? Residents weigh in at public hearing

by Jun 16, 2021
Residents spoke out on both sides of the issue at a public hearing on a proposed local law to opt out of legal marijuana sales in the Town of Riverhead.

Local business owners hail a return to normal

by Jun 15, 2021
Business owners — especially restaurant owners whose businesses suffered the most during the pandemic are excited for a return to 'normal.'

Hamptons estate sales firm opening consignment warehouse on Main Street

by Jun 15, 2021
Privet Estate Sales is opening a consignment warehouse that sells furniture and home furnishings at 54 East Main Street in Riverhead.

New York ends most COVID restrictions as state passes vaccination milestone

by Jun 15, 2021
Almost all of New York State’s coronavirus restrictions ended today after 70% of the state’s adult population received at least one dose of the vaccine, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.

Help wanted: Restaurants struggle for workers after the pandemic

by Jun 14, 2021
These days, owning a restaurant means having to handle jobs once taken care of by hired help. Owners report they are struggling to fill positions due to a shortage of food service workers.

Two new sculptures installed at Grangebel Park ahead of upcoming ‘Reflextions’ events

by Jun 14, 2021
One of the latest additions to the public art display in Grangebel Park,is a submarine sculpture made by Clayton Orehek located in the Peconic River. Photo Alek Lewis