Support local journalism.

Now more than ever, local news matters.


Water authority’s NoFo pipeline is not actually under construction; last week’s ‘groundbreaking’ was ‘ceremonial kickoff,’ SCWA spokesman says

The Suffolk County Water Authority’s groundbreaking in Laurel last week on an eight-mile pipeline to deliver public water to the North Fork wasn’t a groundbreaking at all, a water authority spokesperson told RiverheadLOCAL this week.

Riverhead IDA provides update on vetting process of purchaser in $40 million Calverton land deal

The public on Monday got a glimpse of what’s been taking place behind the scenes as the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency begins vetting the joint application for financial assistance made by Calverton Aviation Technology and the Riverhead Community Development Agency.

Riverhead High School student attacked this afternoon by five masked youths who displayed knife, demanded his personal belongings: cops

A Riverhead High School student walking from the high school toward Route 58 this afternoon was attacked by a group of about five male youths wearing black ski masks, who displayed a knife and demanded his personal belongings, according to Riverhead Police.He was cut in a struggle and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Riverhead school board VP Laurie Downs resigns after backlash over ‘derogatory’ comments about Brentwood and Latino gangs

Riverhead school board Vice President Laurie Downs has resigned from the board, following blowback for “derogatory” comments made last week about Latino people and gangs in Brentwood.

School board VP apologizes after activist group condemns derogatory comments about Brentwood

Riverhead Board of Education Vice President Laurie Downs has apologized for comments she made about the presence of Latino gangs in Brentwood after public pressure from a Brentwood-based youth activist group who said Downs’ statement was “perpetuating harmful stereotypes" about the western-Suffolk hamlet and "promoting discrimination." 

Riverhead adopts riverfront overlay district, hears public comment on other code changes aimed at making downtown more ‘family-friendly’

Legislation aimed at downtown revitalization moved forward last week in Riverhead Town Hall with the adoption of the “Downtown Riverfront Overlay District” and public hearings on amendments to the town’s existing “Zero Tolerance Zone,” “Alcoholic Beverages” and “Loitering” codes.

Suffolk County Water Authority begins work on eight-mile pipeline through Riverhead to bring water from pine barrens to Southold Town

The Suffolk County Water Authority broke ground this week on an eight-mile pipeline that will traverse eastern Riverhead Town to connect its water supply and distribution system in Southold Town to water sources in the Central Pine Barrens.

Riverhead has a leadership problem

Guest column: Riverhead has a fundamental problem that affects all of its residents: Those who are supposed to protect the public routinely don’t. With real consequences.

Riverhead’s comprehensive plan update: where it stands, where it’s going and why you should care

The ideas and actions in the weeks and months ahead will, quite literally, shape the future of the Town of Riverhead — and perhaps the region — for the next quarter century or more. News analysis. (First in a series.)

Riverhead suspends Building and Planning Administrator Jefferson Murphree, pending disciplinary proceeding

A resolution authorizing the suspension was passed unanimously Wednesday night by the Town Board in a 4-0 vote, with Supervisor Yvette Aguiar absent. The resolution authorized up to 30 days of the suspension without pay. It did not specify the substance of the charges.