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Denise Civiletti, copublisher of 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). To send Denise an email, click here.

Catholic school closings stir memories and unresolved questions of faith

Witnessing the closing of McGann-Mercy and St. Isidore's this month hit close to home, bringing back memories of my days at St. Isidore's and the painful experience of my own high school closing before I could graduate.

Riverhead government has three big problems that need an urgent fix

Riverhead has a private email server problem. It has no rules about officials' use of private emails when conducting the people's business. That's one of three things about Riverhead government that need to be fixed right away — like yesterday. Here's why.

A public official’s ‘poor choice’ has real consequences for all of us

Column: Councilwoman Jodi Giglio's 'poor choice' to conduct a private meeting with developers in a proposed massive land deal can't be undone and warrants her recusal from further deliberations and vote.

His past full of outrageous claims and broken deals, Luminati’s Daniel Preston is coming for Riverhead

Our year-long investigation into Daniel Preston’s past uncovered little to back up his most outlandish claims – just a long trail of disappointed former partners, fabricated success stories and broken deals that ended up in court. Column by Denise Civiletti

Have you been the victim of a bias incident or hate crime? Why we’ve joined ProPublica’s ‘Documenting Hate’ project

RiverheadLOCAL has joined a national investigative news project launched by the nonprofit Pulitzer Prize winning news organization ProPublica to help build a database of hate crimes and bias incidents.

Yes, racism is alive in Riverhead – and not just on Facebook

Our town is run almost completely by white people. Our Facebook posts are filled with hateful comments about our black and Latino neighbors. Racism is alive and well in Riverhead, and to refuse to talk about it is a disservice not only to those who must live with it every day but to our whole community.

Denise Civiletti: Reflections on the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision on interracial marriage

Richard and Mildred Loving were convicted of felonies for violating Virginia's Racial Integrity Act. In 1967 the U.S. Supreme Court in a unanimous decision invalidated laws banning interracial marriage.

Remembering PFC Garfield M. Langhorn

PFC Garfield M. Langhorn was a true American hero, whose valor was recognized posthumously in 1970 President Richard Nixon with a Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor. Why has Langhorn been recognized so little over the years by his hometown of Riverhead?

Before doing anything on Luminati, Riverhead has some work to do

Right now, according to the rules adopted by town board resolution and currently in effect, a prospective buyer like Luminati is required to submit its proposal to an entity that was dissolved by the town 11 years ago.

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

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?
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