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Maria del Mar Piedrabuena

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Hundreds line up at Riverhead DMV office after ‘Green Light NY’ law takes effect

People were lined up outside the Riverhead DMV office as early as 5 a.m. today, the first business day after the Green Light NY law took effect Saturday.

Acting principal named at Pulaski Street School as district investigates allegations against principal

Riverhead High School assistant principal Patrick Burke returns to Pulaski Street Elementary School as acting principal following the reassignment of

Riverhead school district may oppose mandatory HPV vaccines

The school superintendent has drafted a letter in opposition to bills pending in Albany that would make the HPV vaccine mandatory.

Riverhead school district increases capital bond proposal, citing revised enrollment projections

New enrollment projections add 180 students at the high school in 10 years, requiring 32 new classrooms instead of 24

School board to hold another series of public forums on facilities plans

Board of education president Greg Meyer said the board would announce the new dates before Thanksgiving.

New assistant principal at Pulaski; high school music teacher named fine arts director

The school board on Tuesday night appointed Callan Lonergan as assistant principal of Pulaski Street School and Jason Rottkamp as the district's director of fine arts.