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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

IHOP, iconic breakfast chain, coming to Riverhead this spring

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The restaurant is scheduled to open its doors in March 2018 in the former Joe's Crab Shack building, located in the shopping center at the intersection of Route 58 and Mill Road.

Walter ousted as supervisor by Jens-Smith; Giglio and Kent win other town board seats

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Riverhead voters ousted supervisor Sean Walter in favor of Laura Jens-Smith and elected another Democrat, Catherine Kent, to fill a town board seat left empty by Republican Councilman John Dunleavy.

Even without a local pool, Riverhead swimmers excel in competitions with near-daily training

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The sport requires rigorous, near-daily training, which is no small task even without a school swimming pool or local swim club. Families drive at least 40 minutes away to one of the nearest swim clubs – in Port Jefferson or Brentwood – so that their swimmers can complete at least an hour of daily training

To combat overcrowded housing, Riverhead considers dramatically raising penalties for landlords

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With a growing number of overcrowded housing reports in Riverhead neighborhoods, town officials are considering dramatically increasing fines to help pay for the lengthy investigations needed to issue violations to an offending landlord.

White supremacist lured female realtors to his home and exposed his genitals to them, two realtors say

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Twice in one week, a man on Riverside Drive solicited female realtors to view his home – and once they arrived, exposed his genitals to them. Riverhead Police have yet to press any charges.

After dropping out of race, former Republican candidate for highway superintendent will run write-in campaign

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The former Republican candidate for Riverhead Town Highway Superintendent has announced he will run a write-in campaign, five months after he dropped out of the race “for personal reasons.”

Historic downtown home won’t be replaced with parking lot, developer decides to restore it instead

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Following widespread backlash to a developer's plans to raze a dilapidated home in Riverhead's downtown historic district, developer Joe Petrocelli has backed away from talk of demolition and has decided instead to restore the 112-year-old home.

Five years after Superstorm Sandy: A look back at the historic storm that devastated Long Island

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It has been five years since Superstorm Sandy barreled into Long Island, bringing historic flooding and high winds that devastated communities and left millions without power for days. (Video & photos)

Riverhead hires three police officers, new town board coordinator and building inspector

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Riverhead Town Board appointed three new police officers, a new town board coordinator and a new building inspector at a special town board meeting Thursday morning.

Spota will resign as county district attorney following federal charges of obstruction of justice

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Thomas Spota is stepping down after federal prosecutors charged him yesterday with obstruction of justice and witness tampering during the federal investigation of an assault by the former county policy chief.