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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

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

by Jan 28, 2021
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

by Dec 11, 2020
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

by Mar 24, 2020
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

by Mar 22, 2020
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

by Mar 18, 2020
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

by Mar 16, 2020
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

by Feb 12, 2020
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

by Jan 23, 2020
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

by Jan 22, 2020
School district officials are concerned that "misinformation" is confusing people about the capital bond proposal and turning them against it.

Local preparations underway for 2020 census

by Jan 17, 2020
With the 2020 census April 1 deadline quickly approaching, local nonprofit organizations have partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to reach certain populations in the region that may have been underrepresented in past surveys.