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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

Souvenir and clothing shop opens doors in new location on Main Street

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Peconic Bay Apparel has moved into a new storefront on East Main Street, where it has more display space for more inventory and much greater visibility than its former home on McDermott Avenue.

Popular ‘Stuff-A-Bus’ food drive is open for donations at Wading River Fire Department headquarters

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The Wading River Fire Department's popular “Stuff-A-Bus” food drive is back this year, collecting canned and non-perishable goods that will be delivered to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

First-ever caregivers center on Long Island will open in Riverhead, offering education, resources and support

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Next year, Peconic Bay Medical Center will open Long Island's very first caregiving center, offering counseling, educational seminars and resources to local residents caring for a loved one.

Indie film about human trafficking will be shot across North Fork, Riverhead

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The film will explore the harrowing experiences of several human trafficking victims and those who live on the outskirts of the operation – including a man who puts himself at risk to try to help them find freedom.

Volunteers will serve up turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day at Church of the Harvest in Riverhead

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While most residents will spend Thanksgiving with their family Thursday, a group of volunteers will be busy cooking and serving dinner to those who have no where else to go for the holiday.

Smoky brush fire next to Riverhead High School is quickly extinguished by firefighters Monday

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A brush fire along the property line of Riverhead High School was quickly stamped out by Riverhead firefighters Monday afternoon. Generating large clouds of smoke...

Thanksgiving giveaway: Turkeys, baskets of food will be handed out tomorrow at Riverhead event

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A Thanksgiving giveaway event tomorrow evening at Tyre Lodge will be handing out fresh turkeys and baskets of food to local families.

Riverhead lacrosse star will play for Puerto Rico in international lacrosse league

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Jaron Greenidge has been drafted to play for Team Puerto Rico in the Federation of International Lacrosse's 2018 World Championships.

Caring for caregivers: Expo and retreat with brunch, chair massages and expert panel will be held Thursday at PBMC

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The third annual Family Caregivers' Expo and Retreat will be held in the hospital lobby Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, providing free brunch, chair massages and personal care items alongside information about resources available to local caregivers.

Local veterans share experiences, answer questions with Roanoke Avenue students

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"Our crossing guard, our maintenance guy, our security guard – these veterans are adults the kids see every day." Veterans spoke with third graders at Roanoke Avenue Elementary today about their experiences in the military, answering questions and changing perspectives.