1. Lucharitos owner plans to open ‘Luchacubano’ on E. Main Street ‘this holiday season’.

The owner of the popular Lucharitos restaurants is planning to open Luchacubano in the former Sunny’s Diner and Grill on East Main Street.

2. Riverhead’s indoor farmers market, and more, coming to former Homeside Florist site.

Riverhead’s indoor farmers market, which has moved around among a few different vacant East Main Street stores since its inception in 2014, may be moving for the last time. East End Food Institute, which took over running the famers market in 2019, has signed a three-year lease on the former Homeside Florist and Greenhouses site on Main Road in Riverhead. The farmers market will open there Nov. 27 and the nonprofit organization has big plans for the site in the future.

3. COVID test positivity rate in Suffolk’s school-age children was 67% higher than overall county rate during first month of school.

Since the beginning of the school year, 2,818 Suffolk children ages 5-17 have tested positive for COVID-19 — a 7.2% test positivity rate for 39,170 tests since Sept. 1 — more than 67% higher than the average test positivity rate in Suffolk overall since Sept. 1, which was 4.3%.

4. Out-of-town cash has Aguiar on the way to be Riverhead’s top political fundraiser in recent history.

With $73,970 total contributions to date, Aguiar’s fundraising has already surpassed almost all supervisor candidates since 2007, the oldest campaign finance records available on the state website.

5. Riverhead adopts pet store restrictions in unanimous vote.

A ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in Riverhead Town was unanimously adopted by the town board on Tuesday, to the celebration of animal rights advocates and to the ire of one pet store owner in attendance.

6. Promoter applies for three, four-weekend drag racing series at EPCAL throughout 2022.

More drag racing could be coming to Riverhead next year, as “Race Track, Not Street” promoter Peter Scalzo has submitted event applications for 12 weekends, each featuring two drag racing events at the Enterprise Park in Calverton.

7. Supervisor’s budget proposal would lower town tax rate, while increasing spending.

Supervisor Yvette Aguiar said she was able to “offset inevitable spending increases including contractual expenses and higher health insurance premiums” and also enhance town government operations by saving money this year and utilizing non-tax sources of revenue.

8. Vaccine rights event cosponsored by Giglio is scheduled, then quickly canceled.

An event in Riverhead planned by Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio and another state lawmaker, advertised as an “informational meeting about your constitutional rights regarding vaccinations and vaccine mandates” was canceled after social media posts condemned the event for hosting representatives of an anti-vaccine pseudoscience group.

9. Anthony Nicholas Meras, 90.

People remember Tony Meras as a genuine, friendly Main Street shop owner who loved his customers — and his homemade ice cream.

10. ‘ I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am’ — Woman reunited with Riverhead ambulance crew that saved her life.

A Florida woman visiting a friend in Jamesport went into cardiac arrest and almost died in March. Last month, she got to meet the Riverhead Ambulance crew that saved her life and thank them for what they did.

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