08/19/14 10:20am
08/19/2014 10:20 AM
This hydrant on E. Main Street will be painted soon. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

This hydrant on E. Main Street will be painted soon. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

Fire hydrants are a prime example of functionality over aesthetics. They’ll get you water in an emergency, but no one’s ever insisted they have to look good doing it.

Still, the folks at East End Arts believe it wouldn’t hurt to try. (more…)

08/07/14 9:37am
08/07/2014 9:37 AM
Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Monwell Wright, in a mugshot taken in January. (Credit: Riverhead Town police)

Update: Monwell Wright is being held on $50,000 bail, according to the justice court, after he was arraigned earlier this morning.

According to court filings, Mr. Wright stolr $85 cash and $160 in money orders from the victim, injuring his wrist and forearm in the process.

Mr. Wright is due back in court tomorrow.

Original story: A 20-year-old homeless man with an already long rap sheet was arrested Wednesday in Riverhead in connection to a June attack and robbery of a victim who had also been knocked from his wheel chair during the assault, town police said.

Monwell Wright was arrested on Railroad Avenue in Riverhead, police said, not far from where the June 2 attack occurred near the railroad tracks and Maple Avenue.

Mr. Wright was charged with second-degree robbery, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Additional suspects are still being sought, police said. (more…)

07/25/14 4:12pm
07/25/2014 4:12 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Peconic River boardwalk that runs along the East Main Street parking lot.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Peconic River boardwalk that runs along the East Main Street parking lot.

Looking to meet other businesses? Or are you an entrepreneur looking for someplace to put your profitable idea into action?

Head down by the Peconic River tomorrow for the first ever East End Small Business Expo.

Organized by the East End Small Business Alliance, the new organization’s founder Dave Lotito said last week that the event hopes to “introduce new pedestrians to downtown Riverhead and support businesses already established there.”

Mr. Lotito spoke in front of the Riverhead Town Board last Thursday, an effort for the members to learn more about what the group intends to do before issuing a special events permit — a permit they were OK giving to the group.

The Wading River resident, who said he runs the bar at Cliff’s Rendezvous and has worked at Blackwell’s, Michael Anthony’s and Stonewalls, was clear to the board as well that putting the event on would also showcase his own event services company, One for the Road Event Services.

He also mentioned that he’s “investigating making a substantial investment in downtown Riverhead.”

Saturday’s expo will kick off at noon and last until 10 p.m. and will feature several businesses and live music.

07/10/14 4:54pm
07/10/2014 4:54 PM
Kenneth Belcher's mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Kenneth Belcher’s mug shot (Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Following a news report earlier Thursday, Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller confirmed Friday that a 46-year-old Riverhead man accused of beating and robbing a man early Monday is a “possible suspect” in a string of other assaults and robberies in the area. (more…)

06/13/14 4:00pm
06/13/2014 4:00 PM
Members of the town's parking committee have called for parking meters downtown, though some board members are hesitant to support the proposal (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Members of the town’s parking committee have called for parking meters downtown, though some board members are hesitant to support the proposal (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

Is there a traffic problem downtown?

It depends on who you ask.

But members of the town’s parking committee believe a problem exists — and that it’s just a matter of time until it becomes a really big one.  (more…)

06/12/14 7:00am
06/12/2014 7:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | A bridge proposal would connect downtown Riverhead with county-owned parkland on the south side of the Peconic River.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | A bridge proposal would connect downtown Riverhead with county-owned parkland on the south side of the Peconic River.

By definition, a bridge needs two sides to move someone from one place to the next.

And one proposed pedestrian bridge — spanning the Peconic River to link downtown Riverhead to Riverside — now has the official support of both of those sides, as a majority of Riverhead Town Board members OK’d a measure last week to apply for a state grant application to fund the project.

(more…)