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Denise Civiletti

Denise Civiletti
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Denise is a veteran local reporter and editor, an attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a “writer of the year” award from the N.Y. Press Association in 2015. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website. Email Denise.

Learn how to have difficult conversations about immigration without arguing

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In these politically polarized times, it's becoming increasingly difficult to do so. A May 5 training in Riverhead will provide the tools and resources needed to have those difficult conversations.

Martha Clara Vineyards sold to Mexican winemaking family

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The Rivero-González family, Mexican wine producers in Parras, Coahuila has bought the Riverhead vineyard for an undisclosed sum, the family announced in a press release today.

Governor’s proposed statewide plastic carryout bag ban could torpedo Suffolk’s 5-cent bag fee

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The bill introduced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo does not include a bag fee and contains language that says it would pre-empt all local ordinances governing plastic bag recycling and fees.

She’s a perfect 100: Riverhead woman celebrates a century of life

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“I’m a hundred years old! Can you believe that? I can’t believe it!” Actually, she doesn’t look a day over 80, maybe 75. And she acts like a young 75, too. “People ask me how it feels to be 100. I tell them it felt better to be 99."

Man airlifted with multiple stab wounds after backyard fight; two arrested

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Two teens are in custody for the assault of a 25-year-old man in a backyard fight on Maple Avenue, Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller said.

Riverhead Kiwanis hosts 17th Annual Breakfast of Stars, honoring six for community contributions

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Kiwanis Club of Riverhead honored six people as "stars of the community" at its 17th Annual Kiwanis Stars breakfast April 21 at Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue, where the club also honored president Woody Ohrenstein as Kiwanian of the year.

State recommends downtown Riverhead and EPCAL census tracts as ‘opportunity zones’ but Riverside doesn’t make list

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Downtown Riverhead and the Enterprise Park at Calverton are among the locations recommended by New York State for designation as “opportunity zones” by the U.S. treasury department.

On Columbine anniversary, SWR students join nationwide walkout to protest gun violence

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“We shouldn’t have to have assemblies about what to do if there’s a shooter in school. But that’s our reality.”

A look at councilwoman’s notes from private meeting with Triple Five reps

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At the April 5 work session, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio reviewed what she said were questions and answers from her March 12 meeting in NYC with representatives of the company that wants to buy the town's land at EPCAL. But the legal pad she read from contained almost no notes made during that meeting, according to documents provided by the town in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.

Civic group coalition files ethics complaint against Giglio over private meeting with applicant in EPCAL land deal

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The complaint says the councilwoman’s “private meeting” with the prospective purchasers impairs her ability to act impartially in the application. Giglio vehemently denies any wrongdoing in taking the meeting, which she says was simply exercising "due diligence" in reviewing the proposal.
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