07/14/15 8:00pm
07/14/2015 8:00 PM
The proposed bridge will connect Riverside parkland with the downtown riverfront boardwalk. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The proposed bridge will connect Riverside parkland with the downtown riverfront boardwalk. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A proposed pedestrian crossing over the Peconic River, linking county parkland in Riverside to the downtown Riverhead parking lot, will cost between $3.28 million and $3.9 million, according to a feasibility study done for Southampton Town.

That’s more than double the amount the town had sought in state grants to fund construction of the project, according to Legislator Jay Schneiderman (I-Hampton Bays), who is a candidate for Southampton Town supervisor this fall.  (more…)

06/19/15 8:06pm
06/19/2015 8:06 PM
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PeraBell Food Bar East hosted a family and friends night Friday. Expect a grand opening after July 4. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s friends and family night at PeraBell Food Bar East in Riverhead, which is still more than two weeks away from its grand opening, and co-owner John Peragine is manning the 7,000 pound pizza oven imported from Naples, Italy.

He has agreed to an interview, but before he can talk about the new eatery, one of Riverhead’s most-anticipated of 2015, he has to feed a very important customer.

“One second,” he says, as he lays out three slices of thin crust pizza for his mother, Julia.  (more…)

06/04/15 11:05am
06/04/2015 11:05 AM
Guardian Angels members spent their patrol introducing themselves to the public and handing out informational pamphlets. (Credit: Guardian Angels)

Guardian Angels members spent their patrol introducing themselves to the public and handing out informational pamphlets. (Credit: Guardian Angels)

The Angels stood their ground, and the panhandlers near the Riverhead train station “scattered.”

So said Benjamin Garcia, the patrol director for the NYC Guardian Angels, an anti-crime group that took to the downtown area for patrols Wednesday afternoon into the night. (more…)

05/24/15 7:46pm
05/24/2015 7:46 PM
Jessica Cagen, 13, of East Meadow at Sunday's arts festival downtown. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Jessica Cagen, 13, of East Meadow at Sunday’s arts festival downtown. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Hundreds of people visited downtown Riverhead Sunday for East End Arts’ 19th annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival.

This year’s festival included an arts and crafts fair, live music, food and children’s activities.

See more Katharine Schroeder photos below.

The Rhythm Kings play for festival attendees.

The Rhythm Kings play for festival attendees.

 

A cat painting by Joanne McGiveron of East Patchogue.

A cat painting by Joanne McGiveron of East Patchogue.

 

Eli Fishman of Rocky Point working on his grasshopper painting.

Eli Fishman of Rocky Point working on his grasshopper painting.

Katie Better of Glen Cove paints an osprey.

Katie Better of Glen Cove paints an osprey.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

Kelly Matern, 8, of Shirley.

Kelly Matern, 8, of Shirley.

Kayla Durney, 16, of Hauppauge works on a sunset painting.

Kayla Durney, 16, of Hauppauge works on a sunset painting.

The crowds on Main Street.

The crowds on Main Street.

Summer Realander, 6, of Riverhead.

Summer Realander, 6, of Riverhead.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

A completed painting.

 A work in progress.

A work in progress.

The Blue Spruce Cloggers perform.

The Blue Spruce Cloggers perform.

 

05/24/15 6:00am
The owner of 30 West Main, pictured on the left, is hoping to bring in tenants next door where Allied Optical Plan currently does business. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The owner of 30 West Main, pictured on the left, is hoping to bring in tenants next door where Allied Optical Plan currently does business. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Two business owners that have received Industrial Development Agency tax breaks in the past were back for more — but on different projects — at a recent IDA meeting. (more…)

05/22/15 6:01am
05/22/2015 6:01 AM
Officer Montalnano walks his beat on East Main Street last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Officer Anthony Montalbano walks his beat on East Main Street last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Last year, a string of violent robberies targeting Hispanic and homeless residents in downtown Riverhead catapulted the town’s relationship with its Spanish-speaking communities back onto the front pages.

But despite the high-profile incidents that had some questioning the safety of Riverhead, year-round data compiled by the Riverhead Police Department tells a bit of a different story.

According to a monthly report recently released by the department, the total number of reported criminal incidents — especially drunken driving and drug possession — dropped in 2014 compared to the previous year. The report states that 3,447 incidents were documented by police last year, down from 3,502 in 2013.

That decrease continues an overall trend of fewer reported criminal incidents in the past decade, despite a growing population in Riverhead Town.

“The police department is doing a fabulous job,” said Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, who also serves as the town’s police commissioner. “Obviously, these past two weeks downtown we had some painful events. Hopefully that’s an anomaly.”

National trends show that fewer serious crimes have been reported nationwide during the same period.

Among the larger drops in reported incidents in Riverhead Town were driving under the influence arrests, down to 174 in 2014 from 209 in 2013. Incidents of drug possession and sales were also reportedly down from 101 in 2013 to 83 last year.

Car theft, burglaries and robberies were also down, according to the data.

The only criminal incidents to increase were larcenies, up slightly; two more rapes in 2014 and one more prostitution arrest than in 2013. More motor vehicle accidents were also reported in 2014 — a total of 2,169 — though there were slightly fewer fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Mr. Walter said the drop in criminal incidents is thanks to some “tremendous enforcement” by the department.

“From the police chief through the captain to the rank-and-file patrol officers in the sector cars, this is a testament to the work they do for this town,” Mr. Walter said.

psquire@timesreview.com