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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.

State OKs marijuana home-grow rules and begins issuing retail licenses outside of ‘justice-involved’ program

by Feb 18, 2024
Rules allowing adult New Yorkers to grown their own marijuana for personal use were approved by the state on Friday. The state also approved the first non-conditional retail licenses. Riverhead, meanwhile, will hold a public hearing Wednesday on zoning code changes aimed at easing restrictions on where retail cannabis shops and lounges can be located.

Real estate transfers: Feb. 17, 2024

by Feb 17, 2024
Transfers of real estate in the Town of Riverhead and selected hamlets in the Town of Southampton reported for RiverheadLOCAL by Suffolk Vision title service on Feb. 16, 2024.

Draft comprehensive plan update document released; comment period ends March 15

by Feb 17, 2024
Riverhead Town has released a preliminary draft of the comprehensive plan update document prepared by BFJ Planning. View or download it here. Comment period ends March 15.

PBMC nurses announce tentative contract deal ahead of strike deadline

by Feb 16, 2024
The New York State Nurses Association has reached a tentative contract agreement with Peconic Bay Medical Center/Northwell Health, the union announced in a press release this afternoon.

Celebrating Black History Month in Riverhead with music, dance, poetry and art: photos

by Feb 16, 2024
An array of local talent from captivating dance and vocal performances, to compelling student artwork and words of inspiration from local school and community leaders, highlighted Riverhead Central School District's 15th Annual Black History Month Celebration last night at Riverhead High School. Photo gallery.

Crime fell, arrests and arraignments rose, and town code summonses jumped by more than 60% in 2023 , Riverhead Police data...

by Feb 15, 2024
Crimes reported by the Riverhead Police Department in 2023 declined 11% from2022, while arrests rose 19% year-over-year and the number of arraignments grew by 14%, according to year-end statistics released by the Chief of Police last month.

Update: Bands of heavy snow spread across region, creating hazardous driving conditions

by Feb 13, 2024
Bands of heavy snow began moving across the region late this morning, producing  snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, according to the National Weather Service in Upton. See photos from around Riverhead.

Burlington plans spring opening in Riverhead

by Feb 13, 2024
The off-price retailer plans a spring opening in Riverhead, a company spokesperson told RiverheadLOCAL Friday.

Black History Month: Anti-Bias Task force to host free screening of ‘Just Mercy’ at The Suffolk

by Feb 12, 2024
Starring Michael B. Jordan as attorney Bryan Stevenson and Jamie Foxx as death row inmate Walter McMillian, the 2019 film, based on Stevenson's memoir, is a powerful depiction of systemic racism in the American justice system.

Weather service reduces snow totals forecast, winter storm warning remains in effect

by Feb 12, 2024
Updated -Tuesday at 6:15 a.m.: Coastal low tracking more to south than was forecast, reducing total snow accumulations expected to 5-8 inches. Winter storm warning remains in effect.