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04/20/16 7:04am
04/20/2016 7:04 AM

Rev. Charles Coverdale thanks the Town Board Tuesday evening. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

First Baptist Church of Riverhead’s plans for a Family Community Life Center moved forward Tuesday when the Riverhead Town Board approved the creation of a type of zoning needed for the proposal.  READ

03/16/16 6:42am
03/16/2016 6:42 AM
Rev. Charles Coverdale, center, and Assistant Pastor Cynthia Liggon line up behind attorney Guy Germano at the podium Tuesday.

Rev. Charles Coverdale, center, and Assistant Pastor Cynthia Liggon line up behind attorney Guy Germano at the podium Tuesday.

A proposed Community Benefit Zoning District was greeted with almost unanimous support at a standing room only public hearing at Tuesday’s Riverhead Town Board meeting, as was the Family Community Life Center, First Baptist Church’s long-planned multi-use project that would need the new zoning to be enacted in order to move forward. READ

03/15/16 6:30pm
03/15/2016 6:30 PM

The Riverhead Town Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed “Community Benefit Zoning District,” a floating zone that is needed for the First Baptist Church’s planned Family Community Life Center on Northville Turnpike.

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06/23/15 5:42pm
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(Photo by Stephen Melkisethian/flickr)

All the across the country, people are mourning and holding vigils like this one in Washington, D.C. A local vigil is planned for Monday in Greenport. (Photo by Stephen Melkisethian/flickr)

Lela Heyward received a phone call at midnight last Wednesday from her hometown of Charleston, S.C. She couldn’t believe the news.

Although her nephew didn’t belong to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, he knew many people there and had just paid a visit the week before.

He called to say there had been a mass shooting at the historic black church and that he was devastated. The church’s pastor was among the dead.

Ms. Heyward, whose husband, the Rev. Nathaniel Heyward, is pastor at Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church in Greenport, said that although she grew up with segregation and left Charleston after high school in 1961, her hometown and its Baptist church have never left her heart.

“I went through the struggles — I had to go out the back door, drink from a separate water fountain and sit at the back of the bus,” she said Monday. “I never felt threatened in church. I always thought of it as a safe place. I’m really hurt and can’t believe it.”

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