04/12/14 2:00pm
04/12/2014 2:00 PM
TIM GANNON PHOTO | Garbage dumped in woods along Oak Avenue in Flanders.

Garbage dumped in the woods. (Tim Gannon file photo)

Town Board members want local businesses to participate in an Adopt-a-Road program to clean up litter along town roads.

Osborn Avenue resident Christine Doubrava, who has been picking up litter in her neighborhood for years, told the board at last week’s work session that the type of garbage she’s finding on the streets is changing.

“I’m willing to pick up beer bottles, cigarette packs and so on, but what’s troubling me this year is that it’s transformed, and it’s no longer litter. It’s debris and garbage,” she said.

Ms. Doubrava showed board members some samples of the plastic foam, industrial garbage and packing papers she’s more frequently finding on the roadsides.

“It’s from one end of the road to the other,” she said.

Ms. Doubrava said she’s spoken to Highway Superintendent George Woodson as well as Crown Sanitation, which has a recycling facility on Youngs Avenue, and both were very receptive.

“We clean up an area one week and the next week it’s the same,” Mr. Woodson said at the work session.

Supervisor Sean Walter suggested sending a letter to area businesses urging them to participate in an Adopt-a-Road program that would allow a sign with the company’s name on it.

“Maybe we make the sign a little bit bigger, a little bit nicer, if we can get the businesses to adopt the highways,” Mr. Walter said. “That sign could be worth something, and they’d probably pay people to clean the road.”

Mr. Walter said his office and Mr. Woodson can coordinate to establish the program.

04/11/14 10:00am
04/11/2014 10:00 AM
Two deer grazing behind a Cutchogue home on Tuesday. Lawmakers hope looser setback regulations will help manage deer populations. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

Two deer grazing behind a Cutchogue home on Tuesday. Lawmakers hope looser setback regulations will help manage deer populations. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

State leaders recently approved new regulations that will open up available land to bowhunters on Long Island, enabling them to target deer closer to structures than what was previously allowed.  (more…)

04/10/14 2:00pm
04/10/2014 2:00 PM

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“We will probably handle this in executive session because it will probably involve litigation,” Supervisor Sean Walter said following a Riverhead Town Board discussion on Gershow Recycling’s Hubbard Avenue facility, which has come under fire from neighbors due to excessive noise and “vibrations.” (more…)

04/10/14 12:00pm
North Shore Public Library budget vote scheduled for April 2, 2013

North Shore Public Library. (Credit: file photo)

Leaders of the North Shore Public Library may need to take out some books on financial accounting.

The office of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued an audit in late March reporting that the library district consistently overcharged taxpayers, saving up the extra funds without informing the public that the money wasn’t being spent.  (more…)

04/09/14 7:00pm
04/09/2014 7:00 PM
Riverhead Town Board members at Thursday's meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town Board members at a recent meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town Board members appear headed for a public hearing on the latest version of term-limit legislation that would apply only to Town Board members — supervisor and council — and restrict them to 12 consecutive years of service.

A previous version of the proposal, which did not have support at the last Town Board meeting, set the limit at 12 cumulative years.

Councilman John Dunleavy, who has already been elected to serve 12 years, and is currently in his ninth year, opposes all term limits.

“My problem is, we are taking this away from the people of the town,” Mr. Dunleavy said at last Thursday’s work session, where the issue was discussed.

At the work session, Supervisor Sean Walter, Councilman Jim Wooten and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio agreed to schedule a public hearing on the new proposal. Councilman George Gabrielsen was absent.

Mr. Walter had previously sought term limits for all elected officials, but didn’t have board support.

The board also appeared to agree on setting a public hearing for a proposal to prohibit members of the Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Assessment Review and Ethics Board from serving on the executive committee of a town, county or state political party.

Mr. Walter was voted down on extending that prohibition to include the highway superintendent, town clerk, assessor and tax receiver offices.

Mason Haas, who is both an elected town assessor and Riverhead Republican chairman, would have had to give up one of those posts if the prohibition had been expanded. Mr. Haas screened to run against Mr. Walter for supervisor last fall and did not have Mr. Walter’s support then for his current party position.

tgannon@timesreview.com

04/07/14 10:13am
04/07/2014 10:13 AM
Richard Luzzi, a resident of Riverhaven mobile home park, addresses Thursday night's Riverhead Planning Board meeting. (Credit John Stefans)

Richard Luzzi, a resident of Riverhaven mobile home park, addresses Thursday night’s Riverhead Planning Board meeting. (Credit John Stefans)

They asked for input, and they sure got it.

The Riverhead Town Planning Board heard emotional – at times angry – testimony last week from a group of residents whose mobile home park abuts the facilities of Gershow Recycling, which operates on a 3.5-acre property on Hubbard Avenue that for more than six decades was the home of Fred J. Gallo Used Auto Parts.

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04/04/14 4:02pm
04/04/2014 4:02 PM
State workers trimmed trees on Friday to prep for Monday's work on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

State workers trimmed trees on Friday to prep for Monday’s work on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Construction is expected to start Monday on Main Street as the State Department of Transportation begins installing four miles of new sidewalks along Route 25, through downtown Riverhead.

While state workers were cutting trees this week downtown, work is expected to start in earnest on Monday. Hours will generally be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., however officials said construction could also take place during off-peak hours to minimize effect on businesses.

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04/02/14 7:46pm
04/02/2014 7:46 PM

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Opponents — and supporters — of a deer cull being carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture are still waiting, and will continue to wait, for court proceedings to resume after a court date scheduled for last Friday was indefinitely delayed by a state judge, who sought more time to read up on the facts on the case before hearing both sides.

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