09/19/14 2:03pm
09/19/2014 2:03 PM
Long Beard Brewing Co. owner Paul Carlin is gearing up for a move to Riverhead. (Courtesy) For more photos visit:

Craig Waltz of Long Beard and others in the craft brew scene look to Riverhead as the beer ‘hub.’ For more photos

Over the years, Riverhead has sought to be a lot of things.

But a hub for craft beer?

That’s what one prospective brewer says it’s becoming, and it’s what’s drawing his company to the area.

Long Beard Brewing Co. is an up-and-coming craft beer brewer that’s looking for a home in Riverhead, said a co-owner, Paul Carlin. See northforker.com for more.

 

09/19/14 11:43am
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)

A brewery is one of the uses Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi says he’s considering for the Second Street firehouse, which he has offered to buy from Riverhead Town for $500,000.

But he says he doesn’t have a deal in place just yet; that’s just a use being considered.

“There’s a lot of things up in the air and nothing is concrete yet,” Mr. Castaldi told the News-Review. “I’ve got a lot of ideas and that is one of the things floating around.”

Mr. Castaldi didn’t identify the brewer, though a co-owner of a company called Long Beard Brewing later confirmed they were looking at the location. (more…)

09/18/14 5:15pm
09/18/2014 5:15 PM
Long Island Science Center executive director Michelle Pelletier with another staffer Thursday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Michelle Pelletier, executive director of the Long Island Science Center, with program coordinator Judy Isbitiren, showing off handprints of volunteers and high school student interns featured on a newly painted interior wall.

With plans to move the Long Island Science Center to a new downtown Riverhead location up in the air, the educational nonprofit is looking to make the site more inviting to families while starting to plan for a possible renovation at the current West Main Street location.  (more…)

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09/18/14 4:00pm
Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street Monday morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Ten students board a school bus at Hulse Avenue and 17th Street Monday morning. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

After two Wading River parents publicly complained about overcrowded buses last week, Superintendent Nancy Carney now plans to update the school board on the district’s transportation system this Tuesday.

The parents told the school board at its Sept. 9 meeting that children are sitting in the aisle on bus number 120 because there aren’t enough seats.  (more…)

09/18/14 2:00pm
Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Deer in the backyard of a Southold home. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Several farmers who were previously unable to receive deer damage permits to hunt on their property offseason now have the green light to do so.

Arising as an unintended consequence from a lawsuit aimed at a controversial deer cull, a state Supreme Court judge put a halt to new DDPs this March but temporarily lifted the order against the state Department of Environmental Conservation last week.  (more…)

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09/18/14 1:19pm
The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

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

Only one member of the public spoke at a public hearing Tuesday about a proposal to rezone the town-owned Second Street firehouse to a more business-friendly zone — a rezoning sought by Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi as a condition of his proposal to buy the building from the town for $500,000.  (more…)

09/18/14 1:00pm
The Meeting House Creek Inn in Aquebogue is seeking to expand its second floor, although not to add more seats. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Meeting House Creek Inn in Aquebogue is seeking to expand its second floor, although not to add more seats. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Update: The current tenant of the Meetinghouse Creek Inn in Aquebogue will be operating the restaurant through Labor Day, 2015.

Tom Drake said he and property owner Alex Galasso reached an agreement Wednesday to extend the lease. Mr. Drake has operated the restaurant, which is located on the Lighthouse Marina property, for 25 years.

Mr. Galasso told the Riverhead Town Board last week that he is seeking to renovate the property and find a new tenant.

Mr. Drake said he’ll be running the restaurant in the meantime, until Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

Original Story: The owner of the Meeting House Creek Inn building in Aquebogue is planning to close the restaurant in a few weeks to lift the structure and expand the second floor as a way to ease the impact of future flooding, according to owner Alex Galasso.  (more…)