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01/12/16 11:36pm
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Larry Simms held his own meeting in the hallway after the IDA wouldn't let him speak at theirs Monday

The Riverhead Industrial Development Agency voted unanimously at a special meeting Tuesday to grant tax incentives for a proposed restaurant and boutique hotel on East Main Street and for an additional 10-year tax abatement at the Long Island Aquarium.

That part of the meeting took about 10 minutes. The dispute that followed lasted nearly an hour.  READ

01/04/16 10:26pm
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Rendering of the Preston House with five story hotel, front view.

Without tax incentives from the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency, the Long lsland Aquarium in downtown Riverhead would pay close to $1 million a year in taxes and would not be able to stay open, according to Bryan DeLuca, the executive director of Atlantis Holdings, the company that owns the complex containing the aquarium, the Hyatt Place hotel, Treasure Cove Marina and Jerry and the Mermaid. READ

01/09/15 12:00pm
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(Credit: Tim Gannon)

Atlantis is looking at its options to redevelop this property. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The company that owns the Long Island Aquarium and the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Riverhead is looking to restore a dilapidated 113-year-old building it recently purchased across the street instead of tearing it down.

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03/13/14 9:00am
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO Former major league pitcher Tommy John spoke to and joked with the North Fork Ospreys before Saturday night’s game.

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Former major league pitcher Tommy John with the North Fork Ospreys before a game in 2010. Mr. John is expected to participate in Friday night’s “Athletes & Actors — The Main Event” charity  fundraiser hosted by Contractors For Kids. (Credit: Garret Meade, file)

Several actors, athletes and celebrities will be at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead on Friday for the Contractors For Kids annual fundraiser.

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07/06/13 12:00pm
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COURTESY PHOTO | Christopher Paparo, former senior aquarist of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead  has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

COURTESY PHOTO | Christopher Paparo, former senior aquarist of Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

Long Island Aquarium’s former senior aquarist Christopher Paparo has been hired as the director of Stony Brook University’s new Marine Sciences Center in Southampton.

Mr. Paparo spent more than 14 years at the Riverhead aquarium, starting there when it was in the building stages, eventually taking on the position of senior aquarist. He also served educational coordinator for the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Stony Brook University officials said.

The new marine sciences center is run by Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and is slated to open this September.

The 15,000-square-foot, $8.5 million center will enable SoMAS to expand their program, facilitating further research of Long Island’s bays and estuaries. It will offer more students the opportunity to learn through Stony Brook, according to a release from Stony Brook University.

SoMAS will also be using the space to hold public meetings, summer camps, and for expanded K-12 outreach programs among other activities, according to the release.

“Mr. Paparo’s strong background in maintaining marine animals, public outreach and education, and seawater systems make him the ideal fit for this position,” said Minghua Zhang, dean of the SoMAS program at Stony Brook. He attended Southampton College and received his Bachelors of Science in Marine Science there in 1999, Stony Brook officials said.

“As construction of the new Marine Sciences Center is completed in the coming weeks, Mr. Paparo will be on hand to learn the details of the state-of-the-art systems within the building including the computerized seawater circulation system, teaching and analytical labs, and quarantine and culture rooms,” said Christopher Gobler, director of academic programs. “This hire comes at a perfect time.”

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