Bob’s Discount Furniture, which had originally hoped to be open by Memorial Day next to the new Walmart on Route 58, has set an opening date in late August.
An audit by the town’s independent audit committee and internal auditor showed that policies and procedures within the town’s community development department could stand to be tightened up to prevent potential wrongdoing. (more…)
Two men were hospitalized Friday evening following a two-vehicle crash on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow, Riverhead Town police said. (more…)
Looking to meet other businesses? Or are you an entrepreneur looking for someplace to put your profitable idea into action?
Head down by the Peconic River tomorrow for the first ever East End Small Business Expo.
Organized by the East End Small Business Alliance, the new organization’s founder Dave Lotito said last week that the event hopes to “introduce new pedestrians to downtown Riverhead and support businesses already established there.”
Mr. Lotito spoke in front of the Riverhead Town Board last Thursday, an effort for the members to learn more about what the group intends to do before issuing a special events permit — a permit they were OK giving to the group.
The Wading River resident, who said he runs the bar at Cliff’s Rendezvous and has worked at Blackwell’s, Michael Anthony’s and Stonewalls, was clear to the board as well that putting the event on would also showcase his own event services company, One for the Road Event Services.
He also mentioned that he’s “investigating making a substantial investment in downtown Riverhead.”
Saturday’s expo will kick off at noon and last until 10 p.m. and will feature several businesses and live music.
It’s a stretch of road where Benjamin Franklin placed mile markers and early 20th-century car racers ran the road ragged, hitting speeds up to 70 miles per hour at a time when horses were the dominant mode of travel.
Fighting a fire, naturally, is a race against the fire: get it out as fast as possible by minimizing injuries in the process.
Firematics — or fire drills — is a race against the clock. No fire involved here, though the skills required in each drill are still ones that could someday come in useful on the scene of a fire.
And the teams take it about as seriously as a real fire.
“Being in the department itself is like a part-time job. And then being on the drill team is like another part-time job,” said co-captain Ryan McArdle on Saturday, as the Riverhead Fire Department’s drill team — The Ironmen — hosted its 28th annual tournament.
Nineteen different drill teams from across Suffolk County participated in Saturday’s competition, which took place at the department’s training grounds next to the Route 58 armory.
Mr. McArdle said the team meets two days a week to practice, each one about three to four hours long. And with eight different events the squad participates in during the summer months, that doesn’t include getting ready for the competitions on Friday nights and cleaning up after the events on Sundays.
The contests consist of eight different events — five of them involving vehicles, and three others “old fashioned.”
Firematics is largely unique to New York State, though for those involved in the sport, it’s not unique at all. The teams have devout followings, with live video and audio covering more than one drill on any given summer weekend for those unable to make the events.
Winners and losers are often decided by just a split second — though for those in the middle of a competition, that difference can feel like an eternity.
“These can come down to tenths of a second,” said Mr. McArdle. “But when you’re out there, it feels like 30 seconds.”
The Ironmen finished eighth in the 19-team competition, grabbing five points — two points for finishing fourth in the motor pump competition, and three points for third in the B hose competition.
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Riverhead’s smallest proposed restaurant keeps getting smaller and smaller.
Though reducing the size, the number of seats, and the number of parking lots the restaurant can hold hasn’t been enough to get approval from the Riverhead Planning Board.
At least, yet. (more…)
After taking a Baiting Hollow couple to court over an addition to their home — a project the town has called a health and safety risk — Riverhead Town was granted permission last month to knock the structure down.
The town, however, still needs to take certain steps to make that happen. (more…)