Riverhead: Garden Club, SCHS and NJROTC news

03/15/2011 7:00 AM |
Riverhead Middle School seventh-graders Peter Cook (left) and Alex Bowe dish out salad at the school’s annual Roman banquet and play Thursday night. The banquet, held annually since 1997, featured various dishes prepared by parents and families of the middle school Latinists; the play written by students Bella Marcucci, Amy Methven and Liana Salgado.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead Middle School seventh-graders Peter Cook (left) and Alex Bowe dish out salad at the school’s annual Roman banquet and play Thursday night. The banquet, held annually since 1997, featured various dishes prepared by parents and families of the middle school Latinists; the play written by students Bella Marcucci, Amy Methven and Liana Salgado.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

Riverhead Garden Club members have been working with the Girl Scouts at Roanoke Avenue School on ecology and environmental horticulture. As junior master gardeners, the Scouts are learning that there is a delicate balance among people, plants and animals in the environment. Garden club members Pat Carey, Christine Schmitt, Grace DeFriest and Maureen Sanok assisted the Scouts when they created their nature Web. They were also introduced to organic gardening and learned the importance of using natural ways to take care of plants in the garden.

Peggie Staib recently received her Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) degree from St. John’s University, where a hooding ceremony will be held in May. Peggie is the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Connetquot School District. Her mother, Muriel Froehlich, is very proud her accomplishment. Peggie’s daughter Kim will be receiving her master’s degree from Providence College, Nicole will be graduating with a culinary degree in May from Suffolk Community College, son Michael will be receiving his master’s from Florida Tech, and her oldest daughter, Jillian, is in the work force. Peggie’s husband, David, is proud of his entire family.

The Suffolk County Historical Society will present a new exhibit in celebration of Women’s History Month. An opening reception for the exhibit, “Edith Loring Fullerton: Lady of the Garden,” will be held on Friday, March 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. See Calendar for more information.

The Riverhead NJROTC Drill Team placed second overall out of 13 schools from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at the North Rockland, N.Y., Mideast Regional Drill Meet on March 5. The cadets performed exceptionally well against stiff competition and should be well-prepared for the Northeast Championship Meet, to be held on May 21 in Middletown, N.Y. Top performers included: Individual drill competition (350 cadets competed) — first place, Frank Basile; second place, Amanda Gallo. Varsity team competition — first place, color guard, led by Michael O’Brien; second place, armed platoon, led by Amanda Gallo; second place, physical fitness team, led by Mark Peregine; and third place, academic team, led by Matthew Mulvaney. New cadet competition — first place, personnel inspection, led by Rachel Blackmore; and second place, color guard, led by Patrick Kruszon.

March is a very busy month for the NJROTC cadets. Upcoming events include community service in support of the Rotary’s spaghetti dinner, the Navy Ball at Vineyard Caterers and orientation trips to the Coast Guard Academy, tall ship Eagle, and Submarine Museum in New London, Conn.; ship simulators at Newport, R.I.; and Battle Cove in Fall River, Mass. Congratulations to all the cadets, who serve their community and represent Riverhead wherever they go.

Happy birthday to Lorraine Hulse, Gail Hanley, Freddie Lorenz Jr., Jeffrey Heppner, Karen Aleksandrowicz and Barbara Danowski on March 17; Christopher Linnen, Brian Holt and Stan Blasko, March 18; Mark Blcok, Tyler Danowski, Paul Fischer and Samantha Seal (who turns 10), March 19; Renee Flores and Mark Heppner, March 20; Tina Miller, Patricia Dean and Vincent Gianni, March 21; and Kelly Wooten, Carol Phillips and Vickie Vourakis, March 22. Hope your day is special.

Happy wedding anniversary to Debbie and Paul Fischer on March 18. Be sure to celebrate.



16 Comment

  • Have a Budd!

  • I see, you would rather be sarcastic than care if the Village is being sued, and because of your dislike (justified or not) for wswiskey that makes it OK for the Mayor to either not know, or be less than honest about a pending lawsuit? Misinformation, lies, feigned ignorance, its all OK with you as long as you can razz wswiskey.

  • First, let me apologize for posting, and not submitting my full name, I am a frequent poster here and am used to my full name being published with my comments, I do not know why on this occasion it was not. Having said that, I have to respectfully disagree with you assessment of the interaction of wswiskey and the Village Board, while it is true Mr. Swiskey has a very challenging style of asking questions, the substance of his questions are valid. Your characterization of his questions as being incoherent, research free, ill mannered (well maybe ill mannered is fitting on occasion) are light years from being non-illuminating or untrue. His questions are based in fact, and are supported by Village records or public recollection. I can understand because of misguided loyalty, lack of first hand knowledge ( because of non attendance at VB meetings) blind trust in (at times) a self serving VB, and a biased press, your lack of understanding at the true issue here. You choose to dismiss the original question and make it about the questioner, which brings me back to my original question…do you really care or is it just about raspberries?

  • Sorry, It happened again, I’m trying to post my full name, but for some reason it will not transition from composing to publication, so in the interest of disclosure It is John Saladino. Again I apoligize to anyone this would be an issue to.

  • I appreciate your extensive reply and have admired many of your comments in the past.

    Mr. Swiskey in a recent letter claimed that Latham Farms pays $12,000 a month for their space during the summer months in Greenport Village. He provided no substantial evidence for this ludicrous statement and then used it to concoct an outrageous scheme of payment for the proposed Farmers’ Market.

    During the candidates’ forum, he made several claims regarding the village administration structure that were refuted by the chief administrator of the village, namely the mayor. Mr. Swiskey, as if an incoherent broken record, never discussed the details of this disagreement but just repeated his unfounded claims with greater volume again and again.

    Need I go on?

    I have seen this act performed endlessly when I attended Village Board meetings and even spoke about it from the podium with prepared notes. Need I remind you that if was necessary for the arrival of the police at one time to quiet Mr. Swiskey and bring order?

    I agree with your right to disagree but many of us feel that he has shouted “wolf” so often and so loud that we can no longer take him seriously. After all, he lost the last election to a relative newcomer by a significant wide margin. That should tell you something.

  • In order for either one of us to be taken seriously by the people who are unfamiliar with the dynamics between the VB and Bill Swiskey the very least we owe them are facts. Your assertion that Mr.Swiskey claimed that Lathem paid 12K a month rent is false, his claim was $500 a month (which is easily checked by just scrolling down to the story on this website). Your willingness to accept the “chief administrators” explanation about the number of managerial positions and pay structure is clearly disputed if you look at salary comparisons for manager-supervisors to labor in the proposed current budget. I do remember your speaking at a public meeting, and if I’m not mistaken you were told to stop because even by Mr. Swiskeys detractors on the VB, your comments were construed as a personal attack, and out of place at a VB meeting. Lastly, there was a open and admitted concerted effort by the VB and local newspaper to promote a candidate whose response to the majority of the questions asked was “I don’t know”. To answer your above question “what does that tell you” it tells me that the current board and newspaper is more interested in someone who will “cooperate” with them than perhaps what’s right for the majority of the Village.

  • Mr. Swiskey’s comment regarding the proposed Farmers’ Market reads. “I want a comperable (Sic) rent from each vendor. $500 x 24=$12,000 a month, I’ m sure Latham pays that much.” Part of Mr. Swiskey’s problems is that his writing lacks clarity, in my opinion also his thinking, so that to me the sum for Latham’s he is quoting is $12,000 per month. If for not this reason, why does he quote $12,000 and where else would this figure come from? Obviously he meant this to be the monthly rent paid by Latham’s. Other people also came to that same conclusion. I commented on this figure as being absurd and since Mr. Swiskey never responded to clarify the issue, I can only assume that this is exactly what he meant. We’ve never known him to be reluctant to say something, whatever it may be in all these years, so why not now?
    Mayor Nyce repeatedly explained the structure of administration positions in great detail. Remember, he ran unopposed and unlike Mr. Swiskey, did not have an ax to grind. I accept his explanation. You do not. There is nothing I can do about that. Speak to the mayor.
    Yes, there was a singular moment when Mayor Nyce asked me to be less dramatic in my comments regarding Mr. Swiskey and I immediately ceased and spoke in a more tempered tone extemporaneously. The impact was the same judging by the reactions of several people there. I reined my passion in when it was demonstrated to me to be inappropriate. I lapsed once. I did not go on so that it was necessary for the police to be called as has happened in the past with Mr., Swiskey’s unrelenting hysteria. Not so long ago, Mr. Swiskey was so outrageously belligerent, insulting and non-stop, that David Corwin, a Board Member, rose from the table and walked out rather than be exposed any longer to another outstanding Swiskey anger performance.
    Your last remark is ludicrous for two significant reasons. Firstly, I thought that everyone on the North Fork knew of my low professional estimation and frequent criticism of the Suffolk Times. I am not one of their boosters; this is based on my own journalistic career starting in 1957 on a small town daily. ‘Secondly, Julie Lane has been very considerate of Mr. Swiskey to the point that I sometimes thought to excess. For him to lash out at her by writing “I know reporters who would jump on this, Is the times (Sic) agenda the truth or just being good budd,” (Sic) reveals that he cannot penetrate beyond the thick carapace of his own indulgent ego. His actions demonstrate that he sees the world and everyone in it as black and white without the slightest nuance of gray.
    Your comment “the current board and newspaper is more interested in someone who will ‘cooperate’ with them”, might be interpreted as a signal that you also suffer from the same myopia. And how does a Board member cooperate with one of the local papers? Are you saying that Mr. Murray is a plant? The Village Board nor The Suffolk Times did not elect David Murray, Greenporters did. And, mind you, by a significant margin. I frequently disagree with The Suffolk Times but I think they made a wise choice in advocating Murray since another four years with William Swiskey on the Board would have meant more paralysis, more parliamentary storms, more wasted time and money and all to the detriment of Greenport and its citizens. Mr. Swiskey is a strident soloist who refuses to work as a team member. You may call him independent; I call him an isolationist.
    No doubt Mr. Swiskey will run for office many more times in the future. Seemingly he does not understand the word “No!” Already a pattern has been set with his margins of defeat growing. He is well on his way to becoming Greenport’s own Harold Stassen, a near forgotten footnote, no matter how loud and often he shouts “Wolf!” Ho-hum.

  • Mr. Edelson, it’s fairly obvious that you and I are probably not going to agree about the practice of politics in the Village of Greenport, (however I do think we might be close to a mutually shared opinion about the ST). So between equally opinionated neighbors and in the spirit of lively debate…How about those Mets.

  • John:
    I’m an old Bronx Boy.
    “You can take the boy out of the Bronx but not the Bronx out of the boy.”