02/20/15 4:33pm
02/20/2015 4:33 PM
A bird's eye view of the Enterprise Park at Calverton site. (Credit: Andrew Lepre, file)

A bird’s eye view of the Enterprise Park at Calverton site. (Credit: Andrew Lepre, file)

GlobalFoundaries, a Silicon Valley-based company described as a spinoff of computer chip giant AMD, has expressed interest in building a plant that would manufacture semiconducters in Calverton, Supervisor Sean Walter said.

“They did send somebody to look at the property around Columbus Day,” Mr. Walter said. ”Unfortunately, because we haven’t moved quickly, now they (GlobalFoundaries) are looking at property in Delaware” as well.

He stressed that EPCAL still is in play for GlobalFoundaries, but said the town’s lack of marketing the site is a problem. (more…)

12/30/14 7:10pm
12/30/2014 7:10 PM
The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

As Riverhead Town Board members continue to work on regulations which would permit flyboarding in local waters, a group of local residents have filed a petition with the town, asking its leaders to do the exact opposite.

Over 30 residents submitted a petition in town hall on Monday, “asking the Town of Riverhead Board to cease all flyboarding activities in Treasure Cove and the connecting River/Estuary.” (more…)

12/17/14 9:30am
12/17/2014 9:30 AM
Planning director Rick Hanley looking over Lowes' site plan for the former Suffolk Life building on Route 58 in 2009. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Planning director Rick Hanley looking over Lowes’ site plan for the former Suffolk Life building on Route 58 in 2009. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead Town Board abolished the planning director position on Tuesday night, which was held by Rick Hanley for more than 25 years.

The Town Board voted 3-2 to eliminate the position at the end of the year, with Councilwoman Jodi Giglio and Councilman John Dunleavy voting in opposition of the measure. (more…)

11/19/14 7:51am
11/19/2014 7:51 AM

 

Councilman John Dunleavy (left) and Sean Walter at a previous work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Councilman John Dunleavy (left) and Sean Walter at a previous work session. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The tentative 2015 Riverhead Town budget proposed by Supervisor Sean Walter at the end of September is likely to become the adopted 2015 budget automatically on Thursday, as a motion to vote on adopting the budget failed at Tuesday’s Town Board meeting.

Under state law, the deadline to approve a final budget is Nov. 20, and if the board doesn’t vote to make any changes to the supervisor’s budget, it automatically becomes the final budget at that point. (more…)

10/24/14 10:30am
10/24/2014 10:30 AM
East Street in Jamesport, a private road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

East Street in Jamesport, a private road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file)

The discussion over whether the Riverhead Town highway department should continue to plow private roads will open up beyond the Highway Superintendent and Town Board, heading to a public hearing in the near future.

The Town Board and Highway Superintendent George Woodson agreed at Thursday’s board work session to hold a public hearing on a plan that would allow the highway department to continue snow plowing and cold patching private roads on which the highway department has plowed and patched for at least the past 10 years. (more…)

09/25/14 4:50pm
09/25/2014 4:50 PM

R052611_RHTown_BE_R.jpgTown officials are saying that over the past week, they’ve filled a $1.6 million budget hole and solved the budget crisis, though filling that gap will rely heavily on one-time revenue sources that may or may not materialize.

The potential additional revenue means the budget Supervisor Sean Walter will release Tuesday is likely to include a 1.39 percent decrease in spending; along with a 2.08 percent increase in the tax levy and a 2.09 percent increase in the tax rate.  (more…)

09/23/14 12:00pm
09/23/2014 12:00 PM
A man was found dead in his home on Roanoke Avenue last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A man was found dead in his Roanoke Avenue home last week. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Town employees who had arrived at a Roanoke Avenue home last Thursday morning to demand its 72-year-old owner clean up his yard got a shock when they discovered the man had died.

Last Tuesday, the Riverhead Town Board passed a resolution authorizing the town engineering department to clean up property owned by George Atkinson under a provision of the Town Board that allows such cleanups in the event of properties that contain weeds, grass or vegetation in excess of 10 inches, as well as yard waste, rubbish, litter and garbage.

The resolution stated that Mr. Atkinson was directed “to abate the aforementioned conditions on or before Sept. 4″ but had failed to do so.

The cost of the cleanup, which the resolution estimated at $1,500, would then be added to Mr. Atkinson’s tax bill.

Police Chief David Hegermiller said workers who arrived around 10 a.m. last week to clean up the property found Mr. Atkinson dead in his house.

The chief said neighbors told police they hadn’t seen him around lately.

“There was no sign of foul play,” Mr. Hegermiller said. He added that it was unknown how long Mr. Atkinson, who lived alone, had been dead.

Mr. Atkinson, 72, was a retired Riverhead Fire Department dispatcher and a volunteer with the fire department’s Eagle Hose Company. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964, according to his family.

He was buried today, Sept. 23, in St. John’s Cemetery.