05/17/14 5:39pm
05/17/2014 5:39 PM
Saturday was the last week the farmers market will be held indoors. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Saturday was the last week the farmers market will be held indoors. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Farmers Market has by most accounts been a huge success operating out of a vacant former downtown storefront in the winter months.

And now, farmers and sponsors of the market are hoping that the following it generated will follow the market outdoors starting next Saturday.

Today was the last day the weekly market will run out of the former Swezeys’s Furniture store site, where it’s been held every Saturday since Feb. 1.

Beginning next Saturday, May 24, and running through Nov. 1, the farmers market will be held outside, with the vendors located on the grass along the Peconic River in the downtown parking lot, according to Ray Pickersgill, the executive director of the Riverhead Business Improvement District, which runs the market.

“I’m predicting we’re going to have a large turnout” for the outdoor market, Mr. Pickersgill said. “I am advertising it as to biggest farmers market on the east end and I will make it the biggest farmers market. I’m trying to get at least 40 booths if I can.”

Linda Carey of Linda’s Baking Company has been a vendor at the market since mid-March and she’s already got an outside booth, selling her baked goods on the outdoor loading dock of the building.

“We love it here,” she said. “We’ve got a water view.”

She hasn’t committed to the outdoor market yet but said she’s leaning toward it.

04/24/14 3:50pm
04/24/2014 3:50 PM
Ultimate Fitness is expected to be open within weeks. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Ultimate Fitness is expected to be open within weeks. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A 25,000-square foot fitness center in downtown Riverhead’s newly-renovated Woolworth building is targeting an opening early next month, as interior construction work on the apartments above the gym is set to begin.

Maximus Health & Fitness, which relocated from its location on Route 58, should be open in the first or second week of May, constructions workers said as they set up exercise equipment inside the space.  (more…)

04/04/14 4:02pm
04/04/2014 4:02 PM
State workers trimmed trees on Friday to prep for Monday's work on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

State workers trimmed trees on Friday to prep for Monday’s work on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Construction is expected to start Monday on Main Street as the State Department of Transportation begins installing four miles of new sidewalks along Route 25, through downtown Riverhead.

While state workers were cutting trees this week downtown, work is expected to start in earnest on Monday. Hours will generally be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., however officials said construction could also take place during off-peak hours to minimize effect on businesses.

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03/15/14 8:30am
03/15/2014 8:30 AM
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(Credit: Riverhead Police Department)

Update, Saturday: Riverhead Police arrested a 46-year-old Riverhead man in connection with Friday afternoon’s bank robbery at Capital One on East Main Street. Robert J. Santoro was charged with first-degree robbery after being found at the Budget Host Inn, police said.

Mr. Santoro allegedly handed the teller a note declaring a robbery and demanded money while threatening the use of a gun, police said. Mr. Santoro fled on foot. He was arrested without incident, transported to police headquarters and held for arraignment.

Update: Police have released surveillance photos of the man they say robbed the Capital One Bank on East Main Street Friday afternoon.

The man — described by police as white, between 35 and 45 years old, approximately 180 pounds and 5’11” tall — was wearing glasses, and had  short hair with slight facial hair, according to police. The suspect was wearing brown shoes, blue jeans and a black hooded “Carhartt” brand jacket.

Police say the man fled the scene of the robbery in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information about the incident or who may be able to identify this suspect is encouraged to call Riverhead police detectives at (631) 727-4500. All calls will remain confidential.

A Riverhead Police car at the East Main Street Capital One bank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A Riverhead Police car at the East Main Street Capital One bank. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Original Story: Riverhead Town and New York State Police are investigating the robbery of an East Main Street bank Friday afternoon.

Police were called down to the Capital One Bank about 3:40 p.m., said Lt. David Lessard.

According to police, a white man in a dark sweatshirt, in his late 20s to early 30s, gave a note to a teller demanding money. He reportedly left with an undetermined amount of cash.

A state police K-9 unit was on scene, and no arrests have been made.

Lt. Lessard said it appears that no weapon was used in the robbery and no one was injured in the incident. No additional information about the robbery was available.

03/03/14 7:13pm
03/03/2014 7:13 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Canada geese in the Peconic River just south of Riverhead's West Main Street on Friday.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Canada geese in the Peconic River just south of Riverhead’s West Main Street on Friday.

Riverhead Town officials may take another stab at trying to get the state to ease restrictions on a law that severely limits development along the banks of the Peconic River.

“Right now, there’s no incentive to revitalize,” said Charles Voorhis of the engineering firm, Nelson, Pope and Voorhis, which was hired by the town to complete a $610,000 Brownfield Opportunities Area grant study of West Main Street and downtown Riverhead. (more…)

03/03/14 1:11pm
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Vines & Hops and TWS Hobby Center opened up on Main Street within the past year.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Vines & Hops and TWS Hobby Center opened up on Main Street within the past year.

Business owners, grab your cards and raise a glass: the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce is hosting an after-hours networking meeting next week downtown.

E. Main Street business Vines and Hops is holding the meeting, with catering to be provided by Maple Tree Deli.

The meeting’s going to take place next Thursday at the food and drink lounge, which opened up its doors last year. It’s expected to kick off at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m.

Cost is $15 for non-Chamber members, and $10 for members, and includes a glass of wine or beer, as well as some finger foods.

Visit the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce website for more information.