1. Halloween Fest ’22 packs downtown Riverhead: Photos.

Downtown Riverhead was packed for Halloween Fest '22 yesterday. The day's activities included coffin races on Griffing Avenue, trick-or-treating along Main Street, pumpkin painting and the grand finale, a big after-dark parade featuring all sorts of ghouls, goblins, zombies and monsters. Photos.

2. Riverhead man dies after axe assault in Oklahoma.

Tulsa Police said James “Jimi” Patterson, 22, was struck in the head with an axe Monday night in an apartment in Tulsa.

3. Man, 35, drowns after kayak overturns in Wildwood Lake; witness rescues 8-year-old boy.

A 35-year-old man drowned after his kayak overturned in Wildwood Lake late yesterday afternoon, Southampton Town Police said. An 8-year-old boy with him in the kayak was rescued by another boater who witnessed the incident, Southampton Town Police said.

4. History comes alive in downtown Riverhead: residents collaborate on virtual historical trail.

People exploring downtown will come across 39 newly installed signs at historical landmarks that display a QR code leading to a synopsis of the location’s history read aloud, and sometimes accompanied by historical photographs.

5. Prospective marijuana business owners hail Riverhead zoning proposal for dispensaries and lounges as the friendliest on Long Island.

Residents and prospective marijuana entrepreneurs applauded the Riverhead Town Board’s proposed zoning code for marijuana businesses as retail sales are poised to get underway, with one speaker calling it the most “progressive” of its kind and most friendly to the emerging industry on Long Island.

6. Riverhead Planning Board comes out in favor of moratorium on industrial projects in Calverton.

The Planning Board has directed the town's top planning official to draft a resolution calling on the Town Board to impose a short-term moratorium on new industrial development in Calverton while on the comprehensive plan update is being completed.

7. Town approves 14 drag racing events in Calverton next year, subject to pending sale of site.

Plans for 14 drag racing events at the Calverton Enterprise Park next year gained special event approvals from the Riverhead Town Board Tuesday night.

8. Riverhead extends moratorium on commercial solar energy systems for another year.

The Town Board voted unanimously last night, 4-0 with Councilman Frank Beyrodt recused, to extend the moratorium on new solar energy system approvals, initially adopted in October 2021.

9. Police seek suspect in petit larceny at outlet store.

Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and the Riverhead Police Department are seeking the public’s help to identify and locate a man they say stole merchandise from the Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store at Tanger Outlets on August 20. Police released the above surveillance camera image of a suspect in the theft. Suffolk County Crime Stoppers offers […]

10. Photos: Riverhead’s homecoming parade 2022.

Scenes from the Riverhead High School Homecoming Parade today on Main Street.

11. Death by a million trucks.

Guest column: The tens of thousands of trucks that will move to and from the multiple logistics and distribution centers planned in Riverhead, will make our already unsafe air quality much worse.

12. The Planning Board is right. Riverhead must hit the brake on development while comp plan is updated.

Editorial: The proliferation of massive warehousing and logistics buildings proposed in Calverton alone can forever change our town's landscape. With development, there are no do-overs.

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