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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.

Storm downs poles and wires, closes Sound Avenue

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Hundreds were left without power after a strong storm passed through the region last night.

Riverhead’s Halloween Fest parade delights a big crowd on Main Street

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Downtown Riverhead was seething with ghouls and ghastly creatures of the night for the fourth annual Halloween Parade last night. Photo slideshow by John Neely.

Watch: Coffin racers prepare their caskets for tomorrow’s big race

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Race teams have been busy building and decorating their coffins, getting ready for the big event. Each team can have up to five people — with one riding in the unusual and undeniably creepy “vehicle.”

Riverhead Coffin Races date changed due to Sunday weather forecast

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With a bad rainstorm in the forecast Sunday, Riverhead’s Coffin Races have been moved to Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on the Peconic Riverfront.

Watch: Riverhead town supervisor candidates debate the issues

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One thing was clear from a candidate discussion hosted by RiverheadLOCAL last night and streamed live on Facebook: the town supervisor candidates disagree on just about everything.

Facing racism head-on: Anti-bias task force sets special public meeting Tuesday to discuss next steps

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The task force is planning to hold community roundtable discussions on racism, to set up training sessions and partner with the school district on educational programs.

National Grid launches geothermal demonstration project in Glenwood Village

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The shared community loop system will use the heat stored 250 feet below the Earth's surface to heat 10 homes in the Riverhead senior community. In the summer, the system with withdraw heat from the homes and discharge it into the Earth, cooling the homes.

Happy Birthday October 21

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Oct. 21 to Kimberly Pokorny...Justine Huysman...Zach Palm...Christopher Tucci...Rich Kulesa...Bobby Rossi...Alison Hallock...Kevin Kohn...Jammie Pittman...Kara Reese...Douglas Rocha...Heather Bitka...Michael Birgeles ... Shakirrah Mosley...Scott Davonski...Amanda Baron Submit...

Happy Birthday October 20

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Oct. 20 to Eric Gambino...Justin Ernst...Noah Gorman...Cassidy Gorman...Ell Swiatocha...Erin Judd...John Tyte...Billie Silver...Debbie Walden...Ryan Zukowski

Young entrepreneurs plan craft brewery in historic former Riverhead firehouse

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Peter Barraud, of Baiting Hollow and Ian Van Bourgondien of Southold, already growing hops on their farm in Peconic, are planning to open their brewery and tasting room at the former firehouse on Second Street by springtime.