05/06/15 8:00am
05/06/2015 8:00 AM
Southold highway department crews patching potholes on Main Street in Greenport in February 2014, when there wasn't as much work to do. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Southold highway department crews patching potholes on Main Street in Greenport in February 2014, when there wasn’t as much work to do. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Elected leaders from across Suffolk are demanding more state funding to help repair roads severely damaged during a cold and snowy winter.

The East End Supervisors and Mayor Association — which includes the supervisors of Southold, Riverhead and Shelter Island and the mayor of Greenport — has penned a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo requesting a one-time jump in CHIPS funding, which is federal money that is distributed by the state Department of Transportation to local government for maintenance of local roads and bridges. (more…)

05/05/15 2:00pm
05/05/2015 2:00 PM

The Riverhead Town Board Tuesday set a May 20 public hearing on the creation of a new zoning category for the Enterprise Park at Calverton, which would allow industrial, manufacturing, commercial and other principal uses, as well as residential and retail uses in support of those principal uses.

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05/02/15 2:00pm
05/02/2015 2:00 PM
Suffolk County Planning Commission, Mill Road, Riverhead

The Concordia project had originally been planned for this Mill Road property. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The people behind Concordia Senior Communities have not given up on developing an assisted living facility in Riverhead and may soon return to with a slightly scaled down version of their original proposal.  (more…)

05/01/15 2:00pm
05/01/2015 2:00 PM
The red districts voted against holding more meetings further east, while the green areas voted for it. (Credit: Paul Squire,  Suffolk County district map)

The red districts voted against holding more meetings further east, while the green areas voted for it. (Credit: Paul Squire, Suffolk County district map)

The Suffolk County legislators’ reasons for voting ‘no’ varied: the inconvenience of moving staff, the cost of added mileage or a reluctance to mess with a government they say already works.

But there was one thing universally true for all the legislators who voted against a proposal holding more meetings on the East End: they all represent districts far west of here. (more…)

05/01/15 10:00am
A rendering of what Renaissance Downtowns foresees in Riverside's future. (Courtesy image)

A rendering of what Renaissance Downtowns foresees in Riverside’s future. (Courtesy image)

A new development plan for Riverside has been unveiled.

During Southampton Town Board’s meeting on Thursday, representatives from Renaissance Downtowns of Plainview gave a presentation on the proposal and highlighted several ideas, including:

•  A hamlet center near the traffic circle with three-story mixed-use buildings of stores, restaurants and apartments.

• A park that leads to a proposed pedestrian bridge over the Peconic River between Southampton and Riverhead towns.

• A boardwalk along the river.

• A waterfront promenade with restaurants.

• An area for the popular “Waterfire” show to take place in the river several times per month.

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04/30/15 12:43pm
04/30/2015 12:43 PM
Riverhead Country Fair 2014

2014′s Riverhead Country Fair. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The idea of limiting alcohol consumption to beer gardens at public fairs in Riverhead has died just days after the first seed was planted.

The board said this morning that it will now take a scaled back approach to regulating alcohol at local festivals, one week after  a majority of Town Board members supported the concept.

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04/30/15 12:00pm
Carpenter Ruben Gonzales (left) of Hampton Bays works with carpenter assistant Henry Farec of Southampton on a house under construction on Sound Shore Road in Northville Monday afternoon. The house is being built by AP Construction Services LLC of Aquebogue for its owner Andrew Przepiorowski and his fiancée. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Carpenter Ruben Gonzales (left) of Hampton Bays works with carpenter assistant Henry Farec of Southampton on a house under construction on Sound Shore Road in Northville Monday afternoon. The house is being built by AP Construction Services LLC of Aquebogue for its owner Andrew Przepiorowski and his fiancée. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Did Riverhead’s economy experience a mini-revival in 2014?

Single-family home construction numbers — better known as housing starts and widely considered an indicator of the state of the economy — more than doubled in Riverhead Town last year. This, despite the fact that the number of new homes built still wasn’t anywhere near the numbers from 2002 and 2003, which were almost five times higher.  (more…)

04/29/15 8:00am
04/29/2015 8:00 AM

The days of walking around the Country Fair or the Polish Town Fair with an open beer in your hand appear to be on the way out — a prospect some aren’t raising a glass to.

The Town Board appears to be on board with a plan that would limit beer sales to closed-space beer gardens at large public festivals, an effort they say would keep young people away from alcohol at the events.

Citing a statistic that 36 percent of Riverhead High School seniors who reported drinking alcohol in the past year said they did so at a public event, Riverhead Community Awareness Program proposed limiting the sale and consumption of alcohol at festivals to a designated area rather than letting people roam around the festival with the drink, as is currently allowed. It was a proposal that seems to have gone over well enough with the board.

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