04/17/14 3:00pm
04/17/2014 3:00 PM
Traces of chemicals harmful to humans and wildlife have been found in the Peconic River in the area of the Connecticut Avenue boat launch in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Traces of chemicals harmful to humans and wildlife have been found in the Peconic River in the area of the Connecticut Avenue boat launch in Calverton. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A multimillion-dollar chemical treatment facility currently pumping toxic contaminated groundwater from the Enterprise Park at Calverton — left over from years of pollution at the former Grumman site — is meeting its goals thus far, officials said last week. And while the large plume is not traveling underneath the Peconic River, as feared when it was first reported five years ago, it will take several more years of treatment before it is cleaned up.  (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 8:00am
A homeless man was beaten and robbed on the railroad tracks just west of Marcy Avenue in Riverhead, police said. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A homeless man was beaten and robbed Sunday on the railroad tracks just west of Marcy Avenue in Riverhead, police said. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Riverhead Town police are investigating the violent assault and robbery of a Hispanic man in the downtown Riverhead area on Sunday.

With yet another victim in the hospital — and no arrest as of Wednesday morning — police are looking into whether a string of assaults on Hispanic men so far this year may be an emerging pattern, and are appealing to state police for help.  (more…)

04/16/14 8:00am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces new reforms to ease restrictions on farm wineries. (Credit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces new reforms to ease restrictions on farm wineries. (Credit: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office)

Local wineries and farm breweries are celebrating recent statewide reforms they say will both reduce the financial burden on the local beverage industry and give them more freedom to sell and distribute their products. (more…)

04/16/14 5:00am
Riverhead Town Board members at Thursday's meeting. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A resolution to set a public hearing to discuss term limits for Town Board members failed by a 3-2 vote Tuesday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Unless someone on the Riverhead Town Board changes their mind, a term-limit proposal isn’t coming to Town Hall anytime soon.

A resolution setting a public hearing to discuss establishing a 12-year term limit for the town supervisor and council positions failed by 3-2 vote at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman George Gabrielsen voted in favor. Council members John Dunleavy, Jodi Giglio and Jim Wooten cast “no” votes.

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04/15/14 10:37pm
04/15/2014 10:37 PM
Neighbors have been complaining about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Neighbors have been complaining about noise and ground shaking near Gershow Recycling on Hubbard Avenue. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The Riverhead Town Board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing legal action against Gershow Recycling, whose Hubbard Avenue facility has been the subject of noise complaints from neighbors in the nearby Riverhaven mobile home park.

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