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A staff member at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp has tested positive for COVID-19, the camp announced yesterday. Full story.
If your life has gotten too complicated, simplify it as best you can. Maybe raise some chickens. They like watermelon, curly hair and they’ll make you smile. Full story.
Enjoy a safe, socially-distanced family outing with 15-minute intervals between parties for a fun, worry-free environment. Full story.
Riverhead unveiled an extensive plan for reopening school to some in-person instruction, with staggered schedules, strict mask requirements and daily temperature checks among the changes the district is planning to bring students back to school safely this fall. Full story.
With all in-person bowhunter education courses canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DEC is offering hunters an online course to meet the education requirement for licensing. Full story.
Splish Splash water park won't reopen for the rest of the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Full story.
After being told a COVID-related hiring freeze prevented him from filling vacant truck driver jobs because the positions were "non-essential," Highway Superintendent George Woodson warned the town board his current staffing level can't handle the department's snow-plowing duties next winter — and would cause long delays in clearing the roads. Full story.
New York has extended its special health insurance enrollment period an additional 30 days, through August 15. Full story.
Riverhead is planning to implement a “hybrid model” combining in-person and remote learning, for the return to school in September, since social distancing restrictions will make it impossible to have all children attend school every day, Interim Superintendent Christine Tona said at Tuesday night's school board meeting. Full story.
Schools find themselves planning for multiple potential scenarios in the new school year: students in classrooms, remote instruction or a new, hybrid model — with state guidelines still in flux. Full story.
The first 'Dine on 25' event drew visitors to downtown Riverhead for outdoor dining at restaurants along Main Street and the Peconic Riverfront. Full story.
A requirement that nursing homes must be free of COVID-19 infections for at least 28 days means that many facilities won't soon be opening doors to visitors. Full story.
Suffolk SPCA is hosting a free dog and cat food distribution Thursday at Stotzky Park, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until supplies last. Full story.
Suffolk's positive test rate climbed to 2.1% this week, with 102 new cases, the highest it's been in six weeks. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone urged everyone, especially people under 30 — who represented 42% of the new cases — to wear masks. Full story.
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New York State will allow schools in regions with low infection rates to bring students back to the classroom this fall, with a number of restrictions. Full story.
While new coronavirus infections and hospitalizations hold steady in New York, officials are watching an 'alarming increase' in new cases and deaths nationwide, Gov. Cuomo said yesterday. Full story.
Looking back at the time "B.C." when life was simpler, I'm still processing everything that's happened since. My bottom line takeaway: This calamity has deepened our resolve to serve our core mission: reporting news that matters in a place that matters: our community, our hometown. Full story.
Indoor shopping malls can now reopen Friday in regions that have already entered Phase Four - including Long Island, which entered Phase 4 today. Full story.
Travelers from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma are now required to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in New York, bringing the total number of states in New York’s COVID-19 travel advisory to 19. Full story.
The report released Monday concludes that infections among nursing home staff and transmission of the virus from staff to residents played the predominant role in the spread of the virus and fatalities among nursing home residents — not hospital admissions. Full story.
The public is invited to attend tomorrow’s Riverhead school board meeting for the first time since the coronavirus crisis began in March. Full story.
Reopening progress on Long Island has not resulted in a spike in any of the indicators public health officials continue to closely monitor. The region’s coronavirus infection numbers continue to look good, with a .8% infection rate yesterday and is set to enter Phase Four Wednesday. Full story.
There were no official fireworks shows, which were canceled due to the large crowds these events typically draw. But there were plenty of illegal fireworks lighting up the after-dark skies from one end of town to the other, delighting some residents and annoying others. Full story.
“You’re going to have more and more people coming here with the virus. It’s going to happen," Cuomo said today. What happens next is up to residents and local governments. Full story.
New York's policy guidance actively put long-term care residents at risk, Rep. Lee Zeldin argues. He calls for answers on the state's high death toll among long-term care residents. Full story.
Individuals or families that have endured financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for financial assistance from the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk Inc. Full story.
Most Riverhead Town buildings and many recreational facilities — including baseball, softball and soccer fields, the skatepark and hockey rink — will remain closed through July 31 under the latest emergency order signed today by Supervisor Yvette Aguiar. Full story.
This year's popular summer festival would have been the 21st annual event for the Railroad Museum of Long Island. Full story.
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Suffolk County Jail will allow visitations to resume next week at correctional facilities in Riverhead and Yaphank, the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office announced. Full story.
Two concerts, dubbed Craft Aid, will be live-streamed on July 2 and 3 from 8 to 10 p.m. Donations collected during the stream will go to benefit eight North Fork breweries, including six in Riverhead. Full story.
Riverhead Town beaches, staffed with lifeguards and attendants, will be open daily beginning tomorrow. Bathrooms and playgrounds will be open, but concessions will not. Full story.
Following complaints about nonresidents crowding town beaches, the Southold Police Department has created a beach patrol/task force for stepped up enforcement and the town recreation department has added staffing to check ID — which will be required for proof of residency of all people seeking to enter town beaches. Full story.
The state will impose a quarantine on states with spiking coronavirus infections, including New York residents traveling back home. Full story.
On-premises dining will resume in local restaurants this week and various personal car businesses will open their doors for the first time since March. Full story.
The state has had 25,000 complaints about businesses — predominantly bars and restaurants, Cuomo said — failing to follow social distancing and face covering rules. Manhattan and the Hamptons are leading the state in violation reports, the governor said during a press conference today. Full story.
As people around the country are participating in mass protests against racial injustice and police brutality, the federal Centers for Disease Control yesterday released a new guidance document concerning attendance at such gatherings. Full story.
Wherever we are during this strange time, it would be wise to learn the art of bending and swaying. Full story.
The summer of 2020 will be a summer like no other as New York State continues working to safely emerge from the... Full story.
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Update June 12, 7:24 am
RiverheadLOCAL

St. Isidore's Church will continue to hold drive-up Sunday Mass in the parking lot of St. John Paul II Regional School at 515 Marcy Avenue. English Mass will be offered at 9:15 a.m. and Polish Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m.

After being shut down by the COVID crisis in March, Ro and Frank Murphy, who've operated the popular Bagel Lovers & Deli in Riverhead since 1990, have decided to retire rather than gear up to reopen. They've put their business up for sale. "It’s time to pass the baton to younger people,” Frank said. Full story.
Frontline workers at the Acadia Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation got a boost from the community this evening with a thank-you parade organized by the son of a longtime nurse at the home. Full story.
County Executive Steve Bellone got his first taste of Snowflake Ice Cream today. The county exec toured Suffolk downtowns on the first day of Phase Two and stopped at the Riverhead ice cream shop for a chocolate soft-serve with chocolate sprinkles. Full story.
Small business owners in Riverhad rejoiced this morning as Phase Two of the New York Forward reopening plan goes into effect in the Long Island region, allowing them to reopen or expand business operations for the first time since March. Full story.
Riverhead Town Hall opened its doors to the public today for the first time since March 12, when the supervisor’s emergency declaration shuttered all town buildings and facilities except police headquarters. Full story.
As new infections and hospitalizations in New York fall to the lowest levels since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, state officials are easing restrictions and accelerating reopening for some businesses and activities. Full story.
New York has expanded coronavirus testing criteria to include all protesters who attended recent events, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday. He urged everyone who has attended a protest to get a test. He said they have a “civic duty” to get tested. Full story.
In less than a week, you’ll be able to get that long-overdue haircut, shop for new clothes, shoes and cars, go out to dinner at a local restaurant or sip a glass of local wine at one of the North Fork’s vineyards. Full story.
The library will operate under its current budget for the next fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2021. Full story.
Beginning today, the Riverhead DMV office is processing registrations and certain other transactions by mail. Beginning Thursday, June 4, the office will accept transactions through a secure drop box there. Drop box services will be available during regular office hours, Monday through Saturday. Full story.
Denise Civiletti
Update May 30, 10:37 am
Denise Civiletti

Riverhead church to hold drive-up Mass May 31

St. Isidore R.C. Church will have drive-up Mass Sunday (May 31) at 9:15 a.m. in the parking lot of St. John Paul II Regional School on Marcy Avenue.

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