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Why we should embrace diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools

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DEI is a necessary component if we are to educate the next generation to understand the world around them. This is especially true on Long Island, which is one of the most segregated areas in the country. Featured letter from veteran educator

‘Never forget’ is more than a slogan — it’s a call to truly remember

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On Sept. 11, we keep hearing “Never Forget.” In all honesty, sometimes I try to forget. The truth is, I will never forget. I cannot forget the sound of my husband’s voice when he called me from his office at the World Trade Center, sounding out of breath like he had just run a marathon. “Could you turn on the TV? Something happened. We felt an explosion. The building shook and there’s debris falling.”

With your support, we’re moving Riverhead forward

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Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar reviews her first two years in office as she seeks re-election. Guest column.

Former supervisor writes ‘revisionist history’

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In the former supervisor's opinion piece she asserts that "hindsight" is not the way to plan for the growth and future of...

We need closer scrutiny, not fast-tracking, of new apartment building plans

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Riverhead Town needs to more closely review applications for multistory apartment buildings instead of fast-tracking their approvals. Guess column by former supervisor Laura Jens-Smith.

The genius of ‘Fats’ Waller never grows old

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The musical genius came into his own in the "Roaring '20s" and left an indelible mark on the American music scene that still influences contemporary artists today.

Supervisor responds to critical comments on pet store bill: I don’t support puppy mills

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Riverhead Supervisor Yvette Aguiar responds to online comments she said misrepresented her position on puppy mills, which she said were made by people with a "political agenda."

Is Riverhead’s loose leaves pickup service gone for good?

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In this letter, Wading River resident Steven Marcus asks about the fate of Riverhead's loose leaves pickup service.

Without a new mask mandate and more vaccinations, COVID’s third wave in New York will be deadlier than the second

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The number of new daily COVID infections in New York is four times what it was a year ago, before the second wave last fall/winter killed more than 10,500 New Yorkers. The delta strain of the coronavirus, now responsible for 83% of all infections, is much more contagious than last year's virus. And more than 8.5 million New Yorkers remain unvaccinated.

To beat COVID, we need more people vaccinated

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Low vaccination rates deeply lower our odds to control, and in time defeat, the COVID-19 virus, Peconic Bay Medical Center Executive Director Amy Loeb argues, urging unvaccinated people to take the shot now.
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