10/17/14 1:30pm
John Edgar (right) of Pataki & Cahill speaks at Thursday's town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

John Edgar (right) of Pataki & Cahill speaks at Thursday’s town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

While Riverhead Town officials are still waiting for state approval of a 50-lot subdivision of the Enterprise Park at Calverton land it owns, Supervisor Sean Walter said Thursday that he now favors selling that approved subdivision map to developers and letting them be responsible for building roads and infrastructure at the site, rather than the town.

The cost of building the roads and infrastructure at EPCAL has been estimated at more than $20 million, money Mr. Walter says the town doesn’t have. (more…)

10/17/14 10:00am
Dead trees on the site of Costco on Route 58. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Dead trees on the site of Costco on Route 58. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

In May, after nearby residents had publicly complained about the lack of a proper buffer near the Route 58 development where Costco is located, Haig Buchakjian of Brixmor — which owns the lot — spoke in front of the Planning Board, telling the body he would “make this right … Things will be different now.”

But members of the town’s Planning Board said on Thursday that after five months, things really aren’t too different. (more…)

10/13/14 4:00pm
The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead Town in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead Town in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Although a proposal to rezone the Second Street firehouse building was approved unanimously, board members debated whether they should proceed with selling the building to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi, or whether they should issue a new request for proposals now that they’ve rezoned the property. (more…)

10/11/14 7:47pm
Riverhead coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead coach Leif Shay addressing his players following their win over Newfield. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

BLUE WAVES 20, WOLVERINES 15

The Riverhead Blue Waves’ defense took the philosophy of “bend but don’t break” to extremes in Saturday’s 20-15 win over the Newfield Wolverines in Selden.

In the first half of the Suffolk County Division II game, Newfield was stopped on Riverhead’s 6-yard line after going for it on fourth down with 2 yards to go on. The Wolverines were stopped on fourth-and-1 from Riverhead’s 4 on their next drive, and they were intercepted on a third-and-1 play on Riverhead’s 6 on the drive after that, leaving the score at 8-7 Newfield (1-4) by halftime.

In the fourth quarter, after both teams got their offenses going a little more, the Riverhead defense stopped Newfield on a fourth-and-3 from Riverhead’s 10 to seal the win. (more…)

10/11/14 12:00pm
Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Lawmakers are trying to grapple with the legal issues surrounding flyboarding and other similar water sports. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The pros and cons of flyboarding were debated during Tuesday’s Riverhead Town Board meeting, at which a proposal to set new regulations for the relatively up-and-coming activity was the subject of a public hearing.

Flyboarding involves being thrust into the air by water-propelled jetpacks that are attached to people’s feet and powered by a jet ski tethered to the device. (more…)

10/07/14 2:00pm

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The pros and cons of flyboarding were debated at Tuesday’s Riverhead Town Board during a public hearing on a plan to regulate the up and coming sport, which is being done at Treasure Cove marina.

Jim Bissett IV, who operates Flyboard Long Island  at the marina, said the town’s proposal to push them 500 feet off shore was excessive, while some neighbors said the Flyboarding was noisy.

The board also voted to rezone the Second Street firehouse to DC-1, a mostly commercial zone that’s in place on most of downtown Main Street. The town agreed to change the zone as a condition of a $500,000 sale of the property to Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi, but some residents, as well as Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, argued that the town should seek new bids for the property now that it is rezoned to a more business-friendly zone.

The board also agreed, in a 3-2 vote, to authorize the conversion of the Henry Pfeifer Community Center in Calverton into a new town animal shelter.

 

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