08/30/14 11:00am
The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association is recommending the town rezone property around Second Street for more commercial uses. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association is recommending the town rezone property around Second Street for more commercial uses. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association is recommending that the Town Board extend a downtown commercial zoning district beyond just the Second Street firehouse, as is currently proposed, to include other areas between Second Street and the Long Island Rail Road tracks.  (more…)

08/29/14 8:01am
Aquebogue native Mike Giglio has spent the past several years as an international reporter, often sent into war-torn regions to cover the news. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Aquebogue native Mike Giglio has spent the past several years as an international reporter, often sent into war-torn regions to cover the news. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Mike Giglio remembers covering Riverhead Town Board meetings in 2006 for the now-defunct Traveler Watchman newspaper.

He was still in college at the time and would watch other reporters, “trying to figure out how to be [one myself],” he recalled.

“I was always nervous about talking to people at the time,” he said in interview last Thursday. (more…)

08/20/14 4:09pm
Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio at Tuesday night's Town Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio at Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The Riverhead Town Board’s anticipated vote on authorizing a $6 million, two-year bridge loan to stave off a double-digit tax increase next year was put on hold Tuesday, because four board members are split on the issue and the fifth was absent from the meeting.

Supervisor Sean Walter said that without the loan, the town will face a 12.5 percent tax increase next year and that cutting $4 million — the amount of the town’s general fund deficit — would involve eliminating about 60 town positions. (more…)

08/19/14 7:00pm

With Councilman Jim Wooten absent and representing the swing vote, the Riverhead Town Board at its meeting Tuesday night held off on voting on resolutions that authorized a $6 million bridge loan to reduce taxes in the 2015 budget, as well as resolution to set a public hearing on a proposal to pierce the state’s two-percent tax cap with the 2015 budget. Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman George Gabrielsen said they support authorizing the loan, which must be repaid in two years, on the hope that the town can sell some land at EPCAL.

Councilman John Dunleavy and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio opposed it.

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08/18/14 8:00am
(Credit: Tim Gannon)

(Credit: Tim Gannon)

Hundreds of planes, jets and helicopters converged on the western runway at the Enterprise Park at Calverton Saturday and then flew around the area for most of the day.

All of them weighed less than 50 pounds.

Saturday was “National Model Aviation Day” and Edgewood Flyers of Deer Park celebrated by having a model aviation “fly-in” at EPCAL.   (more…)

08/17/14 11:06am
Marco and Ann Borghese. (Credit: Jane Starwood file photo)

Marco and Ann Borghese. (Credit: Jane Starwood file photo)

Marco Borghese might have been a prince in his native Italy, but those who knew him here remembered him as a man with an approachability that belied his noble roots.

“He never needed the spotlight,” his son Fernando told a crowd of mourners at Our Lady Of Ostrabrama Church in Cutchogue. “He was always more concerned about everybody else around him.”

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