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Riverhead Town highway workers, both veteran volunteer firefighters, save two women from burning building in Polish Town

Riverhead highway workers and volunteer firefighters describe racing into a burning building without protective gear Wednesday morning to save two women who lived there. "We didn't think. We just acted. We just did what we're trained to do."

Longtime highway department employee honored, public hearing on water conservation law set: Town Board wrap-up

Longtime Riverhead Highway Department employee Eddie Reeve was honored by the Town Board at its meeting Wednesday. The board also scheduled a public hearing on a proposed water conservation law

It’s petty, dumb and likely illegal. Why can’t the Town Board end its fight over leaf pickup?

The millions of highway fund revenues spent on leaf pickup over the past decades could have purchased new plow trucks, paved roads, built desperately needed sidewalks, improved crosswalks, and provided more highway crew members to do the crucial jobs they do that keep our town functioning. Yet the Town Board insists on raiding the highway department's budget.

Riverhead officials remain in a standoff over paying the cost of loose leaf pickup program

As the winter months approach, bringing the potential for snowfall while leaves still lay upon town roads, town officials are scrambling to find a way to resolve what they hope is the final dispute between the Town Board and the highway superintendent over who pays for loose leaf pickup in Riverhead. 

The annual November argument over loose-leaves pickup in Riverhead is now underway

The saga of loose-leave pickup in the Town of Riverhead has not yet been laid to rest, with town officials still arguing over which town revenue fund should pay for the service.

Loose leaf pickup program to continue in Riverhead indefinitely, after state comptroller’s opinion resolves conflict over funding

Loose leaf pickup will continue in Riverhead Town indefinitely under an agreement authorized by the Town Board at its meeting Tuesday.

Cranberry Street, a common path for students walking to school, finally gets a sidewalk — along with new drainage and pavement

The Riverhead Highway Department has paved Cranberry Street and installed a sidewalk on the north side of the street, a common path for students walking to Riverhead schools.

North Wading River Road scheduled for paving Tuesday & Wednesday

Riverhead Highway Department crews will be paving North Wading River Road Tuesday and Wednesday this week, weather permitting, from Hulse Landing Road to North Country Road.

All in a day’s work: Retiring highway crew leader looks back on four decades of blizzards, hurricanes and more

Highway Labor Crew Leader Ron Caffrey worked his last day on a job he says he loved to the end. Caffrey, 67, a Riverhead native and lifelong resident, started working full-time at the highway department in August 1981.

Snow complicates much-delayed loose-leaf pickup in Riverhead

Friday’s snowstorm, while not a major snow event, was enough to complicate things mightily for the Riverhead Highway Department and its newly installed superintendent.