04/17/14 11:41am
04/17/2014 11:41 AM
Ordering at a SONIC. (Credit: Creative Commons stock art)

Ordering at a SONIC. (Credit: Creative Commons stock art)

The popular Sonic fast food chain is eyeing Riverhead Town for a new location.

A modern twist on the classic 1950s-style drive-in, the only Sonic restaurant on Long Island is on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon. When it opened in April 2011, regional and local media reported lines of cars on the busy thoroughfare waiting to to eat.

At a public Town Board work session Thursday, Riverhead planning officials said the company, which was founded in 1953 with a string of Oklahoma root beer stands called Top Hat, is now eyeing a location within town — though it hasn’t found one yet.

Click to read the News-Review live blog from Thursday’s Town Board work session for more information.

There is currently a second Long Island Sonic restaurant proposed for Nesonset near the Smith Haven Mall, where the company successfully reversed a Smithtown ZBA ruling denying the project from moving forward, according in Newsday.

04/01/14 9:49pm
04/01/2014 9:49 PM
EPCAL is home to at least two endangered species. (Courtesy photo)

EPCAL is home to at least two endangered species. (Courtesy photo)

Despite striking out at the lower court and appellate court levels, Riverhead Town can challenge a set of new state Department of Environmental Conservation regulations that established stringent new rules for the protection of endangered and threatened species, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday.  (more…)

03/06/14 10:00am
03/06/2014 10:00 AM
Highway Department maintenance mechanic Michael Zaleski, second from right, was presented with Riverhead Town's 2013 Employee of the Year award at the Feb. 19, 2013 Town Board meeting.  His wife, Kim, and son Ryan are pictured beside him. (Credit: Tim Gannnon)

Highway Department maintenance mechanic Michael Zaleski, second from right, was presented with Riverhead Town’s 2013 Employee of the Year award at the Feb. 19, 2013 Town Board meeting. His wife, Kim, and son Ryan are pictured beside him. (Credit: Tim Gannnon)

In a winter filled with seemingly non-stop snow storms, it’s fitting that Riverhead Town’s employee of the year award goes to a guy who fixes snow plows, among other things.  (more…)

02/26/14 11:12am
02/26/2014 11:12 AM
Supervisor Sean Walter at Tuesday night's State of the Town address.

Supervisor Sean Walter at Tuesday night’s State of the Town address.

Supervisor Sean Walter again hinted at big things to come in downtown Riverhead in his annual State of the Town speech on Monday.

The supervisor, breaking from his written speech, told the tri-club meeting of the Riverhead Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis clubs, “We are not ready to announce plans today, but there are actions being taken right now behind the scenes, to fill the remaining vacancies downtown. We believe those actions are going to bear fruit.”  (more…)

02/24/14 7:21pm
02/24/2014 7:21 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Undeveloped surrounds the already-developed industrial core at the 2,900-acre EPCAL property.

Riverhead Town will likely bond infrastructure costs at  EPCAL, which could be more than $20 million. (File photo by Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town has maintained its AA- rating from Standard and Poor’s for the ninth consecutive year, according to a press release issued Monday by Supervisor Sean Walter.

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02/22/14 8:00am
02/22/2014 8:00 AM

Workers with Shirk Construction of Pennslyvania put up trusses on the addition to the Long Island Cauliflower building on Marcy Avenue in Polish Town.

Last year was a mixed bag for construction in Riverhead: new home-building in town reached a more than 10-year low in 2013, according to permits filed in town hall. Several large-scale commercial build-outs were started, however, and permits issued to expand existing premises were on the rise.  (more…)

02/19/14 8:00am
02/19/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead Town is considering bringing a Manorville man to court who is alleged to be illegally operating a puppy breeding operation out of his home. Pictured, a man delivers a dog to breeder John Kowal's home on River Road. (Courtesy photo)

Riverhead Town is considering bringing a Manorville man to court who is alleged to be illegally operating a puppy breeding operation out of his home. Pictured, a man delivers a dog to breeder John Kowal’s home on River Road. (Courtesy photo)

Riverhead Town officials are considering legal action against a Manorville man they say has been illegally breeding and selling dogs from his home.

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