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Town Focus: Day 5 in Riverhead

Which one to get... #pies at #briermerefarms #riverhead

Which one to get... #pies at #briermerefarms #riverhead - #townfocus #linow Credit: Brittany Wait

It’s my last day in Riverhead. My week-long focus on the community brought me to the Long Island Aquarium, the Suffolk Theater, up and down Main Street and near the farm stands on Sound Avenue and stores on Middle Country Road.

I took your advice and found the bison roaming around at the corner of Reeves and Roanoke avenues. I haven’t tried the $20 bison burger at Tweed’s yet, but I just might.

I also stopped by Town Hall on Thursday specifically to check out the “Land & Sea” exhibit filled with beautiful paintings created by local graphic designer George Camalich. I hope you get a chance to take a look at them too. They’ll be there until Dec. 3. You can get a taste of some of the exhibit via my Instagram (Brittanyhwait). There’s also a colorful behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium that’s been a hit.

Also, I just wanted to let you know that there will be a blood drive at the library from 2 to 7 p.m. today.

On Thursday, I started my day checking on the progress of the Brendan House on Sound Avenue. A group of inmates, supervised by Suffolk County correction officers, have been helping build the house for the disabled to open no later than this spring.

Look out for a story on that. I was lucky enough to meet Nancy Reyer, the mother of Michael Hubbard, a 17-year-old who suffered third-degree burns from a 2011 accident and developed a traumatic brain injury, and will be moving into the house.

This week, I also learned that the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall was built in 1881 to emulate Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where president Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. And if you missed it, check out the article we recently posted about aquarium staff recalling “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan’s visit, filming with Animal Planet’s “Tanked.”

And be sure to check out the historic photo gallery that was posted today.

I’d like to thank all the people who had helped make this week such a success. I was given personal tours of various places in town and told many stories of growing up in Riverhead and how the business culture has changed over the years.

We’re about done this week, but I’m not slowing down. Continue to follow me and keep the suggestions coming. Reach out to me via Twitter @Brittanywait, Instagram at brittanyhwait, email or the comments below. Thanks for staying with me this week.

Till next time.

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