CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | The crowd dances along to last August’s concert at Martha Clara Vineyards.
Nile Rodgers, the Grammy Award-winning producer and recording artist who participated in last year’s “All for the East End” concert at Martha Clara in Riverhead, is planning another music festival at that location this August, separate from AFTEE. (more…)
The Riverhead Town Board discussed a proposed three-day music festival at Marta Clara vineyard and downtown Riverhead at its work session on Thursday, and also discussed, but came to no conclusion on, the fate of the Second Street firehouse.
To read more about what was discussed at Thursday’s work session, click below to read a recap of reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting.
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Highway Department maintenance mechanic Michael Zaleski, second from right, was presented with Riverhead Town’s 2013 Employee of the Year award at the Feb. 19, 2013 Town Board meeting. His wife, Kim, and son Ryan are pictured beside him. (Credit: Tim Gannnon)
In a winter filled with seemingly non-stop snow storms, it’s fitting that Riverhead Town’s employee of the year award goes to a guy who fixes snow plows, among other things. (more…)
The state Armory building on Route 58. (Credit: file photo)
Renovating the former Armory building on Route 58 into a police headquarters and justice court will cost an estimated $11.3 million, according to an engineering report commissioned by Riverhead Town. (more…)
Riverhead Town received 5 renewable energy proposals and 4 proposals for peak plants.
The Town Board last week received four responses to a request for proposals for peak energy plants or energy storage facilities last Tuesday, and five responses to an RFP for renewable energy, such as solar energy.
Board members declined to get into specifics of the proposals, saying they can’t disclose who responded until they select one.
The town has set aside a 90-acre area at the Enterprise Park at Calverton for energy plants, and also is seeking solar proposals or fuel cells at the Youngs Avenue landfill site. Some of the responses sought to purchase land while others sought to lease, according to Councilman Jim Wooten.
“Hydrogen fuel cells seem to be the flavor of the day,” Mr. Wooten said. “There’s more return on your money and there’s a higher energy that’s created.”
The town RFP is in response to similar RFPs issued by LIPA, which has a March 31 deadline for submissions. In order for the town’s choice to move forward, it must be picked by the LIPA approval process.
Councilman George Gabrielsen had said prior to the opening of the proposals that he hoped the town would make about $2 million per year in rent from power companies, but he said on Tuesday that he can’t discuss numbers until the proposals are made public.
“I’m hoping for the best possible outcome,” he said.
Supervisor Sean Walter said the town might make decisions as to which companies it will submit to LIPA on Thursday.
The Riverhead Town Board unanimously approved Mainstream House’s special permit application for a sober house on East Main Street, across from Town Hall, at Tuesday’s meeting. (more…)
Skydive Long Island is looking to build a new indoor skydiving facility in Calverton. (Credit: Courtesy)
The Riverhead Industrial Development Agency has approved partial property tax abatements for two new projects planned for the Enterprise Park at Calverton.
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Canada geese in the Peconic River just south of Riverhead’s West Main Street on Friday.
Riverhead Town officials may take another stab at trying to get the state to ease restrictions on a law that severely limits development along the banks of the Peconic River.
“Right now, there’s no incentive to revitalize,” said Charles Voorhis of the engineering firm, Nelson, Pope and Voorhis, which was hired by the town to complete a $610,000 Brownfield Opportunities Area grant study of West Main Street and downtown Riverhead. (more…)