12/31/14 8:00am
12/31/2014 8:00 AM
Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Supervisor Sean Walter and councilman George Gabrielsen at a recent town board work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The budget process for Riverhead Town’s 2015 spending plan started off the same way it has for the past several years: with a so-called “structural deficit.” (more…)

12/23/14 8:00am
12/23/2014 8:00 AM
A six-mile stretch of Main Road could be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The corridor includes Aquebogue’s Old Steeple Church, built in 1862 and designed by a farmer with no architectural experience, as well as Aquebogue Cemetery, which dates back to 1755 and contains the graves of numerous Revolutionary War soldiers. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

A six-mile stretch of Main Road was proposed to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Credit: Andrew Lepre)

Two years ago, the landmarks preservation commissions in Riverhead and Southold towns launched a plan to create a historic district along a six-mile stretch of Main Road from Aquebogue to Laurel. (more…)

12/06/14 8:00am
12/06/2014 8:00 AM
Paul Squire file photo  |  When the Riverhead Sewer District is able to upgrade its facility off Riverside Drive, the water being currently treated at the plant would then be pumped through a new, high-tech filtration system before reaching Peconic Bay.

When the Riverhead Sewer District finishes its plant upgrade its facility off Riverside Drive, the water being currently treated at the plant would then be pumped through a new, high-tech filtration system before reaching Peconic Bay. (Credit: Paul Squire, file)

Mechanical failure led to Riverhead Town’s sewage treatment plant dumping  improperly treated sewage into the Peconic River on three different occasions last month, according to the Suffolk County health department.

Michael Reichel, the town’s sewer plant superintendent, confirmed Friday the plant exceeded the amount of fecal coliform bacteria it is permitted to discharge into the Peconic on Nov. 26, as well as two other days in November, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19.

The town has not been issued a violation “yet”, Mr. Reichel said.

Another incident occurred in August.

 

The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a Notice of Violation to the town Thursday, saying the town had until Jan. 5 to respond with a corrective action plan, said Aphrodite Montalvo, a DEC spokeswoman.

The town could be fined up to $37,500 for each incident, Mr. Reichel said.

(more…)

12/01/14 4:51pm
12/01/2014 4:51 PM
Riverhead firefighters breaking windows in an upper floor window at the Doctors Path Apartments Monday afternoon. (Credit: Michael White)

Riverhead firefighters break an upper floor window at the Doctors Path Apartments Monday afternoon. (Credit: Michael White)

Update 9:20 p.m. Monday: Riverhead Town police said in a press release that preliminary results of the ongoing investigation has determined the fire was “accidental.” The Red Cross also responded to the scene and assisted people displaced by the fire, police said.

Original story:

Town fire marshals are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out in the second floor of an apartment building in Riverhead Monday afternoon, fire officials said.

No one was hurt in the 3:40 p.m. fire at the Doctors Path Apartments, said Riverhead firefighter Bill Sanok.

There was heavy smoke upon arrival, he said, which prompted volunteers to call for more support from firefighters, but the fire was brought under control rather quickly. (more…)

11/27/14 4:00pm
11/27/2014 4:00 PM
Manuel Canel (left) of Canel Landscaping of Riverhead cleans up leaves in a client's yard in Aquebogue earlier this month with his crew, Jose Canel (center) and Victor Garcia (right). (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Manuel Canel (left) of Canel Landscaping of Riverhead cleans up leaves in a client’s yard in Aquebogue earlier this month with his crew, Jose Canel (center) and Victor Garcia (right). (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead highway workers will begin picking up loose leaves in front of homes on Monday, Dec. 1, for residents living in the eastern portion of the town, stretching from Laurel Lane on the east to Northville Turnpike, said Highway Superintendent George Woodson.

The department plans to spend three weeks picking up loose leaves, starting east and heading west.

Pickups in the center portion of town, from Northville Turnpike to Hulse Landing Road, will start Monday, Dec.8, followed by the western part of town, from Hulse Landing Road to the Brookhaven line, on Monday, Dec. 15.

Unfortunately, the free biodegradable paper bags the highway department was giving out are all gone, Mr. Woodson said. (more…)