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Maria del Mar Piedrabuena

Maria del Mar Piedrabuena
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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

Guatemalan consulate readies for opening in Riverhead

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Riverhead school district announces plans for meals, academic work during shutdown

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Grab and Go Meals will be available on a daily basis at all K-4 elementary schools from 11am to 1pm, beginning on Wednesday, March 18. Families from all grades levels are welcome to participate.

Riverhead Charter School wants to expand, but dozens object at contentious public hearing

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Emotions ran high at a contentious public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed expansion by the Riverhead Charter School—which has submitted an application to the New York State Department of Education to revise its charter and increase its enrollment capacity from 787 to 1,037 students over the next two years.

School board wrap: security technology update, meeting videos, social media etiquette and retirements

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New technologies are quickly becoming essential tools for the Riverhead Central School District’s security plans, and so far, they seem to be...

School district seeks to combat misinformation on bond proposal in advance of Feb. 25 vote

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School district officials are concerned that "misinformation" is confusing people about the capital bond proposal and turning them against it.
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