The proposed Riverhead Islamic Center on Harrison Avenue took another step forward last Thursday night when the town Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously granted a zoning variance allowing the center to have more parking than the town code permits.
The ZBA vote would permit the proposed center, located diagonally across from Riverhead High School, to have a parking lot that is 64.8 percent paved or “impervious,” whereas the maximum allowed by the code is 15 percent. READ
The developer of a proposed 170-unit apartment complex at the former Sears site on East Main Street said he’ll provide far more parking spaces than the 88 originally proposed for the project.
Robert Muchnick of the Metro Group, who is under contract to buy the property from Riverhead Enterprises, told the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association Wednesday night that he would provide at least one parking space per unit, and possible more. READ
Electronic signs are now positioned on Route 25 to remind drivers passing by the Riverhead Charter School in Calverton just how fast they’re going.
Meanwhile, the Riverhead Town Police Department will place an officer outside the school to direct traffic, according to Chief David Hegermiller. READ
The Riverhead Town Board approved a new five-year contract for the Police Benevolent Association that calls for annual salary increases of two percent for each of the first three years and 1.5 percent for each of the past two years.
The PBA has been without a contract since 2015. This contract starts retroactively in 2016 and ends in 2020. READ
A Riverhead man was stabbed to death following a dispute with a homeless man in Jackson Heights, Queens, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The 25-year-old victim, Miguel Angel Becerra-Perez, was waiting at a food cart for a shish kebab at the intersection of 80th Street and Roosevelt Avenue at about 9:41 p.m. Sept. 27, when he got into an argument with John Daves, 32, who officials say is homeless. READ
The five fire districts in the Riverhead area will all be having public hearings on their proposed 2019 budgets on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The hearings are required before the budget can be approved, and all of the hearings are held at each district’s respective fire headquarters. The fire district is a taxing district run by commissioners who are elected by the public in December and who set the budget for the fire departments, which are largely volunteer. READ
Riverhead Charter School Superintendent Ray Ankrum has been in charge of the running the K-8 school on Route 25 in Calverton since 2012.
But this year, he’s got another role: traffic control officer.
Mr. Ankrum spends about 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon directing traffic outside the school, wearing a bright orange vest and hat over his suit. READ
At 11 a.m. Saturday, about a hundred people began slowly walking up Old Quogue Road in Riverside, from the Galilee Church of God in Christ to the street sign at the Flanders Road intersection.
That’s where a second sign was unveiled, giving the street the honorary designation of “Pastor Roy L. Pennon, Sr. Way.” READ