09/25/14 4:47pm
ANNIE BALUCH COURTESY PHOTO | Team Pulaski headed by Candice Perry won the award in 2011 for the team bringing in the most pledge money.

ANNIE BALUCH COURTESY PHOTO | Team Pulaski headed by Candice Perry won the award in 2011 for the team bringing in the most pledge money.

16th annual 5K Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, sponsored by Tanger Outlet Center, will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, at the outlet center. Registration begins 7:30 a.m.; opening ceremony, 8:45 a.m.; and the walk, 9 a.m. For more information, call 631-208-8889 or visit northforkbreasthealth.org. Do consider participating and enjoy refreshments, giveaways and so much more. Registration is $25.

On Sunday, Sept. 28, between 4 and 5 p.m., James Shepherd, pianist and graduate of Manhattan School of Music, along with two vocalists, will fill the historic sanctuary at First Congregational Church of Riverhead with inspirational sacred music. Tickets, a $10 donation, can be purchased at the church office. Call 727-2621 for information. An artists’ reception will follow.

The Long Island Sound Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, will host a membership drive beginning Wednesday, Oct. 8. Those interested should email Colleen and Jim at colleenjim@optonline.net or call 631-928-1411 for more information. Membership offers a great way to meet new friends while having fun singing. Practices are held Wednesdays from 7 to 10 p.m. at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School, 1225 Ostrander Ave., Riverhead

It’s that time of year again! VFW Post 2476, at 620 Parkway St. in Riverhead, will host its chicken barbecue Saturday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 6 p.m. Cost: adults, $15 (includes half a chicken, corn on the cob, baked potato, keg beer or soda); children, $5 (includes hot dog, corn on the cob and soda). Junior Vice Commander Brian Smith welcomes everyone to this event. For more information about the barbecue or if you’re interested in joining the VFW, call Brian at 727-2229. He’ll inform you of the guidelines/qualifications necessary for becoming a member. There will be a 50/50 raffle as well as a cash raffle. Hope to see you there.

Belated happy 58th birthday wishes to Susan Deduck, who celebrated Sept. 19, from Christopher.

Happy birthday to Joan Hackal, D.J. Kenter (who turns 16) and Irisa Zorovich (who turns 20) on the 25th; Ron Meyers, Heather Hodun, Aiyanna Brown and Nick Luparella Jr. on the 26th; Jeanne Doroski on the 27th; Karin Galea and yours truly on the 28th; Randy Smith and Jeff “Doc” Greenberger on the 29th; Isabella Luparella (who turns 9), Jayme Seal (who turns 10), twins Bryce and Hailey Groth (who turn 6) and Nicole Hynds on the 30th; Casey Jo Hubbard (who turns 5), Grace Tocci and Evelyn Skop (who turns 6) on Oct. 1; Heather Grodski and Jamie Brooks on the 2nd; twins Diane Zak and Donna Grodski on the 3rd; Mark Gajowski II, David Raynor and Janna Sparrow (who turns 2) on the 5th; Joan Heppner on the 7th; and Wanda Wilinski, Mike Beni, Claire Mielnicki, Kyle Tocci and my son Josh Berezny (who turns 25) on the 8th.

Happy wedding anniversary to Ellen and Nes Kramer, their 15th, and Bob and Katy Kujawski on Sept. 25; Pat and Frank Doroski, their 34th, on the 27th; David and Mary Mack, their 40th, on the 28th; Kim and Kenny Nash on Oct. 1; Karen and Jay Quartararo, their 16th, on the 2nd; Marie and John Dunleavy on the 3rd; Karen and Mark Heppner, their 34th, on the 4th; Jason and Becky Hubbard, their 9th, and Barbara and Gilles Bouchard, their 41st, on the 7th.

Autumn has arrived! Enjoy all it has to offer — pumpkin picking, cornstalks, gourds and so much more.

Happy Rosh Hashanah to those who celebrate!

09/12/14 6:00am

Congratulations to Dianne Marie (Weiss) Niemeyer and her husband, Staff Sgt. Gary Niemeyer, on the birth of their son, Chasyn Garrett, on Aug. 19. Chasyn weighed 5 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18 inches. Dianne is a 2003 graduate of Riverhead High School. Gary is in the U.S. Army and is stationed in Fort Stewart, Ga. Proud grandparents Kathy and Ricky Muller are simply delighted with the new addition to their family.  (more…)

08/29/14 6:00am

Johnathan Muller & Monika Achtziger were married Aug. 15 in a beautiful ceremony on a Stony Brook beach by a justice of the peace. The day started with an overcast sky, but the sun shone just before the ceremony began. Best man Brian Grattan and maid of honor Malinda Bolton were witnesses to this special moment. Sheila Muller (mother of the groom), Carol and Ron Achtziger (the bride’s parents), brother Ronnie, grandmother Margaret and other family members enjoyed the special ambiance of the occasion.


08/15/14 5:00am

Pat and John Kurpetski were pleasantly surprised when their son, John Henry, and their grandson, Logan, visited from Florida for 12 days. During that time they fished at Indian Island and went to Cupsogue Beach. They also enjoyed go-karting and playing laser tag and miniature golf with Logan’s uncle, Robert Kurpetski, his friend Jenn Wicks and her children. (more…)

07/31/14 6:00am
Chicken will be grilled up Aug. 9 at (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Chicken will be grilled up Aug. 9 at Riverhead United Methodist Church. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Riverhead resident Edward Raffel turned 70 years old July 4. A party was held in his honor in the North Fork Tasting Room at The Lobster Roll Northside. Fifty-nine family members and friends were in attendance. The party — organized by Ed’s lovely wife, Joanne, and his friend Dr. Richard Rubenstein — included a buffet prepared by owner Fred Terry, who graduated with Ed in 1962. (more…)

07/17/14 6:00am


Christian Hojenski has been very busy these past few months. In February, he attended the National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., having been nominated by Col. McCarthy, Riverhead High School ROTC instructor, and sponsored by Envision. Christian was selected to act as commissioner of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and also as an administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency during the forum. (more…)

07/03/14 5:00am


Members of the Riverhead Garden Club learned a lot about table design recently. Guest speaker Susan Strauss set up three card tables and an eight-foot table with china and glassware in various colors and designed floral pieces to best fit different occasions. Susan is a Federated Garden Club of New York State master judge, an accredited FGCNYS 2nd district speaker and an antique dealer. She has also given lectures and done design programs for Norwegian Cruise Lines.


06/20/14 5:00am
Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs Friday in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs June 14 in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

The Ladies Auxiliary of Riverhead Fire Department held its June meeting at Meeting House Creek Inn on the 11th. Auxiliary vice president Ann Vonatzski and secretary Kelli Naugles presented hanging flower baskets to outgoing president Marie Madigan and outgoing secretary JoAnne Krajewski, who both served during 2013-14. (more…)