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Katie Blasl

Katie Blasl
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Katie, winner of the 2016 James Murphy Cub Reporter of the Year award from the L.I. Press Club, is a reporter, editor and web developer for the LOCAL news websites. A Riverhead native, she is a 2014 graduate of Stony Brook University. Email Katie

Riverhead Raceway plans grand opening with fireworks this weekend to celebrate ‘virtually new’ racetrack

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Riverhead Raceway is planning a grand opening celebration Saturday, May 7 with a fireworks show and feature racing, unveiling months of extensive renovations to the public for the first time.

Fight against Plum Island sale moves forward, will be put to vote in the House

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A bill preventing the sale of Plum Island was unanimously approved by the House Homeland Security Committee yesterday, which means it will go to a vote on the House floor this year.

In honor of 9/11, local ‘warriors’ climb to the top of One World Trade Center for second year in a row

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These locals train every week at Horton's Point to climb to the top of the One World Trade Center for the Tunnel to Towers climb May 15.

Another power outage leaves Greenport in the dark this morning

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The second village-wide power outage in two weeks has left Greenport Village without electricity this morning.

Tick-borne illnesses on the rise, higher on East End than anywhere in Suffolk

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There have been more cases of tick-borne diseases reported on the East End than anywhere else in Suffolk County in recent years, according to a new report released by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services

Locals Making a Difference From Strawberry Queen to award-winning construction engineer, 23-year-old Southold native shatters stereotypes

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Former Mattituck Strawberry Festival Queen Jessica Orlando is now an engineer leading construction crews in the field as she builds a new museum in Washington DC.

Peconic Estuary Program updating 2001 conservation plan to reprioritize efforts as nitrogen impacts are better understood

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Following massive die-offs of bunker fish and terrapin turtles last summer, the Peconic Estuary Program is updating its plan to refocus its efforts on the latest threats to the waterbodies of the Peconic Bay.

Five fun festivals and events celebrating Earth Day this weekend on the North Fork

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From Earth Day-themed festivals to community planting events, here are five fun ways to get outside and celebrate the natural beauty of our planet this weekend.

Greenport’s school garden, competing for $20,000 grant, makes it to final round

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Greenport’s dream to make its school garden a lot bigger took one step closer to reality today. The district’s school garden has made it into...

Critical fire risk: Red flag warning issued for Long Island, tristate area due to increased fire danger Tuesday

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Weather conditions today will be ideal for fire combustion and rapid fire spread, according to the National Weather Service.