05/19/15 10:30am
05/19/2015 10:30 AM
Over 100 members of the public attended an informational meeting on Friday night about a proposed garbage district. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Over 100 members of the public attended an informational meeting on Friday night about a proposed garbage district. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

“For everybody to get up here and say the same things over and over again is ridiculous.”

So said Mike Brewer, a former president of the Flanders, Riverside, and Northampton Community Association at Friday night’s public informational meeting about a garbage district that has been proposed in the three hamlets.

Mr. Brewer said at the meeting that he’s unsure where he lies on the proposal, but said residents should let it go to a public vote.

But Mr. Brewer found himself in the minority on Friday night, where most of the 30 or so people who spoke at the meeting already had their minds made up. They were opposed to the idea, though some did support the proposal.

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05/01/15 10:00am
05/01/2015 10:00 AM
A rendering of what Renaissance Downtowns foresees in Riverside's future. (Courtesy image)

A rendering of what Renaissance Downtowns foresees in Riverside’s future. (Courtesy image)

A new development plan for Riverside has been unveiled.

During Southampton Town Board’s meeting on Thursday, representatives from Renaissance Downtowns of Plainview gave a presentation on the proposal and highlighted several ideas, including:

•  A hamlet center near the traffic circle with three-story mixed-use buildings of stores, restaurants and apartments.

• A park that leads to a proposed pedestrian bridge over the Peconic River between Southampton and Riverhead towns.

• A boardwalk along the river.

• A waterfront promenade with restaurants.

• An area for the popular “Waterfire” show to take place in the river several times per month.

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04/28/15 7:48am
04/28/2015 7:48 AM
Courtesy: SCPD

Courtesy: SCPD

A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest after a small group of people were allegedly spotted sealing an iPhone from the McDonald’s in Riverside last month.

According to Suffolk County Police, a woman left her iPhone 6 on the counter at the Flanders Road fast food restaurant sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. on March 6. Police said a man wearing a light-colored hood took the phone and slipped it to a friend who was standing behind him wearing a Nike cap.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for info that leads to an arrest in the petty larceny incident. Anyone with information about the arrest can call 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Watch a video of the incident below:

04/27/15 1:26pm
04/27/2015 1:26 PM
Southampton councilman Brad Bender spoke to residents at the recent FRANCA meeting about garbage pick up. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Southampton councilman Brad Bender spoke to residents at the recent FRANCA meeting about garbage pick up. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Southampton Town will be holding an informational meeting on its proposal to create a garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets on Friday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Avenue Elementary School. (more…)

04/23/15 12:00pm
04/23/2015 12:00 PM
Renaissance Downtowns' plans to help revitalize Riverside are expected to be presented to the Southampton Town Board next Thursday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Renaissance Downtowns’ plans to help revitalize Riverside are expected to be presented to the Southampton Town Board next Thursday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A year after Renaissance Downtowns signed on with Southampton Town to create a new zoning code aimed at revitalizing Riverside, the time is coming for the company to unveil its redevelopment plans.

The plans — expected to be unveiled next week — hinge on the economically distressed hamlet’s getting a new sewage treatment plant and landowners’ getting incentives to build up their lots in exchange for accepting tightened environmental restrictions.  (more…)

04/17/15 10:00am
04/17/2015 10:00 AM
Kenny Alfano of Flanders voices his displeasure that Flanders Riverside Northampton Civic Association membership applications had not been processed in time for the monthly meeting Monday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Kenny Alfano of Flanders voices his displeasure that Flanders Riverside Northampton Civic Association membership applications had not been processed in time for the monthly meeting Monday night. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Nearly 20 years ago, a News-Review article about Riverhead Town’s decision to create a townwide garbage pickup program started with the following sentence: “There are two sides to every garbage story.”

As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  (more…)

04/04/15 10:00am
04/04/2015 10:00 AM
Flanders resident Chrissy Prete speaks out against a proposal to establish a municipal garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets during a presentation on the plan at Friday's Waters Edge Civic Association meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Flanders resident Chrissy Prete speaks out against a proposal to establish a municipal garbage district in the Flanders, Riverside and Northampton hamlets during a presentation on the plan at Friday’s Waters Edge Civic Association meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A proposed garbage district in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton was met with overwhelming opposition from those in attendance at a Waters Edge Civic Association meeting last Friday night in Flanders. (more…)