Junius Atkins Jr. has been working at Suffolk County Community College for over 35 years. The Riverhead High School graduate, who works in a custodial supervisory role, was recently recognized for his service with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award, one of five given each year. SUNY employs 50,000 people statewide. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
His trademark shiny black boots have walked the halls of Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus for more than 35 years.
As the longest-serving employee on campus, Junius Atkins Jr. of Riverhead has garnered a reputation as an innovative professional and all-around stand-up guy since he started as a part-time custodian in 1977, when the Riverside campus opened. (more…)
An army of Santas will descend on the North Fork for downtown Riverhead’s very own version of the popular pub crawl SantaCon this December.
For those unfamiliar, SantaCon is a holiday themed pub crawl where participants dress up as Santa Claus, moving from one bar to the next. While the event is traditionally held in larger cities such as San Francisco, New York and London, smaller towns are embracing the concept. And unlike those larger SantaCon’s participants in Riverhead are not required to wear a full Santa suit — a hat or other festive garb will suffice.
Find out more details, including which businesses are participating, at northforker.com.
Paul Stoutenburgh was honored on Saturday during a memorial service titled ‘Focus on Paul.’ (Credit: Cyndi Murray)
Paul Stoutenburgh wore lots of hats.
Perhaps best known for his work pioneering conservationism on the North Fork, the celebrated environmentalist most valued his role as a husband, father and friend, his son, Roger Stoutenburgh, said during a memorial service held for his father Saturday. (more…)
More than 50 people rallied at Riverhead Town Hall Saturday to support bring Verizon FiOS to Riverhead. (Cyndi Murray photo)
Although Verizon officials have already said they won’t be bringing their FiOS service to Riverhead, more than 50 people rallied at Town Hall Saturday morning in hopes of getting the company to change its mind. (more…)
Lois Ross, left, leads the choir at a 2011 practice session of North Fork Chorale.
Members of the North Fork Chorale gathered at director Lois Ross’ dinning room table Friday morning. The discussion ranged from recent vacations, family updates and the group’s upcoming December concert series.
It is not an uncommon occurrence for members.
“In between songs everyone is talking to each other,” said Chorale treasurer Gene Yourch.
“Friendships come out of our group,” added his wife Mary, the group’s secretary. “There isn’t a person here I wouldn’t move my chair to sit next to. Everyone is family.”
It’s a 78-year tradition and one the Yourchs and other members hope to continue for years to come despite dwindling financial resources. (more…)
The county’s tick committee said more resources are needed to combat tick-borne illness. (Cyndi Murray photo)
Suffolk County’s newly formed tick advisory committee wants the county to hire new full-time employees to comprehensively combat tick-borne illnesses. (more…)
Moe’s Southwest Grill is opening Thursday on Route 58.(Paul Squire photo)
Burrito and queso lovers, rejoice! Moe’s Southwest Grill will open its Riverhead location tomorrow. (more…)
Riverhead Charter School staff members are accused of violating a former trustees constitutional rights. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
A former Riverhead Charter School board member is suing the school and members of its staff after she was not reappointed to her volunteer position at the expiration of her term in May. (more…)