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1. A domestic violence survivor who counsels Latina women in abusive relationships, Noemi Sanchez talks about culture, community and healing.

Noemi Sanchez, a Mexican immigrant and the mother of three daughters, speaks about domestic violence, cultural influences, and how she found the help she needed to heal. She now works in to help other Latina women in similar circumstances. Hispanic Heritage Month profile.

2. Young Riverhead entrepreneur credits his parents, Hispanic heritage for motivation and work ethic.

Christopher Aguilar, 25, owner of Mexicandy, a new snack and dessert shop on Main Street in Riverhead, credits his parents, who are lifelong entrepreneurs, and his Hispanic heritage for instilling in him the motivation and work ethic needed to start and succeed in his own business.Hispanic Heritage Month profile.

3. Trailblazing Riverhead cop reflects on police work, family, Hispanic heritage.

Riverhead Police Detective Byron Perez is as local as local gets. The lifelong Riverhead resident looks back on growing up here as the son of Guatemalan immigrants, nine years as a police officer and the importance of positive role models in the Latino community. Hispanic Heritage Month profile.

4. Longtime school district employee files harassment complaint against ‘reassigned’ administrator.

School Superintendent Augustine Tornatore’s assistant has filed a harassment complaint with Riverhead Police, alleging Assistant Superintendent Lori Koerner pushed him.

5. Vail-Leavitt board calls it quits, won’t contest Riverhead Town’s lawsuit, hands over keys, corporate seal and legal documents to town.

The board of directors of the Council for the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, the nonprofit that owns the historic theater, last week voted to “relinquish itself and the real property to the Town in settlement of all issues.” All board members have resigned.

6. Pedestrian struck by train in Riverhead hospitalized with head trauma, MTA says.

A pedestrian was hospitalized last night after being struck by an eastbound train just west of the Riverhead station, according to an MTA spokesperson.

7. As school funding runs dry, Riverhead residents call to shut down economic development org.

A growing local faction is demanding that the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency be dissolved.

8. Hubbard received $1,000 from EPCAL buyer’s lobbyist: 2023 campaign finance reports.

Riverhead Council Member Tim Hubbard received a $1,000 contribution to his supervisor campaign from a lobbying firm that represents EPCAL buyer Calverton Aviation and Technology, campaign finance records filed last week show. 

9. World War II soldier killed in action in 1944 is laid to rest in Calverton with full military honors.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bernard J. Sweeney Jr., who was killed in action Dec. 16, 1944 and remained unaccounted for until his remains were identified more than 76 years later, was laid to rest in Calverton National Cemetery today. Photo slideshow.

10. Riverhead issues public safety advisory for use of EPCAL site during bow-hunting season.

Members of the public visiting Veterans Memorial Park and the EPCAL site are advised by the Town of Riverhead to stay on the recreation trail and off the runways at all times and to stay out of the woods, where town-authorized bow-hunting for deer is now underway.

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