04/18/14 6:00am

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Whew, what an awesome weekend of great weather! Didn’t it feel so nice to be warm outside and not have to wear a coat? I got on the tractor for the first time in 2014. It felt so good to be outdoors after a long snowy winter, which, by the way, I also loved! Well, here we go — let’s grow some awesome fruits and veggies! 

04/06/14 6:00am
Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter. (Credit:  Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

So, did you find it strange to hear the rain? Think about it for a moment. We haven’t heard rain since … December? When snow falls, it’s quiet; rain is not! My Brookie was pretty jumpy for a while as she is not a fan of loud noises. However, since the rainfall my gardens have come alive!

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02/07/14 11:00am
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter.

Barbaraellen Koch file photo  |  Pam Green of Kent Animal Shelter. The shelter is sponsoring a “Beat the Heat” spay/neuter campaign in February.

CALVERTON, BAITING HOLLOW AND MANORVILLE

So, what do you think? Does the groundhog know his stuff? I think he might be right this time. You might want to start some seeds indoors. Basil, parsley and other herbs are a great way to start. It will give you hope for warmer days ahead! (more…)

02/04/12 12:00pm

Did you know spring is just around the corner? Yup, March 21! Bring on the daffodils. I spotted the very beginnings of the rhubarb popping out of the ground the other day, to which I yelled “go back, go back,” to no avail. If this weather holds will the asparagus arrive super early? Or the strawberries, for that matter? I do know there are some nice Brussels sprouts, broccoli and other late crops that are still very fresh and good.

Get well soon to Calverton resident Dee Sujecki, who has managed to break her ankle. I sure hope Rick is being a great housewife to you, Dee. We all send you our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Riverhead Police Department’s COPE unit held an anti-bullying session for parents last week at Riley Avenue Elementary School. Students also attended an anti-bullying assembly, where the students signed an anti-bullying oath with their parents. Much thanks to Officer Jill from COPE and to the Riley Avenue Parents Association for these very important presentations.

February is Black History Month and Riley has many things planned to recognize the many achievements of African-Americans. Friday, Feb. 10, is Spirit Day at the school, the 15th is the Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. at the high school and Feb. 20-24 is winter recess, when school will be closed.

I hope you’re using your Stop and Shop card to earn cash for Riley Ave. Elementary. Just log on to stopandshop.com/ourstores/bonusbucks/index.htm and use ID No. 09106 or call 1-877-275-2758. Cash for Riley just for shopping — awesome!

A ‘My Furry Valentine’ photo contest exhibit will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Art Sites Gallery in Riverhead. There’s a suggested donation of $10 for admission. Proceeds benefit homeless animals at Kent Animal Shelter. What a cute way to begin the Valentine’s festivities. Also, don’t forget the “Beat the Heat” spaying program currently under way through February at Kent. The cost is only $20 per female cat. You must mention “Beat the Heat” when you call 727-7797 to schedule your appointment.

Congratulations to Dr. Vic Grazina and his wife, Jennifer, who welcomed their second child, a daughter, Dec. 21. Neila Kai Gallo Grazina weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 1/2 inches. Her big brother, Nico, simply loves his beautiful little sister. They are very cute together. Congratulations and much love and happiness to the four of you from all your family and friends, especially all of us at Dr. Bach’s.

Happy birthday to George Buckingham, who will celebrate Friday, Feb. 10. All your family and friends hope you have a great birthday, George.

Congrats to all the Giants fans on their team’s win at the Super Bowl!

A very happy Valentine’s Day to one and all. May your day be full of love, happiness and sunshine. Until next week, be safe, take care and I will talk to you soon. Bye.

01/29/12 12:00pm

I found something really special the other day — violets and aconites in full bloom under their protective leaves! This is super early and I had to dig to find them but they looked so beautiful with the promise of more pretty things to come.

Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton and Pet Smart are sponsoring a Beat the Heat event. During February Long Island residents can have their female cats spayed for only $20 per feline. In the spring, a time when cats go into a “heat cycle,” many unwanted kittens are born and the shelter becomes full. Spaying your cat before this cycle assures you there will be no need to give your kittens away. To get this amazing discount you must mention “Beat the Heat” when you call 727-7797 for your appointment. You may also visit kentanimalshelter.com to see potential new friends for adoption.

Belated happy birthday to Phil Zizzo, who celebrated Jan. 24, and his daughter Lauren Ciciulla, who turned 30 on Jan. 27. This is the first time Lauren celebrated a birthday as a married woman (Sept. 16, 2011). Your wonderful wife and mom, Lynette, and all your family and friends say happy birthday. We hope you both had a great day.

Happy birthday to Miriam Niegocki, who will celebrate Feb. 5, from your daughter, Joan, your husband, myself and all your family and friends. We hope your day is very nice, Miriam. Birthday wishes also go to Ed Hodun Jr. on the 5th. Your daughter, Amanda, and all your family and friends hope you enjoy a relaxing day, a fun day, a “do whatever you want” day.

This is a silly thing to write about, but hey, you know me. Someone gave me a recipe last week and it called for feta cheese. Do you know what happens to feta cheese when you add it to hot food? It melts like mozzarella cheese and gets stringy. I was in awe but it really was good!

Did you know the very first Groundhog Day was celebrated on Feb. 2, 1886, in Punxsutawney Pa.? That’s where the tradition began but we have many of our own groundhogs here to annoy us all summer long. They do a great job of eating our gardens, don’t they? It is said that if the groundhog sees his shadow we will have six more weeks of winter. I’m sure many of you are thinking that six more weeks of this winter is perfectly fine.

Go Giants! I am, as most of you know, a diehard Jets fan, but I also like the Giants. If they can beat the “you know what” out of New England (a Jets fan’s biggest enemy), well, they have my support. Good luck!

Take care, be safe, look for your flowers under the leaves and I shall talk to you next week. Bye.