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Two ‘hometown hero’ banners back up after Tweed’s owner takes them down

Tweed's Restaurant owner Ed Tuccio told RiverheadLOCAL last week he had a friend take the banners down because they were blocking the view of his restaurant. Someone turned them in to town officials last Wednesday. Police are investigating the incident.

School bus rear-ended on Flanders Road, no serious injuries on bus

Updated: A Riverhead school district bus with children aboard was rear-ended on Flanders Road in Riverside this afternoon. The driver of the truck was airlifted to Stony Brook with serious injuries. The school bus driver an six children were taken to area hospitals with minot injuries, police said.

New York officials worry vaccine mandate will drive healthcare worker shortage

State lawmakers on the East End say they fear an impending staffing crisis in local hospitals and nursing homes due to vaccine resistance among workers.

Zeldin announces leukemia diagnosis, treatment and ‘complete remission’

Rep. Lee Zeldin said in a statement yesterday he was diagnosed with early chronic myeloid leukemia in November and has since achieved complete remission through targeted drug therapy for the disease.

Riverhead Police investigating reported robbery in Court Street parking lot Friday night

The victim, a 51-year-old male, told police two men pushed him to the ground and demanded money. One displayed a knife while the other removed cash from his pants pocket, according to the report.

Brothers’ retirement ‘a huge loss’ to Riverhead

Lt. David Lessard and Sgt. Thomas Lessard descended the front steps of Riverhead Police headquarters today for the last time in their 33-year careers as Riverhead cops.

County sues Riverhead over sewer rate dispute

Suffolk County has sued the Town of Riverhead over sewer rates established earlier this year for out-of-town users — which the county says is targeted at its facilities in Riverside.

Bus driver shortage complicates student transportation as schools reopen

School bus drivers are a hot commodity. There's a nationwide shortage and the Riverhead school district has been struggling to recruit enough drivers to handle its transportation needs, Deputy Superintendent Sam Schneider told the Board of Education Tuesday night.

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

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

School board member asks district to support lawsuit against state mask mandate

School board member Chris Dorr asked board members to write a letter of support for two Nassau County school districts suing to overturn the state's mask mandate in schools. Former schol board candidate Monique Parsons, on behalf of a new group called Save Our Schools-Riverhead, demanded the district become a plaintiff in the suit.