05/08/15 7:00am
05/08/2015 7:00 AM
Sweet Tart owner Myoshi Cambra, right, suggests frozen yogurt toppings to friends Nancy Foth, front, and Nancy Iannucci, background, Thursday. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

Sweet Tart owner Myoshi Cambra, right, suggests frozen yogurt toppings to friends Nancy Foth, front, and Nancy Iannucci, background, Thursday. (Credit: Rachel Young photos)

Former nurse’s aide Miyoshi Cambra opened Sweet Tart Frozen Yogurt Café in downtown Riverhead for a variety of reasons.

The first? Her entire family is lactose intolerant and the tasty treat is easy on their tummies. The second? She was tired of having to drive to shops in Manorville or Mattituck to satisfy her fro-yo cravings. The third? She thought East Main Street was the perfect spot to establish her first business.

Read more about it on northforker.com

05/06/15 6:24am
05/06/2015 6:24 AM
Shawn K. McAvoy, 31 of Mattituck. (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Shawn K. McAvoy, 31 of Mattituck. (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

A suspected robber was nabbed Tuesday afternoon when he allegedly used a credit card at a downtown Riverhead store shortly after stealing it from a car parked in the municipal parking lot north of East Main Street, Riverhead police said. (more…)

04/18/15 10:00am
04/18/2015 10:00 AM
Thirty West Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Thirty West Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce is relocating its headquarters to Thirty West Main, the newly renovated shared workspace complex co-owned by commercial real estate broker Georgia Malone. It has a June 1 move-in date.

“We knew about Thirty West Main because Ms. Malone invited us to her ribbon-cutting facility, where we were able to tour the facility,” chamber president Brian Curtin said. “It was the only place we visited when looking for a new place to call home.”  (more…)

04/02/15 2:00pm
04/02/2015 2:00 PM
Allied Optical Plan owner Jerry Steiner shows a customer a bottle of Manischewitz wine he received as a gift for passover. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Allied Optical Plan owner Jerry Steiner shows a customer a bottle of Manischewitz wine he received as a gift for passover. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

It’s Tuesday morning in downtown Riverhead and the going-out-of-business sale is unofficially underway at Allied Optical Plan on West Main Street.

At 9:52 a.m., about an hour after store owner Jerry Steiner releases the lock on his front door, the first customer of the day walks in. Marilyn Downs Aldrich, a lifelong East Ender and Aquebogue native, is looking for a new pair of glasses.

“Everything’s half-price,” Mr. Steiner tells her.

One day earlier, the 60-year-old businessman went to contract with a buyer for his building at 20 West Main St. Developer Georgia Malone, who recently renovated the now-sparkling building at 30 West Main, next door to Mr. Steiner’s business, hopes to do something similar with the brick structure that has housed Allied Optical Plan since 1975.

It’s the end of the line for a business that, its owner admits, died years ago.  (more…)

04/02/15 1:59pm

The best part of dropping by Allied Optical Plan is seeing the novelties owner Jerry Steiner has on display — and discovering which ones he’s willing to part with.

In the past, we’ve left with antiquated political signs and bumper stickers, snacks featuring the images of hip-hop stars, do-rags and even a “Spiro Agnew for President” watch. There’s also some pretty cool Riverhead history on display at the store, which doubles as a museum and triples as a saloon.

In honor of the pending closure of Mr. Steiner’s store, we dusted off a few of our favorite Allied Optical Plan artifacts.

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The Big Check

Riverhead Resorts stopped payment on a check it presented to the Riverhead Town Board after a close-up was published on the News-Review website in 2012. Mr. Steiner later hung a giant version of a different Riverhead Resorts check in his shop, along with a copy of the infamous News-Review photo.

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Hotel Henry Perkins ashtray

Not everything Mr. Steiner collects is for a laugh. This ashtray from the iconic East Main Street building is actually a cool piece of Riverhead history.

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A 4.5-pound can of tuna

Novelty food and beverages are among Mr. Steiner’s favorite collector’s items. He keeps a steady supply of low-quality beverages on hand that he’ll gladly pour for any customer. He also loves food that can make you laugh.

This 4.5-pound can of tuna has sat on reporter Tim Gannon’s desk for several months.

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Goldsmith Maid & American Girl

Mr. Steiner said many people ask him about this painting, which hangs on the north wall of his store. They want to know where horses were ever raced in Riverhead.

“The track was actually around what’s now Pulaski Street School,” he said. “Everyone likes that one.”

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Esposito for Supervisor

Mike Esposito, who for many years operated Esposito’s restaurant on Flanders Road, and previously on West Main Street, ran for Riverhead Town supervisor in 1983 on the Democratic and Better Riverhead lines. Up until 1981, he’d been a Republican.

Mr. Esposito lost the race to then-incumbent Republican Joe Janoski by a count of 5,371 to 1,673, according to the Nov. 10, 1983, issue of the News-Review.

Mr. Steiner recently said the News-Review could have the campaign sign.

“I have a ton of them,” he said.

gparpan@timesreview.com

03/19/15 12:00pm
03/19/2015 12:00 PM
The Suffolk County National Bank in Riverhead was robbed Thursday morning. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Suffolk County National Bank in Riverhead was robbed Thursday morning. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Update (3 p.m.): The culprit behind Thursday morning’s robbery of the Suffolk County National Bank branch is being described as a light-skinned black or Hispanic woman in her early 40s, said Riverhead Police Department Captain Richard Smith.  (more…)

03/07/15 7:18pm
03/07/2015 7:18 PM
Everywhere you looked downtown Saturday, including at Diggers, green was the color of choice. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Everywhere you looked downtown Saturday, including at Diggers, green was the color of choice. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

“We are getting our Irish on,” said Sue Wells of Jamesport, who was dressed to impress and sharing the day with friends at Long Ireland Saturday for the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day-themed pub crawl dubbed “The March of the Leprechauns.”

See more photos from the event at northforker.com.