07/15/14 7:00pm
07/15/2014 7:00 PM

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Riverhead Town Board members debated the issue of political caucuses at Tuesday’s board meeting, when three personnel items Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman Jim Wooten thought the board had agreed to in executive session met with opposition from Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and Councilman Jim Wooten when it came up for a vote. Councilman George Gabrielsen was absent, resulting in a 2-2 tie.

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07/15/14 6:41pm
A handful of residents spoke at a forum Tuesday about the upcoming shortage of area codes. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

A handful of residents spoke at a forum Tuesday about the upcoming shortage of area codes. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

The possibility of a new area code replacing 631 for part of Suffolk County may be viewed as an annoyance for some. After all, who wants go through their phone to update numbers?

For Larry Huff, the potential change also comes with a more substantial downside: a price tag upward of $500,000.

Mr. Huff, the vice president of Electronix Systems in Huntington Station, spoke during a public hearing Tuesday afternoon in Riverhead where representatives from the New York State Public Service Commission discussed potential remedies to the predicted area code shortfall.  (more…)

07/14/14 12:23pm
07/14/2014 12:23 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Sunday bus service ridership is most popular on the S92.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Sunday bus service ridership is most popular on the S92.

Six months after Suffolk County made year-round Sunday bus service available to the public, ridership has steadily increased month-over-month, specifically on the route which spans the East End.

According to numbers provided by Legislator Jay Schneiderman’s office, ridership on Sundays in June topped 5,000 — up from about 1,100 in January. (more…)

07/11/14 10:00am
07/11/2014 10:00 AM
The subdivision planned across from Hering Farm on Youngs Avenue in Riverhead has been in the works for 25 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The subdivision planned across from Hering Farm on Youngs Avenue in Riverhead has been in the works for 25 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Twenty-seven new homes are being proposed for Youngs Avenue in Calverton, right next to the town landfill.

The preliminary subdivision application calls for residential lots averaging 30,000 square feet and two large areas of open space on a 51-acre site immediately west of the Riverhead Town landfill, which is no longer used for that purpose.  (more…)

07/10/14 2:00pm
07/10/2014 2:00 PM

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A mixed-use development at EPCAL, including homes, industry and stores, is the best solution toward beating the trend of young people leaving Long Island, according to Martin Cantor, the former Suffolk Economic Commissioner who is now chief economist for Destination LI, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the economy.  (more…)

07/10/14 8:00am
South Jamesport resident Raymond Janis has lived on Tuts Lane for 47 years. "Leave it just the way it is," he said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

South Jamesport resident Raymond Janis has lived on Tuts Lane for 47 years. “Leave it just the way it is,” he said. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The United States Postal Service — which derives all of its revenue from the sale of its products and services — has lost $26 billion over the last three years.

In an effort to stop the bleeding, it has consolidated 141 mail processing facilities nationwide over the last two years, saving nearly $900 million and laying off no employees in the process. (more…)

07/08/14 12:00pm
07/08/2014 12:00 PM
The South Jamesport Post Office at 70 Second Street could be in for some changes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The South Jamesport Post Office at 70 Second Street could be in for some changes. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The smallest post office on all of Long Island may undergo some cost-reducing changes initiated by the United States Postal Service.

A survey sent last month by the USPS  gave South Jamesport residents four options in regards to the future operations of their beloved 400-box post office.  (more…)

07/08/14 8:00am
A stop-work order was issued at the Route 58 BJ's and KMart shopping center in June. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A stop-work order was issued at the Route 58 BJ’s and KMart shopping center in June. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A month after issuing a stop-work order at the BJ’s and KMart shopping center for cutting down several trees without proper permits, Riverhead Town plants to authorize legal action against the shops’ owners, according to Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter.  (more…)