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Maria Piedrabuena

Maria Piedrabuena
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María, a multimedia reporter, graduated from Stony Brook University with degrees in journalism and women and gender studies. She has worked for several news outlets including News12 and Fortune Magazine. A native of Spain, she loves to read, write and travel. She lives in Manorville. Email Maria

Photos: Christmas tree-lighting event draws crowd in Flanders

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The event, organized and hosted by Truth Community Church, featured photos with Santa, Christmas carols sung by the Riverhead Middle School show choir, an outdoor fire, and cookies, doughnuts, chips and hot chocolate to fend off the cold.

Local residents give Head Start families a helping hand for Thanksgiving dinner

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Truth Community Church, Flanders, Riverside and Northampton Community Association and Peconic Bay Power Squadron donated $1,500 to buy 104 turkeys, one for each child at Southampton Head Start.

School officials urge whole-child approach to achieve student success

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The Riverhead student population is economically disadvantaged and academically underperforming. “Our students are more than test scores... we are looking at the whole child, their social-emotional, academic and behavioral needs and creating a multi-tiered system of support,” director of pupil personnel Eileen Manitta said.

Zeldin scores decisive victory over Gershon for U.S. Congress

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) won a third term in Congress Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Perry Gershon of East Hampton 52 percent to 46 percent. But Democrats took control of the House, meaning Zeldin for the first time will be serving as a minority member when the 116th Congress convenes in January.

Locals remember departed loved ones with ‘Día de los Muertos’ celebrations

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A look at the cultural and religious influences on how local Latinos celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

Flanders resident and FRNCA board member Paola Zúñiga-Tellez honored at SEPA Mujer’s 25th Anniversary Gala

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Paola Zúñiga-Tellez was honored by SEPA Mujer as the organization's Member of the Year at its 25th Anniversary Gala Friday night in East Patchogue.

Trunk-or-Treat draws families out for Halloween fun Sunday afternoon

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Children went trick-or-treating from decorated trunk to trunk in a family-oriented Halloween tailgate party Sunday in Ludlam Avenue Park.

It’s been a long road to a new roundabout in Riverside, but it’s officially completed

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Local officials and community residents came together today to celebrate the completion of the newly reconstructed Riverside roundabout.

Candidates square off at chamber debate

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Rep. Lee Zeldin faced challenger Perry Gershon Wednesday night in a debate hosted by the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce. Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo and challenger Rona Smith also debated the issues.

Local Latino residents celebrate first Salvadoran saint, Oscar Romero

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Hundreds of local Latino residents turned out Sunday evening to celebrate the first Salvadoran saint, Oscar Romero, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Riverhead.
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