07/03/14 4:00pm
07/03/2014 4:00 PM
The Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.'s Peconic location as it appeared last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s Peconic location as it appeared last month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cheers! Greenport Harbor Brewing Company’s new Peconic location will open tomorrow Friday, July 4, at noon for its first public tasting.

The new 13,000-square-foot Main Road brewery is the largest of its kind of the North Fork.

Read more at northforker.com

07/03/14 3:30pm
Columnist James Varney believes intellectual diversity might not be welcome thing on Long Island's East End.

Columnist James Varney believes intellectual diversity might not be welcome thing on Long Island’s East End.

Does the Hyatt Place hotel in Riverhead have lefty-leaning computers in its lobby?

That’s what a columnist from New Orleans is claiming after he stayed there recently and found that the guest computers in the hotel’s lobby blocked websites he considered to be conservative leaning.

Yet the computers freely allowed more liberal leaning sites, he wrote.

(more…)

06/29/14 2:00pm
06/29/2014 2:00 PM

HelpWanted (1)

Looking for work, or know someone who is?

Times/Review classifieds offers local companies a place to advertise their job openings each week, and this week close to 65 positions are available from restaurant help, to a mason, to sailing instructors.

And for anyone interested in submitting a classified ad, email: classifieds@timesreview.com.

Check out the listings below: (more…)

06/27/14 3:00pm
06/27/2014 3:00 PM
The Costco Wholesale store was packed Thursday, its opening day. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Costco Wholesale store was packed Thursday, its opening day. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Despite a number of controversies over the past year, the Riverhead Costco store was issued a temporary certificate of occupancy in time to meet its announced June 26 opening date  on Thursday.

And it was greeted by large crowds of shoppers. Costco

“We are thrilled to be bringing Costco’s low warehouse prices to the residents of Riverhead,” warehouse manager Jon Jovel said in a press release. “They have been asking us to open here for a long time, and we already have made an impact on the local job market. We look forward to contributing to the community in many ways.”

Town officials had previously said the store would not be issued a CO, allowing it to open to the public, unless it met all of the conditions of a May 15 amended site plan approval issued by the town Planning Board.

The approval required the developer of the site, Brixmor Property Group, to  replace a wooden fence around the property with a chain link fence with privacy slats, and to plant all of the trees buffering neighboring properties that had been previously called for in the earlier approval — and, lastly, to replace trees that have since died.

It also required them to spread out excess sand on the property over a 20-acre portion of the site, resulting in the grade of the land being raised by 3.5 feet over the prior Planning Board approval from the fall of 2012.

Residents in the Foxwood Village development to the north and the Millbrook Community development to the east had complained about the lack of screening between their homes and the shopping center after Brixmor, with Town Board and Planning Board approvals, clearcut the entire 41 acre site, even though the builders only planned to develop a portion of it.

According to Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, the store was issued a temporary CO and not a permanent one because the traffic light, which it shares with another shopping center across the street, had not been fully accepted by the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, and because the developer needed to sprinklers and hydroseed — a type of fast growing grass — on a 20-foot section of lawn around the parking lot.

Mr. Walter said both were being done, and he doesn’t anticipate the store will have any problems getting the permanent CO.

He said all the other requirements of the amended site plan approval have been met.

The Costco site is actually separately owned from the rest of the shopping center, which is called The Shops at Riverhead and is owned by Brixmor. However, another part of the amended site plan allowed the developers to build just the Costco store initially, since they didn’t have any tenants yet for the rest of the project.

Robert Hall, a Foxwood Village resident who has represented the homeowners there at planning meetings on the development for several years, was not happy that the town granted the CO.

“They said that unless they completed everything on the amended site plan, they wouldn’t get a CO,” he said. “I don’t believe they’ve completed everything.”

Although new spruce trees were planted along the border with the Foxwood and Millbrook communities, he said the builders never removed the arborvitae trees that were previously planted. He said he and many other residents agree the trees “look like junk.”

tgannon@timesreview.com

Caption: Neighbors have complained about these arborvitae shrubs. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

06/22/14 12:00pm
06/22/2014 12:00 PM

HelpWanted (1)

Looking for work, or know someone who is?

Times/Review classifieds offers local companies a place to advertise their job openings each week, and this week close to 65 positions are available from restaurant help, to a mason, to sailing instructors.

And for anyone interested in submitting a classified ad, email: classifieds@timesreview.com.

Check out the listings below: (more…)

06/20/14 3:12pm
06/20/2014 3:12 PM
Crooked Ladder assistant beer brewer Stevie Czelatka helps move a new 10′ stainless steel fermentor into the West Main Street tasting room. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Crooked Ladder assistant beer brewer Stevie Czelatka helps move a new 10′ stainless steel fermentor into the West Main Street tasting room. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Riverhead’s Crooked Ladder Brewing Co. installed three 10-foot tall stainless steel fermentors this week, which will allow the brewery to increase the volume of ales, stouts and porters it produces nearly two-fold.

Read more about what’s next for Crooked Ladder at northforker.com.

06/19/14 8:24am
06/19/2014 8:24 AM
Deputy Town Attorney Dan McCormick, center,  explains the BID bylaws on elections to BID management association members Wednesday night. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Deputy Town Attorney Dan McCormick, center, explains the BID bylaws on elections to BID management association members Wednesday night. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Electing two candidates to two unopposed seats on a board and two more candidates to two opposed positions on that same board shouldn’t be hard, right?

But when that election is the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association’s annual elections, the answer to that question is “wrong.”  (more…)