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02/28/15 8:00am
02/28/2015 8:00 AM
County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county's new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

County Executive Steve Bellone (center) touts the benefits of the county’s new sex offender monitoring efforts in Hauppauge Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A program designed to monitor and reduce recidivism among convicted sex offenders has been very successful in the Suffolk County Police Department’s jurisdiction, officials said Friday.

The program, part of the county’s Community Protection Act, uses retired police officers who work for the nonprofit Parents for Megan’s Law to make in-person visits to sex offenders to ensure that they’re in compliance with residency registration laws and other requirements.

To date, however, none of the five East End town police departments is using that portion of the program, which has been offered to them at no cost, said Laura Ahearn, director of the nonprofit, which works to prevent sex offenses and aid victims of sex crimes. (more…)

02/27/15 7:31am
02/27/2015 7:31 AM
The Bayview Inn & Restaurant in S. Jamesport may become apartments. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The former Bayview Inn & Restaurant in S. Jamesport. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A proposal to convert the former Bayview Inn and Restaurant building in South Jamesport into apartments was shot down by the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday night.

The property’s new owner, a group headed by Southampton attorney Richard Mathew, sought a special exception from the ZBA to change the use of the property from one use that didn’t conform with current zoning (the restaurant and hotel) to another (apartments), which is something Riverhead’s town code permits so long as a special exception is obtained from the ZBA. (more…)

02/26/15 12:15pm
02/26/2015 12:15 PM
Forty businesses were cited this week for failing to clear their sidewalks. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Forty businesses were cited this week for failing to clear their sidewalks. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

With sidewalks impassable along much of Route 58, leaving pedestrians to either walk on the road or atop snow and ice, Riverhead Town code enforcers have issued $10,000 in fines to property owners, saying they have properly failed to clear their sidewalks. (more…)

02/26/15 9:30am
Councilman George Gabrielsen inspecting the material at EPCAL. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Councilman George Gabrielsen inspecting the material at EPCAL. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

An attempt to get free material to help complete a recreation path at the Enterprise Park at Calverton might have turned out to be a toxic decision.

Town Highway Superintendent George Woodson said at Thursday’s work session that the call to use free crushed concrete from a site on Nugent Drive in Riverside was his to make in an effort to save on costs for the project. However, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has not approved its use, since the agency doesn’t know where the material came from.

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02/25/15 9:10pm
02/25/2015 9:10 PM
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

During his sixth annual State of the Town address Wednesday night at The Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter proposed consolidating certain town positions and departments in order to reduce spending.

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02/24/15 1:40pm
02/24/2015 1:40 PM
A woman makes her way up Route 58 on Tuesday morning before stepping into a parking lot. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

A woman makes her way up Route 58 on Tuesday morning before stepping into a parking lot. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Winter is getting old for pretty much everyone at this point: record-lows have been recorded in the tri-state area on multiple occasions in February.

Week after week, more snow seems to be in the forecast.

But for those walking along Route 58 to get to a bus stop, or to work, the cold isn’t all that’s getting old. The winter can be a dangerous time for a pedestrian walking Route 58; many property owners along the busy corridor have not shoveled their sidewalks, as per town regulations, leaving pedestrians to either maneuver over ice and snow or just walk on the road itself. (more…)

02/23/15 10:00am
02/23/2015 10:00 AM
Sean Walter and Angela DeVito on the Suffolk Theater stage during a debate in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Sean Walter and Angela DeVito on the Suffolk Theater stage during a debate in 2013. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

There will be no rematch for Riverhead Town supervisor in 2015.

Longtime civic leader and former school board member Angela DeVito of Jamesport said she won’t be seeking the Democratic nomination to run again this fall.

Instead, she’s going to focus her time on establishing a grassroots community group akin to the Organizing for America concept that followed the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. (more…)

02/23/15 8:00am
Ed Densieski, a former town councilman, spoke against the proposed mixed-use plan for EPCAL. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Ed Densieski spoke out against the proposed mixed-use plan for EPCAL in August 2014. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

“We were given the property for regional economic development and we have a cricket sanctuary.”

That’s how Riverhead Planning Board member Ed Densieski describes plans drawn out for the the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

On Thursday, Mr. Densieski proposed changes to a proposed subdivision at the former Grumman site that would move industrial lots currently proposed along Route 25 to an area near the runway, and the existing industrial park at EPCAL. (more…)