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Joseph Pinciaro

06/06/14 12:40pm

 

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (left) and Riverhead supervisor Sean Walter at a press conference in Albany this week. (Credit: Office of Anthony Palumbo)

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (left) and Riverhead supervisor Sean Walter at a press conference in Albany this week. (Credit: Office of Anthony Palumbo)

New Partners for Community Preservation, a nonprofit that works with New York State on its efforts to clean up polluted and low income sites, honored five different Brownfield Opportunity Grant recipients this week up in Albany, as Supervisor Sean Walter made the trip to receive a proclamation from Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo.

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06/05/14 12:00pm
Hava and Paul Forziano (center) moved into a Riverhead apartment run by East End Disabilities last summer. The couple and their families sued their former providers and, after their case was dismissed in late March, have since appealed the ruling. (Credit: Courtesy)

Hava and Paul Forziano (center) moved into a Riverhead apartment run by East End Disabilities last summer. The couple and their families sued their former providers and, after their case was dismissed in late March, have since appealed the ruling. (Credit: Courtesy)

Nearly a year after a married disabled couple filed a federal lawsuit claiming both their caretakers and New York State violated their civil rights by failing to secure housing for them, a judge has dismissed the case — though the Riverhead couple’s family is still holding out hope, having already appealed the decision.

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06/02/14 12:21pm

The proposed law up for vote Tuesday seeks to curb the sale of puppies bred in substandard and/or inhumane conditions in places known as ‘puppy mills.’ (Credit: Michael White)

Less than six months after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law giving local municipalities in New York State the ability to more closely regulate pet dealers, Suffolk County is looking to become the first one to do so, as the Legislature is set to vote on a measure tomorrow setting countywide regulations on the industry. (more…)

05/29/14 5:22pm
Surveillance footage released by police of

Surveillance footage released of the robbery suspect prior to Robert Santoro’s arrest. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Just over two months after pleading not guilty to robbing the Capital One bank in downtown Riverhead, Robert Santoro changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday to charges of third-degree robbery and petty larceny.

Mr. Santoro robbed the East Main Street bank on March 26, handing the teller a note “indicating that he had a gun,” assistant district attorney James O’Rourke said at the 46-year-old’s arraignment.

The note demanded “100s, 50s, 20s, and 10s” and said he had a gun, but that he didn’t want to use it because he didn’t want to hurt anyone, according to court documents.

Mr. Santoro fled the scene on foot after the robbery, police said at the time, and was later caught at the Budget Host Inn in Riverside with cash in his car. After his arraignment, he was held on $300,000 cash bail.

He is due to be sentenced on June 27.

The top charge for third-degree robbery is 1 to 15 years, according to state penal code regulations.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported that Mr. Santoro had pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery.

05/24/14 10:00am

“The parents are always in tears,” said Matthew Kuriloff, the 35-year-old coordinator of East End Disability Associates’ Community Arts Program. The downtown Riverhead nonprofit launched its theater and arts program in January 2013 — and its latest production, which premiered April 25 at Bellport’s Gateway Playhouse, provided much to provoke tears of joy.  (more…)

05/12/14 6:00pm
MELANIE DROZD PHOTO | A striped bass pulled from Peconic Bay last summer.

MELANIE DROZD PHOTO | A striped bass pulled from Peconic Bay last summer.

Get your rods out: the Flanders Men’s Club is hosting its second annual fishing tournament this weekend.

The Weakfish, Bluefish and Fluke Tournament and Striped Bass Calcutta kicks off on Friday at 5 p.m., running through Sunday at 1 p.m. Up for grabs are prizes such as fishing poles and cash prizes for adults, and trophies for kids.

Mark Hodun, one of the event organizers, said that entries are accepted right until the 5 p.m. start at the end of the week, and last year’s tournament brought out about 35 fishermen.

Entry fees are $25 per adult and $10 for kids, and includes a barbecue awards dinner on Sunday afternoon, when the winners will be announced. The official weigh in station is at the Flanders Men’s Club.

Entry Forms are available at Warren’s Bait & Tackle in Aquebogue, Edwards Sports in Riverhead, White Water Outfitters in Hampton Bays, Haskell’s Bait & Tackle in East Quogue, and East End Bait & Tackle in Hampton Bays.

For additional information contact the Flanders Men’s Club at 631 727 9746 or Mark Hodun, 631 813 0279 or Bob Glinski, 631 728 5761.