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Denise Civiletti, copublisher of RiverheadLOCAL.com with her husband Peter Blasl, is a lawyer, journalist, news junkie, digital media maven and the proud mother of two Riverhead High School graduates (2010). From 1999-2009, she was the author of an opinion column for Times/Review Newspapers, where she also worked as a reporter, editor, executive editor and copublisher. Civiletti has lived and worked in Riverhead for 26 years. She served one term on the Riverhead Town Board, the first woman ever elected to a full four-year term on the board in the town's history. Civiletti is passionate about Riverhead, her adopted home town. This website — and this blog — are a result of that passion. To send Denise an email, click here.

Please fix what’s broken about health care, but don’t break what’s not: an open letter to my congressman

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Do we really want all Americans to have access to health care — effective, affordable health care? When people can’t afford to buy it on their own, should the rest of us pay? Is health care a right? Or is it privilege?

Denise Civiletti Yes, Zeldin should hold a town hall, but it shouldn’t be a public flogging

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It's never easy to face unhappy constituents. But there's no venue for dialogue other than a 'town hall' meeting.

Celebrating the meaning of the season: Love, light, hope and peace

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Today, we hope the message of this season will be heard throughout the world: Peace on Earth and good will to all!

Denise Civiletti Finding joy in unexpected places

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'Tis the season... for feeling completely overwhelmed. Presents yet to buy, a house to clean, gifts to wrap, a dinner to plan, shop for and cook. It can be hard to make time to enjoy what the Christmas season is really all about. Joy!

Denise CivilettiLet’s say thanks to those who serve — around the corner or around the world

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As we gather with friends and family to celebrate America’s national day of Thanksgiving today, let’s remember the people who serve and protect us each and every day, the people who make our country and our communities places we cherish.

Denise Civiletti News vs. opinion, the need for intelligent discourse, free speech and all that jazz

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“If you disagree with me, fine. Say so. But express yourself like an adult.” Denise Civiletti responds.

Denise Civiletti Yes, let’s save our country. From this man.

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Trump has no respect for our Constitution, for our laws, our courts, or our people. He doesn’t care a lick about you or your family. As amply demonstrated by his business record, his only concern is himself.

Denise Civiletti An opinion about opinions. And no, I don’t support Donald Trump for president

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I haven't shared my opinions much, for a host of reasons. Yesterday, someone I’ve known a long time, someone I thought knew me well enough to not have to ask, inquired if I am supporting Trump. I was dumbfounded for a second. But it made me realize how silent I've been.

Denise Civiletti Why I was kicked out of the LIRR’s closed-door meeting with public officials

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Assemblyman Fred Thiele called an 'invitation' only, closed-door meeting of 'stakeholders' to discuss LIRR's East End service. Stakeholders, as defined by Thiele and the LIRR, don't include the public — taxpayers, riders or members of the press.

Rare sighting: Suffolk County legislators in the Suffolk County seat

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Something unusual — even rare — has been going on this week. It’s been going on right in our backyard. And hardly anybody’s noticed.