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1. Our first responders are heroes — and Riverhead needs to work to keep them.

This is a good time to reflect on the looming crisis we face as a community where affordable housing and jobs that pay a living wage are increasingly scarce.

2. Riverhead Town highway workers, both veteran volunteer firefighters, save two women from burning building in Polish Town.

Riverhead highway workers and volunteer firefighters describe racing into a burning building without protective gear Wednesday morning to save two women who lived there. "We didn't think. We just acted. We just did what we're trained to do."

3. Town eyes agreement to site Cousins Paintball at Calverton municipal park.

Town officials are looking at entering into an agreement with Cousins Paintball that will allow the company to operate its paintball facility on approximately 14 to 16 acres of land inside the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

4. Riverhead’s new planning consultants discuss timeline and milestones for relaunched comprehensive plan update.

Representatives of BFJ Planning of New York City held a kickoff meeting in Riverhead Town Hall Thursday, presenting a timeline and milestones for the development and priorities for the comprehensive plan update, and fielding board members’ questions.

5. Riverhead High School, looking to improve grad rates, to begin night school program next month.

Riverhead High School will begin a night school program next month to allow students who have dropped out to complete their degree on an evening schedule.

6. DA: Wading River woman indicted for impersonating NYPD officer and forging ID documents.

A Wading River resident and former volunteer firefighter was arrested and indicted Wednesday for allegedly impersonating an NYPD officer, wearing fraudulent gear and forging documents identifying her as such. 

7. Town civil service workers rally for a contract, as labor negotiations continue.

Riverhead civil service employees and their supporters rallied in slushy weather late yesterday afternoon to demand resolution of ongoing contract negotiations between the town and its largest employee union.

8. Love your library? Here’s a chance to give back: Riverhead Free Library seeks trustees.

“The library is the center of the community,” Riverhead Free Library Trustee Janet O’Hare says. “It’s got something to offer everyone, from soup to nuts.” The library is seeking volunteers to fill three seats on its board of trustees.

9. Riverhead IDA won’t consider new 30-year tax abatement for Doctors Path apartments.

The owner of the subsidized apartment complex sought a new 30-year agreement setting its property taxes at $72,000 per year, about 45% of what current taxes would be.

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