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Downtown tree-lighting postponed to Sunday due to weather forecast

The downtown Riverhead tree-lighting event has been postponed to Sunday. The schedule of events remains the same.

End of an era on Main Street: Balzano brothers, barbering for more than half a century, to retire: ‘It’s time for...

Barbers named Balzano have been clipping hair and shaving faces in downtown Riverhead for 62 years. But come Jan. 28, brothers Tony and Andy will be giving their last haircuts at the barbershop opened by their father Jerry in 1970, when he moved the business from the Peconic Avenue shop he opened in 1960.

A new restaurant, Perla Restaurant and Bar, to open at former PeraBell location on Main Street

A new restaurant is readying to open up at the East Main Street site formerly occupied by PeraBell Food Bar.

Riverhead’s town square is now home to donated 18-foot spruce; Dec. 3 tree-lighting planned

The Colorado blue spruce will grow to be about 50 feet tall, said Jim Warner of Warner Nursery, which donated the tree to the town. “Every town needs a Christmas tree,” he said.

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.

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.

Downtown Riverhead’s Halloween Fest will take place next Saturday. Here’s the lineup of events.

Get ready for downtown Riverhead's Halloween Fest, taking place next Saturday (Oct. 22) with coffin races, trick-or-treating, and an after-dark parade.

The 46th Annual Riverhead Country Fair draws crowd to downtown Riverhead: photos

Blue skies and sunshine prevailed yesterday and crowds returned to downtown Riverhead for the 46th Annual Riverhead Country Fair. Photo gallery.

Riverhead Country Fair returns Sunday, Oct. 9 with contests, carnival, food and vendors

The Riverhead Country Fair, one of the largest fairs in New York State, will return Oct. 9 with vendors, carnival rides, contests and food.

Update: Oktoberfest’s outdoor festivities canceled due to forecast, but costumed ‘beer crawl’ at downtown breweries will be held instead

The second annual Oktoberfest event in Grangebel Park has been canceled due to potential inclement weather this weekend, but indoor celebrations will still be held on location at participating local breweries.