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Katie Blasl

Katie Blasl
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Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a reporter, editor and web developer for the LOCAL news websites. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie

Witamy! It’s Polish Fair weekend in Riverhead’s Polish Town, USA

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It's a perennial favorite in Riverhead — a giant open air market where visitors can enjoy Polish food and music while browsing hundreds of booths featuring every kind of merchandise imaginable.

Spicy’s Chicken Restaurant seized by state for unpaid taxes

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Spicy's Bar-B_Que on West Main Street and its Bellport counterpart have been closed down on outstanding tax warrants.

Peconic Crossing seeking applications for workforce housing apartments

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Developers of Peconic Crossing in downtown Riverhead are readying 45 new workforce housing apartments for rental. The units will be available to tenants who meet income limits, with preference given to artists.

Multiple departments battle gas station fire at exit 71 Thursday

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The fire, which caused clouds of dark smoke to billow from the gas station's mini-mart, apparently started in the food preparation area of the gas station's Subway, according to an employee.

Blizzard warning issued for Suffolk County, 8 to 12 inches of snow forecast for ‘dangerous’ storm

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Expected snowfall accumulations have been increased to 8 to 12 inches, with locally higher amounts expected. Wind gusts could reach up to 55 miles per hour.

‘Near-blizzard’ conditions possible Thursday, 5 to 8 inches of snow forecast

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Suffolk County could experience “near-blizzard” conditions Wednesday night through Thursday evening, according to the National Weather Service's updated winter storm watch.

Storm could dump 6+ inches of snow on Suffolk County Thursday with high winds

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A winter storm watch has been issued for eastern Suffolk County for a potential coastal storm Wednesday night into Thursday.

Dancing beyond disability: Peconic Ballet showcases students of all abilities in new program’s first year

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For the first time, students of all abilities danced alongside one another in Peconic Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker last weekend, thanks to the launch of a new program designed especially for students with intellectual and development disabilities.

Plastic, paper bags will cost 5 cents each in Suffolk County starting January 1

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Suffolk County's new “bring your own bag” law will go into effect starting Jan. 1, 2018, imposing a 5-cent fee on both paper and plastic bags.

Riverhead ShopRite plans summer 2018 opening with café, pizzeria

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Riverhead's newest supermarket will open its doors next summer in the former Waldbaum's location on Route 58.
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