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Jennifer Gustavson

04/15/14 8:00am
Local veterans attended last month's Riverhead school board meeting to hear a presentation about a new tax exemption program for veterans. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Local veterans attended last month’s Riverhead school board meeting to hear a presentation about a new tax exemption program for veterans. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

The Riverhead school board has set an April 22 public hearing to discuss a new property tax exemption for local veterans.

A vote on the exemption may take place following the meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

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04/13/14 8:06am
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Riverhead’s Pulaski Street School is slated to receive a new cafeteria and kitchen. (file photo)

Construction work on $78 million in capital improvements for the Riverhead School District is expected to meet its original completion deadline of next fall, despite delays at the state level that are holding the projects up.  (more…)

04/12/14 9:00am
Builder Matthew Ritter (left) discusses placement of a new wooden railing with Bennett Brokaw, who is restoring this 19th-century house on Main Street in Greenport. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Builder Matthew Ritter (left) discusses placement of a new wooden railing with Bennett Brokaw, who is restoring this 19th-century house on Main Street in Greenport. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Independent real estate broker Bennett Brokaw couldn’t look away from the dilapidated Victorian house at 449 Main St. in Greenport.

“I kept seeing the building with this sign that said ‘For sale,’ ” said the Mattituck resident, who purchased the 1,750-square-foot house for $450,000 in November. “After about three or four months, I finally picked up the phone.”

Ever since, Mr. Brokaw has been financially and emotionally invested in the house, as he works to restore it to its original beauty. His vision, he said, is to lease it to a local winery or restaurant — his “dream tenants,” he said — as early as this month.

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04/11/14 8:00am
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Riverhead native Tijuana Fulford with her daughter, Alexandria, 6, at last week’s The Butterfly Effect Project meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

In the basement of the Riverhead Free Library last Wednesday, 13 girls learned about making friends, decision-making skills and nail care.

The group also discussed making Easter baskets and donating them to the Salvation Army and to children living at the Roanoke Avenue homeless shelter.

The meeting’s organizer, Riverhead native Tijuana Fulford, is a former Girl Scout. She was taken under the wing of now-retired Riverhead Town Historian Justine Wells nearly 20 years ago and learned lessons about self confidence, living life to its fullest and staying out of trouble.

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04/09/14 8:00am
Local veterans attended last month's Riverhead school board meeting to hear a presentation about a new tax exemption program for veterans. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Local veterans attended last month’s Riverhead school board meeting to hear a presentation about a new tax exemption program for veterans. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson, file)

Following one of the most lengthy debates among Riverhead school board members in recent years on Tuesday night, the board unanimously approved setting a public hearing to discuss a new property tax exemption for local veterans.

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