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Denise Civiletti

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

CDC issues guidance for fully vaccinated people

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Fully vaccinated people can visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

With vaccinations up and COVID-positive tests down, Cuomo eases restaurant restrictions

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More than 5.5 million COVID-19 doses have been administered in New York State so far, the governor said yesterday. Vaccination progress, coupled with declining COVID testing positivity and hospitalization rates led the governor to ease occupancy restrictions on restaurants outside of New York City, beginning March 19.

Riverhead releases its police reform plan

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The police reform and reinvention plan is the product of a months-long effort by a town advisory panel to assess police practices and polices and make recommendations for reforms.

Legislature votes to restrict governor’s emergency powers

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Republican lawmakers blasted Democratic majority, charging the bill passed this week does not nearly go far enough to 'rein in' Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

New grocery headed for former Best Market site

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A Fine Fare supermarket will be opening in the former Best Market store on Route 58. Best Market supermarkets were purchased in 2018 by LiDL, which is opening a Riverhead location the former Toys 'R' Us site later this year.

Riverhead COVID-19 vaccination site opens

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Riverhead opened a COVID-19 vaccination site today for seniors age 65 and older. All 1,000 vaccination appointments have been booked. The town is continuing to preregister seniors for the next shipment of vaccine doses, which the supervisor said she expects will be allocated by the state in the next week or two.

Taxicab compliance check found six of seven cabs in violation of codes

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Police issued a total of 11 town code violations for violation of town code provisions requiring operator permits and vehicle permits, according to Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Riverhead Town eyes vacant Kmart building on Route 58 for municipal complex

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Riverhead Town officials are considering leasing the vacant 106,000-square-foot former Kmart building on Route 58 for use as a municipal complex. The town would consolidate most departments in one location.

COVID vaccine distribution site for seniors 65+ to open in Riverhead Friday

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Riverhead has arranged for 1,000 first-doses of the two-dose Moderna vaccine to be administered to seniors 65 and older at the town's senior center in Aquebogue. Appointments are required. (No walk-ups.)

State to ease restrictions on gatherings, allow entertainment venues to reopen at 33% capacity

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“It doesn’t do anything for us,” Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi said in an interview this afternoon. "We need to be at 100% to reopen.” The theater has been closed since last spring.
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