05/31/15 7:00am
05/31/2015 7:00 AM

Suffolk County’s capital budget for 2016-18 contains $1 billion for projects countywide, with more than half planned to be spent in 2016. Yet funding for the county’s most economically distressed community — factoring in employment levels, median household income, housing values, etc. — was on the chopping block for a scary amount of time. (more…)

05/22/15 5:59am
05/22/2015 5:59 AM
The Riverside traffic circle is expected to be reconfigured, though it's not sure when. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The Riverside traffic circle is expected to be reconfigured, though it’s not sure when. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Funding that had been slated to reconfigure the Riverside traffic circle is now in danger of being diverted next year. But a movement is afoot to keep that money in place.

The infrastructure project is one that some say is critical to the hamlet’s future, particularly at a time when other efforts are in the works to improve quality of life in the economically distressed area of Southampton Town. (more…)

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.

(more…)

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: