09/30/14 5:22pm
09/30/2014 5:22 PM
Birchwood is expected to re-open by November. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Birchwood is expected to re-open by November. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

When it opens later this fall, it will have a new menu, catering room and name — technically.

But the new owner of the Birchwood restaurant in Polish Town made something very clear recently: Everything locals loved about the venerable eatery, which has been closed since June, will stay the same. (more…)

08/13/14 7:00am
08/13/2014 7:00 AM
Last year's Polish Wedding at the Polish Town Fair and Festival in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Last year’s Polish Wedding at the Polish Town Fair and Festival in Riverhead. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

August weekends in Riverhead aren’t just about days at the beach, wineries and farmstands. There’s one weekend each year here that’s all about heritage … and having fun.

The 40th annual Polish Town Fair and Polka Festival comes to Riverhead’s Polish Town this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 16-17.

View the details on northforker.com

07/23/14 8:00am
07/23/2014 8:00 AM
Employee Barbara Zimnoski in the new Long Island Cauliflower showroom, which has a large selection of Dramm professional watering tools, sprinklers and hoses. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Employee Barbara Zimnoski in the new Long Island Cauliflower showroom, which has a large selection of Dramm professional watering tools, sprinklers and hoses. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

When it was founded in 1901, the Long Island Cauliflower Association existed solely to market and sell cauliflower throughout the region.

But as times changed, so did LICA, which eventually expanded its agriculture business to serve different types of farmers.  (more…)

06/22/14 1:21pm
06/22/2014 1:21 PM
Sheila Tradeski, Polish Town's very first queen, places the crown on the head of this year's queen, Anna  Sadowski. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Sheila Tradeski, Polish Town’s very first queen, places the crown on the head of this year’s queen, Anna Sadowski. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

As a young woman born and raised in Polish Town, whose own parents grew up in Poland, Anna Sadowski has always drawn inspiration from the queen of the Polish Town Fair and Festival.  (more…)

05/19/14 10:00am
05/19/2014 10:00 AM
Credit: Vera Chinese  Ken Loo behind the Birchwood on Pulaski Street in Polish Town.

Ken Loo behind the bar at Birchwood on Pulaski Street in Polish Town. Mr. Loo’s five restaurants will soon offer a free online delivery service. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Starting Monday May 19, hungry Riverhead residents can visit Riverheadtogo.com or call 591-3885 and have anything delivered from one of downtown restaurateur Ken Loo’s five eateries within the hour. (more…)

04/18/14 12:23pm
04/18/2014 12:23 PM
Riverhead police say a homeless man was beaten and robbed by the railroad tracks in Polish Town Sunday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead police say a homeless man was beaten and robbed by the railroad tracks in Polish Town Sunday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Authorities have released more information about a Sunday mugging in Polish Town, now offering a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in the case.

A 33-year-old homeless man suffered serious head injuries after he was beaten and robbed on the Long Island Rail Road tracks just west of Marcy Avenue around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, police said.

The victim told police that two or three men beat him in the face and head with an unknown object, “possibly a nearby tree branch,” and robbed him of $400 cash, according to a report. He was allegedly robbed while walking on Osborn Avenue and then dragged to an area west of Marcy Avenue.

The victim was found bleeding heavily from the face and head at the BP gas station on West Main Street in Riverhead, police said.

The numbers of suspects involved in the beating had previously thought to number two or three, though police confirmed on Friday that two black men in their mid-30s were last seen on on foot near Pulaski Street. One man was reportedly wearing all black, and the other was wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

Police Chief David Hegermiller said earlier this week that Sunday’s assault may be related to a string of other assaults in the area this year. It was the fifth assault on a Hispanic person in the downtown Riverhead area this year, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 631-727-4500, ext. 289 of 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.