09/21/13 12:50pm
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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead running back/linebacker Raheem Brown leads the Blue Waves against East Islip today.

Riverhead (1-0) vs. East Islip (1-0)

Division II

East Islip High School

The Riverhead Blue Waves travel to East Islip this afternoon to face the preseason No. 1 seed in Division II. The Redmen opened the season with a 30-7 win over Walt Whitman.

Riverhead won against North Babylon 35-6 in a rematch of last year’s county championship.

Both teams had extended time to prepare for this game after starting the season on a Thursday.

To follow the action from today’s game, click on the live blog below:

09/19/13 12:00pm
09/19/2013 12:00 PM


The Suffolk County Department of Public Works plans to dredge five creeks in Riverhead Town, weather depending, but it also wants the town to pay the overtime costs for these jobs, which is estimated at about $11,300.

Gil Anderson, the public works commissioner, discussed the plans with the Riverhead Town Board at its work session Thursday. He said the department has 23 dredging jobs countywide and an approximately 107-day window to complete them. That will require workers in double-shifts working seven days a week, he said. Because of environmental restrictions pertaining to winter fluke, the dredging must be done within that period.

Mr. Anderson said the proposed dredging spots are: Meetinghouse Creek in Aquebogue, East Creek in South Jamesport, Hawks Creek in Jamesport (near Great Peconic Bay Marina), Miamogue Creek in Jamesport and Cases Creek in Aquebogue (near Dreamer’s Cove). He said all of the dredging is weather dependent, and he could make no guarantees that all five spots would be dredged.

This is the first year the county has asked town to pay overtime costs on dredging projects, Mr. Anderson said, adding that this is due to financial constraints the county faces. Town officials informally, and reluctantly, agreed to pay the overtime, but were unsure where the money would come from.

Board members also discussed a proposed resolution to ban parking on roadsides during snow storms in which the supervisor declares a state of emergency. Highway Superintendent George Woodson said he would like for parking to be banned automatically during all snow storms so his trucks won’t hit them while they are plowing.

To find out what else was discussed at the work session, click below to read out live blog of the meeting.

September 19, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review

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The Riverhead Town Board on Tuesday night approved by a vote of 5-0 a resolution denying Driftwood Family Farm’s application to excavate 415,000 cubic yards of sand from its 42-acre Calverton property.

Town officials had expressed concern that it could set a precedent, leading to increased sand mining.

Before the vote, the farmer and property owner, Steve Mezynieski, took to the podium only to say he appreciated the amount of time the town put into reviewing his application.

While casting his vote, Councilman James Wooten said he would like to find a way to help Mr. Mezynieski establish a working farm at the property, which is just west of the FedEx building along Route 25 in Calverton, without taking so much sand.

Councilman John Dunleavy, who once favored allowing the excavation permit, agreed.

There were also five public hearings scheduled.

One hearing in particular, on a proposal designed to prevent people from renting houses for weekend parties, drew the most noise from members of the public.

It was also learned from town staffers that the Riverhead Republican Committee , which was holding its reorganizational meeting at the same time at Polish Hall, had elected Mason Haas as chairman, as had been expected. Mr. Haas is a town tax assessor.

Vic Prusinowski, a former councilman and current owner of Cody’s BBQ downtown, was elected vice chairman. Tammy Robinkoff was voted as treasurer and Tracy Stark James, the executive director of the town Industrial Development Agency, was voted in as secretary.

The Town Board meeting started at 7 p.m. and News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live.

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September 17, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review

September 17, 2013 – Packet by Riverhead News-Review

09/12/13 1:00pm
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Riverhead Town Board members plan to once again submit a resolution to deny Driftwood Family Farm’s application to export 415,160 cubic yards of material from its 42-acre property on Main Road in Calverton.

The board had planned to do so at its Sept. 4 meeting, but held off on voting after the applicant submitted a new letter from the State Agriculture and Markets department indicating that the property is considered agricultural. But the denial resolution, slightly revised, was discussed again during the board’s work session Thursday. Board members discussed resolutions for Tuesday’s regular meeting, where they plan to submit the new resolution.

Councilman John Dunleavy, who had supported Driftwood’s plans, now says he plans to vote against it.

The board also discussed a resolution to remove several pages of town-owned property from their “fixed asset records.”

Among the items on the list are a 1987 Chevy van, a 2002 GEM electric car, three tasers from the police department and several computer printers, monitors and mice. Officials say they can’t find these items, and they were probably discarded by department heads in the past without properly documenting that they were discarded.

To see what else was discussed at the work session, click below to follow reporter Tim Gannon’s blog of the meeting.

08/29/13 9:45am
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The Riverhead Town Board is expected to vote on a resolution to deny a controversial excavating permit application for Driftwood Family Farms,  whose owners have been seeking permission to excavate 415,160 cubic yards of material from a 41-acre Route 25 farm in Calverton.

The board discussed the resolution briefly at its work session Thursday and is expected to vote on the issue at Wednesday’s regular meeting scheduled for 2 p.m.

Property owner Steve Mezynieski argued before the Town Board earlier this year that he was excavating the land to eliminate hills and slopes on the property, which is just west of the FedEx building, to make it better for farming.

Town officials, meanwhile, expressed concern that the proposed excavation was a sand mine in disguise.

Then on Aug. 19, Robert Somers of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets wrote in a letter to Mr. Mezynieski — and copied to Riverhead Town and the town attorney’s office — that the state only allows farms to excavate when it is in aid of agricultural activities, and that this case doesn’t meet that criteria because only a portion of the property appears to be in agricultural production, based on aerial photos.

Mr. Mezynieski is the manager of the department’s Agricultural Protection Unit.

Also at Thursday’s work session, the board discussed hiring EGA Architects and Cashing Associates Engineering for $87,500 to come up with a plan to turn the Route 58 armory into a town police and court headquarters.

In addition, the board discussed new regulations regarding clearing for commercial projects near residences.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from Thursday’s work session.

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August 29, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review

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The Riverhead Town Board is meeting for a public work session this morning in Town Hall.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., and board members will be discussing publicly plans for the vacant Second Street firehouse, among other agenda items.

The board will also be meeting behind closed doors in executive session to discuss litigation involving the proposed Knightland project in Wading River.

The town is being sued over Planning Board approvals for the controversial shopping center, and a court order prevented the Town Board from signing off on clearing permits for the project at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Knightland, a 32,500-square-foot complex, received site plan approvals from the town Planning Board in December 2011.

The Riverhead Neighborhood Preservation Cooaltion, a town civic group, filed suit against the town the next day. When that civil suit was thrown out of state Supreme Court, the civic group appealed.

The court’s decision on whether or not to reactivate the suit is expected this fall.

Riverhead News-Review reporter Paul Squire will be reporting live.

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08/15/13 9:50am
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The Riverhead Town Board will discuss what to do with the Second Street Firehouse, which it now owns, at its work session Thursday morning.

The board will also discuss its taxi cab ordinance and the issuance of a request for proposals to use both the Second Street Firehouse and the East Lawn Building on East Main Street.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m., following a 9:30 a.m. executive session regarding litigation over the highway department’s new salt barn.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging from the meeting.

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August 15, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review

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The Riverhead Town Board is expected to vote on resolutions declaring the previous owner of the All Star bowling center property on Route 25 in default of a 2009 agreement in which the town Planning Board allowed the owner to put off payment of about $48,000 in water district “key” money.

The board also is expected to vote on a resolution approving a number of special events in town and to authorize change orders for the town ballfields in Calverton.

The meeting starts at 2 p.m. and News-Review reporter Tim Gannon will be live blogging.

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August 6, 2013 – Agenda by Riverhead News-Review

August 6, 2013 – Packet by Riverhead News-Review