03/31/14 11:35am
03/31/2014 11:35 AM
Three people were injured in a crash on East Main Street Monday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Three people were injured in a crash on East Main Street Monday morning. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Three people were injured in a two-car accident on East Main Street Monday morning, Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance officials said.

A tan Hyundai Santa Fe heading eastbound collided with a white Toyota about 10 a.m., both ending up on the sidewalk in front of the Washwick Agency at 860 East Main Street, officials said.  (more…)

03/15/14 8:30am
03/15/2014 8:30 AM

(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.

10/09/13 8:00am
10/09/2013 8:00 AM
FILE PHOTO | The former Woolworth building on East Main Street is undergoing a renovation.

FILE PHOTO | The former Woolworth building on East Main Street is undergoing a renovation.

Goldberg’s Famous Bagels will be a tenant in the former Woolworth building on East Main Street, which also will house a gym and apartments on the second floor.

The Riverhead Industrial Development Agency, which earlier this year granted tax incentives to property owner Woolworth Revitalization LLC for the overall restoration of the building, also must separately approve each tenant planned for the site.

On Monday, it voted 4-0, with one member absent, to approve Goldberg’s Famous Bagels as a tenant. Woolworth Revitalization LLC, a company headed by Michael Butler of Sag Harbor, purchased the 25,000-square-foot building from Apollo Real Estate Advisors for $2.2 million in February.

The building has been largely unoccupied since Woolworth left in 1997. Mr. Butler is planning to build 19 apartments on the second floor, along with the gym, called Ultimate on Main, on the ground floor and smaller stores fronting Main Street.

Goldberg’s Famous Bagels has 11 stores in New Jersey, as well as one store each in Southampton, East Hampton and Montauk, said Barry Brown, a representative for the applicant, at Monday’s IDA meeting.

The proposed Riverhead store would be in the same location that Bagel Lovers occupied for many years before moving to Osborn Avenue, but would be twice the size. The proposed Goldberg’s will have 16 seats, three employees and be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mr. Brown said. The bagels will be made on site.

“We’d like to be open by January,” he said. “I think it would be an asset for the town to get a good company like Goldberg’s,” said IDA member Lou Kalogeras in casting his vote.


10/03/13 4:51pm
10/03/2013 4:51 PM
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The scene where four kittens were found mutilated in Riverhead Tuesday.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The scene where four kittens were found mutilated in Riverhead Tuesday.

The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever slashed the throats of four kittens and threw them over a fence behind an East Main Street business earlier this week.

According to Chief Roy Gross, the kittens – estimated to be about three weeks old – were found behind Riverhead Brake Service on Tuesday morning when an employee came into work and found them on the ground, at first thinking the small animals were rags behind a truck located on site.

Gross said the kittens – only one of whom was old enough to open its eyes – were put there between 5 p.m., when the business closed the night before, and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Whoever is responsible faces a felony charge of animal cruelty, which carries up to two years in jail for each animal killed.

Gross called the culprit – or culprits – a “danger to society.”

“This never ends unfortunately,” he said. “Obviously this is very disturbing.”

The chief stressed the importance of spaying and neutering animals, to reduce a stressful domestic animal population.

Any tips given to the Suffolk SPCA will be kept confidential.

10/02/13 8:00am
10/02/2013 8:00 AM
TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The state police barracks in Riverside.

TIM GANNON FILE PHOTO | The state police barracks in Riverside.

Three people were charged after selling alcohol beverages to an undercover state police agent Monday night, state police said.

And the busts include one man who has had repeated run-ins with state and federal authorities.

Ravinder Parkash

Ravinder Parkash

Clerks Kenneth Powell, 16, of Flanders Deli, and Ingrad Moraga, 28, of Garden Deli, both on Flanders Road; as well as Ravinder Parkash, 60, of Shivani Gulf Gas and Food Mart on East Main Street in Riverhead, were each charged with one count of unlawful dealing with a child and one count of prohibited sale of an alcoholic beverage, according to a report.

Mr. Parkash and his wife were also arrested in June for running an alleged food stamp scheme out of the same East Main Street gas station market he has owned with his wife, according to reports.

He was also arrested in April 2012 for selling alcohol to a minor, police said.

The charges were in connection with an Underage Drinker Enforcement Detail completed in Riverhead and Southampton towns, police said.

06/14/13 9:12am
06/14/2013 9:12 AM

Some of the biggest names in film, music and modeling have been hitting the streets of downtown Riverhead and were spotted elsewhere on the East End this week, according to social media photos and postings.

The diminutve singer-songwriter superstar Lady GaGa posed for at least one photo at Jerry and the Mermaid restaurant on East Main Street Thursday. That shot was posted on Instagram, a photo-sharing social site.

The poster wrote Lady Gaga was at Jerry’s with Sports Illustrated model-turned-actress Kate Upton and actresses Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann.



05/20/13 1:38pm
05/20/2013 1:38 PM
Pickersgill's Robert James salon

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO| Downtown Riverhead looking west from the second floor above Robert James Salon on East Main Street.

I read John Finnegan’s column about his experience trying to site his zip line in downtown Riverhead.

I thought the column was nasty and unnecessary. It reminded me of two truths learned while growing up. One, never be a cry baby. Two, as my father would say, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Mr.Finnegan ran his idea by a group of businesses downtown and the Town Board, the idea seemed to falter as quick as it was proposed.

Let’s deal in a few facts:

Mr. Finnegan has never built or run a zip line.

Mr. Finnegan’s company was just formed, has no funds, has not done a dollar’s worth of business and is trying to raise money online to support his idea.

The zip line as-proposed would run the lenth of the boardwalk downtown and completely compromise the waterfront. It would be a huge, potential liability, costing the town more in increased insurance premiums.

The zip line would strain what is fast becomming a heavily trafficked parking lot, and in return Riverhead would receive — if he is successful —$37,000 a year in total revenue.

This, when according to all the parking studies, each spot is worth $100,000 dollars to downtown businesses. Many downtown visitors and residents have expressed that screaming zip liners overhead is not the experience they are looking for when they stroll the riverfront.

Can you think of any waterfront towns with zip lines running over them?

As businesses downtown, we met with Mr. Finnegan and shared our concerns. We kept an open mind. We tried to be positive and gave him good suggestions on other places for it in the town.

He told us the only place he would consider is downtown. When he saw the Town Board and the businesses had a lot of quetions he could not answer, he decided to make sarcastic comments about our town. He displayed pictures of empty stores, dumpsters and boarded-up windows.

Yes, Mr. Finnegan, we know we use dumpsters downtown and we are working on coming up with a better system, which we have already done on the other side of Main Street.

Yes, we know we have some empty stores, but it is also hard to find tenants to fill 12,000- to 24,000-square-foot storefronts. Believe me, I have tried.

You mentioned Dee Muma, Ray Dickhoff, Anthony Coates and myself. You implied the business community and us do not know what’s good for downtown. Mr. Finnegan, we make our living here. We employ a lot of people here. I have my entire life savings invested here.

And, you know what? There is no other place I would rather be. I am sure the others feel the same.

We volunteer here. We work here. And we are commited to make this town grow and prosper. We aren’t where we want to be yet, but we aren’t where we used to be either. Something called a recession got in our way, then a storm called Sandy.

You are a guy from out of town with a dream, but no money or experience. Forgive me, but Riverhead has seen it’s share of snakeoil salesmen over the years. When someone comes with an idea now, we check them out. After all, it affects everyone.

We did not kick you out of town. We tried to give you alternatives. But instead, you kick us on the way out of town. To me that shows what kind of neighbor you would have been. Your angry letter was a turnoff for me and an insult to the town I have come to love.

Ray Pickersgill is the owner of Robert James Salon and did not write this column on behalf of the parking district or business district.