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Joseph Pinciaro

03/12/16 9:00am


Like a lot of people, I imagine, Ralph Edward Brown isn’t exactly sure why or how he landed in his profession. He just knew he wanted to help people.

“It’s just helping out people and giving back to the community,” the Los Angeles police officer said Tuesday. Though he always knew he wanted to be an officer, it was just a matter of where. READ

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03/06/16 2:00pm


About 35 years ago, when Dr. Louis Avvento was completing his residency, he decided to enter the oncology and hematology field, which studies cancer.

“I was fascinated by the disease itself,” said the 62-year-old Southampton resident. “We had very little in the way of drugs back then and I was inspired to join something in its infancy to hopefully see it grow.” READ

03/06/16 6:00am


Last winter, a frequent Riverhead visitor emailed me several times to report that sidewalks on Route 58 had not been shoveled — as is mandated under town code — leaving people walking up and down the busy roadway.

After I followed up with the town, 40 businesses were cited. Most of them paid their $250 fines and life went on.

Fast-forward a year. READ

03/03/16 6:00am


A few times a year, the riverfront parking lot in downtown Riverhead floods during high tide. Sometimes it happens during hurricane season. Other times, it occurs in the middle of winter.

The impact of that flooding can range from the closure of part of Heidi Behr Way, which runs alongside the riverwalk, to the forced evacuation of the entire parking lot.

“It’s part of living on a riverfront,” said Supervisor Sean Walter.

But 13 years after the town’s comprehensive plan called for finding solutions to the flooding, no major effort has been made to address the issue. READ