10/21/16 2:00pm
10/21/2016 2:00 PM


As tension simmers between the two main characters in Thomas Barnes’ short film “Porgies and Bass,” the bluffs of a Baiting Hollow beach loom in the background. Mr. Barnes angled some of the shots to show a series of wooden stairs leading down to the sand that were damaged in Superstorm Sandy and never repaired. READ

10/20/16 5:16pm
10/20/2016 5:16 PM

We’re having such a beautiful fall! I hope you’re enjoying the season as much as I am. I love the fall flowers, the pumpkins and squash soup. The smell of fall is my favorite. I think it’s kind of a mixture of summer with the scents of apples, cinnamon and chrysanthemums. I’m pretty certain that heaven smells like fall.

On Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, Hallockville Museum Farm will host spooky “Haunting Hallockville” night tours. The tour is great fun for all ages. I’m not a big fan of ghoulish Halloween stuff but when it’s historical I think it’s kind of fun! The 50-minute guided tours are by advance registration only and will take place rain or shine. Cost: $10, ages 11 and up; $8, museum members; children ages 10 and under are free. Time slots are between 4 and 7 p.m. and can be reserved by visiting hallockville.com/event/spooky-night-tours/. For more details see the calendar section or call Hallockville at 631-298-5292.

I know the holidays seem a long way off, but Christmas is only two months away! I wanted to let you know about a special holiday event. Old Steeple Community Church and the Riverhead Garden Club will be sponsoring a holiday greens sale, chinese auction and luncheon Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A beautiful quilt will be raffled off as well. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. To purchase raffle tickets, or for more information, call 631-722-3070. Tickets can also be purchased at the church.

The pumpkin-picking traffic has been especially challenging this year. Just remember, it is a sign of economic growth for the farmers on the North Fork. If you’d like to express your concerns about or solutions for North Fork traffic issues, contact the Town Board. Visit townofriverheadny.gov/default.aspx.

Have a great week and get outside and enjoy this beautiful fall weather. If you see me and my daughter on her new Surrey, please say hello! We are the only ones riding a Surrey, especially with a dog in the front. Take care!

Editor’s note: Times Review Media Group is seeking a columnist to take over the community column for the Aquebogue, Jamesport, South Jamesport and Northville area. Some writing experience is preferred. Those interested may submit a sample column of no more than 500 words to senior associate editor Lauren Sisson at [email protected] Columns appear every other week on the Neighborhood News page. For details, call Ms. Sisson at 631-354-8039.

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 631-833-1897.

10/20/16 4:29pm

Wading River author/painter Anna Jurinich, whose work has been featured in art galleries across Long Island, has been getting more exposure recently. Anna is part of the Christ in Christmas project. Its purpose is to bring an old-fashioned flavor to a holiday that has been overly secularized. The project features “The Christmas Oddbox,” a book Anna created that she feels has been “divinely inspired.” She will be doing book readings in various locations and I will be teaming up with her in what will be my public debut. To enhance the listener’s experience, I will be singing spiritual songs. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations as the event approaches.

Tom Rotanz, Wading River resident and former SWR high school boys lacrosse coach, has been hired by St. Joseph’s College to build a men’s lacrosse program. He loves coaching lacrosse and said the administration at St. Joe’s has been very supportive of his needs. He’s also been asked to take part in selecting the team uniforms. Congratulations on your new position, Tom. We wish you the best of luck this year and always. Please keep us updated on the Golden Eagles’ lacrosse schedule, stats, etc. The team will take to the field in spring 2017.

Kevin Mann invites friends and family to the Rocky Point Farmers Market on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Old Depot in Rocky Point, on the corner of Prince Road and Broadway. Hope Children’s Fund will have a booth set up selling Kenyan crafts. I own some pieces and they mean so much to me. They remind me that we are all responsible for our neighbors, even those a half a world away. A little monetary help goes a long way in Africa. There will also be a band playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Happy birthday on Oct. 18 to First Student colleague Stacy Nelson, my good friend Kathi Gentile, and good friend Colleen Glancy. Happy birthday in heaven to a little angel, Danny, who was born Oct. 23; my sister, Linda, and my colleague Valerie Whitworth, Oct. 29; and my nephew Brian Green, a newlywed, Oct. 30.

October is my favorite month because I love the cool temperatures and the pretty foliage. It makes me feel alive.

Be well, be grateful for all you have and we’ll meet back here in this space soon.

10/20/16 4:22pm

I hope you had a safe weekend. The traffic was simply incredible due to pumpkin-pickers. It should improve a bit in the next few weeks. Till then I wish everyone lots of luck. I have to say that I’m thrilled for those in the U-pick business. The weather was great!

A Polish heritage dinner/dance will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Riverhead Polish Hall. There will be polka music and the menu will include roast beef, salad, vegetables, mashed potatoes, kielbasa, sauerkraut, rolls, coffee, tea and ice cream. Tickets are $30 per person in advance; $35 at the door. For reservations, call 631-727-9200. I know you’ll have a great time!

Congratulations to Dixie, a dog who was rescued from Thailand and previously destined to die. Dixie was adopted by a couple who met her at Kent Animal Shelter’s Wines and Canines walk/run event — held Sept. 25 at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard — and couldn’t stop thinking about her. They had brought their dog Kimmo, who was adopted from Kent, and came back for Dixie Oct. 2. Both dogs are now great buddies. When the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand needed help, Kent was there. Dixie arrived at JFK with several other dogs. It’s absolutely terrible that so many dogs die unnecessarily. We are thrilled that Dixie went to a great home. Just a reminder: Kent is seeking donations of blankets, towels and pet toys. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter.

Belated happy birthday to my buddy Jim Stakey, who celebrated Oct. 21. Regina, Claire, Carol and I love you and wish you the best birthday ever.

It’s that time of year again. My cousin Larry Taylor Jr. will celebrate his birthday Oct. 26 and Joey (aka Abbott Quinn) and yours truly will celebrate Oct. 28. Here’s wishing the three of us have a really great day! I love you … cheers!

Have a happy, fun Halloween. I hope it’s spooky yet festive.

R031209_Pelis_R.jpg Contact Calverton columnist Cheryl Pelis at [email protected] or 631-827-2803.

10/18/16 6:00am
10/18/2016 6:00 AM

Donna Stovall, left, is the new community organizer for The Alliance. At right is volunteer Jane Hyatt. Photo by Tim Gannon

Donna Stovall’s expansive résumé includes work for the Urban League in Brooklyn and as associate director at an upstate drop-in center for people affected by or infected with AIDS. She also started and ran her own youth programs in Schenectady, where she lived for 13 years. And most recently, she worked at Peconic Bay Medical Center, where she verified employee credentials. READ

10/14/16 9:00am
10/14/2016 9:00 AM


From the moment Jessica Weeks and Bill Gillis of Patchogue laid eyes on Dixie, a rescued 7-year-old Shiba Inu mix, they knew she’d be coming home with them.

Ms. Weeks had read an article about the pup, who was flown to the United States after being rescued from the illegal dog meat trade in Thailand, and was touched by the dog’s ordeal. READ