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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

Republicans sweep in Riverhead town elections, ousting Democratic supervisor

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Republicans swept every contested race in this year’s town elections, taking both open town board seats and ousting incumbent Democrat Laura Jens-Smith as town supervisor.

Riverhead principal shared explicit texts and half-naked photos with student before sexually assaulting her, according to lawsuit

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An 18-year-old Riverhead High School student is accusing high school principal Charles Regan of sexually assaulting her in his office at the high school last week, as well as sending her sexually-charged texts and half-naked photographs of himself.

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.
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