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…)

07/19/17 5:58am

A scene from the first Alive on 25 in Riverhead in July 2016. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Stormy weather stopped East Enders from enjoying the first Alive on 25 in Riverhead last Thursday, but that opportunity will not be lost forever. A rain date for that event, which is held four times throughout the summer, has been set for Aug. 31.

The Main Street block party features live music, food and other vendors and the remaining dates are July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31. (more…)

07/17/17 6:04am


Karen Crowson still remembers the day she moved to Riverhead 31 years ago. With the moving truck still in her driveway, she walked down to the Riverhead Diner & Grill to apply for a job.

It was so busy, they hired her on the spot and put her to work that day.

Three decades later, Crowson is still a waitress at the East Main Street diner and is glad to see that new owners Jim and Sunny Liszanckie of Riverhead have kept the restaurant’s 85-year history in mind as they’ve rebranded it Sunny’s Riverhead Diner & Grill.

“It’s basically the same, but they improved it,” Crowson said.

She said she remembers the winter day when Mr. Liszanckie, sitting at the counter in the diner, suggested buying the restaurant from former owner Liz Strebel, who took over the business from her family in the late 1970s. (more…)

06/28/17 6:00am

A scene from the first Alive on 25 in Riverhead in July 2016. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Riverhead is gearing up for the return of its biggest block party.

The Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association has set the dates for its second annual Alive on 25 events, a Main Street block party featuring live music, food and other vendors. And the first one is coming up in just two weeks. (more…)

05/11/17 6:01am

When Edwin Tuccio, owner of North Quarter Farm and Tweeds Restaurant and Buffalo Bar, both in Riverhead, first realized one of his bison had given birth to a black calf in 2009, he was shocked. At the time, Tuccio was president of the National Bison Foundation. After making a handful of calls to other bison raisers, he realized how rare it was for a calf to be black.

Now those rarities have become almost a yearly occurrence at the farm.

“I don’t know how it happens; it just happens,” said Tuccio, who now has three newborn black calves on the farm. Two of the newest black bison were born the first week in May and a third was born Monday. “For some reason my herd throw off these very rare black bison.” (more…)

05/08/17 6:03am
The Maria Panini at Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The Maria panini at Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto know what’s good.

The Good Day New York hosts featured Farm Country Kitchen owner Tom Carson and chef Todd Sabatini during a Good Day Café segment which aired on Thursday morning. And Carson and Sabatini brought along a spread of the Riverhead restaurant’s delicious, fresh fare including arugula salad with edible flowers and a dish made with Crescent Duck Farm duck. (more…)