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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.

Variances sought for proposed five-story building near railroad station draw opposition at public hearing

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Nine zoning variances sought by a Huntington developer for a proposed five-story building on the corner of Osborn Avenue and Court Street drew opposition from Riverhead Free Library, Suffolk County Historical Society and several residents during a public hearing before the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night.

Effects of delta variant seen in recent COVID-19 spike, hospitalizations in Suffolk

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The local surge in COVID-19 cases corresponds with the trajectory of the more contagious delta variant in the region.The spike in confirmed cases has been accompanied by a spike in hospitalizations.

Old Steeple church gets a new steeple

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Workers today used a large crane to lift the new steeple structure to the roof of the belfry on the Main Road, Aquebogue church and slowly lower it onto vertical steel masts.

Another power outage hits Route 58

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For the second consecutive day, a power outage is affecting Riverhead’s main commercial corridor.

Update: Power outage restored on Route 58

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UPDATE: Power was restored along Route 58 in Riverhead after an outage that had traffic signals down and stores without power from Mill Road to Northville Turnpike along the commercial corridor.

Hochul orders universal masking in all schools, says she will pursue options for vaccine mandate for school employees

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Gov. Kathy Hochul dove head-first into controversial waters on her first day in office with the announcement of a back-to school plan that includes a universal mask requirement in all schools, as well as pursuing options for a potential vaccine mandate for school employees, with a weekly testing requirement for staff who remain unvaccinated.

Hochul to order universal masking in schools

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Gov. Kathy Hochul said today she is immediately directing the State Department of Health to institute universal masking for anyone entering schools.

Appointment to fill vacancy on town zoning board draws criticism and dissent

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The appointment of a Jamesport man to fill a vacancy on the Riverhead Zoning Board of Appeals was criticized by residents at last Tuesday night’s town board meeting and drew opposition from Councilwoman Catherine Kent.

Flood watch extended to 2 a.m. Tuesday

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A flood watch for this region has been extended until 2 a.m. Aug. 24, as the remnants of Henri will bring more rain to the region, the National Weather Service said in a statement this morning.

Henri comes close, but skirts around Long Island

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Long Island got lucky as Hurricane Henri, which pivoted east and west and back again as it traveled up the coast, stayed just east of the island dumping heaviest rains in parts of NYC, NJ and Connecticut.
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