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Maria del Mar Piedrabuena

María del Mar is a contributor to RiverheadLOCAL and the editor and founder of Tu Prensa Local, a Spanish-language local news outlet on Long Island. Maria has won several awards for her work, including a first place best column award from the New York Press Association. Email Maria

Riverhead supervisor honored by Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar was honored by the the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with its Supervisor of the Year award at the group's first Annual Latino Leaders Luncheon on Wednesday.

Funeral services held for Riverhead fire victims

Hundreds of people attended funeral services in Riverhead this weekend for the five family members who died in the Nov. 16 house fire on East Second Street.

Community comes together to mourn fire victims and support their family

The community continues to mourn five members of a family that perished in a blaze that tore through a home on East Second Street Tuesday night.

Riverhead Soccer League, mourning loss of player in fire, will hold tournament fundraiser to aid his family

The one-day tournament on Sunday, Nov. 21 will raise money to help with funeral arrangements for one of its players, Carlos Peñate Rivera, and four members of his family, who were killed in a fire Tuesday night.

Guatemalan consulate readies for opening in Riverhead

The new consulate, located at 1333 East Main Street, will provide limited but vital services to Guatemalan nationals living in the region, helping expedite the issuance of Guatemalan passports, consular identifications and birth certificates.

A day ‘full of joy’ turns nightmare for Riverhead family involved in crash that killed 18-year-old Katy Sajbin

Monday started out as a happy day, the girl's mother said. The Riverhead High School senior was traveling home with her family after renewing her Guatemalan passport in Manhattan. Then tragedy struck.

Coming to America: Riverhead student filmmakers share their immigration stories

Two Riverhead students had their short films selected to screen at the 17th Annual Latino Film Festival of the Hamptons. The students tell their stories of coming to the U.S. from Central America.

No local information on COVID-19 for non-English speakers is dangerous to all

Having information in a person’s own language that will help them navigate their lives is crucially important during normal times, but in the midst of a pandemic, is literally a matter of life and death.

With in-person census count disrupted by coronavirus, organizers focus on alternatives

Now that the Census Bureau suspended field operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, until April 1, local organizers are using online tools to urge people to complete their census forms or respond to the census online.

Coronavirus pandemic may have big impacts on farm labor supply this spring

As the coronavirus epidemic spreads across the globe and travel bans are implemented, local farmers fear severe labor shortages this spring.