Monday Briefing: Riverhead Town gas stations noted for cheap prices

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News out of Libya and soaring gas prices in the U.S. and around the world are dominating the start of the national news cycle. Locally, is reporting the American gas station on Main Road in Jamesport and the Valero on Route 25A near Sound Avenue in Wading River are tied for offering the fourth-cheapest gas prices on Long Island, at $3.59 per gallon of regular gasoline.

But take care to hit the ATM first, as both stations charge more for credit or debit card use.

• Congratulations to Riverhead sophomore Emma Bernhardt for winning this year’s Riverhead Idol competition. Emma bested 12 other finalists at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall Saturday night with her rendition of Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet.” If you missed it, check out our slideshow by talented News-Review freelance photographer John Neely.

• Suffolk residents could have more to root for this March Madness than just their office pool bracket picks. The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team is one win away from the NCAA Tournament. The Seawolves blew out top-seed Vermont, 69-47, to get to the America East championship against Boston University. The title game will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Will any local bars be hosting viewing parties? Let us know and we’ll help spread the word.

• Congratulations to the News-Review’s 2010 Business Person of the Year Dee Muma who was honored with a “Getting it Done” award, which she received at Sustainable Long Island‘s Fifth Annual Sustainability Conference Friday at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage. We’ll be publishing an Op/Ed piece by a Riverhead official later this week about Ms. Muma’s project and others, and what they mean for downtown. So look for that.

• For Christian readers, Ash Wednesday is in two days. I’ll be giving up red meat for the Lenten season. (Sorry, Dee.)

Are you giving up any certain indulgences between Wednesday and Easter Sunday? Let us know in the comments section below.