1. Hundreds rally in Riverhead for abortion rights on ‘Bans Off Our Bodies’ national day of action.

The demonstration outside the State Supreme Courthouse on Griffing Avenue was one of more than 380 rallies that took place in cities and towns across the U.S. yesterday in a national day of action to protest the potential imminent demise of a woman’s constitutionally guaranteed right to an abortion. #bansoffourbodies

2. Surge in virus cases puts most of NY, including Suffolk, at high risk for infection.

Forty-five New York counties, including Suffolk and Nassau, have high community levels of COVID-19, triggering recommendations for masking in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status.

3. Downtown pattern book code amendments put on hold after business committee raises objections.

It's back to the drawing board for proposed zoning amendments that would implement the design guidelines of the downtown pattern book.

4. Riverhead officials ponder allowing drive-thru restaurants, coffee shops & cafés in Wading River.

The town board is considering eliminating the town's longtime ban against drive-thru restaurants on Route 25A in Wading River.

5. Volunteers install fire alarms across Suffolk as a part of Red Cross ‘Sound The Alarm’ campaign.

Nearly 100 volunteers from across New York State gathered at the Riverhead Fire House on Roanoke Avenue Friday morning to prepare to install fire alarms as a part of the Red Cross "Sound The Alarm" campaign.

6. School budget hearing draws little comment, board candidates make pitches ahead of vote.

The three school board candidates made pitches for election at Tuesday night's school board meeting, after a public hearing on the proposed budget that drew little public comment. The budget vote and board election take place May 17.

7. Booming real estate market continues to drive surge in preservation tax revenue.

A booming real estate market continues to push preservation fund tax revenues upward. The tax revenues, drawn from a 2% transfer tax on real estate sales, can be used to purchase farmland and open space and fund water quality improvement projects.

8. Four businesses, including restaurants and ‘selfie studio,’ planned for Riverview Lofts.

Four would-to-be tenants for the ground floor space of Riverview Lofts presented their businesses to the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency, including a “selfie studio," a Mexican restaurant, a new ice cream shop with a Mexican flair and a fitness studio.

9. Riverhead and Suffolk County Water Authority will work together to bring public water to Manorville, under preliminary agreement discussed yesterday.

Under a preliminary agreement discussed "in broad strokes" yesterday, the water authority would install about 3,000 feet of water main and serve 64 homes in the Town of Riverhead from the SCWA system.

10. Riverhead’s school budget deserves a ‘yes’ vote.

Editorial: The budget proposed by Riverhead school officials is fiscally conservative, while satisfying the educational and social needs of our children, thanks in part to long-overdue increases in state education aid. This budget deserves the community’s support and we urge you to vote “yes” on Tuesday.

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