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Riverhead (Suffolk, New York)

Riverhead (Suffolk, New York)
The seat of Suffolk County government since the colonial assembly decreed it in 1727 didn't become a township for another 65 years. Riverhead's "downtown'' was nothing to write home about in 1804 when Timothy Dwight, visiting president of Yale College, described it succinctly and unsympathetically in his diary: "The courthouse, a poor decayed building, and a miserable hamlet containing about ten or twelve houses stand near the efflux of this river.''
Photo: East Main Street, Riverhead from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
The seat of Suffolk County government since the colonial assembly decreed it in 1727 didn't become a township for another 65 years. Riverhead's "downtown'' was nothing to write home about in 1804 when Timothy Dwight, visiting president of Yale College, described it succinctly and unsympathetically in his diary: "The courthouse, a poor decayed building, and a miserable hamlet containing about ten or twelve houses stand near the efflux of this river.''
Photo: East Main Street, Riverhead from "Long Island To-day" by Frederick Ruther, 1909
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  • Suffolk Leg. burns the midnight oil: A roundup

     
    Thanks to the 4 p.m. start time, the 2 1/2-hour public hearing on helicopter noise and the typical penchant for long discussions, virtually every item Suffolk legislators voted on at Tuesday's meeting came after our deadline to make the print...