12/27/14 8:00am
12/27/2014 8:00 AM
After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group 'meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.' (Credit: Carrie Miller)

After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group ‘meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.’ (Credit: Paul Squire)

A rash of more than a dozen assaults and robberies erupted near downtown Riverhead this year, beginning in January and lasting into the fall. (more…)

12/19/14 8:00am
12/19/2014 8:00 AM
The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead Town in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The Second Street firehouse was obtained by Riverhead Town in 2011 in a land swap with the Riverhead Fire District. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The sale of the Second Street firehouse has been in the headlines several times in the last couple of years.

Initially, it was expected that Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi would purchase the building for $375,000. Then, after prolonged negotiations, the Town Board upped the price to $500,000 and unanimously loosened restrictions to allow additional uses for the property — prompting debate over whether or not other bidders should get a second bite at the apple. (more…)

12/16/14 5:15pm
12/16/2014 5:15 PM
Police say this man robbed Capital One Bank in Riverhead on Tuesday. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Police say this man robbed Capital One Bank in Riverhead on Tuesday. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Riverhead police are searching for an unarmed man who reportedly robbed the Capital One Bank on East Main Street in Riverhead Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.  (more…)

12/13/14 2:30pm
12/13/2014 2:30 PM
The outside of Ninow's new location in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

30 West Main Street in downtown Riverhead, which currently houses Ninow’s Music Store on the first floor. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce will officiate a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m. to recognize the opening of 30 West Main Street in downtown Riverhead, the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency said.  (more…)

12/11/14 4:30pm
12/11/2014 4:30 PM
Developer Michael Butler leads Pat Snyder, the East End Arts director, on a tour of the building during an open house Wendesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Developer Michael Butler leads Pat Snyder, the East End Arts director, on a tour of the building during an open house Wendesday night. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Forty people have already put in applications for the 19 available apartment spaces in the newly-renovated former Woolworth building.

But developer Michael Butler said potential renters shouldn’t be discouraged; the building is set to take in its first tenants next year, he said, but it will still have openings.  (more…)

12/03/14 8:00am
12/03/2014 8:00 AM
Anel Barreto opened up her restaurant with business partner Maria Veliz last Friday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Anel Barreto opened up her restaurant with business partner Maria Veliz last Friday. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A year and a half after her Main Street business was ruined in a fire that also destroyed Athens Grill, Flanders resident Anel Barreto has opened her first restaurant across the street in downtown Riverhead. (more…)

11/17/14 4:13pm
11/17/2014 4:13 PM

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An army of Santas will descend on the North Fork for downtown Riverhead’s very own version of the popular pub crawl SantaCon this December.

For those unfamiliar, SantaCon is a holiday themed pub crawl where participants dress up as Santa Claus, moving from one bar to the next. While the event is traditionally held in larger cities such as San Francisco, New York and London, smaller towns are embracing the concept. And unlike those larger SantaCon’s participants in Riverhead are not required to wear a full Santa suit — a hat or other festive garb will suffice.

Find out more details, including which businesses are participating, at northforker.com.

11/14/14 8:00am
11/14/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead, Walmart, Newtown, Sandy Hook, Route 58, Riverhead

Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said the owner of the former Walmart building on Route 58 may be interested in bringing in a movie theater. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Riverhead Councilwoman Jodi Giglio’s comment at the end of Thursday’s Town Board work session meeting almost flew under the public’s radar.

Someone might be interested in bringing a movie theater to Riverhead, she mentioned. (more…)