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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.

Photos: The 45th Riverhead Country Fair

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It was a damp re-launch of the Riverhead Country Fair Sunday, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation.

Lucharitos owner plans to open ‘Luchacubano’ on E. Main Street ‘this holiday season’

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The owner of the popular Lucharitos restaurants is planning to open Luchacubano in the former Sunny’s Diner and Grill on East Main Street.

Riverhead’s indoor farmers market, and more, coming to former Homeside Florist site

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Riverhead’s indoor farmers market, which has moved around among a few different vacant East Main Street stores since its inception in 2014, may be moving for the last time. East End Food Institute, which took over running the famers market in 2019, has signed a three-year lease on the former Homeside Florist and Greenhouses site on Main Road in Riverhead. The farmers market will open there Nov. 27 and the nonprofit organization has big plans for the site in the future.

Suffolk Theater announces new director

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Gary Hygom, former executive director at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts and 20-year producing director at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, will take the reins at the historic Riverhead theater on Oct. 15.

Day-long standoff with reportedly armed man in Riverhead ends in arrest

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A reportedly armed man has been taken into custody after a day-long standoff with police at a house on Grove Street in Riverhead.

Out-of-town cash has Aguiar on the way to be Riverhead’s top political fundraiser in recent history

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With $73,970 total contributions to date, Aguiar’s fundraising has already surpassed almost all supervisor candidates since 2007, the oldest campaign finance records available on the state website.

Anthony Nicholas Meras, 90

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People remember Tony Meras as a genuine, friendly Main Street shop owner who loved his customers — and his homemade ice cream.

COVID test positivity rate in Suffolk’s school-age children was 67% higher than overall county rate during first month of school

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Since the beginning of the school year, 2,818 Suffolk children ages 5-17 have tested positive for COVID-19 — a 7.2% test positivity rate for 39,170 tests since Sept. 1 — more than 67% higher than the average test positivity rate in Suffolk overall since Sept. 1, which was 4.3%.

Anglers try their luck at Riverhead’s 24th Annual Snapper Tournament

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Anglers of all ages lined the Peconic Riverfront last Saturday for the annual family-favorite, sponsored by the Riverhead Town Recreation Department. Photo slideshow.

Supervisor’s budget proposal would lower town tax rate, while increasing spending

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Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said she was able to “offset inevitable spending increases including contractual expenses and higher health insurance premiums” and also enhance town government operations by saving money this year and utilizing non-tax sources of revenue.
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