09/22/14 4:00pm
09/22/2014 4:00 PM
Nick Raynor of Riverhead at last year's snapper tournament. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

Nick Raynor of Riverhead at last year’s snapper tournament. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

The 17th annual Spanner Tournament along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead is set for Sept. 27. Hosted by the Riverhead Town Recreation Department, the tournament’s goal is to get get more people into fishing while also raising money for the Riverhead Recreation Department Scholarship Fund.

The tournament is split into two divisions: adults (16&over) and youth (under-16). A rod and reel will be awarded to the first-place winner in each division. And trophies are handed out to the top three finishers in each division.

The first 100 people to register receive a free T-shirt. To pre-register, call 727-5744, ext. 0, visit the website at www.riverheadrecreation.com or go in person to the department at 55 Columbus Ave. in Riverhead.

The tournament begins at 11 a.m. On-site registration starts one hour earlier. The tournament runs until 3 p.m.

Anglers must supply their own rod & reel and bait.

There will also be a Chinese auction for prizes donated by local businesses, which starts at 3:15 p.m.

09/20/14 10:00am
09/20/2014 10:00 AM
The Riverhead Project in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: File Photo)

The Riverhead Project in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: File Photo)

Some of the reaction to the news that The Riverhead Project has closed its doors has really bothered me these past couple of weeks.

I can’t say I’m exactly shocked by the closure. Nor was I surprised at all by the quasi-celebratory reaction from some of our readers.  (more…)

09/12/14 1:03pm
09/12/2014 1:03 PM
Dennis McDermott, owner of The Riverhead Project, said the downtown eatery is closed for good.

Dennis McDermott, owner of The Riverhead Project, said the downtown eatery is closed for good. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Riverhead Project, the downtown eatery widely heralded as a milestone in the revitalization of Riverhead, has gone out of business, according to the restaurant’s owner. (more…)

08/23/14 4:00pm
08/23/2014 4:00 PM
Walkers along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning at the third annual Alzheimer's Walk in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Walkers along the Peconic Riverfront Saturday morning at the third annual Alzheimer’s Walk in Riverhead. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

As the ALS Challenge sweeps across the nation on social media, nearly 100 people took to the streets around downtown Riverhead Saturday morning to raise money for another deadly disease: Alzheimer’s.  (more…)

08/09/14 10:09am
08/09/2014 10:09 AM
Mixed media artist Charles Manfredi of East Islip (far left) is interviewed next to his diorama of his figures "Baldies Visit Riverhead" by the Suffolk Theater Friday evening. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Mixed media artist Charles Manfredi of East Islip (far left) is interviewed next to his diorama of his figures “Baldies Visit Riverhead” by the Suffolk Theater Friday evening. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

It was a picture perfect summer evening Friday as several hundred people filled downtown Riverhead to see JumpstART artists unveil their work on the grounds of the East End Arts complex and various venues along East Main Street and Grangebel Park.  (more…)

07/19/14 10:00am
07/19/2014 10:00 AM
Edgar and Jasmin Diaz-Leal at their new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo, in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Edgar and Jasmin Diaz-Leal at their new Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo, in downtown Riverhead Thursday evening. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Jasmin Diaz-Leal is no stranger to the local food industry.

Her parents, George and Justina Rojas, own Mexico Lindo, a grocery store featuring Hispanic products in Riverhead, and the Mexican restaurant El Rodeo in East Moriches.

So it comes as no surprise that when Julia’s Pizzeria on East Main Street closed its doors recently, Ms. Diaz-Leal and her husband, Edgar, jumped at the chance to lease the space and open their own authentic Mexican restaurant, Taqueria Cielito Lindo. The eatery opened two weeks ago.

“I had been working with my mom for three years now and going to school at the same time,” said Ms. Diaz-Leal, who graduated from Southampton High School in 2005 and earned a degree in criminal justice last year from Suffolk County Community College. “The opportunity came to open my own restaurant, I got the blessing from my parents and now I have it.”

Ms. Diaz-Leal, who lives in Riverhead and has a 7-year-old son, Edgar Jr., and a 6-month old daughter, Khloe, with Mr. Diaz-Leal, a San Diego native who grew up in Toluca, Mexico, does most of the cooking at their 15-seat eatery, whose name roughly translates to “Beautiful sky taco restaurant.”

The menu features dishes influenced by cuisine that is popular in Toluca, which is an hour from Mexico City, and Puebla, in the center of Mexico.

There are quesadillas, tacos and burritos, yes. But there are more unusual offerings, too, like sopa Aztec, a soup made with fried tortillas, avocado chunks, pork rinds, cheese and sour cream.

There are also tortas, sandwiches made on Portuguese bread with fillings like breaded steak, ham and cheese and chicken tamal.

Ms. Diaz-Leal said the first two weeks Taqueria Cielito Lindo has been open have “been great.”

Her hope, she said, is that “we do great in this restaurant and hopefully can open up more.”

Taqueria Cielito Lindo is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is available at the rear of the building on the Peconic Riverfront. For more information, call 631-591-0731.

ryoung@timesreview.com