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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Cover Photo:Riverhead Fire Department Ironmen drill team — (from left) VJ Chiaramonte, Andre Ceckowski, Branden "Herbie" Ceckowski, Jamie Brooks and Mike Argenti — competes in the all-important buckets drill Saturday afternoon at the 25th annual Invitational Motorized Drill event, hosted by the Ironmen at the Stotzky Park training facility. Firefighters from 20 Suffolk departments squared off in eight events, culminating in the buckets drill. The Central Islip Hoboes took first place overall with 22.5 points. The Ironmen came in fourth in the motor pump competition and fifth in the B Hose and B Ladder drills. See slide show.

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$85 million in school plans set for vote






Taxpayers who live within the Riverhead School District will be asked to vote Oct. 11 on a $78.3 million bond proposal for infrastructure upgrades at district buildings and grounds.

Page 1, posted online July 19

WTC steel arrives at Flanders FD






The Flanders Fire District brought to its firehouse two pieces of steel from the wreckage of the World Trade Center Tuesday morning.

Page 2, posted online July 19

Lone sailor rescued from L.I. Sound






A boater was rescued off the shore of Wading River Beach Sunday night after high winds caused his sailboat to capsize, according to the man and fire department officials.

Page 2, posted online July 17

Brush Fire reignites beach fight

A brush fire broke out Monday afternoon near a bluff at Wading River Town Beach, and the emergency response drew criticism from at least one area resident who accused firefighters of wrongfully breaking down his fence, officials and the resident said.

Page 3, posted online July 18

Bankrupt Borders Books closing all stores come fall






Borders Group Inc., the Michigan-based bookstore chain, will soon be closing all 399 of its stores including its Riverhead location, according to a press release issued by the company this afternoon.

Page 3, posted online July 18

Furniture store owner readies for closure






Borders isn’t the only big store on Route 58 that’s closing.

Page 3, posted online July 19

‘AWOL’ dog shelter head faces possible termination

Embattled Riverhead Town animal control officer and dog shelter head Lou Coronesi will be the subject of a civil service law hearing that could result in his termination or suspension, town officials say.

Page 4, posted online July 20

A twist of fate for puppy






A puppy rescued as a group of youths was hanging it during a twisted gang initiation has helped mark an adoption milestone at Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton.

Page 6, posted online July 15

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Editorial: BID doing its part to make downtown right

Riverhead’s Business Improvement District management association — led by Robert James Salon & Spa owner Ray Pickersgill — has been on the receiving end of some harsh criticism on this page for its part in a bitter feud with officials at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, a feud that ultimately led to the demise of the popular Riverhead Blues & Music Festival. But we would be remiss not to point out that the BID, which just five years ago was operating in the red to the tune of $60,000, has bounced back in spectacular fashion. Not only does the group seem to manage its money well, as it’s been in the black since 2008, it would appear that it spends it well, too.

Column: We’re so gay, and much better off

If you had asked me before last week, when the 2010 census data was released, I would have said Fire Island is Long Island’s “gayest” community. But Fire Island incorporates several municipal jurisdictions and thus does not show up in the census as an entity unto itself.

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Riverhead guard has action to go with his talk

The authoritative, loud voice barking instructions from the Riverhead High School bench doesn’t belong to a coach. Actually, it’s Reggie Moore. Whether it be from the bench or on the basketball court, Moore does a lot of talking. And when he’s playing, spectators are undoubtedly talking about him.

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2011 a vintage year for the LIRR






Long Island Rail Road passengers boarding the Greenport-bound train from the Ronkonkoma station Friday nights now see a menu on their seat offering refreshments for purchase during the long ride out east.

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