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A week in Riverhead

Keep it clean #riverhead #linow #townfocus

Keep it clean #riverhead #linow #townfocus Photo Credit: Brittany Wait

Follow along as Community Journalist Brittany Wait spends a week getting to know the people and places of Riverhead. She'll be based in the downtown district but will explore other areas of the town, as well. The photos in this gallery were taken with Instagram, a social app that allows users to add filters to photos and share them.

Donating blood at #riverhead #library ending out my
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Donating blood at #riverhead #library ending out my week in the community #townfocus

#Riverhead resident Jane Hill donated blood today at
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#Riverhead resident Jane Hill donated blood today at the #riverhead #library come down and donate til 7pm #townfocus

What a beautiful painting at the #riverhead #library
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What a beautiful painting at the #riverhead #library showing the town's agriculture - #townfocus

Couldn't help it. Got a #blueberry crisp #pie
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Couldn't help it. Got a #blueberry crisp #pie from #briermerefarms in #riverhead - #townfocus

#pies at #briermerefarms in #riverhead
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#pies at #briermerefarms in #riverhead

Which one to get... #pies at #briermerefarms #riverhead
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Which one to get... #pies at #briermerefarms #riverhead - #townfocus #linow

Apples w/ a sprinkle of rain at #briermerefarms
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Apples w/ a sprinkle of rain at #briermerefarms in #riverhead - #townfocus

These potatoes look great at #briermerefarms in #riverhead
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These potatoes look great at #briermerefarms in #riverhead - #townfocus #linow

As requested, stopping by to grab a #pie
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As requested, stopping by to grab a #pie at #BriermereFarm in #Riverhead - #townfocus #linow

I've been told #Polish Town is a unique
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I've been told #Polish Town is a unique facet and a place #Riverhead residents take pride in - #townfocus #linow

A #Ronkonkoma native created masquerade masks & sell
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A #Ronkonkoma native created masquerade masks & sell them at #EastEndArts #holiday #boutique in #Riverhead - #townfocus

You can buy postcards & paintings at the
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You can buy postcards & paintings at the #eastendarts #holiday #boutique in #riverhead - #townfocus

One-of-a-kind holiday ornaments sold at #EastEndArts boutique -#townfocus
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One-of-a-kind holiday ornaments sold at #EastEndArts boutique -#townfocus #linow

Liliana Sanchez, of #HamptonBays, created this organic jewelry,
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Liliana Sanchez, of #HamptonBays, created this organic jewelry, sold at the #eastendarts #holiday #boutique - #townfocus

Look at this cute ornament at the #EastEndArts
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Look at this cute ornament at the #EastEndArts holiday boutique - #townfocus

Checking out the #holiday boutique at #EastEndArts in
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Checking out the #holiday boutique at #EastEndArts in #Riverhead - #townfocus #linow

Back at the #riverhead library -- come say
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Back at the #riverhead library -- come say hi! #townfocus

Love this #quote at the entrance of the
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Love this #quote at the entrance of the #riverhead #library - #townfocus #linow

There's a #blooddrive tomorrow at the #riverhead #library
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There's a #blooddrive tomorrow at the #riverhead #library 2p-7p #townfocus

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"Quiet Morning," a painting by graphic designer George Camalich, displayed at #Riverhead Town Hall #townfocus #linow #arts

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"Storm," a painting by graphic designer George Camalich, displayed at #Riverhead Town Hall #townfocus #linow

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"Driftwood Gates," a painting by graphic designer George Camalich, displayed at #Riverhead Town Hall #townfocus #linow

#Riverhead Town Hall #townfocus
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#Riverhead Town Hall #townfocus

Nancy Reyer & her son Michael Hubbard, 17,
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Nancy Reyer & her son Michael Hubbard, 17, who has a tbi, spend time together at #PeconicBay medical center in #riverhead

Visiting a #Riverhead teen at #PeconicBayMedicalCenter in #Riverhead
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Visiting a #Riverhead teen at #PeconicBayMedicalCenter in #Riverhead #townfocus

Well hello buffaloes! At the corner of Reeves
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Well hello buffaloes! At the corner of Reeves & Roanoke Aves in #Riverhead #Tweeds #townfocus #linow

Tyler Schiffelbian, 29, of #CenterMoriches, is one of
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Tyler Schiffelbian, 29, of #CenterMoriches, is one of the county inmates building the #brendanhouse in #riverhead #townfocus #linow

#brendanhouse may be finished by this spring #townfocus
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#brendanhouse may be finished by this spring #townfocus in #riverhead #linow

Allyson Scerri, prez & founder of New Beginnings
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Allyson Scerri, prez & founder of New Beginnings in #Medford, is overseeing the build of the #BrendanHouse in #Riverhead #townfocus

County inmates continue building the #brendanhouse in #riverhead
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County inmates continue building the #brendanhouse in #riverhead #townfocus #linow

#brendanhouse in #riverhead
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#brendanhouse in #riverhead

A work in progress #brendanhouse in #Riverhead #townfocus
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A work in progress #brendanhouse in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow

A tour of the #BrendanHouse in #Riverhead #townfocus
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A tour of the #BrendanHouse in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow

Nancy Reyer, left, & Allyson Scerri, in front
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Nancy Reyer, left, & Allyson Scerri, in front of The #BrendanHouse being built to house the disabled in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow

Checking out the progress at the #BrendanHouse in
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Checking out the progress at the #BrendanHouse in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow

#Riverhead FD's HQ
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#Riverhead FD's HQ

The #Riverhead FD organized in 1836 after buying
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The #Riverhead FD organized in 1836 after buying this hydraulic pressure engine nicknamed "the coffee grinder" #townfocus #linow

#Riverhead Fd's first fire chief Oliver Terry #townfocus
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#Riverhead Fd's first fire chief Oliver Terry #townfocus #linow

A 1903 fire steam engine on display at
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A 1903 fire steam engine on display at the #Riverhead FD HQ #townfocus #linow

The first fire company in #Riverhead was organized
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The first fire company in #Riverhead was organized in 1836 #townfocus #linow

Slippers and shoes #Riverhead woman wore in the
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Slippers and shoes #Riverhead woman wore in the 1800s #townfocus #linow

The hulbert flag, found in a bridgehampton attack,
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The hulbert flag, found in a bridgehampton attack, was sewn no earlier than 1840 #townfocus #riverhead #history #linow

A 1905 Oldsmobile displayed in the #transportation exhibit
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A 1905 Oldsmobile displayed in the #transportation exhibit #townfocus in #riverhead

Watching a film on urban development at the
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Watching a film on urban development at the #suffolk county #historical society #townfocus in #riverhead

Transformer and piece of a plane that crashed
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Transformer and piece of a plane that crashed in 1968 in Kathy Curran's #Bayport backyard before she moved in #townfocus #linow

Kathy Curran, director of #SuffolkCounty #Historical Society, said
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Kathy Curran, director of #SuffolkCounty #Historical Society, said she wants the museum to be a destination #townfocus #linow

A map of #Riverhead's #arts & #historic sites
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A map of #Riverhead's #arts & #historic sites #townfocus #linow

Suffolk Historical Society in #Riverhead aims to build
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Suffolk Historical Society in #Riverhead aims to build a wing on the house and make handicapped accessible #townfocus #linow

Stopping in at the #Suffolk County #Historical Society
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Stopping in at the #Suffolk County #Historical Society in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow

Lifelong #Riverhead resident Georgette Case has been town
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Lifelong #Riverhead resident Georgette Case has been town historian since 2001 #townfocus #linow

#Riverhead woman hangout on Main St near the
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#Riverhead woman hangout on Main St near the theater in 1910 #history #townfocus #linow

The #Peconic Ave traffic circle in #Riverhead looks
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The #Peconic Ave traffic circle in #Riverhead looks much diff now than it did in the late 1800s #history #townfocus #linow

Main St in #Riverhead in early 1900s #history
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Main St in #Riverhead in early 1900s #history #townfocus #linow

Barth's Drugstore on main st in #Riverhead opened
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Barth's Drugstore on main st in #Riverhead opened in 1917 #townfocus #history #linow

Etheyle Parry, left, and her sister Juanita grew
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Etheyle Parry, left, and her sister Juanita grew up in #Riverhead & ran away w/ Buffalo Bill to ride horses in the early 1900s #townfocus #linow

My favorite subject from yesterday's coverage of #Riverhead
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My favorite subject from yesterday's coverage of #Riverhead - an #octopus named Lincoln #townfocus

Writing at the #riverhead #library #townfocus #linow
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Writing at the #riverhead #library #townfocus #linow

At the #riverhead library. Stop by to say
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At the #riverhead library. Stop by to say hi! #townfocus #linow

The ticket counter at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
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The ticket counter at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow

The #Riverhead musical hall seats 212. #townfocus #linow
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The #Riverhead musical hall seats 212. #townfocus #linow

Greg
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Greg "Clutch" Reilly, production manager of the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in #Riverhead, says there's no place like this that's as well preserved #townfocus #linow

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in #Riverhead was built in
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Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in #Riverhead was built in 1881 to emulate the Ford Theater in DC where Pres #Lincoln was assassinated #townfocus #linow

Famed American humorist Will Rogers performed at Vail-Leavitt
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Famed American humorist Will Rogers performed at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall his Western Rope Trick btwn 1909-12 #townfocus #linow

The Black Box which present smaller plays #riverhead
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The Black Box which present smaller plays #riverhead #townfocus #linow

Main St heading east in #riverhead #historic #townfocus
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Main St heading east in #riverhead #historic #townfocus #linow

Getting a tour of Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in
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Getting a tour of Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, a #Riverhead nonprofit built in
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Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, a #Riverhead nonprofit built in 1881 to emulate Ford Theater in DC, was designated a #historiclandmark in 1979 #townfocus #linow

Burrito bowl at #blueagave in #riverhead #yum #goodeats
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Burrito bowl at #blueagave in #riverhead #yum #goodeats #townfocus #linow

Lunch at the #BlueAgave in #riverhead #townfocus #linow
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Lunch at the #BlueAgave in #riverhead #townfocus #linow

Mary Hughes, exec dir of #riverhead chamber of
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Mary Hughes, exec dir of #riverhead chamber of commerce, grew up on a farm on Sound Ave #townfocus #linow

Tracy Stark-James, prez of the #riverhead chamber of
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Tracy Stark-James, prez of the #riverhead chamber of commerce, says there's no place like home #townfocus #linow

#Riverhead residents Tracy James, left, and Mary Hughes,
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#Riverhead residents Tracy James, left, and Mary Hughes, have known each other since age 8 #townfocus #linow

Mary Hughes, exec dir of #Riverhead Chamber of
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Mary Hughes, exec dir of #Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, grew up on a farm on Sound Avenue #townfocus #linow

Tracy James, prez of #Riverhead Chamber of Commerce,
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Tracy James, prez of #Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, has lived in the area since birth. There's no place like home, she says. #townfocus #linow

Stopping by the #Riverhead Chamber of Commerce #townfocus
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Stopping by the #Riverhead Chamber of Commerce #townfocus #linow

Psychic Jeffrey Wands performs at #suffolktheater in #riverhead
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Psychic Jeffrey Wands performs at #suffolktheater in #riverhead #linow #townfocus

#Psychic Jefferey Wands performs at the #suffolktheater in
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#Psychic Jefferey Wands performs at the #suffolktheater in #riverhead linow #townfocus

Comedian Maria Walsh open up for the psychic
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Comedian Maria Walsh open up for the psychic at the #suffolktheater #townfocus #linow

Talking to some #Riverhead residents at the #SuffolkTheater
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Talking to some #Riverhead residents at the #SuffolkTheater #townfocus #linow

Meet Lincoln, a 2-year-old giant pacific #octopus that
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Meet Lincoln, a 2-year-old giant pacific #octopus that made a home at the #riverhead #aquarium #linow #townfocus

Have you ever been shark diving in the
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Have you ever been shark diving in the #riverhead #aquarium? Send me your pictures! #townfocus #linow

Oh hey Dori! Royal blue #tang #fish at
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Oh hey Dori! Royal blue #tang #fish at the #riverhead #aquarium #linow #townfocus

Piranhas, still as can be, waiting for food
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Piranhas, still as can be, waiting for food at the #riverhead #aquarium #linow

This tank is designed to look like Malwai
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This tank is designed to look like Malwai Lake in Africa which has 500 species #riverhead #aquarium #linow

Foam fractionator creates wave action which allows foam
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Foam fractionator creates wave action which allows foam to rise to top of tanks at #riverhead #aquarium #townfocus #linow

Behind the Rocky Shores exhibit with algae, starfish
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Behind the Rocky Shores exhibit with algae, starfish etc at #riverhead #aquarium #townfocus

These baby #clownfish were born at the #riverhead
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These baby #clownfish were born at the #riverhead #aquarium #linow #townfocus

Coral for the #riverhead #aquarium is being grown
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Coral for the #riverhead #aquarium is being grown here #townfocus #linow

This is where the fish food is prepped
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This is where the fish food is prepped at the #riverhead #aquarium #linow #townfocus

#LongIsland #Aquarium in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow
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#LongIsland #Aquarium in #Riverhead #townfocus #linow

Robert Carasiti, director of education at #riverhead #aquarium,
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Robert Carasiti, director of education at #riverhead #aquarium, is giving me a behind the scenes tour #townfocus #linow

Just some turtles
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Just some turtles "sunbathing" at the #riverhead #aquarium #townfocus #linow

Getting a last min behind-the-scenes tour of #riverhead's
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Getting a last min behind-the-scenes tour of #riverhead's #aquarium soon #townfocus #linow

Years ago A #Riverhead resident carved Wooden posts
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Years ago A #Riverhead resident carved Wooden posts in the form of animals like this bear #Linow #townfocus

Councilman James Wooten gives me a tour of
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Councilman James Wooten gives me a tour of #riverhead he comes to the waterfront often #Linow #townfocus

#Riverhead #waterfront
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#Riverhead #waterfront

Well if #Newsday says it's the best in
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Well if #Newsday says it's the best in #riverhead I'll have to try it this week #goodeats #linow

This section on main st in #riverhead will
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This section on main st in #riverhead will be turned into a gym and stores some day #townfocus #linow

First Congregational Church in #Riverhead will celebrate its
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First Congregational Church in #Riverhead will celebrate its 180th Birthday in 2014 #linow #townfocus

Summer Wind apts in #riverhead opened Nov. 1
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Summer Wind apts in #riverhead opened Nov. 1 & is filling up w/ tenants #LiNow #townfocus

Joe's Garage and Grill opens at Summer Wind
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Joe's Garage and Grill opens at Summer Wind Apts in #riverhead in a couple wks #linow #townfocus

Rooftop view of the #peconic river in #riverhead
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Rooftop view of the #peconic river in #riverhead #linow #townfocus

A rooftop view from Summer Wind, a downtown
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A rooftop view from Summer Wind, a downtown housing bldg in #riverhead #linow #townfocus

Keep it clean #riverhead #linow #townfocus
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Keep it clean #riverhead #linow #townfocus

The #peconic river separates Southampton town and #riverhead
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The #peconic river separates Southampton town and #riverhead here #Linow

Grangebell Park in #riverhead #linow
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Grangebell Park in #riverhead #linow

This assisted living place used to be the
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This assisted living place used to be the most luxurious hotel in #riverhead once called Henry Perkins Hotel #townfocus #linow

Tim Griffing, 74, said Griffing Hardware in Riverhead
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Tim Griffing, 74, said Griffing Hardware in Riverhead is likely the second oldest business in town. It opened in 1931. #linow #townfocus

The #Riverhead library #linow #townfocus
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The #Riverhead library #linow #townfocus

Griffins Hardware might be the oldest biz in
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Griffins Hardware might be the oldest biz in #riverhead #linow #townfocus

The war #memorial in #riverhead #linow #townfocus
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The war #memorial in #riverhead #linow #townfocus

This #Chinese restaurant used to be a police
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This #Chinese restaurant used to be a police station in the 80s in #riverhead #townfocus #linow

A view of the #peconic #river entering #riverhead
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A view of the #peconic #river entering #riverhead #townfocus #linow

Having breakfast with #Riverhead councilman James Wooten #townfocus
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Having breakfast with #Riverhead councilman James Wooten #townfocus #linow

It's my first of five days in #Riverhead
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It's my first of five days in #Riverhead exploring the community #townfocus @NewsdayTowns

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