05/26/16 6:00am

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Gathered in a circle in Lorene Custer’s classroom are more than a dozen Riverhead Middle School students, some holding hands and leaning on each other for support. The group often goes from laughing at a joke to somberly discussing how society treats members of the LGBT community.  READ

05/17/16 9:00pm

Laurie Downs is congratulated on being elected to the Riverhead Board of Education. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

For more than 15 years, Laurie Downs has attended nearly every Riverhead Board of Education meeting.

She is not an administrator, nor has she ever attended the meeting as an elected member of the board.

That’s about to change.  READ