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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

Water contamination in Pine Barrens neighborhood prompts county health department, state investigations

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High levels of a gasoline additive were found in the well water of a Manorville home, prompting a state investigation to find where the contaminant came from and if it is affecting other homes in the neighborhood that also depend on well water.

Downtown food market and eatery, Luminati Aerospace and EPCAL bike trail receive $1.7 mil in state grants

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Several projects in Riverhead Town – from a downtown food market to unmanned aircraft development at EPCAL – were awarded a combined $1.7 million in grants from New York State's Regional Economic Development Council Awards today.

Bill to create new zip code for Flanders, Riverside and Northampton passes U.S. House, goes to Senate

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A bill that would create a new zip code for the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton passed the United States House of Representatives in a unanimous vote today.

Music, art, dance and wine come together for ‘Art Barre’ in downtown Riverhead

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Peconic Ballet Theater, East End Arts and Martha Clara Vineyards will co-host a series of events at Peconic Ballet Theater's studio this fall, featuring wine tasting, music and dance performances and art galleries of local artists.

Local youth dragged under vehicle in late-night hit-and-run, father says, offers cash reward for driver’s arrest

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A 21-year-old man on a motorcycle was struck by a vehicle, dragged more than 500 feet underneath and then left in the middle of the road in a late-night hit-and-run Friday, according to eyewitness and police accounts.

Halloween on the North Fork: 2016 guide to haunted houses, parties and events

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Your complete guide to Halloween happenings across the North Fork and surrounding areas.

New medical marijuana pills, first of their kind, to be sold at Riverhead dispensary

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Columbia Care is launching a new controlled-dose, solid-filled medical marijuana pill that will be the first of its kind in the nation.

Riverhead doctor plans trip to Haiti for post-hurricane relief, seeking donations

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Riverhead doctor Bellamy Brook will travel to Haiti later this month to provide medical treatment and deliver food and water to a village devastated by Hurricane Matthew.

Medication take-back event collects 91 pounds of prescription drugs, another event planned this weekend

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Riverhead CAP collected nearly 100 pounds of unused and expired prescription drugs during a take-back event at the town highway yard – and this weekend, they plan to collect even more.

Riverhead’s first jack o’lantern garden to feature pumpkin carving contest, spook-tacular downtown display

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A magical display of carved pumpkins will accompany this year's Halloween Fest in downtown Riverhead, which will include prizes for different pumpkin categories.