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Despite opposition from some residents who feared noise and traffic and even suggested moving it to EPCAL, the Riverhead Town Board on Wednesday night approved the “Freak Out” music festival proposed by Nile Rodgers Productions for the weekend of Aug. 12-14.

The board also approved a ban on 24-hour operations in three zoning districts, including the one where 7-Eleven is proposing a store at the Vinland Commons in Aquebogue.

An attorney for 7-Eleven said afterward that its “highly likely” that 7-Eleven would file a lawsuit challenging the zoning amendment.

The town is already in court with Vinland Commons over that project.

The board also held a 2-hour public hearing on a zone change proposal to allow assisted living on a Mill Road property. (see separate story)

To read more about Wednesday’s Town Board meeting, click below to read a recap of News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting.



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03/06/14 11:00am
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liveblog The Riverhead Town Board discussed a proposed three-day music festival at Marta Clara vineyard and downtown Riverhead at its work session on Thursday, and also discussed, but came to no conclusion on, the fate of the Second Street firehouse.

To read more about what was discussed at Thursday’s work session, click below to read a recap of reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting.

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02/07/13 9:40am
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The Riverhead Town Board discussed Thursday the proposed “All for the East End” concert festival slated for Aug. 19 at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead.

The all-day show, which has been described as a mega-concert, is being planned to benefit nonprofit groups across the East End, with the individual nonprofits vying for proceeds through grant applications.

The Town Board also discussed rules of procedure, as well as the town’s travel policy for employees, a county boathouse grant and the Preservation League of New York’s grants for historic structures.

The board’s work session started at 10 a.m. in Town Hall.

News-Review reporter Tim Gannon reported live from the meeting.

Click below to see what happened.



Riverhead Town Board work session agenda 02-07-2013 by rnews_review

10/07/12 8:00am
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PBMC, Martha Clara, Joint Replacement

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | PBMC physical therapist Annette Horan (center) dances with one of her former patients at Friday’s Joint Replacement BBQ Reunion and Barn Dance.

Roger McCabe, 80, of Calverton had his right knee replacement surgery done last year by Dr. Michael Ciminiello at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

When asked how it went, he summed it up simply, saying, “It was a piece of cake.”

He took no pain killers or other medications and never had to resort to using a cane, he said.

“What did it for me was the physical therapy. The doctor called me an ideal patient,” Mr. McCabe said. “He told me it is not going to be easy but you have to work at it and I did.”

Mr. McCabe was headed to Peconic Bay’s 8th annual Joint Replacement Reunion Barbecue and Barn Dance event Friday afternoon at Martha Clara Vineyards.

There were about 400 former patients and 250 guests and medical staff in attendance, said Paul Furbeck, the assistant director of rehabilitation at the hospital, who came up with the reunion idea to celebrate the patients’ renewed freedom of movement and improved quality of life.

Peconic Bay, a destination hospital for joint replacement surgery, earned an award called the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee last October.

“Last October we were the third on Long Island and fifth in New York State to get this designation,” Mr. Furbeck said.

“We get attached to the patients who go to therapy,” he continued. “We get close to them and want to see how they are doing and get feedback on how to improve. It really is a celebration of how well they are doing.

“It speaks to how the hospital is providing better  and better care each year. It is blossoming into a great program. We are attracting people from all over Long Island and the tri-state area.”

Since it is an elective surgery “people are going to go wherever the care is good,” he said.

After surgery, it is a two- to three-day hospital stay, then with a stay in the inpatient rehab unit from a week to 10 days.

The trend is to get patients home faster.

“We get then up and going as soon as possible,” Mr. Furbeck said.

Hospital officials said Peconic Bay now has 13 orthopedic surgeons on staff.

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