Throughout the week, we do our best to offer you local news that hits close to home. With a wide network of Patch sites across Long Island, we thought we'd also make available a round-up of news from our East End sites.
Felicia Scocozza, Executive Director of the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, has three words for a new tavern proposed for Griffing Avenue: Just Say No.
Scocozza, who turned out with other Riverhead residents for a public hearing on a special use permit requested by Roberto Marroquin of Rosa's Cafe, Inc., to operate a tavern at 155 Griffing Avenue, spoke out against the proposal.
"Research shows that alcohol outlet density -- having a lot of places close together that serve and sell alcohol -- is a signifcant predicator of violent crime rates," Scocozza said. "it's also shown that when these outlets are close together, more underage drinking occurs. By controlling location and the amount of outlets that sell and serve alcohol, sales to minors can be discouraged and youth and community safety can be improved."
Is the North Fork ready for a tattoo parlor?
According to 29-year-old Miami Beach-native and self- described “tattoo connoisseur”, Henry Avila, the answer is yes, but not just yet.
Avila, a bartender at , first discovered the North Fork when he was asked by one of the restaurant’s owners to join the staff.
“I got to Greenport and saw the potential for a tattoo shop,” Avila said, “so I rented a location and just ran with the idea.”
Almost two years after receiving federal recognition, the Indian tribe's aspirations of opening a gaming facility are still up on the air, Newsday reports.
Standing before 260 residents recently, Michael Dunn, president of the new organization, laid out his new group's mission —by ridding the area of illegal housing, homeless shelters and tackling issues like blight and the degradation of the bays.
"'Not in my backyard' stops today. Hampton Bays is now all of our backyards," Dunn said. "Simply put, we have a goal to aggressively recruit members and build a force to tell town leaders that we want Southampton Town to listen to us."