A peek inside this week’s News-Review

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Cover photo: farm workers harvesting spinach at Bayview Farm on the Main Road in Aquebogue last Thursday.


New plan to renovate Riverhead schools unveiled

Riverhead taxpayers served up a big fat “no” last time, but they might be asked again later this year to allow the school district to borrow millions to upgrade overcrowded buildings, some of which need structural repairs.

Page 1, originally posted online April 14, updated April 21

Arts Council gets a new look

A $157,000 grant will pay for a new walkway leading from the East End Arts Council building to the Peconic River.

Page 2, posted online April 20

Low incomes in Riverhead do not mean more state aid

While the East End is often portrayed as wealthy, several East End school districts ended up on the Suffolk County’s 10 poorest list as determined by median household income, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey. Riverhead had the third lowest median income of school districts in the county with enrollments over 100 students, according to the survey.

Page 3, posted online April 21

Walter to face challenge for GOP’s supervisor spot

The Republican committee screened both incumbent Supervisor Sean Walter and Councilman Jim Wooten for the supervisor candidacy Thursday night, April 14, at the American Legion Hall on Hubbard Avenue. In seeking the nomination, Mr. Wooten stands to lose his council seat. His term ends this year as does that of Councilman George Gabrielsen, also a Republican. Former town Conservative Party leader Warren McKnight also screened for supervisor.

Page 3, posted online April 21

Protecting the Sound from sewage

All Long Island Sound, from the East River out to Fishers Island, could soon join the Peconic Bay estuary as a federally designated no-discharge zone (NDZ), where it’s illegal for vessels of all sizes to dump sewage, treated or untreated, into the water.

Page 4, posted online April 17

Competing applications for concerts — again

The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall has applied for permits with Riverhead Town to hold two downtown festivals this summer at dates, times and locations that are in direct competition with events being planned by leaders of the rival Business Improvement District management association.

Page 6, posted online April 21

Mexican-style rodeo planned for next month

A rodeo featuring bull riding, live music, Latin food and children’s games is being planned for next month on a farm in Baiting Hollow.

Page 6, posted online April 18

Pols: The developers are coming

All may appear quiet to drivers who sojourn down the bucolic stretch of Sound Avenue from Mattituck to Wading River, but as development along nearby Route 58 in Riverhead approaches maximum build-out, developers are now eyeing that country road.

Page 24, posted online April 20

North Fork men flee fatal burglary

An Aquebogue man and a Mattituck man fled an East Islip house they’d broken into last week after one of its occupants defended the property with a shotgun and killed one of their accomplices and left another in critical condition, Suffolk County Police said.

Page 26, posted April 13


Editorial: Now the real work begins

A no-discharge zone in the Long Island Sound is a step in the right direction, but there’s plenty more to be done to keep the waterway clean.

Editorial: One quiet election

With few residents showing an interest in running for school board, we should show some gratitude toward the few residents who take the time to serve the community in this capacity.



Waves powered by hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is not only the drink of choice for the Blue Waves, but it is what keeps them going during those bitter, raw days of early spring.

Page 38, posted online April 18

Rice pitches Riverhead to first victory of the season

After just about every inning, the Riverhead High School baseball coach, Rob Maccone, would ask his starting pitcher, Gabe Rice, the same question: “Can you give me another?”

Page 35, posted online April 16


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