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A 46-lot subdivision is proposed on this farmland north of Sound Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A 46-lot subdivision is proposed on this farmland north of Sound Avenue in Riverhead. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A plan to convert a 27-acre Sound Avenue farm into a 46-home subdivision was met with resistance last week from neighbors who said the parcel should be preserved as farmland.  (more…)

03/28/14 2:00pm
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Bill Hillman of the Suffolk County Department of Public Works speaks at an informational meeting on the county’s plans to repave Roanoke Avenue Thursday night at Cornell Cooperative Extension. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A project to repave Roanoke Avenue will come with “some pain,” according to Bill Hillman, the chief engineer of the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.

“Reconstructing this roadway, there’s going to be some pain,” he said at an informational meeting Thursday. “There’s just no way around it. It’s a tight road.” (more…)

01/14/13 9:06pm
01/14/2013 9:06 PM

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Update: The driver of the Pontiac, Tommy Miles, 44, of Riverhead, was arrested after he was released from Peconic Bay Medical Center Monday night and charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful possession of marijuana, Riverhead Town police said. He was taken to police headquarters, processed, and held for morning arraignment.

Original story: A man was hospitalized with chest pains after swerving into oncoming traffic on Roanoke Avenue in Riverhead and striking a truck head-on Monday night, crumpling the front end of his vehicle, police said.

The accident occurred about 7:45 p.m., when a man driving a Pontiac south on Roanoke Avenue near the Riverhead Fire Department station drove into the opposite lane to get around a vehicle in front of him, police said.

The Pontiac collided with the front end of a Ford pickup truck headed in the opposite direction, police and witnesses said.

The driver of the Ford truck was not hurt, while the man driving the Pontiac was hospitalized for chest pains likely caused by the air bag, but the injuries were not expected to be serious, police said.

Riverhead Fire Department chiefs were called to the scene to close off the road and clean up fluids that had spilled onto the roadways from both cars.

Roanoke Avenue was briefly closed as tow trucks removed the vehicles from the scene.

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01/07/13 4:34pm
01/07/2013 4:34 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Ruined possessions are piled outside the Roanoke Avenue house where a kitchen fire started Saturday night.

The tenant pointed to the kitchen of her Roanoke Avenue home, now covered in debris and smelling of smoke.

Ceiling slats had been pulled onto the now-ruined appliances and the exposed supports were charred black from fire.

But Saturday night’s blaze could have been much worse, she said. She opened the door to the pantry 10 feet away, showing that the plates and supplies were untouched by the fire.

“Not bad,” the tenant, who gave her name as Maria, said. “Not bad.”

Riverhead firefighters put out the fire in the Roanoke Avenue house late Saturday night after an electrical problem sparked in the wiring above the kitchen, fire officials and the tenant said.

Maria said the fire was discovered when one of the people living in the house smelled something strange. When the man opened the bathroom door, he found a wall of smoke and heard the fire alarm go off soon after. The house was evacuated as firefighters arrived on scene.

Riverhead Fire Department responded to the fire at 11 p.m. and found smoke coming from the first and second floors, fire officials said.

Firefighters first went to the second floor of the house while a second crew went around the back of the building to the kitchen, according to a department report. The smoke was coming from the ceiling, so firefighters used poles to pull down the cieling to expose the burning supports.

The crew downstairs sprayed down the fire from below while the firefighters upstairs prevented the fire from spreading any farther, according to the report. Fire crews were on the scene for about one and a half hours, fire officials said.

While fire officials said the cause of the fire hasn’t been determined yet, the tenant pointed to a scorched lamp resting on the broken stove as the source.

Maria said the insurance company should have the damage repaired and appliances replaced in three to four weeks. The house needs a new toilet upstairs because of the fire, she said.

Outside the home, her damaged possession laid in a pile. She said she lost clothing from Europe, blankets and shoes. All of her things smell like smoke, Maria said. But she said she’s taking the fire in stride.

“[It's] just clothes,” she said.

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08/21/12 9:59am
08/21/2012 9:59 AM

Riverhead firefighters briefly closed Roanoke Avenue Tuesday morning after getting reports of an “odor of gas” in a downtown building, officials said.

The smell was detected on the third floor of a Roanoke Avenue building near East Main Street about 9:15 a.m., and fire crews closed Roanoke Avenue in both directions between East Main Street while fire chiefs, a fire marshal and town sewer district employees inspected the building.

The cause of the smell is unknown, said 1st Assistant Chief Joseph Raynor.

There were no positive readings for dangerous gasses in the building, Mr. Raynor added.

By about 10 a.m., the roads were reopened to traffic.

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