03/20/15 10:00am
03/20/2015 10:00 AM
Kent Animal Shelter executive director Pam Green addresses the Pine Barrens Commission during a public hearing Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Kent Animal Shelter executive director Pam Green addresses the Pine Barrens Commission during a public hearing Wednesday. (Credit: Paul Squire)

The facilities at Kent Animal Shelter aren’t enough to meet their needs, representatives of the nonprofit said at a public hearing before the Pine Barrens Commission last week.

Plans for a new facility, they said, would not only expand their operations but also help the environment by removing outdated and “archaic” septic systems.

But whether that’s enough for the commission to allow the group to build remains to be seen. (more…)

03/18/15 2:00pm
03/18/2015 2:00 PM
After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area this year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force, a group 'meant to be a proactive agency in promoting tolerance and understanding.' (Credit: Carrie Miller)

After several attacks in the downtown Riverhead area last year — most of which have targeted Hispanic males — the town will revive its dormant Anti-Bias Task Force. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

The Riverhead Town Board is expected to officially restore Riverhead’s anti-bias task force at tonight’s meeting.

The task force was created in 1998, but had become dormant in recent years. Officials sought to re-establish it last year in the wake of a series of violent attacks on Hispanics in Riverhead.  (more…)

03/18/15 9:19am
Jim Stark pictured in 2007. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

James Stark pictured in 2007. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Former Riverhead Supervisor James R. Stark died Tuesday at Peconic Bay Medical Center where he was being treated for lung cancer. He was 78.

Mr. Stark served as town supervisor from 1996 to 1997 and was acting supervisor in 1995 when then-Supervisor Joe Janoski was ill.  (more…)

03/14/15 3:00pm
03/14/2015 3:00 PM
‘Building and Grounds workers were at the Fresh Pond School house Thursday morning doing renovations to the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

‘Building and Grounds workers were at the Fresh Pond School house Thursday morning doing renovations to the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

Built in 1821, the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse was once one of 15 single-room schoolhouses in Riverhead Town. Boys would sit on one side of the room; girls, on the other side.

The schools were heated by wood stoves, fueled by wood brought inside by the students themselves.

These days, the Fresh Pond Schoolhouse — located on the ground of East End Arts — is in the process of getting a top-to-bottom renovation, soon to be in use by the arts nonprofit as a multi-use building for events such as poetry readings and film presentations. (more…)

03/12/15 1:06pm
03/12/2015 1:06 PM

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The Riverhead Town Democratic Committee released a list of people Thursday who will be screening with the party before its nominating convention in May.

Supervisor hopefuls include Anthony Coates, a former paid adviser to Republican Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter; Tim Hubbard, a recently retired Riverhead Town police detective; and Greg Fischer, a Calverton resident who runs each year for public office.

Additionally, the list indicates that Mr. Hubbard is also screening for council and that Mr. Fischer is also screening for council and assessor.

Mr. Hubbard will also be screening with the town Republicans for a council seat, as previously reported. (more…)

03/12/15 12:00pm

TOWN: Welcome back to the Town Hall meeting room, Moody’s. It’s great to see you again. Remember last time you were here in 2011 and you upgraded our bond rating? That was wonderful. I hope you’re back to present similar news.

MOODY’S: Actually, Town, I’m sorry to report this, but I’m here to tell you that your bond rating is being downgraded. You will now pay higher interest rates if you need to go back and borrow funds any time in the near future. (more…)

03/11/15 12:00pm
03/11/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech last month. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter giving his State of the Town speech last month. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Riverhead Town’s credit rating, meaning the town will have to pay higher interest rates on any future borrowing involving municipal bonds, according to a summary report listed on the credit rating agency’s website.

The downgrade, from an Aa2 score to an Aa3 score, was attributed to the town’s steady depletion of its reserves.  (more…)

03/06/15 8:28pm
03/06/2015 8:28 PM
Peconic Bay Medical Center representatives (left) met with Riverhead IDA officials Friday evening. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Peconic Bay Medical Center representatives (left) met with Riverhead IDA officials Friday evening. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Locked in a dispute over the amount of fees Peconic Bay Medical Center should pay the Riverhead Industrial Development Agency due to a change in the hospital’s IDA financial assistance — a debate that amounted to a difference of $114,631 versus  $2,500 — the two sides went behind closed doors Friday and emerged with a compromise that will end up with the hospital paying $35,000 in IDA fees.

The IDA, which grants tax incentives to lure new businesses to Riverhead Town, can also issue tax-exempt bonding for nonprofit agencies like hospitals. It funds its own budget by charging fees to the businesses it helps. How those fees are determined is spelled out in a schedule of fees available on the IDA website.

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