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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.

Have you been the victim of a bias incident or hate crime? Why we’ve joined ProPublica’s ‘Documenting Hate’ project

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RiverheadLOCAL has joined a national investigative news project launched by the nonprofit Pulitzer Prize winning news organization ProPublica to help build a database of hate crimes and bias incidents.

Happy Birthday October 19

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Oct. 19 to Karla Alvizures...Catie Swift...Fran Johnson...Maxine Utter...Tom Wolpert...Connor Karpilovsky...Liz Tilton...Bruce Sanders...Darrell Mayo...Paulina Sobczak...Dawn Dawson...Andrea Correale...Jessica McDermott...Kathleen Ferrell...Marianne Reilly...Joan Perry...Nicole Sacks...Peg Frobey...Stacy...

Developer seeks to demolish historic downtown home ‘in grave disrepair,’ replace with parking lot

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The developer of the Preston House and the L.I. Aquarium wants to buy and demolish an designated landmark on East Main Street for parking purposes and has appealed the Riverhead Landmarks Preservation Commission’s denial of its demolition application.

Firefighters battle overnight blaze at Riverhead trucking company

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The J&H Transfer Inc. facility on Route 58, built in the late 1940s, suffered heavy damage.

Happy Birthday October 18

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Oct. 18 to Maria Del Mar Piedrabuena...Tom Fleischman...Danielle Doll...Jean Daleo...Shelli Kinderman...Mark Hodun...Ashley Meekins...Christina Oliver...Eugene Henriksen...Kolleen Shay Trent...Joan Grady...Donna Jean Young...Donna DeMarinis...Kristie Schmidt

CROP walk raises funds to fight hunger

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This year more than 20 people walked a four-mile hike around downtown Riverhead Sunday, joining more than 100,000 people worldwide to raise funds to combat hunger.

Praying for salvation in Riverhead: Downtown church leads annual prayer march on Main Street Sunday

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A large, spirited crowd marched up Main Street Sunday morning to proclaim “Riverhead for Christ” with music, prayers and preaching.

Yes, racism is alive in Riverhead – and not just on Facebook

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Our town is run almost completely by white people. Our Facebook posts are filled with hateful comments about our black and Latino neighbors. Racism is alive and well in Riverhead, and to refuse to talk about it is a disservice not only to those who must live with it every day but to our whole community.

Racist Facebook rant by Riverhead town attorney’s wife sparks outrage

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A racist rant on Facebook by the wife of a Riverhead public official last night sparked outrage on social media and has members of the town’s anti-bias task force calling for his resignation.

Who has the best class float? S-O-P-H-S

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Riverhead's homecoming parade was a washout, canceled by this morning's rain, but the game went on —  the Blue Waves picked up a much-needed win — and so did the float competition.