08/26/17 6:32pm

The Jamesport Farm Brewery held its grand opening Saturday afternoon as dozens of people celebrated Long Island’s first “farm to pint” brewery.

“It’s turning out well,” said Anthony Caggiano, the co-owner of the brewery along with Melissa Daniels. “We really didn’t know what was going to happen, but I think just by the amount of people here, I think we’re doing OK.”

The opening day featured live music, outdoor games and a food truck from Christopher Michael Catering. (more…)

08/21/17 6:01am
Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)

Beach plums freshly picked from the beach (All pictures by Monique Singh-Roy)

This story was originally published in October 2016. We are reposting it in anticipation of beach plum season.

Beach plums aren’t typically found in supermarkets, but the fruit — which looks more like supersized blueberry or grape than a plum — makes some of the most flavorful jam I’ve ever tasted.

Since Colonial times, and likely before, the wild fruit, which grows on the North and South forks, has been harvested to make preserves, jams and jellies. According to Cornell University, which undertook a nearly 20-year project to establish the beach plum as a commercial crop, it’s native to the Northeastern U.S. (more…)

08/08/17 6:01am

JABS fitness center is expanding to Riverhead. From left: Jason Leonard, Nicollette Gebhardt, Cindy MacLeod, Jill Schroeder and Michelle Fevola. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

To get ahead in business you have to take chances.

That’s something Jill Schroeder learned at just 27 years old, when she opened her first JABS fitness center.

Now, nearly seven years later, Schroeder is taking yet another leap of faith by expanding her business into Riverhead with a new JABS on Route 58. (more…)

07/28/17 6:31am

Rain couldn’t stop Riverhead’s Alive on 25 this time around. After a two-week delay, the popular Riverhead Business Improvement District event returned Thursday evening.

“The streets are full, it’s really exciting,” said BID executive director Diane Tucci.

The street fair, now in its second season, featured eight bands, bar and restaurant specials, food trucks, artisan vendors and plenty of kids activities.

Ms. Tucci said Alive on 25 differs from other street fairs because it has a heavy focus on the arts. In addition to the scheduled vendors, the East End Fringe Festival hosted theatrical performances outside the East End Arts building.

Jerry Dicecco who has owned Jerry and the Mermaid on East Main Streetfor 25 years, said the event’s a great way to showcase improvements in downtown Riverhead.

“It gives everybody a different view of Riverhead for them to come back and visit us and see how we are now,” he said. “It’s all great, everybody has a great time.”

Alive on 25 returns for three more dates: August 10, 24 and 31.

(Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

(Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

Caylin Luciano, 10, of Manorville climbing the rock climbing wall at Thursday’s Alive on 25 event. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

The bubble palooza station. (Photo credit: Krysten Massa)

07/20/17 6:00am

A scene from the 2015 Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s time to collect that cardboard and duct tape for the ninth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race, set for Sunday, Aug. 6, along the Peconic Riverfront.

Registration and inspection begin at 9 a.m., with a Hula Hoop contest at 11:30 and heats starting at noon. There is no registration fee. (more…)