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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

‘My dear Latinos, it is not going to be easy… but all we need is faith in ourselves.’ Salutatorian, child of...

The salutatorian of the Class of 2023 had a special message for her fellow Latino graduates of Riverhead High School and the parents whose hard work and support got them to yesterday’s commencement ceremonies.

Latino community bids an emotional farewell to beloved Madre Margarita

by Dec 22, 2022
Hundreds turned out for a wake and prayer service in Spanish at St. John the Evangelist Church to honor and remember the woman whose indomitable spirit, tenacity, and devotion touched the lives of many throughout the region, lighting a flame that will continue to burn bright for generations to come. 

Sr. Margaret Rose Smyth, 83

Wake and funeral arrangements have been set for Sr. Margaret Rose Smyth of Riverhead.

Sr. Margaret Smyth, a fierce advocate for justice, dies at age 83

Sister Margaret Rose Smyth, who ran the North Fork Spanish Apostolate for more than 20 years, died at her home in Riverhead. She was 83 years old.

One year later: Community remembers the five family members killed in Second Street blaze

Community members gathered on East Second Street last night for a vigil in memory of the five members of the Rivera family, who perished in a house fire one year ago.

Riverhead supervisor honored by Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

by Apr 17, 2022
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

by Dec 20, 2021
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

by Nov 19, 2021
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

by May 11, 2021
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.