Riverhead: Library and BOCES programs, RHS talent fundraiser and more

03/22/2011 12:22 PM |
Riverhead High School band director Lee Hanwick conducts ninth-graders Jessica Sisti (left) and Kayla Myers in playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' during the school's March concert last Wednesday night. The orchestra and senior band also performed.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riverhead High School band director Lee Hanwick conducts ninth-graders Jessica Sisti (left) and Kayla Myers in playing 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' during the school's March concert last Wednesday night. The orchestra and senior band also performed.

Spring has sprung, the crocuses have popped. Happy springtime!

Congratulations to Noah Markewitz, an alto saxophone player in the eighth-grade band at Riverhead Middle School, who recently performed in the New York State Band Directors Association’s Middle School Honor Band. Chosen as one of 90 students across the state, Noah traveled to Syracuse with his parents and Mrs. Brewer, the eighth-grade band director at the Middle School.

It just wouldn’t be spring without a visit from some chicks, whose eggs will be at Riverhead Free Library on March 29. You just may hear their peeps on April 18. Do stop by and visit them before April 22.

Need homework help? Try “Brainfuse”! It’s free and all you need is your library card. Visit riverheadlibrary.org and click on “Live-brary.com” for live, online homework help and a boost in your studies. There are many programs offered at Riverhead Free Library. Stop by and browse the many services and displays. There’s a world of literature at your fingertips.

Eastern Suffolk BOCES will be hosting free technical career summer exploration programs at its Riverhead, Oakdale and Bellport campuses. The programs will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about a variety of exciting career options. To be eligible to participate students must be entering grades 8 through 10 in the fall of 2011 and be 12 years old by July 5, 2011. Sessions run from July 5 to July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. All programs are led by certified career and technical education instructors and are free of charge. Students must provide their own transportation. Registration is May 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Harry B. Ward Technical and Academic Center, Building 1. For more information, call 244-4028.

‘Riverhead’s Got Talent’ is the theme for a fundraiser that will be hosted by students of the Riverhead High School Key Club Friday, April 1, at 7 p.m. at Pulaski Street Elementary School. All are welcome to participate or to be entertained. Tickets are $6 in advance; $7 at the door. For more information, contact student adviser Ms. Wilkinson at 463-5810. Sounds like a fun evening of entertainment.

The Breakfast of Stars will be held on Saturday, April 2, at 9 a.m. at Eagles Landing at Calverton Links. Fran Cobb, Ann Cotton-DeGrasse, Patrick Harris, Carl James, James Skabry and Margaret Vitale will be recognized for all their hard work and dedication to the children in our community through the years. Tickets are $25. This seventh annual event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Riverhead. For more information, call 463-5811.

Edna Phelps turns 101 on March 29.

Edna Phelps turns 101 on March 29.

Happy birthday to Amanda Dean and Keith Schroeher IV on March 24; Isaiah Polite and Tori Miles, March 25; Kelli Naugles, March 26; Lynn Benitez, Chris Schroeher and Robert Block Jr., March 27; Ray Atkins, Kristin Smith and Caeley Schwarz, March 28; Edna Phelps (who turns 101), March 29; and Linda Terchunian, Jason Grodski and Cheryl Berezny, March 30. Be sure to celebrate.

Happy wedding anniversary to Mark and Meredith Gajowski on March 26.



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  • Seems to me that the extra pedestrian traffic drawn to a farmer’s market would benefit everyone.

  • I’m a little put off by the “fundraising” effort that seems to surround this group. Fund raising for what? These are commercial enterprises – some small, some substantial – and I just got an email about a “cocktail party fundraiser”…

    For crying out loud, this is a farmer’s market or am I missing something other than it being run by someone who is apparently writing a master’s thesis in real time.

  • The Farmers Market should be put in Riverhead

  • I would love to see the market become a thriving experience like the Green markets in NYC – they add to the commerce – never distract. It can become a great reflection of all we have to offer on the North Fork. I look forward to shopping LOCAL!

  • To address a prior commenter’s suggestion, there is a Farmer’s Market in Riverhead (about 23 miles from Greenport by-the-way). Seems the western edge of the boardwalk in the parking lot by the ferry would be a ridiculous site choice. Too much traffic…especially in summer from ferry, fisherman etc. People wait for ferry passengers at the lot closest to ferry and the other lot is often full. Where would the vendor’s set-up? ….no space. Use Moore’s Lane, it would be the perfect spot. Save the park space for all the people (and children) who would like to use and enjoy it, without commercial intrusion!

  • The question of commercial uses of Mitchell Park was resolved in 1997 when the park was designed. Hundreds of people were involved in the process. The public stated clearly then and the village board endorsed that the park be reserved for families and children. The idea was to create a public space that would meet the recreational needs of the community while attracting commerce to the business district. People recognized at the time that it would be impossible to say yes to one proposal and no to others without discriminating. Should anyone doubt this account, read old issues of the Suffolk Times.

    The organizers are missing a chance to secure a much better site for the market, an idea that is basically good. This site would be the north side of the Adams Street parking lot adjacent to Latham’s Farmstand and across First Street from the IGA. In this location, vehicular access for vendors and customers would be optimal and the market could serve to create a “cluster” of food vendors at the heart of the business district that would embrace and enhance adjacent village merchants. Placed this way, the market could become the central downtown feature on Saturday mornings. There will be grumbling about temporarily displaced parking spaces, but no solution will come without some negative impacts. Rather than turn Mitchell Park into a commercial event venue at enormous cost to the general public, why not convert an ugly asphalt parking lot into a weekly asset for the village?