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1. Swastikas drawn on desks at Riverhead High School, superintendent reports in letter.

Riverhead Central School District officials have opened an investigation this week into swastikas drawn on desks in a Riverhead High School classroom.

2. Court dismisses lawsuit brought by suspended Riverhead department head to enforce subpoena for documents.

The judge called the subpoena "nothing more than a fishing expedition" and vacated a July 5 restraining order that had prevented Jefferson Murphree's disciplinary hearing from continuing.

3. Riverhead firefighters battle blaze in Calverton.

Fire destroyed a home on Middle Road bear Deep Hole Road in Calverton this afternoon. Photos and video.

4. Timothy Hill Ranch employee charged with rape of 16-year-old resident.

A 51-year-old man employed at Timothy Hill Children's Ranch in Riverhead has been arrested on rape and other charges for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old resident there.

5. Family of children attacked by teens at Riverhead football game asks Anti-Bias Task Force for action.

Riverhead’s newly reorganized Anti-Bias Task Force came face-to-face with a shocking racial bias incident at its first meeting Monday, hearing details of the incident from the family of children who were assaulted and called a racial slur at a highs school football game Sept. 9.

6. Aguiar threatens write-in campaign for supervisor, criticizing Hubbard’s leadership.

Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar is threatening to mount a write-in campaign for supervisor this fall if Council Member Tim Hubbard continues to exhibit what she calls the Republican nominee’s weak management and leadership skills.

7. IDA action on Triple Five request for tax breaks without firm development plan is ‘improper,’ ‘inappropriate’ & ‘irresponsible,’ senators say.

CAT has backed away from its air cargo proposal for EPCAL and now says its development plan is in flux. The IDA's review of CAT's application for tax breaks in the absence of a firm plan is improper, the chairperson of the State Senate's government watchdog committee said. First District Sen. Anthony Palumbo, a member of that committee, agreed.

8. Triple Five megamall suffered $245 million in operating losses in 2022, filing shows.

The New Jersey megamall owned by Triple Five, which is in contract through another affiliate company to purchase more than 1,600 acres of industrial land in Calverton from Riverhead Town, had $245 million in operating losses last year, security filings released this week shows.

9. Planning consultants brief town on proposals to revise industrial zoning, revamp transfer of development rights program.

Responding to community concerns about the nature and amount of industrial development in Calverton, planners are recommending zoning changes to reduce industrial development density and update rules for modern warehouse development and other uses.

10. Meet Riverhead Town’s newest centenarian, Arlene Doroszka.

Arlene Doroszka credits genetics for here longevity and good health. But those who know the vibrant 100-year-old say she's kept fit and healthy by remaining active, spending time outdoors, where she enjoys gardening and yard work.

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