11/20/14 7:00am
11/20/2014 7:00 AM
Junius Atkins Jr. has been working at Suffolk County Community College for over 35 years. The Riverhead High School graduate, who works in a custodial supervisory role, was recently recognized for his service with a SUNY Chancellor's Award, one of five given each year. SUNY employs 50,000 people statewide. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Junius Atkins Jr. has been working at Suffolk County Community College for over 35 years. The Riverhead High School graduate, who works in a custodial supervisory role, was recently recognized for his service with a SUNY Chancellor’s Award, one of five given each year. SUNY employs 50,000 people statewide. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

His trademark shiny black boots have walked the halls of Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus for more than 35 years.

As the longest-serving employee on campus, Junius Atkins Jr. of Riverhead has garnered a reputation as an innovative professional and all-around stand-up guy since he started as a part-time custodian in 1977, when the Riverside campus opened.  (more…)

11/19/14 1:30pm
11/19/2014 1:30 PM
Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Albino Dejesus Medina is led out of Southold Town Court Friday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Update: Albino Dejesus Medina of Bay Shore, a 20-year-old man arrested last week for his alleged involvement in two separate shootings in Southold and Riverhead towns, has been indicted by a grand jury.

Charges against Mr. Medina filed in Southold Town were dropped Friday, court records show.

Mr. Medina was initially charged in Southold with three counts of assault and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in relation to a gang-related shooting on South Harbor Road in Southold Oct. 14, authorities said.

Riverhead Police then charged Mr. Medina, an alleged MS-13 member, in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

The indictment will be unsealed during an arraignment for Mr. Medina in county criminal court.

Mr. Medina is due in Suffolk County Court before Judge William Condon on Tuesday, Nov. 25, records show.

Prior coverage: Riverhead Town police say one of the five men in custody following a gang-related shooting in Southold last month is one of the same men responsible for a shooting in Riverhead that occurred just days before.

Albino Dejesus Medina, 20, of Bay Shore was arrested Wednesday in connection with an Oct. 10 shooting that left a 19-year-old Riverhead shot twice in the back as he was walking home on East Avenue.

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11/19/14 10:16am
A jersey cow inside the new dairy barn at Ty Llwyd farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A jersey cow inside the new dairy barn at Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Ty Llwyd, the only farm on Long Island to sell raw, unpasteurized milk, is nearing completion on a new dairy barn that could allow the Riverhead operation to double its output.

The 7,200-square-foot barn, made of wood, concrete and metal, can house up to 30 cows and is expected to be completed in January, said dairy farmer Chris Wines, whose parents Liz and David own the Sound Avenue farm.

Read more on northforker.

11/19/14 7:51am

 

Councilman John Dunleavy (left) and Sean Walter at a previous work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Councilman John Dunleavy (left) and Sean Walter at a previous work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The tentative 2015 Riverhead Town budget proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter at the end of September is likely to become the adopted 2015 budget automatically on Thursday, as a motion to vote on adopting the budget failed at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

Under state law, the deadline to approve a final budget is Nov. 20, and if the board doesn’t vote to make any changes to the supervisor’s budget, it automatically becomes the final budget at that point. (more…)

11/18/14 7:05pm
11/18/2014 7:05 PM

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The tentative 2015 Riverhead Town Budget proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter at the end of September will apparently became the adopted 2015 budget automatically on Thursday, Nov. 20, as a motion to vote on adopting the budget failed at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

Councilman John Dunleavy, who said he opposes the budget because he thinks the revenue projections it makes are unrealistic,  submitted a resolution Tuesday to merely vote on adopting the budget. Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who had sought cuts in the budget, voted in favor of voting on the budget as well. However, Councilmen George Gabrielsen and Jim Wooten voted against the resolution, saying it doesn’t propose any changes to the budget, and the budget will go into effect automatically if no changes are approved. Mr. Walter abstained.

Mr. Walter’s $53.7 million proposed budget called for a 1.5 percent spending decrease, a .58 percent tax rate increase and a 2.08 percent tax levy increase. There were no speakers at the public hearing on the budget two weeks ago.

The  Town Board also voted Tuesday to accept a proposed settlement with Brixmor Property Group, which owns the Costco shopping center on Route 58. Brixmor has thus far failed to meet several requirements of its site plan approval, including replacing dead trees meant as a buffer for neighboring properties.  (more…)

11/17/14 4:13pm

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An army of Santas will descend on the North Fork for downtown Riverhead’s very own version of the popular pub crawl SantaCon this December.

For those unfamiliar, SantaCon is a holiday themed pub crawl where participants dress up as Santa Claus, moving from one bar to the next. While the event is traditionally held in larger cities such as San Francisco, New York and London, smaller towns are embracing the concept. And unlike those larger SantaCon’s participants in Riverhead are not required to wear a full Santa suit — a hat or other festive garb will suffice.

Find out more details, including which businesses are participating, at northforker.com.

11/17/14 11:40am

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A Rocky Point woman was caught driving drunk in Flanders last week, New York State troopers said.

Melissa L. Sciara, 35, was stopped on Wednesday when officers observed her driving with a flat tire on Route 104, police said. Troopers allegedly determined Ms. Sciara was driving drunk and had an active warrant out for her arrest for criminal possession of marijuana.

She was issued traffic tickets and turned over to the Suffolk County Police Department on the active arrest warrant.

• A 20-year-old Rocky Point woman was arrested for possessing drugs on Saturday in Riverhead, state troopers said.

Emily A. Sugarman was stopped for speeding on Old County Road and was allegedly found in possession of marijuana.

She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

• A Brentwood man was arrested for driving drunk in Flanders on Sunday, state police said.

Maynor J. Gamoneda Mejia, 30, was stopped for a traffic violation on Flanders Road when he was allegedly found to be intoxicated.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.