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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.

Downtown pattern book code amendments put on hold after business committee raises objections

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It's back to the drawing board for proposed zoning amendments that would implement the design guidelines of the downtown pattern book.

Riverhead officials ponder allowing drive-thru restaurants, coffee shops & cafés in Wading River

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The town board is considering eliminating the town's longtime ban against drive-thru restaurants on Route 25A in Wading River.

Longtime Flanders civic leader steps down from FRNCA board ahead of move to Manhattan

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Vince Taldone, longtime FRNCA board member, has stepped down from the group's board of directors. He is moving to Manhattan, which offers a walkable community with ample public transit — important to Taldone, who is visually impaired and no longer able to drive.

Booming real estate market continues to drive surge in preservation tax revenue

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A booming real estate market continues to push preservation fund tax revenues upward. The tax revenues, drawn from a 2% transfer tax on real estate sales, can be used to purchase farmland and open space and fund water quality improvement projects.

Riverhead and Suffolk County Water Authority will work together to bring public water to Manorville, under preliminary agreement discussed yesterday

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Under a preliminary agreement discussed "in broad strokes" yesterday, the water authority would install about 3,000 feet of water main and serve 64 homes in the Town of Riverhead from the SCWA system.

Judge refuses to shut down outdoor events at Dimon Estate while lawsuit moves forward

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Outdoor weddings can continue this year at the Manor Lane restaurant that has been a magnet for noise complaints by irate neighbors and the subject of ongoing legal disputes with the Town of Riverhead. A State Supreme Court judge last week refused to impose a preliminary injunction against outdoor events, outdoor catering and the use of tents at the Dimon Estate in Jamesport.

Latest real estate transfers

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Transfers in the Town of Riverhead recorded in the Suffolk County Clerk’s Office April 16- 30, 2022, as reported by Suffolk Research Service.

East End Garden Festival holds last-day sale today at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead

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The East End Garden Festival wraps up today at Tanger Outlets and there are still plenty of plants available before the sale ends this afternoon.

Rodney D. Anderson, 51

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Rodney D. Anderson of Aquebogue died May 3, 2022 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. He was 51 years...

‘Who will tell our story?’ Holocaust survivor’s daughter, Ukrainian priest discuss war and genocide in Ukraine, from Stalin and Hitler to...

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On Sunday, two people with deep ancestral roots in the same region of Ukraine — one the American-born daughter of a Jewish survivor of Nazi genocide, the other a Ukrainian immigrant and Catholic priest — came together in a Riverhead synagogue to share their perspectives on evil, persecution, senseless violence, survival and resilience.
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