06/05/15 5:59am
06/05/2015 5:59 AM
Jack Van de Wetering and his son Kurt in a climate controlled greenhouse area that they would modify to grow medical marijuana. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Jack Van de Wetering and his son Kurt in a climate controlled greenhouse area that they would modify to grow medical marijuana. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The East End would be hard-pressed to find a more respected farmer and concerned community member than Jack Van de Wetering to be the face of a possible medical marijuana operation. (more…)

05/17/15 3:01pm
05/17/2015 3:01 PM
Friends load a motorcycle onto a trailer after a couple was injured riding on Sound Avenue in Calverton Sunday afternopon. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Friends load a motorcycle onto a trailer after a couple was injured riding on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A couple was injured Sunday afternoon when the motorcycle they were riding on skidded out after they attempted to avoid striking an SUV making a turn off Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow, Riverhead Town police said.  (more…)

04/08/15 8:00am
04/08/2015 8:00 AM
Eugene Lafurno's home two years ago in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Eugene Lafurno’s home two years ago in Baiting Hollow. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Times up for “The Epiphany.”

Eugene Lafurno of Baiting Hollow has been building what town officials call a third and fourth story onto his Founders Path home for several years, and town officials say it’s unsafe and was built without proper permits.

On Tuesday, the Riverhead Town Board approved a resolution to have the town engineering department remove the structure and is expected to charge Mr. Lafurno with demolition costs.

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04/06/15 10:14am
A police officer closes off Sound Avenue during the investigation Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

A police officer closes off Sound Avenue during the investigation Sunday afternoon. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Update: The 48-year-old Hampton Bays man stabbed in what police described as an Easter Sunday ‘road rage’ incident on Sound Avenue is in fair condition at Stony Brook University Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Brett Penny, 48, of Hampton Bays was allegedly stabbed in the chest by Michael Doroski, 25, of Wading River, after both men stopped their vehicles between Fresh Pond Road and Edwards Avenue in Baiting Hollow about 3:30 p.m., police said.

Mr. Doroski was charged with second degree assault and was expected to face a judge in Riverhead Town Justice Court Monday morning.

Original story: A 25-year-old Wading River man is facing an assault charge after stabbing another man during an alleged road rage incident on Sound Avenue Sunday afternoon, Riverhead Police said.

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04/02/15 12:00pm
04/02/2015 12:00 PM
John King describes a proposed cider mill at Grapes and Greens

John King describes a proposed cider mill at Grapes and Greens. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Will a hard cider mill inside the Grapes and Greens distribution center on Sound Avenue result in a nightclub-like atmosphere, denigrating the quality of lives of its neighbors?

That’s the fear of some of those neighbors, who came out to a meeting Thursday to protest a proposal to create a 38,000 square-foot cider-making facility inside the 108,000 square-foot building that once housed Blackman Plumbing and in 2012 was converted into the Grapes and Greens “agri-park” facility with $500,000 in funding from the New York State Economic Development Council.

However vacant space remains at the building; the application in front of the Planning Board calls for making alcoholic cider, with bottling and tasting onsite.

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12/24/14 2:25pm
12/24/2014 2:25 PM

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 2.29.07 PMA Riverhead man was arrested after police said he stole a saw, a checkbook and other personal items from an unlocked car in Baiting Hollow.

According to police, a resident on Baiting Hollow Lane reported on Tuesday shortly after 9 a.m. that someone had stolen several items from a car overnight. Those items included a Milwaukee circular saw and a briefcase, which included a checkbook and personal documents.

Police said they received information that led them to 25-year-old Edgar Jonathan Castillo of Zdunko Lane.

He was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor.