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08/30/14 2:00pm

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08/30/14 6:00am
Guests at Hallockville Museum Farm during the opening reception Thursday evening of 'Outhouse 2014' by artist Michael Combs of New York City and Greenport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Guests at Hallockville Museum Farm during the opening reception Thursday evening of ‘Outhouse 2014′ by artist Michael Combs of New York City and Greenport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

• Artist Michael Combs, whose roots run deep on the North Fork, has recreated a full-size outhouse that can be seen through Sept. 28 on the grounds of Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead. It’s part of the Parrish Road Show presented by Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill that features temporary installations by East End artists.  (more…)

08/29/14 8:42am

A Riverhead woman has been charged with felony assault and other charges after she bit, hit and choked another woman during a fight Thursday afternoon, according to a Riverhead police press release.

Keri Tokelsen, 21, was arrested after the victim called the police to a residence on Roanoke Avenue just north of Old Country Road about 2:43 p.m., police said. The victim said Ms. Tokelsen had started fighting and hit her in the head with a window squeegee, cutting her head, police said.

Ms. Tokelsen allegedly bit the woman “repeatedly … about her body” and put her hands around the victim’s neck, stopping her breathing, according to the police statement.

Ms. Tokelsen was taken into custody, and faces criminal mischief and criminal obstruction of breath charges in addition to the count of felony assault, police said.

The victim was taken by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment, police said.

08/29/14 7:00am
An abandoned gas station on Flanders Road just east of the Peconic Avenue circle. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

An abandoned gas station on Flanders Road just east of the Peconic Avenue circle. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Peconic Avenue has a new tenant, and locals should take notice.

Renaissance Downtowns has had a sign posted in its storefront for the past couple of months, but with a community liaison now on the ground and officially hired for the job, the for-profit company can officially get to work on charting a course for the future of Riverside.

Is it frustrating — and somewhat typical — to see another plan in the works for the beleaguered community, where making progress has for far too long been on the back burner for Southampton Town and Suffolk County leaders? Yes — but as the saying goes, nothing worth having ever came easy. And area residents have before them a great opportunity with a private company that’s financially invested in gathering public feedback — and crafting a vision for Riverside based on that information. Unlike with a government study, if the plan it ultimately develops isn’t executed, Renaissance Downtowns loses private money. Its motivations are financial, not political. That gives us hope.

However, it helps that political leaders are on board and supportive of the overall effort to lift up the area.

A public meeting will be held next month on a pedestrian bridge that could connect the hamlet with a burgeoning downtown Riverhead. A study has already been completed on the feasibility of a sewer treatment plant in Riverside, and the county seems on board to contribute funds to build one. This fall, voters townwide will go to the polls to determine if the hamlet — along with neighboring Flanders and Northampton — should get what we argue is a much-needed garbage district.

The missing link to realizing a long-term vision for Riverside is a cohesive effort from residents throughout the hamlet, not just a few politicians and civic leaders. While their support is vital, what’s paramount is feedback from those living and working there — and in downtown Riverhead — who will be most affected by long-term changes. They should stop by Renaissance Downtowns’ Peconic Avenue offices, give organizers five minutes if they drop by or, better yet, attend any upcoming meetings. Business mixers and community forums are in the works. Be there and let your thoughts be known.

08/29/14 5:00am
Southold police Chief Martin Flatley joined AAA traffic safety program coordinator Gerri DiSalvo and students Ciatlin and Mackenzie Jacobs and AAA community transportation specialist Christopher McBride to warn drivers to drive carefully. (Credit: AAA New York)

Southold police Chief Martin Flatley joined AAA traffic safety program coordinator Gerri DiSalvo and students Ciatlin and Mackenzie Jacobs and AAA community transportation specialist Christopher McBride to warn drivers to drive carefully. (Credit: AAA New York)

The American Automobile Association’s 2014 ‘Schools Open, Drive Carefully’ campaign kicked off locally last week at Southold police headquarters in Peconic. (more…)