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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.

Worried about contaminants, Manorville residents question sand piles near EPCAL runway

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Sand stockpiled at the end of the eastern runway in Calverton was excavated by the sewer district from a distant site on the property that officials say was 'virgin territory.' The highway department plans to use it to sand local roads in winter weather.

Cops: Homeless man cut another man in fight at Rt. 58 gas station, charged with assault

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A homeless man was arrested on an assault charge last night after a dispute at the Speedway gas station that sent another man to the hospital, according to Riverhead Town Police.

Back to the drawing board for town’s EPCAL subdivision

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Riverhead Town must have additional maps prepared for the DEC before the state agency will agree to review the town's application. The new maps must provide detailed information about sensitive environmental areas on the 2,324 acres being subdivided to complete a $40 million sale.

School budget rollout begins, while state aid questions remain unanswered

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Riverhead School district officials discussed the property tax levy cap and certain expenditures during their initial presentation of the 2020-2021 operating budget last week.

Gray seal seen swimming, feeding and hanging out in downtown Riverhead

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A gray seal has been spotted in the western area of Peconic River in Riverhead, swimming, eating and sunbathing over the last week or so. Though a gray seal's presence in this area of the river is not common, the seal appears to be healthy and not in any distress, experts say.

Lynn Renee Ligon, 57

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Lynn Renee Ligon, of Riverhead died Feb. 10, 2020. She was 57 years old.

Planning board seeks public input on environmental review for proposed waste and recycling facility in Calverton

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A proposed asphalt and concrete crushing and screening facility on Middle Road in Calverton will be the subject of a public “scoping session” at Thursday’s planning board meeting.

Artemios V. Tsismenakis, 89

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Artemios V. Tsismenakis of Crete, Greece, Brooklyn and East Marion, died in Brooklyn on Feb. 14, 2020. He was 89 years old.

Memorial for Det. Brian Simonsen set for Thursday evening in Jamesport

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A graveside prayer service in Jamesport will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the officer's interment there following his Feb. 12 line-of-duty death. It will be followed by a gathering at Jamesport Fire Department headquarters.

Here’s what people are telling the town’s planners about the future of downtown

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People who took the town's online survey and attended the public forum in November want to see the Peconic Riverfront enhanced, a new “town square,” more small, local businesses on Main Street, improved streetscapes and more downtown events, the town's planning consultants report.
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