05/14/15 1:13pm
05/14/2015 1:13 PM
A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)

A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)

A five-story affordable housing project planned for along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead has received $5.49 million in grants from New York State.

“This is huge; I can’t underscore that enough,” explained Marianne Garvin, the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Community Development Corporation of Long Island, which is teaming up on the West Main Street project with a Rochester-based, for-profit developer called Conifer Realty. “Without the financing, you can have a concept and a dream and an aspiration, but you don’t have the project being built.

“This gives us the financing and the ability to actually build what we’re dreaming about building.” (more…)

05/14/15 11:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The main building at the  Jededian Hawkins Inn in Jamesport.

The main building at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

An online petition to “Save Jedediah Hawkins Inn” now has more than 900 signatures in support of allowing outdoor events at the historic structure on South Jamesport Avenue.

The Inn, built in 1863, is once again before the Riverhead Town Zoning Board of Appeals seeking permission to have outdoor catered events, something it has done annually since 2008. Indoor catered events are permitted, but outdoors events are not, which is why the ZBA variance is needed.  (more…)

05/12/15 10:02am
05/12/2015 10:02 AM
A truck with an oversized load on Main Road in East Marion. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A truck with an oversized load on Main Road in East Marion. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

On April 27, the Town of Riverhead won a very significant battle in the war to keep the East End the last rural area on Long Island when billionaire John Catsimatidis withdrew his oil terminal’s application to expand into a full-fledged gasoline distribution center.

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05/10/15 8:00am
05/10/2015 8:00 AM

Although Mother Nature doesn’t want to let go of winter, we are busy, like other boaters, prepping our vessel for the upcoming season. We were very lucky to have found our home on the beautiful Peconic River. It’s the perfect spot for us. We can fi sh the river and head out to the bays and beyond, enjoying Long Island’s waterways.

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04/17/15 3:00pm
04/17/2015 3:00 PM
The view from the western runway at EPCAL

The view from the western runway at EPCAL last October. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Attorneys for Riverhead acknowledged to the the town’s Planning Board this week that it could reject a subdivision map for town-owned land at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.

But the hope, the attorneys said, is that the Planning Board approves the map. (more…)

04/09/15 12:00pm
04/09/2015 12:00 PM
iverhead officials say they're moving forward with a lawsuit against Gershow Recycling's operation on Hubbard Avenue, even though the most outspoken of the neighbors who have complained about noise and other alleged issues at the site says he has a medical condition and no longer wants to be part of the case. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Riverhead officials say they’re moving forward with a lawsuit against Gershow Recycling’s operation on Hubbard Avenue, even though the most outspoken of the neighbors who have complained about noise and other alleged issues at the site says he has a medical condition and no longer wants to be part of the case. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A Hubbard Avenue resident who has been an outspoken critic of Gershow Recycling and who submitted legal motions in Riverhead Town’s lawsuit against the company has now asked the court to remove him as a witness on the case, citing health concerns.

Richard Luzzi, 79, who lives in the Riverhaven mobile home community adjacent to Gershow, was one of two Riverhaven residents who submitted affidavits to the court against Gershow.

But now Mr. Luzzi says he has been advised by his doctors to drop out of the case.  (more…)