05/24/14 10:00am
05/24/2014 10:00 AM
Long Island Aquarium Exhibit Artist Eli Fishman shows Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter one of two steel fish sculptures that mark a fish ladder at Grangebel Park. (Courtesy photo)

Long Island Aquarium Exhibit Artist Eli Fishman shows Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter one of two steel fish sculptures that mark a fish ladder at Grangebel Park. (Courtesy photo)

Two steel fish sculptures were unveiled this week at Grangebel Park in Riverhead to commemorate “World Fish Migration Day” today. The sculptures are part of a newly renovated fish ladder by Long Island Aquarium Exhibit artist Eli Fishman.  (more…)

05/15/14 8:00am
05/15/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead Town is taking the homeowner of 331 Hamilton Avenue — and four other properties in town — to court for several reported violations related to overcrowding. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town is taking the homeowner of 331 Hamilton Avenue — and four other properties in town — to court for several reported violations related to overcrowding. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In January, Riverhead landlord Rickey Taylor promised the town that he would make his rental home on Hamilton Avenue safe to live in by addressing code violations, getting building permits and clearing out the property, which had been targeted in a pair of town raids.

Now, nearly five months later, Mr. Taylor has made good on some of those commitments — not only for that house, but four others as well. And town attorneys say that, for now, he has avoided being held in contempt of court. (more…)

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…)