06/03/16 5:00am
06/03/2016 5:00 AM

Laura LaSita of Wading River attended the ladies LIFT ice cream social/lecture recently at St. John the Baptist Church in Wading River and was quite taken with the guest speaker, Nancy Jantzen. Laura said, “She is an amazing woman, so inspirational, speaking of what God does in her life as she travels abroad.” Nancy shared stories of her trips to Africa, Medjugorje, Yugoslavia and Lourdes, where apparitions of the Blessed Mother have been appearing.


05/27/16 5:00am
05/27/2016 5:00 AM

The Riverhead Fire Department Association held its monthly meeting May 10 at headquarters. It was a special evening for John Kurpetski, who celebrated 50 years of service with the department. He received proclamations from the fire commissioners, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter, state Sen. Ken LaValle, Gov. Cuomo’s office, Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo and Congressman Lee Zeldin, who also gave him a flag. Washington Engine Co. 2 hosted a dinner for John before the meeting. Guests included his family and brother firefighters. Sean Walter said John was “an example of someone giving back to the community” while another presenter stated that John’s being a police officer — since retired — and firefighter was not without sacrifice. It was a beautiful evening. As a thank-you, John’s wife, Pat, was presented with a floral arrangement.


05/26/16 5:00am
05/26/2016 5:00 AM

Hello, everyone!

Ida Crohan celebrated her “happy day” centennial on May 7 (her real birthday is May 8), with a reception hosted by her niece Kathy Konkel, granddaughter Cindee Tooker from Georgia and son Don and wife from Tennessee. Family and friends shared memories and good times. Several certificates of appreciation were presented, as well as a proclamation from Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. An aerial photo of Ida’s Pond, the 100th named pond in Southampton Town, was presented by Trustee Eric Schultz, as well as a flag flown over the Capitol, compliments of her great-grandson David Zilnicki. Ida is the mother of three, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of 13 and great-great-grandmother of two. They would like to thank all who attended this special day.


05/22/16 2:09pm
05/22/2016 2:09 PM

In case you haven’t noticed, local asparagus is ready and it’s simply delicious. Maybe it’s due to the colder temps this year, but it’s just about the very best I’ve ever seen and tasted. Take a trip to your local farm stands and get some. Spinach is also available and it’s delicious as well.

Congratulations to my good friend Christina Spindler of Peconic River Herb Farm in Calverton. Last Sunday she celebrated her 30th year in business. I can remember how happy I was to have another businesswoman just down the road from me and we became great friends. Keep up the great work! (more…)

05/21/16 5:00am
05/21/2016 5:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOVirginia Messina, 96, of Riverhead, took center stage Thusday afternoon with singer Larry Liso of Aquebogue as he serenaded her with his rendition "I Left my Heart in San Francisco" during the entertainment day for seniors hosted by Riverhead Town at the human resource/senior center Thursday afternoon. Pianist Danny Keyes also performed.

Virginia Messina, 96, of Riverhead, took is serenaded by Larry Liso of Aquebogue with his rendition  of “I Left my Heart in San Francisco” during the Riverhead Town human resource/senior center’s entertainment day on May 12. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

I recently heard from one of my favorite local contacts — Jasmine Corwin. Jasmine and her girls would like to wish husband and Dad, Blake, a very happy 31st birthday Saturday, May 21. Mom and Dad also wish a very happy birthday to their smart and sassy daughter Lila, who will turn 4 on May 31. As a special gift to Blake and Lila, a new baby girl is due to be born on the 25th. Their little family is growing in leaps and bounds. Happy birthday and congratulations to all of you!


05/20/16 5:00am
05/20/2016 5:00 AM

A stylishly smooth gentleman caught my eye recently, rolling by my line of vision at Shoreham Plaza. I caught up with Robbie Musiello, a SWR high school graduate (Class of 2013), who was skateboarding. I had commented that I regretted not learning to skateboard because I thought it was “a really cool way to roll.” Robbie agreed, saying it was his mode of transportation of choice. He’s good at it, too! He was traveling fast and even threw in a trick or two. It was nice meeting you, Robbie. Let us know all the places your skateboarding adventures take you. Safe journeys to you!

The staff at Wading River Deli wishes good luck to all the students playing spring sports! (more…)

05/13/16 5:00am
05/13/2016 5:00 AM

Truth Community ChurchHello! I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

I would like to congratulate Amy Wesolowski and John Perkowski on the birth of their beautiful daughter, Kinley Ann Perkowski, on April 15. She weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 17 3/4 inches long. The whole family is new to our community, so a big welcome to all.