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Riverhead loses an icon: Hawk Woodson, 85

Hawk Woodson, remembered by many as "Mr. Riverhead" was a local icon, a lifelong Riverhead resident who touched generations with his easy smile and kind words.

New drag racing series begins at EPCAL’s airstrip this Saturday

An airstrip at the Enterprise Park in Calverton is now set up and ready for an eight day, eighth-mile drag racing series, called “Race Track, Not Street," starting this Saturday and running through the next four weekends.

Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament makes comeback after 2020 COVID cancellation

Six teams faced off in the popular Stop the Violence Basketball Tournament this weekend in Riverhead. Photos.

Riverhead heart transplant recipient on negotiating a pandemic without an immune system to protect you from a deadly virus

Since his transplant surgery five years ago, Ed Schaefer of Riverhead must take medication to prevent his body from rejecting his transplanted heart. Though he had both doses of the Moderna vaccine, he has no COVID antibodies because of his meds. That leaves him in a very vulnerable place as the virus surges anew.

Alive on 25 street festival, with ‘Kids Zone,’ set for Thursday evening in downtown Riverhead

"Bubbelpalooza" returns to Alive on 25 tonight, part of a special "Kids Zone" in Grangebel Park, which will include activities, an LED show by Team Fun Circus and kids' movies. Plus on Main Street: Live music on six stages, craft beverages, food trucks, street dining and vendors, 5-9:30 p.m. in downtown Riverhead.

Some float, some don’t: Riverhead’s cardboard boat races return

A large crowd lined the downtown Riverhead dock to cheer the paddlers, who raced in homemade boats made only with cardboard, duct tape and paint. Lots of photos from Saturday's event.

Paddlers compete to raise money for New York Marine Rescue Center

Paddle Battle, an annual competition for paddle board, kayak and canoe enthusiasts to raise funds for the New York Marine Rescue Center, took place on the Peconic River in Riverhead Saturday.

A big birthday for the Big Duck

The Big Duck, the historic roadside icon on Flanders Road, celebrated its 90th birthday Saturday with an event hosted by Friends of the Big Duck, the landmark’s stewardship organization.

Photos: A favorite summer parade returns

The Jamesport Fire Department parade, a North Fork summertime favorite, drew a large crowd to the Jamesport hamlet to watch 40 fire departments and a host of community groups march along Main Road.

‘Ziggy’s Way’ dedicated in Polish Town, in memory of Polish Hall president

The portion of Marcy Avenue in front of Polish Hall will now be known as Ziggy’s Way in honor of the late Riverhead postmaster and longtime Polish Hall President Zbigniew “Ziggy” Wilinski.