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New Dinosaur Attraction Roaming To Riverhead's Main Street
Dinosaurs have been spotted on East Main Street in Riverhead.
According to Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter, rumors of dinosaurs seen roaming back into town are true.
"I can tell you that dinosaurs have been spotted on Main Street," he said.
The prehistoric predators, Walter said, were witnessed entering a building on East Main Street right next door to the future Blue Duck Bakery Cafe.
New Mattituck Bagel Shop Ready for Fall After Short But Receptive Summer
After only two months in business, North Fork Bagel Company owner Peter Psyllos said he’s more than ready to take on more bagel shop regulars and high school students as the summer season switches to a different vibe post-Labor Day.
In March, Psyllos bought the North Fork Bagel Café from owner Tony Fioretta, who ran that business in the Mattituck Shopping Plaza for 15 years. He said he spent about three months completely gutting and renovating the space, going for a bigger grill area, cold cuts and other deli items beyond bagels — which he doesn’t have the room to make onsite like the previous owner did.
Squiretown Owner Seeks Recipe for Improving Facade
In response to a recent outpouring of negative comments made about the facade of his three-year-old Hampton Bays eatery, Squiretown Restaurant owner Charles Bishop said he is working with the landlord of the building to make some positive changes
Parks Officer Brings Different Spin to Being Off-Duty
The high-energy, enthusiasm and excitement Roland Walker brings to the spin classes he leads through out the East End may not be what you'd expect from a 29-year veteran New York State Park police officer.
He's much less drill sergeant and more motivating coach. An aerobics turned spin instructor, Walker bring his A-game to every class, pushing riders with a constant flow of encouragement, which often includes high-pitched sounds and brief dancing, not to mention an array of untraditional music he mixes himself like Barry White's "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby" and Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" throughout the 45-minutes classes.
On the job, patrolling Montauk and Wildwood parks, he's more serious and stern, but in the spin studio, his true personality shines. "I'm a different person there. I know how to separate the two," he said.
Against the Tide, Town & Country Expand Again
After opening a second storefront in East Hampton Village last month, Town & Country Real Estate is now preparing to move its Southampton Village office into bigger digs to accommodate the continuously growing firm.
The original Southampton office was opened in late 2008, just as the housing market took a dive off a cliff. But bucking trends has been a matter of course for Town & Country since CEO Judi Desiderio founded the firm in 2005, according to the board of directors, who invited Patch for a sitdown Wednesday to discuss the independent agency's history and keys to success.