07/06/15 9:03am
07/06/2015 9:03 AM

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.

07/06/15 6:00am

With news late last month that the New York State Legislature extended the 2-percent property tax cap another four years, we took a look back at the property tax warrants — the amount of property taxes collected by the town each year, including school, town, county and other taxes — in the two North Fork towns to see if taxes had increased at a lesser rate since the law was enacted.

We found that not only had the tax warrant increased at a slower pace in Southold and Riverhead towns since 2012, it did so at a significant rate. (more…)

07/04/15 2:32pm
07/04/2015 2:32 PM
Mayor Hubbard proclaims the start of the Tall Ships festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mayor George Hubbard proclaims the start of the Tall Ships festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A small ceremony to officially kick off Greenport’s Tall Ships festival was held in Mitchell Park Saturday morning.

Master of Ceremonies Captain Dave Berson welcomed all five captains to the Village, telling them “Greenport Village has always been a harbor of refuge and a shelter for ships. Greenport has always welcomed sailors since it was settled and it welcomes you now.”

He also pointed out that Greenport is the smallest community hosting the Tall Ships this year. (more…)

07/02/15 5:59am
(Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

(Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

After the Supreme Court ruled last week that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage, the phrase “love wins” quickly hit the airwaves and social media as a testament to the fact that over everything else — even in the face of the nation’s highest court — love can prevail at the end of the day.

But for the family of one local couple who has been mired in a lawsuit with their former disability providers, the ruling came as a reminder that in the end, love has not won for them in the eyes of the law. At least not yet. (more…)

07/01/15 8:30am
07/01/2015 8:30 AM
Tree limbs hang on a house on Wilson Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Tree limbs hang on a house on Wilson Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

An early morning string of thunderstorm toppled trees and knocked out power for more than 3,000 residents in Riverhead and Flanders Wednesday.

According to a PSEG outage map, about 2,500 customers in Jamesport and 555 residents in Flanders lost power due to the storm. As of 8:30 a.m., power had been restored to most of the Jamesport properties around Tuthill Lane, according to the map.  (more…)