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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.
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.
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.