04/18/14 8:00am
04/18/2014 8:00 AM
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Tim McAllister, his partner, Deanna Ziegler, and his 8-year-old daughter, Hollie, at his homecoming at MacArthur Airport Saturday night. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Tim McAllister, his partner, Deanna Ziegler, and his 8-year-old daughter, Hollie, at his homecoming at MacArthur Airport Saturday night. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Riverhead police officer Tim McAllister joined the U.S. Navy straight out of college in 1991, armed with a Coast Guard license and a desire to serve. But the Southampton Town resident never expected to serve decades later in an inland country — or being asked to speak at a police academy graduation in a nation torn by war.  (more…)

04/17/14 4:00pm
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John Barci discusses his proposal for a Barbecue Championship at Thursday’s Riverhead Town Board work session. (Credit: Barbarallen Koch)

A proposed Long Island Barbecue Championship and music festival at Stotzky Park on Labor Day weekend will not allow alcohol on the park grounds, according to John Barci of West Babylon, who is proposing the event.  (more…)

04/17/14 12:34pm
Curran Lee Kirchner, 32, of Wading River leaving his arraignment Wednesday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Curran Lee Kirchner, 32, of Wading River is led from his arraignment in town court earlier this month. He now stands charged with 10 felonies in county court. (File photo credit: Carrie Miller)

A Wading River man faces up to life in prison after prosecutors charged him with 10 felonies for allegedly videotaping and photographing sexual acts against two “helpless” women multiple times over five years.

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04/17/14 11:41am
Ordering at a SONIC. (Credit: Creative Commons stock art)

Ordering at a SONIC. (Credit: Creative Commons stock art)

The popular Sonic fast food chain is eyeing Riverhead Town for a new location.

A modern twist on the classic 1950s-style drive-in, the only Sonic restaurant on Long Island is on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon. When it opened in April 2011, regional and local media reported lines of cars on the busy thoroughfare waiting to to eat.

At a public Town Board work session Thursday, Riverhead planning officials said the company, which was founded in 1953 with a string of Oklahoma root beer stands called Top Hat, is now eyeing a location within town — though it hasn’t found one yet.

Click to read the News-Review live blog from Thursday’s Town Board work session for more information.

There is currently a second Long Island Sonic restaurant proposed for Nesonset near the Smith Haven Mall, where the company successfully reversed a Smithtown ZBA ruling denying the project from moving forward, according in Newsday.

04/17/14 10:00am

liveblog

The Riverhead Town Board is scheduled to discuss John Barci’s proposal to have a Long Island Barbecue Championship and music festival at Stotzky Park on Labor Day weekend at Thursday’s work session. Mr. Barci originally hoped to have the festival in downtown Riverhead but said there was some opposition. The board discussed the plan at last week’s work session but asked Mr. Barci to come back with more details. (more…)