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Denise Civiletti

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). To send Denise an email, click here.

Adapt, or die — the choice is ours

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If you have an emotional attachment to the big, decrepit, vacant buildings on Main Street, you may not want to read on. You’re not going to like what I have to say.

Riverhead school officials’ behavior is appalling

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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.

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.

We must never forget what happened to Michael — and why

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The tragedy that befell Michael Hubbard 10 years ago today did not have to happen. With at least two dozen burn injuries and one death before May 28, 2011, the product that ended Michael Hubbard's life should not have been on store shelves that spring.

Behind the wall: Next stop, the Twilight Zone

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Behind this door is "another dimension — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead. Your next stop: the Twilight Zone.” Welcome to Riverhead Town Hall.

Celebrating the Earth in photos

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Celebrating our beautiful planet on Earth Day, 2021.

Keri Stromski: an appreciation

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From the day I first met the young teacher who greeted my own little girl on her first day of school, Keri has always been larger than life. And so she remains, and will always remain, larger than life.

Has NY given up on trying to control COVID?

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The man with all the answers last spring has become a man watching a frog slowly cook to death in a pot of water that's being gradually heated to boiling — and doing nothing much to turn down the heat. The best he can come up with is “Hey, I warned you.”

This year, survival should be at the top of everyone’s Christmas list

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It only takes one infected person — who may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic — at a holiday gathering to infect everyone who attends. That scenario made too many Thanksgiving dinners spreader events. And the hospitalizations and deaths data for the month of December tell the rest of the story. Don't become a statistic in the post-Christmas/New Year's surge to come.

Social distancing, spatchcocking and other reasons why this Thanksgiving is different

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Thanksgiving will be different at our house this year — starting with a change of venue, because social distancing won't work at our house, built when "cozy" was good. And that's just the beginning.
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