02/18/14 11:58am
02/18/2014 11:58 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Working Shoe & Bootery, a purpose-built footwear store, is opening Feb. 22 in Riverhead.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The Working Shoe & Bootery, a purpose-built footwear store, is opening Feb. 22 in Riverhead.

Carpenters, nurses and anyone who spends most of the day working on their feet needs a comfortable pair of shoes, Michael Brandine said. (more…)

01/28/14 4:02pm
01/28/2014 4:02 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings has received final approval from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, a public relations spokesperson said.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Buffalo Wild Wings has received final approval from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, a public relations spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Buffalo Wild Wings has received final approval from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, public relations director Grace Kelly-McGovern said — ostensibly meaning the Riverhead restaurant could open this week.

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01/16/14 6:00am
01/16/2014 6:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO  |  Vacant land is fast disappearing on Route 58. Irwin Garsten owns the above piece of property, just east of the Hudson Savings Bank building, where he has a site plan application for a shopping center.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Vacant land is fast disappearing on Route 58. Irwin Garsten owns the above piece of property, just east of the Hudson Savings Bank building, where he has a site plan application for a shopping center.

To the editor:

In your story about the dwindling commercial land along Big Box Alley (AKA, Route 58), it seems you neglected the next progression of commercial development. If we understand anything about real estate developers it is that turning land into big bank accounts is a never-ending endeavor, so the real question is, “What will they covet next?”

Can the 40 acres that were Homan’s Farm, on the northwest corner of Route 58 and Northville Turnpike, be preserved, or will that be the next shopping mall? The southeast corner is still undeveloped, though it’s mostly low-lying and swampy.

How far north can they still develop if they take land north of that intersection? Will Sound Avenue fall to the bulldozers? Can we reasonably defend that now well-traveled rural corridor from the lawyers of real estate developers, or not? If the commercializing of Riverhead with all that would never be permitted in Southold or Southampton teaches us anything, it is that nothing in Riverhead is sacred.

Edward Burke, Riverhead