10/23/14 6:00am
The view of the Riverhead Country Fair two weeks ago. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The view of the Riverhead Country Fair two weeks ago. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Suffolk Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution continually searches for candidates — local Riverhead Town citizens who volunteer their time. At the Riverhead Country Fair Oct. 12, Caroline Stepnoski proudly presented its Community Service Award to Louise Wilkinson for her many contributions to the community. Louise has committed herself to the betterment of Riverhead and its youth.

She has been involved with the Riverhead High School Key Club and Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth and was chairwoman of Riverhead’s Anti-Bias Task Force. Louise has been tireless in her campaign to achieve equality in education funding and has made many trips to Albany to lobby on behalf of the school district. She received SCOPE’s “Rising Above the Rest” Community Service Award in 2011 and was also recognized by the Kiwanis Club for her work with students in the Riverhead School District.

Louise currently helps the homeless by trying to find affordable housing and is a coordinator for Maureen’s Haven. For the past 25 years, she’s volunteered with the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. Louise has made a huge impact on the lives of so many and is so deserving of this award. Congratulations!

Riverhead Free Library encourages students in grades five through eight to write about, draw or take a photograph of a special animal they know, and asks: “Why does your pet make you feel good?” and “Why is spending time with your pet important to you?” All submitted entries will be displayed at the library. Entrants must sign their work and include first name, grade, school and the name of the pet.

Janna Sparrow turned 2 on Oct. 5. She celebrated her special day at the home of her grandparents Paul and Peggy Sparrow Oct. 11. The guests included Janna’s mom and dad, David and Leah Sparrow, and her big brother, James, Mary Jane Ambrose, Terry and Harry Carver, Harriet McDonald, Megan Nikolis, Joe and Kathy Berezny, and Janna’s aunt Sharon Sparrow, who traveled from Texas. Everyone had a great time.

Barbara Wooten won 10 ribbons at the Riverhead Country Fair Oct. 12 for a contest she entered titled “All Fired Up on Main,” sponsored by Riverhead Town and East End Arts. She now has 200 ribbons since the fair’s inception. Wow! Be sure to check out the red, white and blue fire hydrant she designed and painted in front of Capital One Bank on Main Street. It’s awesome. Congratulations.

The Polish Town Civic Association will host a chinese auction Saturday, Oct. 25. Doors open at noon for viewing; the auction will begin between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Admission is $6, which includes 25 tickets. There will be over 150 gifts and the door prize is a Thanksgiving dinner. Food and drink will be available.

Happy birthday to Mark Bauman, Rebecca Gallo and Linda Lorenz on Oct. 23; Phil Kenter and Thomas Pipczynski, Oct. 24; Tom Gallo Sr. and Christine Floege, Oct. 25; Madison Stromski and Bruce Edwards, Oct. 26; Peter Cybulski, Oct. 27; Margie Sears, Oct. 28; Austen Galea and Damon LeCann, Oct. 29; Timothy Hynds and Macey Reichel, Oct. 30; Frank Klodoski, Joey Reichel, Diane Reeve, Tonya Trent and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 2; Kyle White, Sarah Halpin, Christine Block and Johnathan Muller, Nov. 3; and Art Thompson, Marge Lawrence, Barbara Vail and Laurie Koplinka, Nov. 5.

Happy 43rd wedding anniversary to Ginger and Jerry Duvall and Arlene and Brad Tuthill, also their 43rd, on Oct. 23; Lucy and Jim Creighton, Oct. 28; Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte, Nov. 1; and Madeleine and Leonard Van Vile, their 29th, Nov. 3.

Susan wishes Christopher a speedy recovery. She hopes you regain strength from your recent surgery and sends you lots of love.

Get well wishes go to Nes Kramer, Barbara Wooten, Cindy Hynds, Louise Leja, Mary Dabrowski, Joe Gadzinski and Carol Carey.

Happy Halloween! Be on the lookout for the many ghosts and goblins who will be trick-or-treating Friday, Oct. 31.

Berezny_RContact Riverhead columnist Kathy Berezny at 727-6148 at jberezny@optonline.net.

10/09/14 7:00am

Pat and John Kurpetski recently visited their son, John Henry, and grandson, Logan, in Florida. They dined, raced go-karts (Logan took first place), played miniature golf and fed alligators. Logan also got to practice his golf swing at the driving range. John Henry and John went fishing a few times and John caught a three-foot gar. Although it rained for most of their vacation, it did not dampen their spirits. They truly enjoyed each other’s company. Naturally, John and Pat can’t wait to visit them again and do all the fun things that grandparents do with their grandchildren.

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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.  (more…)

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.

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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

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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…)