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image by Rob Raeside, 26 August 2010
There are three small images of the flag of the Town of Riverhead, Suffolk County, NY, to be found at www.grummanpark.org/eventsarchive.htm - the fourth photo (not too clear); the fifth photo (a bit better); and a partially visible view in the last photo on the page. The flag is divided quarterly, offset to the hoist, so that the first and third quarters are square (or at least close to square) and the second and fourth quarters are longer rectangles. The Town Seal is placed over the intersection of the quarters. The first quarter is spiky waved dark blue and white stripes, the second and third quarters are green, and the fourth quarter
Ned Smith, 16 August 2005
I see that a Wikipedia contributor has posted an excellent image of the flag in October 2009 at commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riverhead_flag.jpg in which the details are clearly visible.
Ned Smith, 12 January 2010
By a very interesting coincidence, a new book on the Town of Riverhead was just recently released by the Riverhead Town Historian, Georgette L. Case, and includes a couple of pages on the seal and flag. With the author's permission I quote from her work. The work Riverhead Town Supervisor's 1792-2010 includes additional information on the town's flag and seal.
The flag was designed by Supervisor Joseph F. Janoski, who served from 1980 until 1995. Responding to a request from the Suffolk County Executive, who had in 1980 asked for flags from each town, Mr. Janoski designed one for Riverhead in the Spring of 1981.The symbolism of the flags elements is given by Ms. Case as:
The upper canton is Waves- the water surrounding the town. The bottom left green field reflects our agricultural heritage and natural history. The upper right green is hope for success for the future. The bottom right blue is for fidelity to our past and history as we move into the future." [p. (66)]I've taken a rough measurement of the proportions, and the 1st and 3rd cantons are approximately 2 x 3, while the 2nd and 4th are 2x 4 (note- this shows my earlier estimation, done from afar, is sadly off, in that the cantons near the hoist are not particularly "squarish"). The seal is centered on the intersection of the 4 cantons.
image located by Paul Bassinson, 20 April 2020
Paul Bassinson, 20 April 2020