06/25/15 6:00am
A birds' eye view of downtown Riverhead earlier this week. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A birds’ eye view of downtown Riverhead earlier this week. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

Twenty one years ago, the News-Review reported that there would “definitely be a 751-space, two-story parking structure” created in downtown Riverhead to address a burgeoning traffic problem.

While that traffic problem remains — and in fact, more residents than ever are living downtown, with more residential units in the works — the parking garage remains a dream.

But that didn’t stop a consulting firm from examining the idea at Town Hall recently after giving downtown traffic a grade of “F.”

That proposal, as well as others, were all part of a wider look into developing downtown Riverhead as it continues to grow — from a traffic perspective, a housing perspective and an overall marketing perspective. (more…)

06/24/15 6:18pm
06/24/2015 6:18 PM

A Riverhead man accused of throwing a lit Molotov cocktail into a neighbor’s house has been indicted by a grand jury, according to a press release issued by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Monwell Wright, 21, allegedly started a fire in his neighbor’s home June 15 while there were people in the residence by lighting a glass bottle filled with flammable liquid and throwing it into the building, according to criminal charges.

The home was not damaged and the fire was extinguished upon police arrival, officials said.

Mr. Wright is charged with second degree attempted arson and is scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday morning before State Supreme Court Justice William Condon.

Check back for updates.

 

06/24/15 5:14pm
For those not from the area, Aquebogue can be tricky to spell. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

For those not from the area, Aquebogue can be tricky to spell. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The small hamlet of Aquebogue is starting to gain national recognition — for being one of the top 10 most difficult U.S. cities to spell.

According to King Digital Entertainment, the company that conducted the survey, 56 percent of participants couldn’t correctly spell Aquebogue. On average, 64 percent of those who participated misspelled the entirety of the top-10 list.  (more…)

06/24/15 6:00am

Riverhead Town police arrested a 20-year-old man last Thursday on a drunken driving charge in Riverhead, officials said.

Michael Dore, address unavailable, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated at about 1 a.m. on Railroad Avenue. Police said he crashed his car and then left the scene, but was pointed out by witnesses and located by officers near the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and Second Street and arrested.

(more…)

06/23/15 8:18pm
06/23/2015 8:18 PM
A two-car crash shut down a portion of Route 25 in Calverton Tuesday night. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

A two-car crash shut down a portion of Route 25 in Calverton Tuesday night. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

UPDATE, 6:15 a.m.: Police released the names of the individuals involved in Tuesday night’s crash in Calverton, as well as more details about what occurred.

No charges have been issued in the crash, which remains under investigation. (more…)