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Alek Lewis

Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email:

Riverhead school bus drivers and monitors tell school board: We need a pay raise — now

Riverhead school district transportation workers turned out in force Tuesday night to tell the school board they need a raise because their pay isn't enough to get by on.

Off to see the wizard: Riverhead students stage ‘The Land of Oz’ — with a Pulaski Street twist

“The Land of Oz: Pulaski Edition,”  an original adaptation of the beloved classic, takes the stage Friday at 5 p.m. at the Pulaski Street School’s auditorium. Photos.

PBMC receives ‘A’ rating in patient safety from watchdog group

Peconic Bay Medical Center has received an ‘A’ rating in patient safety by Leapfrog, a nonprofit watchdog group that grades hospitals based on patient services.

Riverhead Police April 2023 crime report

Riverhead Town Police reported 165 criminal incidents and 103 arrests in April 2023, according to a monthly crime report released by Police Chief David Hegermiller this month.

Adopted state budget includes happy surprise for Riverhead schools: $19.6 million jump in aid, nearly $9 million more than projected by...

The Riverhead Central School District is now expected to receive $76.1 million in state aid for the coming school year, an increase of $19.6 million — or 34.6% — over the current school year and about $8.8 million more than anticipated in the budget the school board adopted last month.

Riverhead Blue Masques score 13 Teeny Award nominations

The Riverhead High School Blue Masques have received 13 nominations for this year's performances ahead of next month's 21st annual East End Arts Teeny Awards.

Funding in question for bathrooms promised to ice rink developer, as agreement with solar energy company is delayed

Town officials are scrambling to find funds to build bathrooms at Veterans Memorial Park, which the town promised in its contract with Peconic Hockey Foundation, after officials learned that money they were counting on will not be coming in any time soon. 

“Run, hide, fight’ — Expert’s advice for surviving an ‘active shooter’ situation

Run, hide, fight” is the law enforcement-endorsed response tactic for an active shooter situation. Former Suffolk County Police Sgt. Donald Longo explains tactics that can save your life.

Students and parents ask for increased school security after bullet incident, as administration assures safety

Students and parents in the Riverhead Central School District are asking administrators to reevaluate security measures after several recent incidents involving district students, including one where bullets were brought into the high school.

Historic observatory at Riverhead High School reopens after repairs

The telescope and observatory, which has been out of commission for the last few years due to a problem with its observation hatch, was built in 1935 by John Elliot Young and his father Orville, owners of a Riverhead machine shop off Roanoke Avenue.