A Bellport-based Christian organization sets up for an hour each Friday in downtown Riverhead to provide free food and clothing to those in need. Usually between 100 and 200 people line up for assistance along the riverfront. The Lighthouse members also give sermons and play religious music. But the gatherings have drawn the ire of local businesspeople, and Supervisor Sean Walter says he is hoping to find a new location for the gatherings.
The Lighthouse group shows up with goods at nine locations each week across Suffolk County. The other sites are in Coram, Ronkonkoma, Islip, Wyandanch, Bellport, Shirley, Port Jefferson and Patchogue. The members have been visiting Riverhead since November.[nggallery id=53 template=galleryview]