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Julia-Anna Searson

Julia-Anna is a Riverhead native and a recent graduate of Stony Brook University, with a degree in Biology and minor in Anthropology. She currently lives in Cutchogue.

Riverfront menorah lighting to mark the first night of Hanukkah Sunday

Temple Israel of Riverhead invites the community to come together for a menorah lighting on the Peconic Riverfront Sunday evening to celebrate Hanukkah.

Donate blood at Flanders Fire Department’s blood drive on Jan. 4

Start the new year by giving the gift of life at Flanders Fire Department Headquarters on Saturday, Jan. 4 2020 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Additional meetings for capital bond proposal announced by Riverhead Board of Education

Three more public meetings to discuss the capital bond proposal have been announced by the Riverhead Board of Education. Questions, comments and concerns from the public will be heard and discussed by community members and board of education members.

Calverton sand mine operator wants to expand mine downward — to 89 ft. below groundwater

CMA Mine, which has a permit to mine a 20-acre site on the southwest corner of Osborn and Youngs avenues, wants to expand the mine vertically, by digging to a depth of 100 feet — 89 feet below the groundwater table — and constructing an 8.5-acre lake.

One-stop shop for CBD products opens in Wading River

Christian Vergara opened Noid Botanicals storefront in Wading River with a mission to educate consumers about the healing value of CBD and how to research the product before using it.

Town park upgrades coming

Permanent pickleball courts, new playground equipment, water at dog parks and a new hamlet park in Jamesport are among the projects authorized by the town board this week.

Amid controversy over block grant application, local food pantry is left out

Riverhead Town omitted a local church food pantry from its Community Development Block Grant funding application, with board members and community development department staff at odds over the request.

If at first you don’t succeed: Four-year supervisor term set for another public hearing

Voters have rejected the idea of a four-year term for the town supervisor three times since 2005. A town board majority voted today to call a new public hearing on the proposal. It will be held Dec. 17.

Stuff-the-Trailer for Kait’s Angels

Residents can help make the holiday special for local families in need by donating unwrapped toys, gifts for children, and other items at East on Main in Mattituck for the restaurant’s “Stuff-the-Trailer” charity event for Kait’s Angels.

Learn how to put the federal opportunity zones program to work for you

Downtown Riverhead is one of two federally designated opportunity zones in the Town of Riverhead. The other is in Calverton, including the Calverton Enterprise Park. The zones allow investors to defer or altogether avoid capital gains taxes, providing an incentive to invest in designated areas.