06/12/16 12:53pm
(Credit: Fish Guy Photos)

(Credit: Fish Guy Photos)

If you live in the Riverhead area, you are undoubtedly familiar with a fish known as bunker. Every spring, for thousands of years, this schooling fish has flooded into local estuaries where their arrival has been welcomed by a countless number of organisms. In recent years however, this ritual migration has often ended disastrously for the bunker and a nauseating mess for town residents.  (more…)

04/12/16 6:07am
The rain garden outside the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County office in Riverhead. (Credit:Cornell Cooperative Extension courtesy photo)

The rain garden outside Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County in Riverhead. (Credit: Cornell Cooperative Extension courtesy photo)

Check off your environmentally friendly good deed this Earth Day by helping to plant a community rain garden in downtown Riverhead.

The Peconic Estuary Program and Riverhead Town will sponsor the event on the Peconic Riverfront at 10 a.m. on Earth Day, April 23. Volunteers are needed to help plant the garden along a strip of land located between Heidi Behr Way and the Peconic Riverfront parking lot. Participants are asked to bring their own gloves and gardening tools. (more…)

09/24/14 9:00am
Nick Raynor of Riverhead at last year's snapper tournament. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

Nick Raynor of Riverhead at last year’s snapper tournament. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)

The 17th annual Snapper Tournament along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead is set for Sept. 27. Hosted by the Riverhead Town Recreation Department, the tournament’s goal is to get get more people into fishing while also raising money for the Riverhead Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. (more…)

05/17/14 5:39pm
Saturday was the last week the farmers market will be held indoors. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Saturday was the last week the farmers market will be held indoors. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Riverhead Farmers Market has by most accounts been a huge success operating out of a vacant former downtown storefront in the winter months.

And now, farmers and sponsors of the market are hoping that the following it generated will follow the market outdoors starting Saturday.

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03/27/14 5:06pm
KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO  |  Hundreds of people showed up for the Riverhead Farmers Market opening day.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Hundreds of people showed up for the Riverhead Farmers Market opening day.

After kicking off this February, the Riverhead Farmers Market is expected to move outdoors in coming months by the Peconic River, eventually going year-round in downtown Riverhead.

“We’ll have to figure out what locations are available through next year,” said Chris Kempner, Riverhead’s Community Development Agency director. By the time November rolls around, she said organizers — who have been looking to extend the market for close to a month now — expect to have an indoor space lined up for next winter.

The market now hosts 34 vendors, Ms. Kempner said, all fitting indoors at 117 E. Main Street in the former Swezey’s building. Come May 15 — when its lease expires at the space — town board members are expected to permit the vendors to sell along the Peconic Riverfront.

Board members on Thursday morning said they support the measure and are expected to approve it at the board’s next meeting on Tuesday.

A time for the market has not been ironed out as of yet.