02/27/15 7:00am
02/27/2015 7:00 AM

Happy birthday to Alexus Van Helmond of Jamesport. Alexus, who is up at college in Vermont, will be 19 on Feb. 28. Happy birthday, with love from your dad.

Congratulations to Bob and Paulette Sikora, who will soon be grandparents to a new baby boy. Their daughter, Ashley Sikora Pamer, is due May 1. The Sikoras celebrated their upcoming arrival with a baby shower Feb. 21 at The Birchwood of Polish Town. Many family members and friends attended, including Ashley’s godmother and 94-year-old aunt, Julia Praino. Ashley received many lovely gifts and a beautiful diaper cake made by Kerin Collins Voytek. Ashley and her husband, Greg, live in Baltimore, Md.  (more…)

02/26/15 9:05pm
02/26/2015 9:05 PM
T-shirt were also on sale to benefit the scholarship.

Tony Lawrence’s former lacrosse players held a fundraiser at Digger’s on Thursday to establish a scholarship in Danielle Lawrence’s memory. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Digger’s Ales N’ Eats in Riverhead was packed during a fundraiser Thursday night to establish a scholarship in Danielle Lawrence’s memory.

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02/24/15 12:00pm

Several local high school artists will be recognized Saturday, Feb. 28, for their work displayed in Parrish Art Museum’s 2015 Student Exhibition. An awards ceremony will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Water Mill museum.

Seniors honored include Kimberly Guthrie from Riverhead High School for drawing (Self Portrait); Riverhead’s Kaitlyn Talmage for illustration (Untitled); Brianna LaShier from Eastern Long Island Academy BOCES for photography (Inspired by Jerry Uelsmann); and Amanda Giattino from BOCES for drawing (Bride).
Underclassmen designated as “Ones to Watch” include Allison Ostie of BOCES (Into the Woods) and Kaitlyn Driscoll of Mattituck High School (Annalise).

The exhibition, which was judged by Long Island University professor of visual art Neill Slaughter, is open through March 1.

02/24/15 10:00am

Riverhead Free Library’s proposed 2015-16 budget calls for a three percent tax increase of $100,634, bringing its total to $3.45 million.

“Once again, the Board of Trustees worked rigorously to pare the coming year’s budget without cutting hours or services to our ever-increasing patrons,” library director Joy Rankin wrote in a mailing to residents.

Under the proposed budget, spending will increase 2.2 percent to $3.58 million. At 2.67 million, personnel costs — which are up by $14,775 — make up the bulk of that amount.

Library revenue is projected to decrease from $151,500 to $130,913 in the proposed budget. Revenue from fines and fees is proposed to drop from $30,000 to $18,000 and revenue from contracts with neighboring districts that use Riverhead Free Library is proposed to drop from $105,000 to $95,913.

A public vote on the library’s budget is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A budget information meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. Both events will take place in the library’s meeting room.

tgannon@timesreview.com