DEC reopens shellfish lands closed in May due to high levels of toxin linked to paralytic shellfish poisoningThough the lands remain uncertified for harvesting shellfish for human consumption due to chronic sanitary conditions, water quality in the Peconic River and western Flanders Bay has improved, according to Stony Brook University marine scientists.
- With the highly anticipated Tall Ships Festival scheduled to set sail into Greenport this week and six majestic vessels ready to tie up at the village’s historic marina, festivities are slated to begin on Friday as a sea of scheduled events unfolds. The Greenport Tall Ships Festival will feature six ships from four different countries, with ...
- The Battaglia family was fast asleep when a thunderstorm toppled an oak tree in their backyard this morning, sending it crashing through their roof.
‘Remembering Charleston’ in Riverhead with a somber gathering in Grangebel: ‘It has a name and that name is hate’A small, somber group gathered in Grangebel Park Sunday evening to remember the victims of the June 17 shootings in Charleston, South Carolina and talk about violence and hate crimes.
County to spray local marshes for mosquito larvae Tuesday; first mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virusSuffolk County plans aerial larvicide applications tomorrow, June 30 at certain salt marshes across the county, including locations in the towns of Riverhead, Southold and Southampton.
Judge affirms town’s right to regulate airport noise, with one exception; curfews take effect ThursdaySome crying out against helicopter noise in Riverhead and on the North Fork were left deflated yesterday as a judge yesterday affirmed East Hampton Town’s legal right to use restrictions to address the issue of excessive noise at the airport — with one major exception. Others, however, acknowledged the step forward. Federal District Court Judge Joanna Seybert ...
- From a gay rights activist who’s been working toward this moment for more than two decades to a school principal who’s only just begun to publicly acknowledge her sexual orientation, the local LGBT community is celebrating today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right.
‘Remembering Charleston’ candlelight vigil planned for Sunday evening at Grangebel Park in RiverheadThere will be a candlelight vigil in Grangebel Park Sunday evening for “Remembering Charleston,” organized to both mourn the June 18 massacre at a Charleston, South Carolina church and support the movement to end the flying of the Confederate flag over the state capitol there. “We must not stand on the sidelines immobilized by our grief ...
- The N.Y. Civil Liberties Union is calling on the State Education Department to provide detailed guidance to public school districts on preventing transgender youths’ discrimination and harassment by students and teachers.
- The members of the state pine barrens commission need to be reminded of their statutory obligations, according to L.I. Pine Barrens Society executive director Richard Amper.
Governor, legislative leaders announce deal that includes extension through 2020 of 2-percent property tax capThe 2-percent property tax levy cap will be extended through 2020, under an end-of-session deal announced this afternoon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate leader John Flanagan.
- Another annual meeting will not be held by the Riverhead BID Management Association after all, the organization’s president said yesterday. Raymond Pickersgill said the group’s election committee met late last week to discuss the situation and review all the ballots in a June 17 vote for new directors. “No matter what we do now, we can’t really ...
Schumer: Proposed USDA funding cuts will jeopardize fight against ‘worst outbreak of bird flu in a generation’The current H5N2 avian influenza outbreak in the U.S.has killed more than 48 million birds — taking so far 10 percent of all egg-laying hens in the U.S. since first detected in December. Egg supplies have dropped and prices are skyrocketing.
State lawmakers’ bill would allow towns to increase veterans’ property tax exemptions by almost 40 percentThe nearly 40 percent increase in allowable exemptions don’t take effect unless approved by the Riverhead Town Board.
County executive calls on federal government for aid to help fix what ails Peconic Estuary: excess nitrogenCounty Executive Steve Bellone called a press conference on the shore of the Peconic River in Riverhead to say the health of the Peconic Estuary needs federal aid in order to be restored.