10/27/16 1:19pm
10/27/2016 1:19 PM

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.

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.

10/13/16 12:39pm
10/13/2016 12:39 PM
Gail Gallagher of South Jamesport pins the ‘Best of Show’ ribbon on a photo she took three years ago on a trip to Vietnam during the 51st annual Photography Show at Riverhead Free Library Friday evening. The Friends of the Library show was dedicated to Thelma Booker, who has spearheaded the show since 1999. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Gail Gallagher of South Jamesport pins the ‘Best of Show’ ribbon on a photo she took on a trip to Vietnam during the 51st annual Photography Show at Riverhead Free Library Oct. 7. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The 51st annual Photography Contest reception and awards, sponsored by Friends of Riverhead Free Library, was held Oct. 7. Thelma Booker was recognized for her dedication to and hard work on this event, making it a source of community pride since 1999. Friends co-chairs Rosalie DeQuaglio and Claire Boehle also did an awesome job working on this event. There were 85 entries.


10/13/16 12:38pm

Hello, friends and neighbors. To start off, I would like to thank the Flanders Fire Department. My neighbors had a fire Saturday evening and the department’s response was amazing. Sometimes we forget the great job our volunteers are doing until we need them or we see them helping someone we know. (The same goes for Flanders Northampton Volunteer Ambulance and all other local volunteers.)


10/06/16 3:32pm
10/06/2016 3:32 PM

Happy October! I hope you had a wonderful September and are looking forward to the blessings of the fall harvest. I pushed Johanna up Herricks Lane in her wheelchair recently and loaded her up with pumpkins and mums. It sufficed as a workout for me and helped with the fall decorating. We can’t wait to go on these adventures together in her new Surrey bike.


10/06/16 3:30pm

Colleen Hain and Liz Giller, First Student co-workers and Shoreham neighbors, met up and stood on line together with other ticket holders waiting to enter the Megabucks picnic held Sept. 19 at Shoreham Fire Company No. 3. This year, all 1,000 tickets were sold. Both said they had a great time. Liz said she saw lots of people she knew and said the band — The (more…)