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Denise Civiletti

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.

Riverhead adopts moratorium on new commercial solar applications

A 12-month moratorium on commercial solar energy applications in the Town of Riverhead was approved by the town board last night. Though the vote was unanimous, the subject remained contentious.

Adapt, or die — the choice is ours

If you have an emotional attachment to the big, decrepit, vacant buildings on Main Street, you may not want to read on. You’re not going to like what I have to say.

Riverhead celebrates start of demolition to make way for town square on Main Street

Community residents, business owners and government officials turned out to watch a heavy equipment operator begin demolition a long-vacant, blighted building on Main Street in Riverhead Monday, where the town plans to create a town square in the hope of spurring downtown revitalization.

In Riverhead, a rally for immigration reform in the hope of pressuring Congress to act now

A march and rally in Riverhead Saturday brought together immigrants rights activists and residents to demand Congress act now on immigration reform providing a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented U.S. residents.

Despite claims to the contrary, crime is not down in Riverhead — arrests are

Arrests in Riverhead are down more than 60% compared to 2019, before COVID — and before criminal justice reform laws took effect in New York, described by local cops as a game-changer. News analysis.

Riverhead Police Report: August 2021

Riverhead Town Police reported 214 criminal incidents and 50 arrests in the month of August, according to a monthly public safety report released by Police Chief David Hegermiller.

Riverhead school officials’ behavior is appalling

Evasion, double-talk, stonewalling and spin. That's all we got this week in response to direct questions which the public has the right to get answered.

Riverhead, seeking $20M Downtown Revitalization Grant, is a finalist in 2021 round

Riverhead Town is a L.I. Region finalist in the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant competition. It's the fourth time in five rounds of DRI funding that Riverhead has been a finalist.

Sound Avenue vineyard’s expansion plans shot down by planning board in split vote

After hearing opposition from residents and civic associations, the Riverhead Planning Board voted 3-2 to deny Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards' site plan application last week, over concerns about noise from outdoor music.

Dr. John Andresen: a veterinarian who was a breed apart

Dr. John Andresen of Aquebogue, a large-animal veterinarian for 55 years on Long Island, never retired from the job he loved.