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State accepting applications $6.7 million in CARES Act funding to assist marine fishing industry

Applications are now being accepted for federal CARES Act funding to assist New York's marine fishing industry following extensive economic losses resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

How COVID-19 changed Black Friday

The COVID-19 pandemic changed almost everything this year and 'Black Friday,' the biggest shopping day of the year, is no exception.

Apple Honda raises $7,300 for North Fork Breast Health Coalition

Apple Honda's annual month-long fundraising event for the North Fork Breast Health Coalition was a big success despite some changes brought by the pandemic.

LiDL discount supermarket coming to former Toys ‘R’ Us site in Riverhead

The deep-discount Germany-based grocer has filed a site plan application with the Riverhead planning department to convert the 35,000-square-foot retail store to a supermarket. LiDL anticipates a 2021 opening.

BID looks to help downtown restaurants survive cold weather with grants for tents & heaters

Restaurants, still operating under 50% indoor capacity limits established by the governor’s executive order in response to the coronavirus pandemic, need outdoor dining to help them survive.

Riverhead’s unemployment rate drops below 10% for the first time since pandemic struck

The unemployment rate in Riverhead Town was 9.5% in August, down from 12.4% in July. In comparison, the town’s unemployment rate was 3.7% in August 2019.

Coping with the pandemic and new ag worker labor standards, local farmers worry state may now lower threshold for overtime pay

Lowering the threshold for time-and-a-half overtime pay below 60 hours a week could devastate local farms already reeling from the effects of the COVID pandemic, local farmers told state lawmakers yesterday.

County’s online portal offers employment assistance, virtual job fairs

Suffolk County is offering three virtual employment assistance events this week. The county's employment portal also offers other services, including job listings, research tools, resume-writing assistance and more

Riverhead gun shop gains approval for indoor firearms testing range

The firearms testing container allows Baits & Barrels to test guns sold or repaired at the shop.

After news that Suffolk unemployment rate climbed to 13.6% in July, State Assembly candidates call for unemployment benefit reform

More than 110,000 Suffolk residents were unemployed in the month of July, according to data released last week by the New York State Department of Labor. Suffolk’s insured unemployment rate was 13.6% in July, more than a point higher than it was in June, according to the data.
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