Judge Griffing’s family home on W. Main St. in an undated photo.
Grangebel Park was created in a “different time,” said Riverhead town historian Georgette Case.
It was built in the late 1800s by county Judge Timothy Griffing, who transformed his family’s land along the Peconic River into the park. The Griffing homestead off Main Street overlooked the stately park, which has always been open to the public, Ms. Case said.
Grangebel was likely the first park ever built in Riverhead, she said, and it was designed for a purpose expressly different from that of modern parks, which often have ballfields and soccer pitches and playgrounds. They’re designed for recreation, first and foremost.
From the beginning, however, Grangebel Park has been for relaxing, Ms. Case said. (more…)
Michael Butler, managing partner with Woolworth Revitalization, LLC, said Riverhead has “all the components.” (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Michael Butler and his wife launched an environmentally sustainable eco-lodge in the Costa Rican rainforest 13 years ago, so opening 19 units of affordable housing on East Main Street in Riverhead doesn’t seem quite as daunting.
“That’s why this doesn’t seem as crazy, right?” he said (more…)
Anthony Wayne Smith mug shot from May 2014 (Credit: Riverhead Town police)
Update: Anthony Wayne Smith was held on $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond after his arraignment in Town Court Friday morning, a court clerk said.
He is due back in court on Sept. 30.
A Riverhead ex-con arrested for felony weapons possession earlier this year is now facing felony assault and weapons charges after Riverhead Police say he slashed a man in the face on Railroad Avenue last night.
Michael Settle mug shot (credit: Riverhead police)
Riverhead police have identified a 20-year-old man as the burglar who allegedly broke into a riverfront restaurant and stole cash in June, according to police reports.
Michael Settle of Riverhead was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony burglary, according to a police news release. The arrest came after a police investigation into a burglary at the Turkuaz Grill on McDermott Avenue on June 20, police said.
A previous police report stated the alleged burglar took cash from the restaurant.
A Riverhead Town court clerk said Mr. Settle was held on $2,500 bail after his arraignment Wednesday. He is due back in court on Sept. 30.
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…)
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…)
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.
Goldberg’s Bagels is expected to open next week on E. Main Street. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
About three months after it was first expected to open on E. Main Street, Goldberg’s Famous Bagels should open its doors next week, the franchise’s owner said.