11/17/14 4:13pm

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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.

11/09/14 8:00am
Paul Stoutenburgh was honored on Saturday during a memorial service titled 'Focus on Paul.' (Cyndi Murray photo)

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…)

11/08/14 11:33am
More than 50 people rallied at Riverhead Town Hall Saturday to support bring Verizon FiOS to Riverhead. (Cyndi Murray photo)

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…)

11/03/14 1:00pm
Lois Ross, left, leads the choir at a 2011 practice session of North Fork Chorale.

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…)

09/22/14 8:00am
Riverhead Charter School staff members are accused of violating a former trustees constitutional rights. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

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…)