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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.

State releases COVID guidance for agritourism businesses

Agritourism businesses — corn mazes, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, hayrides and haunted houses — are considered low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment...

Commercial gyms can reopen Monday in Suffolk; county announces procedures and guidelines for reopening

Commercial gyms and indoor classes in Suffolk will be allowed to reopen on Monday, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced today. He outlined the procedures gym operators must follow for reopening.

Planet Fitness gets ready to open its new Riverhead location

Planet Fitness will open its new location on Route 58 "in the coming weeks," a company spokesperson said this morning. The gym is moving from Kroemer Avenue to larger quarters in the newly subdivided former Sports Authority store. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Gyms can start reopening as soon as next week with restrictions, Cuomo says

Gyms in New York State could begin reopening as soon as next week after more than five months of closure.

Pandemic brought ‘radical changes’ for Long Island’s last surviving duck farm

The coronavirus pandemic shut down the Crescent Duck Farm in Aquebogue for three months. Its owners are beginning to ramp up production again, hoping the restaurants that are its core market will make a comeback.
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