1. Was L.I. serial killer investigation stymied in coverup by corrupt Suffolk cop and DA? We need a special prosecutor to probe investigation.

No matter who they were — no matter what their past — no one deserves to die as the Gilgo victims did. No family should suffer all these years without closure. It's time for an independent probe into how this investigation was handled in a county where two top law enforcement officials stand convicted of corruption and obstruction.

2. In Riverhead, a rally for immigration reform in the hope of pressuring Congress to act now.

A march and rally in Riverhead Saturday brought together immigrants rights activists and residents to demand Congress act now on immigration reform providing a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented U.S. residents.

3. Riverhead school officials’ behavior is appalling.

Evasion, double-talk, stonewalling and spin. That's all we got this week in response to direct questions which the public has the right to get answered.

4. Despite claims to the contrary, crime is not down in Riverhead — arrests are.

Arrests in Riverhead are down more than 60% compared to 2019, before COVID — and before criminal justice reform laws took effect in New York, described by local cops as a game-changer. News analysis.

5. Main Street buildings set for demolition Monday to make way for town square.

The two Main Street buildings coming down to make way for Riverhead's town square have a date with the wrecking ball Monday.

6. Large crowd turns out to support the biggest expansion in charter school history.

A proposal for the Riverhead Charter School to undergo the largest expansion in its history garnered both large praise and sharp opposition during a public hearing at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. “We are looking to build our pipeline of students organically from the ground up, so we would like for children who start in kindergarten with us to finish in 12th grade with us,” said Charter School Superintendent Ray Ankrum.

7. Riverhead, seeking $20M Downtown Revitalization Grant, is a finalist in 2021 round.

Riverhead Town is a L.I. Region finalist in the New York State Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant competition. It's the fourth time in five rounds of DRI funding that Riverhead has been a finalist.

8. Much left unsaid about school district’s actions concerning top business official.

A lot of unanswered questions remain about the change in title and responsibilities of former Deputy Superintendent Sam Schneider, as district officials side-stepped inquiries about Schneider's appointment with tenure Tuesday night to the assistant superintendent position and other changes involving the business function in the district.

9. Sound Avenue vineyard’s expansion plans shot down by planning board in split vote.

After hearing opposition from residents and civic associations, the Riverhead Planning Board voted 3-2 to deny Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards' site plan application last week, over concerns about noise from outdoor music.

10. Dr. John Andresen: a veterinarian who was a breed apart.

Dr. John Andresen of Aquebogue, a large-animal veterinarian for 55 years on Long Island, never retired from the job he loved.

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