07/17/14 9:37am
07/17/2014 9:37 AM
Sal St. George making his Edgar Allen Poe Festival pitch to business leaders in Riverhead Town Hall Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Sal St. George making his Edgar Allan Poe Festival pitch to business leaders in Riverhead Town Hall Wednesday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Port Jefferson has hosted a Charles Dickens Festival around Christmastime for the past 13 years. And now, the man who has been instrumental in the success of that event, wants to do something similar in downtown Riverhead: an Edgar Allan Poe Festival. (more…)

06/29/14 7:03pm
06/29/2014 7:03 PM
The crew of the Speedie Edie celebrates its victory down the home stretch of the team's heat of the Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Race in downtown Riverhead Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The crew of the Speedie Edie celebrates its victory down the home stretch of the team’s heat of the Fifth Annual Cardboard Boat Race in downtown Riverhead Sunday. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

With seven kids and two adults on board, it’s hard to imagine the crew of Speedy Edie fitting another person in their boat.

But if you ask the nine passengers what it was that willed them to victory in their heat of the “anything goes” race at the Fifth Annual Carboard Boat Races in downtown Riverhead Sunday, they’ll tell you it was the 10th member of their team: Edie.

Edie Penny of West Islip passed away Saturday. A grandmother to some on the boat, a cousin and friend to others, she was looking forward to the annual Cardboard Boat Race, which her friends and family members, some from Cutchogue, have participated in each of the past three years.  (more…)

06/19/14 8:24am
06/19/2014 8:24 AM
Deputy Town Attorney Dan McCormick, center,  explains the BID bylaws on elections to BID management association members Wednesday night. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Deputy Town Attorney Dan McCormick, center, explains the BID bylaws on elections to BID management association members Wednesday night. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Electing two candidates to two unopposed seats on a board and two more candidates to two opposed positions on that same board shouldn’t be hard, right?

But when that election is the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association’s annual elections, the answer to that question is “wrong.”  (more…)

06/03/14 8:00am
06/03/2014 8:00 AM
The lights have been out at Cody's BBQ & Grill since a state agency issued a stop work order, forcing the restaurant to close May 14. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The lights have been out at Cody’s BBQ & Grill since a state agency issued a stop work order, forcing the restaurant to close May 14. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

A downtown Riverhead restaurant closed last month after it received a stop work order from the New York State Workers Compensation Board for failing to comply with state labor laws, an agency spokeswoman confirmed this week.  (more…)

05/19/14 10:00am
05/19/2014 10:00 AM
The corner of Roanoke Avenue and East Main Street downtown. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

The corner of Roanoke Avenue and East Main Street downtown. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

A new study indicates downtown Riverhead doesn’t have enough parking or infrastructure to support the maximum number of apartment units allowed in the town’s existing master plan.  (more…)

05/09/14 9:00am
05/09/2014 9:00 AM
Maximus Health & Fitness is expected to open within the next couple of weeks in the former Woolworth building on East Main Street. Pictured is the 25,000-square-foot main exercise room. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Maximus Health & Fitness is expected to open within the next couple of weeks in the former Woolworth building on East Main Street. Pictured is the 25,000-square-foot main exercise room. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

On Monday afternoon, Phil Durinick, co-owner of Maximus Health & Fitness on East Main Street, chatted amiably with a woman standing near the gym’s rear entrance as she marveled at the space inside.

She had been walking downtown when she noticed the construction taking place there and wanted to stop in to check it out, she said. In response, Mr. Durinick pointed to the nearby counter where Long Island’s first oxygen bar will soon serve flavored oxygen to the fitness center’s customers.  (more…)