11/23/16 2:36pm

On Nov. 15, Kyle, Connor, Matthew and Maureen Karpilovsky ventured to NBC Studios in New York City to see a live taping of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.” Connor managed to get four free tickets to the show, which will be aired on Matthew’s 26th birthday. They also had lunch at Mastro’s Steakhouse. Maureen and her sons enjoyed the show and said the The Roots were awesome and Jimmy’s staff was a lot of fun and very entertaining. They also enjoyed seeing the stars in person and getting a glimpse of what happens on and off camera. Maureen loves to spend time with her adult children. On Thanksgiving Eve she will be going with her daughter and friends to an Evanescence concert.

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11/17/16 3:39pm
11/17/2016 3:39 PM

Victoria Erick, a Wading River resident, planned the perfect surprise 60th birthday party for her mom, Loretta, whose special day is Oct. 3. It was tricky getting the smart and savvy Loretta out of the house in time for guests to arrive but Victoria pulled it off long enough for 40 guests to arrive and hide. Totally taken by surprise on Oct. 22 as friends and family stepped out of the shadows, Loretta was left speechless. What a wonderful party, Victoria and family, and what a great time we had.Happy birthday once more, Loretta. May your 60th be just the beginning of many more happy birthdays ahead. Now, what can we do for next year? (more…)

10/27/16 2:07pm
10/27/2016 2:07 PM

The Riverhead High School Key Club will be hosting its first-ever “Safe Halloween” for students in grades K-4 Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The event is free. There will be trick or treating, a haunted maze, a carnival, a pumpkin-themed bean bag toss and Halloween-inspired coloring pages. There will also be a costume contest. Sounds like a lot of fun!

The Four Hands Concert held Saturday evening to benefit First Congregational Church of Riverhead’s restoration campaign was divine! Duo pianists James Sheppard and Jeff Wentz performed works by Haydn, Debussy and Dvorak. Following the program all guests were invited to enjoy a Viennese dessert table with tea and coffee. The volunteers did an awesome job! If you’d like to donate to the restoration campaign, checks can be mailed to the church at 103 First St., Riverhead, NY 11901.

My dear friends Steve Palmer and Grant Kingswell visited me from Rehoboth Beach, Del., Sept. 27-30 to celebrate my birthday (Sept. 28) with me. We had a great time! We had dinner at Jerry and the Mermaid, Elbow Too and Sakura. Peggy and Paul Sparrow also dined and reminisced with us. On the 28th, Steve, Grant and I toured the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay and 21 of 65 rooms at Coe Hall mansion.

The Riverhead Combined Veterans will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the World War I monument on the corner of Main and Court streets. The public is invited. Following the ceremony there will be refreshments at American Legion Post 273 on Hubbard Avenue.

Riverhead Free Library will be hosting the Woman’s Club of Riverhead pajama and book fundraiser Nov. 1-12 to benefit local children. The community is asked to donate a pair of pajamas to a child, along with an age-appropriate book. Donations can be dropped off at the library. For more information, visit pajamaprogram.org.

Mark your calendar! The Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast will be held Sunday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to noon at St. John’s School. Tickets are $10 for adults. For more information, call Charlie Drowns at 631-574-8835.

Happy birthday to Peter Cybulski, Nicole Levasseuer and Hal Kwasna on Oct. 27; Margie Sears, Oct. 28; Cheryl Arnau, Austin Galea and Damon LeCann, Oct. 29; Tim Hynds and Macey Reichel, Oct. 30; Joey Reichel, Diane Reeve, Nadia Chiaramonte and Frank Klodoski, Nov. 2; Kyle White, Sarah Halpin, Christine Block and Johnathan Muller, Nov. 3; Art Thompson, Marge Lawrence, Barbara Vail and Laurie Koplinka, Nov. 5; Arianna Brooks, Nov. 6; Andrea Hill and Latasha Brunskill, Nov. 8; and Claudette Anderson, Erinn Pekar, Devin O’Rourke and Sydney Marascia, Nov. 9.

Happy wedding anniversary to Lucy and Jim Creighton on Oct. 28 and Anthony and Nadia Chiaramonte on Nov. 1.

Happy Halloween! Watch out for the witches and goblins trick or treating!

Don’t forget to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Every vote counts!

Fly your flag on Veterans Day and remember those who fought for our freedom. God bless all our veterans.

Berezny_RContact Riverhead columnist Kathy Berezny at 631-727-6148 at [email protected]

10/27/16 1:19pm

Hello, everyone. Before I get started with monthly news and events I would like to thank all of my family, friends and neighbors for their support while my son Tech. Sgt. Justin Kruel was out on his ninth deployment. He and everyone else from his squadron are finally back home safe. This community and many others also joined in and bought shirts and sweatshirts that were specifically made to support my son’s 822nd Base Defense Squadron. We still have many soldiers fighting and it’s nice to know people have not forgotten about them.

I would like to wish a very happy 26th anniversary on Oct. 27 to John and Debi Schadecker from all of their children, friends and family. Wow — 26 years! That went fast. I remember your wedding day as if it were yesterday. Have a wonderful anniversary!

I need to send a belated 30th birthday to my daughter Jessica on Oct. 22. Love you to the moon and back!

Happy birthday to Sgt. Vaughn Michaud on Oct. 31, from his aunt Theresa, cousin Victoria and all of his other family and friends. Victoria Flynn will celebrate her birthday on Nov. 4. Happy birthday, Victoria, from your mother and all of your family and friends.

Reminder: The Trunk or Treat event sponsored by FRNCA, Truth Community Church, Riverside Rediscovered and the Women of Riverhead Moose Lodge will be held at Ludlum Avenue Park Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to come down with your car trunks decorated so the kids can trick or treat from them. It’s a safe way for the kids to trick or treat and a great way to get to know your neighbors. I am hoping everyone will come down and join in.

The people working for Riverside Rediscovered will be in our community knocking on people’s doors from now until Election Day with information on the Community Preservation Fund extension and to encourage people to come out and vote.

There will be a Community Development Block Grant hearing in support of a program for Ludlam Park today, Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. at 57 Springville Road, Hampton Bays. The Children’s Museum of the East End has been holding classes at the Riverside Rediscovered office and would like to locate in Riverside permanently. Please try to come out to this hearing and make your voice heard.

Riverhead Faculty and Community Theatre will present “Catch Me If You Can: The Musical” Nov. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. at Riverhead High School. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $5 for students. You can buy tickets in advance by calling 631-871-3908 or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/2598907. Proceeds are used toward scholarships for high school seniors.

Alex Gregor has announced the fall leaf pickup program will begin Monday, Nov. 28. Leaves can be left at the curb (not in the street) beginning Monday, Nov. 14. All residents under age 73 must use biodegradable paper bags. Anyone 73 or older may put loose leaves at the curb, but they must register before Nov. 28. For more information, call the leaf program hotline at 631-702-2585.

It’s starting to get cold out there. Please remember to change the batteries in your fire and CO2 alarms. Animals will be getting cold also, so be careful when starting your vehicles. Cats tend to climb under the hoods to keep warm.

Kathy KruelContact Flanders, Riverside and Northampton columnist Kathy Kruel at 631-727-5530 or [email protected].

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.