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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.

01/20/12 2:16pm

See, I told you we’d get some snow. Sure it was only here for a few days but it was nice to see those flakes painting our landscape. I’ve talked with some other weather experts and they seem to agree that the first couple of weeks in February will bring us some more snow. Let’s see if these human groundhogs are right. I hope so!

This Saturday night, Jan. 28, is the spectacular Rockin’ for the Homeless benefit concert at the Riverhead Polish Hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Four great bands will really impress you and there will also be a chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, food and drinks — a whole lot of fun on a bleary January night. Hey, you need to get out! Visit rockinforthehomeless.org for more info. Do go, it’s such a great cause.

Riley Avenue Elementary School is holding its book fair this week. Early February will see the “Power of One,” an anti-bullying assembly that helps children understand and address bullying in their lives. Sponsored by the Riley Avenue Parents Association, this is just one of many wonderful things the group does for the students and staff. Much thanks to them. Also, this year’s Parents as Reading Partners program — usually held in January — will be held in March. I will give you more details soon.

Congratulations to Bill and Gail (one of Riley’s best) Kappenberg, who celebrated their wedding anniversary on Jan. 25. We hope you both had a great day. All your family and friends wish you both many more years of happiness.

The Riverhead MTAS (Move The Animal Shelter) will host a buffet dinner fundraiser to raise money for a new animal shelter in Riverhead on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Riverhead Moose Lodge. For $25 you can enjoy a buffet dinner and dessert. There will also be raffles, door prizes and live music by Uncle Fester. To purchase tickets call 516-768-7467 or visit MTAS.org. Do consider attending and helping our little friends be comfortable while waiting for a new home.

My forsythia looks like it wants to be picked. It has fat buds so it’s indeed time to go out there and pick some sticks. Just put them in a vase and in a few weeks or so you’ll have spring flowers. As for those daffodils and bulbs we see coming up? Cover them up with some leaves if you have any. It’s so not their time yet.

Family and friends said goodbye this past week to our friend Ray Cardinal Sr. Ray was a past president of Peconic Lake Estates Civic Organization in Calverton. He also raised beagles and hunted with them and was a great friend and neighbor. Our love to his family. Ray will be missed.

That is all for this week. Take care, be safe, and I shall talk to you next week. Bye.

01/16/12 3:00am

What weird weather this year, right? Last Saturday I was driving my truck down Route 58, going past Riverhead Raceway, when I just happened to look at my temperature gauge, which read 48 degrees. For some reason I looked at it again and the temperature had dropped. It kept dropping till it reached 41 degrees, which happened in just one mile. Then it began to rain and as I turned the corner it started snowing. Spooky stuff.

Congratulations to Benny Orlowski, who has retired from Cornell Cooperative Extension after 29 years. A great party was thrown for him at Indian Island, at which many of his co-workers and lots of family and friends helped him celebrate. Benny, all your friends, your lovely wife, Eileen, your children, grandchildren and myself wish you a very warm, sunny retirement with tropical breezes following you everywhere. Congratulations and have fun!

It’s spaghetti time! This Saturday, Jan. 21, is Baiting Hollow Congregational Church’s annual spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Call 591-0822. There are two seatings available: 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Do go, eat, relax and enjoy some great food and wonderful friends.

There’s an ongoing fundraiser at Riley where you can help raise money for the school by doing virtually nothing. Those with a Stop & Shop points card can help Riley earn money from your purchases. To register for 2012 log on to stopandshop.com/aplus or call 1-877-275-2758 and use school ID 09106. Do consider participating.

Many thanks to a few wonderful, kind and caring people at Riley: Mrs. Kappenberg and Mrs. Masterson for the holiday murals, which are brought to Peconic Bay Medical Center each year, much to the delight of its patients and staff. And to Rose’s Care and Share, RAPA and all our Riley parents who have donated many gifts to help families in need this past holiday season. Thank you all so much!

Belated happy birthday to Gary Pelis on Jan. 16 from all your family and friends. We hope you had a simply wonderful birthday, honey!

My mom grows orchids and she grows them amazingly. I was always leery about trying to grow them. I am happy to say she’s right, they are easy to grow as long as you feed them and water them regularly. It’s fun to watch their little buds pop out. Do try it. Get an orchid with or without flowers (they are much cheaper without flowers), sit back and watch the fun begin.

Take care, have a great week and I shall talk to you next time. Bye.