04/04/15 10:00am
04/04/2015 10:00 AM
Flanders resident Chrissy Prete speaks out against a proposal to establish a municipal garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets during a presentation on the plan at Friday's Waters Edge Civic Association meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Flanders resident Chrissy Prete speaks out against a proposal to establish a municipal garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets during a presentation on the plan at Friday’s Waters Edge Civic Association meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A proposed garbage district in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton was met with overwhelming opposition from those in attendance at a Waters Edge Civic Association meeting last Friday night in Flanders. (more…)

04/02/15 12:00pm
04/02/2015 12:00 PM
John King describes a proposed cider mill at Grapes and Greens

John King describes a proposed cider mill at Grapes and Greens. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Will a hard cider mill inside the Grapes and Greens distribution center on Sound Avenue result in a nightclub-like atmosphere, denigrating the quality of lives of its neighbors?

That’s the fear of some of those neighbors, who came out to a meeting Thursday to protest a proposal to create a 38,000 square-foot cider-making facility inside the 108,000 square-foot building that once housed Blackman Plumbing and in 2012 was converted into the Grapes and Greens “agri-park” facility with $500,000 in funding from the New York State Economic Development Council.

However vacant space remains at the building; the application in front of the Planning Board calls for making alcoholic cider, with bottling and tasting onsite.

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04/02/15 10:00am

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The Riverhead Town Board discussed a plan to double the size of a proposed energy park at the Enterprise Park at Calverton and to prepare a new request for proposals from energy companies during Thursday’s work session.

The board has already designated a 90-acre site at the southwest portion of the property, inside the inactive western runway, for an energy park that would attract solar and other types of energy providers and the Long Island Power Authority has selected Hecate Energy to build a solar farm at EPCAL. LIPA is negotiating a power purchase agreement with Hecate Energy.

Councilman George Gabrielsen said there has been tremendous interest from other solar and energy companies to build at EPCAL, which is why the town is considering adding an additional 94 acres to the west of the western runway.

The town also can lease about 51 acres on the western runway for solar projects, he said.

Board members also discussed filling two vacancies on the Industrial Development Agency and whether the Town Board should issue a resolution urging the IDA to only give tax abatements at EPCAL and downtown.

To read a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting, click below.

 

Live Blog Riverhead Town Board work session 04-02-2015

03/31/15 12:00pm
03/31/2015 12:00 PM
The town adopted regulations for flyboarding (pictured) at a meeting on March 18. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The town adopted regulations for flyboarding (pictured) at a meeting on March 18. (Credit: Paul Squire)

After debating the issue numerous times since last summer — in fact, the word “flyboard” appears in 12 headlines in the News-Review online archives — the Riverhead Town Board adopted new regulations for flyboarding at its March 18 meeting, where the vote took place without much debate near 11 p.m., after a four-hour meeting.

But the owner of Flyboard LI, the company that brought flyboarding to the waters of downtown Riverhead last summer, says he’s leaving rather than trying to adapt to the new rules, which would push the activity out into deeper water near the Route 105 bridge.

“Unfortunately they are kicking a great new startup business out of town,” Flyboard LI owner James Bissett IV said via email. (more…)

03/27/15 12:06pm

Refuse in woods along Oak Avenue in Flanders from 2012. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

A proposal to institute a garbage district in the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton will be discussed before the Waters Edge Civic Association at 7 p.m. Friday at the Crohan Community Center in Flanders.

Christine Fetten, Southampton Town’s Director of Municipal Works, will be the speaker.

The proposal would have to be approved by property owners within the proposed district before it could take effect. Town officials have yet to determine when that vote would be.  (more…)

03/27/15 8:00am
The Riverhead justice court will be undergoing a renovation. (Credit: Paul Squire file)

The Riverhead justice court will be undergoing a renovation. (Credit: Paul Squire file)

Riverhead Town will be revamping its justice court in coming weeks after the town, as well as four other East End municipalities, settled with the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County over the terms of a lawsuit alleging subpar court conditions — conditions that were alleged to have violated the constitutional rights of defendants on trial there. (more…)