03/23/15 3:08pm
The former Dollar Storage property is located between River Road and the LIE. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The former Dollar Storage property is located between River Road and the LIE. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

U-Haul is taking over the 6.35-acre Dollar Storage complex near the Long Island Expressway in Calverton.

Dollar Storage was owned by developer Julius Klein, whose Dollar Storage LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York Eastern District Bankruptcy Court in January 2014, as did two of his other business ventures.

The property at 2080 River Road borders the eastbound lanes of the LIE and was purchased by U-Haul C0. of Long Island for almost $5.4 million, according to the town assessors’ office. (more…)

03/19/15 11:13am
The state police barracks in Riverside used to be located east on Route 24, in the Red Creek area away from the hamlet center. (Credit: News-Review)

The state police barracks in Riverside used to be located east on Route 24, in the Red Creek area away from the hamlet center. (Credit: News-Review)

In response to outcry from town leaders in Southampton and Riverhead that the front lobby of the state police barracks in Riverside might go unmanned, state Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele are saying the issue has do with trouble hiring a dispatcher.

A dispatcher would typically man the front desk, the representatives say.

In the meantime, an officer has been filling in. (more…)

03/16/15 6:00am
The scene of a seven-car pileup in Jamesport early last month. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

The scene of a seven-car pileup in Jamesport early last month. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)

Ben Jones has for decades been on a crusade to get action on tailgating.

Mr. Jones, a paramedic on Shelter Island — and at 92 the oldest paramedic in New York State and probably in the U.S.— notes that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “a stunning 40 percent of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by rear-ending the vehicle in front or swerving and skidding suddenly from side to side to avoid doing so.”

Early on as a paramedic, Mr. Jones became aware of this major traffic safety issue. (more…)

03/14/15 8:00am
The state police barracks in Riverside. (Credit: News-Review)

The state police barracks in Riverside. (Credit: News-Review)

Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter is hoping to stave off what he says are impending plans by the state police to pull a desk officer from its Riverside barracks.

Mr. Walter sent a letter to Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson) dated March 4 asking for the senator’s help to keep the barracks at 234 Riverleigh Avenue, near the Route 25 traffic circle, open to walk-in complaints and people who need assistance. (more…)

03/12/15 1:06pm

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The Riverhead Town Democratic Committee released a list of people Thursday who will be screening with the party before its nominating convention in May.

Supervisor hopefuls include Anthony Coates, a former paid adviser to Republican Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter; Tim Hubbard, a recently retired Riverhead Town police detective; and Greg Fischer, a Calverton resident who runs each year for public office.

Additionally, the list indicates that Mr. Hubbard is also screening for council and that Mr. Fischer is also screening for council and assessor.

Mr. Hubbard will also be screening with the town Republicans for a council seat, as previously reported. (more…)

03/11/15 12:00pm
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech last month. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech last month. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Riverhead Town’s credit rating, meaning the town will have to pay higher interest rates on any future borrowing involving municipal bonds, according to a summary report listed on the credit rating agency’s website.

The downgrade, from an Aa2 score to an Aa3 score, was attributed to the town’s steady depletion of its reserves.  (more…)

03/10/15 8:00am
Culinary instructor Eric Rickmers talk to the new students in the commercial kitchen Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Culinary instructor Eric Rickmers talks to the new students in the Riverhead school’s commercial kitchen Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Monday marked the first day in a new Riverhead school for a small group of teens living in a country still very new to them.

At the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Alternative High School English Language Learner Program, teenagers referred to as SIFE students — or students with interrupted formal education — will learn English and math and acquire job skills such as culinary arts and maintenance work, BOCES officials said. (more…)

03/07/15 8:00am
A sandbar juts into Peconic Bay at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar juts into Peconic Bay at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Compared to people living in western Long Island, those on the East End are in a better position to recognize the connection between the environment and the economy. The region also has a proven track record when it comes to protecting a way of life. Case in point: the Community Preservation Fund, which uses a tax on local real estate transactions to preserve farmland and open space.  (more…)