07/07/15 1:58pm

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The Riverhead Town Board held a public hearing at its meeting Tuesday on a proposal to ban elected officials from being on the executive board of political committees, a move that would require town Republican leader Mason Haas, who is also an elected assessor, to give up one of those positions. (more…)

07/07/15 12:00pm
Sears in Riverhead

TIM GANNON PHOTO | Sears closed its downtown Riverhead store in 2006.

Saying he’s fed up with the owner of several long-vacant buildings in downtown Riverhead, Supervisor Sean Walter says he is now in support of considering condemnation of the former Sears building and some other buildings owned by that company.

But Sheldon Gordon, a principal in Riverhead Enterprises, which owns several downtown buildings including the Sears building, said in an interview Monday that a proposal for the Sears buildings and several buildings he owns to the east of that is not dead.

“There’s a strong possibility it will move forward,” he said. (more…)

07/06/15 8:22pm
07/06/2015 8:22 PM
Bob Castaldi, owner of the Second Street firehouse building, and Paul Karlin, right, of Long Beard Brewing Co. address the Riverhead IDA Monday

Bob Castaldi, owner of the Second Street firehouse building, and Paul Carlin, right, of Long Beard Brewing Co. address the Riverhead IDA Monday.

The owners of a fledgling brewery that’s proposed for the former Second Street firehouse are seeking tax exemptions from the Riverhead Town Industrial Development Agency to help them get started.

“Any little help we can get is important to us,” said Paul Carlin, the co-owner of Long Beard Brewing Company. “We chose Riverhead because we feel it something that’s coming back.” (more…)

07/06/15 1:02pm
Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards hold three of the winery's four 93-point wines, as awarded by The Wine Advocate. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards hold three of the winery’s four 93-point wines, as awarded by The Wine Advocate. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Long Island wines received enthusiastic and record-breaking reviews from one of the industry’s most influential wine publications last month.

In the most recent edition of Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate — arguably the wine world’s most important publication — 78 wines received scores of 90 and above, a number commonly recognized to denote an outstanding wine.

Two wines received a 94 — the highest ever for a Long Island wine — while five others received a 93 and 17 received a 92. The previous record was 92 points, a score several wines have received from wine critics over the years.

“They were simply impressive, completely refuting any notion anyone might have that this is not a serious wine region,” wrote Wine Advocate critic Mark Squires. “There is plenty of evidence that the region has arrived and is on the cusp of maturity, no longer an outlier, but increasingly reliable in good vintage years.

Read more on northforker.com

07/06/15 9:03am

After increasing patrols looking for drunken drivers over the Fourth of July weekend, Riverhead police arrested five people, according to a news release.

Of those arrested, four were charged with misdemeanor DWI: Alfredo Gray, 41, of Riverhead; Debra Alaimo, 49, of Riverhead; Isobel Morgenstern, 57, of Fairfield, Ct.; and Daniel White Jr., 60, of Riverhead.

A fifth person, Edgar Escalente, 41 of Riverhead, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, police said.

The police patrols were funded through the town’s Stop DWI program and the East End DWI Task Force. Other patrols are planned for later this year, police said.