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…)

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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.

02/21/14 8:25am
02/21/2014 8:25 AM
The Riverhead indoor Farmers' Market is located at 117 East Main Street. Barbaraellen Koch photo.

The Riverhead indoor Farmers’ Market is located at 117 East Main Street. Barbaraellen Koch photo.

Less than three weeks after the Riverhead Farmers Market kicked off on East Main Street, it’s already outgrown its space. By far.

“We have a waiting list of 60 vendors,” said Ray Pickersgill, president of the Business Improvement District, and one of the key organizers in the weekend market — along with Community Development Director Christine Kempner and Browder’s Birds proprietor Holly Browder.

Beyond looking for excess space, Mr. Pickersgill — co-owner of downtown’s Robert James Salon — said at Wednesday night’s BID meeting that right now, he’s hoping to extend the market with the help of the two.

“If we could continue it all year, there are enough farmers who are looking to do it,” Mr. Pickersgill said.

While the BID has hosted a farmers market in the past on Saturdays, Mr. Pickersgill said on Thursday that having Ms. Browder on board, as a member of the Long Island Farm Bureau, has been key in gaining momentum for this season’s winter market, which is expected to wrap up in mid-May.

The market got its legs after Ms. Kempner ran into her old neighbor, Ms. Browder. The poultry farmer told Ms. Kempner that the winter market she went to previously, in Sag Harbor, had shut down this season. Coordinating with Mr. Pickersgill, it didn’t take long until they got enough vendors to fill out a market in downtown Riverhead.

Held at 117 East Main St. each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the market currently hosts 30 vendors in the 8,000-square-foot building downtown that previously housed Swezey’s department store.

The BID is paying $3,000 for 18 weeks in the current location.  The building next to it, which was once Swezey’s, is owned by Eli Mizrahi, who is seeking $8,000, Mr. Pickersgill said, indicating that they can’t afford that.

Also at Wednesday night’s meeting, members of the BID management association said that — after first bringing the idea up in 2011 — they are still pursuing putting a skating rink downtown. 

Mr. Pickersgill floated the idea of making the rink a pavilion, adding that sliding glass panels and heaters on the ceiling could be installed in the winter to host the farmers market

 

02/20/14 3:08pm
02/20/2014 3:08 PM
A 2008 rendering of the proposed skating rink and pavillion planned for downtown Riverhead, from architect Martin Sendlewski

A 2008 rendering of the proposed skating rink and pavillion planned for downtown Riverhead, from architect Martin Sendlewski

The Riverhead Business Improvement District’s management association is still going to pursue grants to try and build an ice skating rink and pavilion in downtown Riverhead, BIDMA members said last night.

The BID and the Riverhead Town Board have been discussing the possibility of bringing an ice skating rink to downtown Riverhead since 2011, but the idea lost steam in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in October of 2012 — a storm that left about five feet of water in the Peconic Riverfront parking lot in downtown Riverhead and flooded many businesses there.

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02/06/14 6:00pm
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Barbaraellen Koch file photo | Employees of the Dinosaur Walk set up shop in Riverhead in 2004.

Barbaraellen Koch file photo | Employees of the Dinosaur Walk set up shop in Riverhead in 2004.

The Second Street firehouse building could be renovated into an interactive dinosaur museum and theater under a plan being floated by Suffolk Theater owner Bob Castaldi, who outlined the proposal at Thursday’s Riverhead Town Board meeting.

The town recently sent out requests for proposals for both the firehouse — which the town acquired from the fire district in a swap for the Route 58 training grounds — and the East Lawn building on East Main Street, which is used by four organizations but is in very bad condition.

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