Check out all these stories and more in this week’s issue of the Riverhead News-Review, on newsstands now.
As 14-year-old Michael Hubbard of Riverhead remains in Stony Brook University Medical Center, fighting for his life almost three weeks after a gel candle accident, the manufacturer has voluntarily decided to recall the product after The New York Times ran a story Saturday revealing the dangers of the candles.
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Three weeks ago, Miranda Bennett barely even knew who Michael Hubbard was. But that didn’t stop the Riverhead High School sophomore from grabbing a few towels from her home, buying some sponges and spending her Friday sudsing up sedans and SUVs at a fundraiser to help the 14-year-old burn victim’s family.
Page 1, posted online June 10, updated June 16
Crackdown coming at motel
At the Wading River Motel on a recent Monday, women of varying ages and races can be seen sitting on lawn chairs and benches outside. They are talking on cell phones or soaking up the sun as children play in the grassy field in front of the drive-up rooms. Large bushes block out the hum of cars driving past on Route 25.
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A Wading River man was killed Friday afternoon when the single-engine plane he was flying in crashed into a wooded area in Westbrook, Conn., according to Connecticut State Police.
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A family beach outing turned tragic Friday in Wading River after a Bellport man drowned while trying to save his 10-year-old stepson, who had been pulled out to sea during a tidal change.
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Getting permission to have Wading River Creek dredged in the summer last year was considered a rarity. But Riverhead Town Board members are now lobbying federal and state officials to allow the creek to be dredged for a second consecutive summer, and they have declared an emergency condition at the badly shoaled creek.
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Farm Country Kitchen eatery on West Main Street has become a popular restaurant because of its food and riverfront location, but town officials said it is operating without necessary permits, and the Town Board on Tuesday voted to authorize legal action in state Supreme Court against the business.
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They’re not on any menu. You can’t order them baked, fried, broiled, steamed, sautéed or even wrapped in rice and served raw.
So why have both houses of the state Legislature approved bills banning the commercial harvest of seahorses?
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We’re very lucky to live in a place where water — the fresh kind, for drinking — is generally plentiful. We live in a maritime climate with no shortage of rain falling onto sandy soil that soaks it up like a sponge. Quality, not quantity, is the issue and his been since the landmark 208 study released in 1977 first identified threats to our surface waters and groundwater supplies.
Robert Svoboda, a Wading River resident who is running on the Democratic line for a town assessor seat in 2011, expresses his displeasure on the amount of money Riverhead Town spends on outside counsel.
Four medals and two T-shirts. That’s quite a haul to return home with from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls track and field championships, especially when three of those medals are gold.
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It wasn’t the sort of beginning to the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League season that the slumping Zach Mathieu had been looking for. He had managed only one hit and no runs batted in from his first 10 at-bats, not the type of numbers to put a smile on the Riverhead Tomcats designated hitter’s face.
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