06/25/10 12:00am
06/25/2010 12:00 AM

Little Flower Children and Family Services is locked into a legal
battle with the City of New York over the loss of its foster care
contract earlier this year.
At
the heart of the lawsuit is a recent request for proposals system that
saw the city offer new contracts to different agencies and not Little
Flower. The cases of about 1,400 foster children — including 85 on
Long Island — will be transferred to other agencies to administer
under the new contracts. The lawsuit, which was filed in Manhattan
against the city and the Administration of Children’s Services June 14,
alleges the contract selection process by which Little Flower was
dumped was unfair. The complaint alleges proposal writing was valued
more than the quality of Little Flower’s services and the evaluation
and scoring of the proposals were not transparent.
City law department spokeswoman Elizabeth Thomas declined comment on the pending litigation.
Little
Flower Children and Family Services was founded in 1927 by a Roman
Catholic priest who wished to set up an orphanage for homeless children
on a 122-acre piece of property in Wading River. The organization
branched out over the years to provide services for children, families
and developmentally disabled adults. There are presently three office
locations including Wading River, Queens and Brooklyn.
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06/25/10 12:00am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
Roanoke Avenue Elementary School teacher assistant Carol
Cordone of Southold (right) joins in with other teachers and
aides in a great big ‘clap off’ Friday on the last day of
school. The school sent home for the summer 355 children. The
fourth graders are moving up to Pulaski Street Elementary
School for the fifth grade.

Friday marked the final day of school for students in the Riverhead School District.
And for many, the day marked a period of change.
At Pulaski Street Elementary School, students celebrated with the annual Moving Up Day Ceremony.
And it wasn’t just students moving to new grades and schools in Riverhead. Roanoke Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers will be moving to Phillips Avenue Elementary to take the reins as principal Assistant principal Thomas Payton will be replacing her at Roanoke Avenue.

06/24/10 12:00am
06/24/2010 12:00 AM

Happy summer! It sure feels like summer; a little dry in the water department but dry is better than monsoons. The crops are looking good and are weeks ahead of schedule. Keep your fingers crossed for a successful growing season.

The staff at Riley Avenue Elementary School thanks everyone for another great school year and wishes everyone a happy, healthy, perfect summer. Best of luck to all the students in the new school year. I hope summer is nice and slow and you all have a fun time.

Don’t miss the fundraising event at Eagle’s Landing at Calverton Links on June 30. Money must be raised so Lauren Gregory can attend the Susan G. Komen Three-Day for the Cure in Washington, D.C. in October. Tickets are $50 each and include a three-course meal, a glass of champagne, five chinese auction tickets, beer and wine tastings, raffles and more. Do try to attend. For more information visit eagleslandingfundraiser.weebly.com.

Marion Hulse, secretary at Riley, sends congratulations to her granddaughter Alexandra, who was honored as valedictorian at Raynor Country Day School in Westhampton. “Gammy” and “Hoo Haa” are very proud of you, honey! Great job!

Fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and Through an Angel’s Eyes were a huge success! Eileen Orlowski did an amazing job with every aspect of the event. The chinese auction was full of beautiful baskets and the donations were overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who attended, bought chances and donated.

Bat houses were recently made and donated to some local farmers thanks to students at Westhampton Beach Elementary School. Bats are very helpful, as they eat lots of insects. In fact, a nursing brown bat mother can eat more than her body weight nightly (up to 4,500 insects). Many bats are endangered or threatened and should be treasured. They eat insects such as June beetles and corn earworm moths, which both damage crops. If you have the opportunity to build a bat house, then do so. It is easy and will benefit your yard. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I will help you. Thanks to everyone at the school for their information and generous gifts. We appreciate your thinking of us.

That is all for this week. Enjoy the weather and our fresh fruits and veggies, I will talk to you next time. Take care, bye.

06/24/10 12:00am

* Cornell Cooperative Extension is hosting a workshop at its Riverhead headquarters on secrets of successful weight loss. The session is slated from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 28, at a cost of $8. Participants will learn about the latest research on people losing weight and being able to keep it off. Call Laurie Wells at 727-7850, ext. 340, to register.

06/24/10 12:00am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
Salvation Army Captain Richard Sanchez (center) with lunch client Patrick Sims (right), 55, last Wednesday at the lunch program inside Salvation Army’s Riverhead headquarters.

Open Arms, the agency that’s been serving free meals to the needy from the Riverhead train station for the past year and a half, has found a new spot for its daily soup kitchen after being forced to move this month.

Open Arms has joined forces with The Salvation Army, which had already been running a lunch program out of its Osborn Avenue headquarters on Saturday afternoons, and the two groups will be teaming up to serve ham sandwiches, fruit and slices of cake daily. The new arrangement began last Wednesday.

Salvation Army Captain Richard Sanchez said the transition has been smooth and more people are showing up at the new location than at the train station.

Capt. Sanchez noted that the lunch program is particularly needed in the poor economy and that Open Arms’ attendance had more than tripled in the past two years. “It always slows down in the summer,” he said of the need for a lunch program. “But we’ve been seeing more than historically we have in the past.”

Organizers appear happy with the new digs. “I think it’s perfect,” said Open Arms director Zona Stroy.

The program will continue to run from about noon to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The town started subleasing the Riverhead station, which is owned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority but not used as a station, in January 2009. But Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter announced earlier this year that the town would not renew its lease with Open Arms, forcing the agency to find another location.

The supervisor and other critics have said that a soup kitchen is important to the town but Riverhead’s transit hub is a bad location for it.

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06/24/10 12:00am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO
Sales associates Suzanne Markland (left) and Laura Blazer try out wicker chairs at the Riverhead showroom.

Owner: Edward Delaney Sr.

Year established: 2002

Location: 1189 Route 58, Riverhead

Phone: 631-208-9146

Number of employees: 10

The original Kaufman Allied store opened in Central Islip in 1939, starting out manufacturing redwood furniture and selling it directly to the public. The business eventually expanded, manufacturing PVC pipe furniture and with its own sewing department.

Over the years Kaufman Allied has added products manufactured by other companies that “meet our high standards of quality,” said owner Edward Delaney Sr. Today they sell every type of outdoor furniture, including cast aluminum, all-weather wicker, teak, recycled plastic, resin and ipe wood, and umbrellas and replacement cushions.

In addition, they have a complete hearth shop, offering wood, gas and pellet stoves as well as inserts. They also sell gas and electric fireplaces and all the accessories.

According to the owner, the business was recently featured in Casual Living magazine as a top retailer in the industry.

Kaufman Allied is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit online at kaufmanallied.com.

06/24/10 12:00am

The officers of the Riverhead Elks Lodge, assisted by the Combined Veterans of the Town of Riverhead, held their annual flag day ceremony on June 6. Students from the Riverhead School District read their award-winning essays and were awarded monetary prizes. The guest speaker was Sgt. 1st Class Tim Wiwczar from the New York Army National Guard. First-, second- and third-grade winners are: first place, Maddie Payne, Riley Avenue Elementary (Ms. Messina’s class); second-place, Edwin Torres, Riley (Ms. Menis’ class); third place, Naejon Ward, Phillips Avenue (Mr. Deschamps’ class); fourth place, Bryan Arriaga, Phillips (Mr. Deschamp’s class); and fourth place, Corey Allen, Riley (Ms. Messina’s class). Fourth- and fifth-grade winners: first place, Mark Matyka, Riley (Ms. Vengilio’s class), second place, Matthew Cavaliere, Pulaski Street (Ms. Hubbard’s class); third place, Jessica Troxell, Aquebogue Elementary (Ms. McKinney’s class); fourth place, Juliette Lehman, Riley (Ms. Vengilio’s class); and fourth place, Hollique Johnson, Roanoke Avenue (Ms. Adla’s class). Lunch was served following the ceremony.

The Riverhead Garden Club, in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, presented recognition awards June 11 at the Roanoke Avenue Firehouse headquarters to Girl Scout Troops 2309 and 1689 leaders Jeanine Zeltmann and Shannon Kutner, respectively. The girls completed studies in plant development and landscape horticulture, including leadership and community service projects. The troops contributed 336 hours of community service to Riverhead Town. The Junior Master Gardening program is designed to promote gardening, environmental appreciation, leadership, citizenship, and community service to children nationwide. This program was taught by master gardeners and experienced gardeners who are members of the Junior Education Committee of the RGC. Thanks go to Helen Zurawinsky, Kathleen Taylor, Patricia Carey, Doramay Pearce, Grace DeFriest, Christine Schmitt, Kathy Banschback, Marge Lawrence, Rose McKellop, Maureen Sanok and Joanne Stravinsky.

The 233rd birthday of the flag of the United States of America was celebrated by Suffolk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution on Flag Day, June 14. The event was chaired by Ann Otten Regent. The chapter was joined for their 14th annual celebration by the Van Rensselaer Skidmore Post No. 2476 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the NJROTC Unit No. 96871. The NJROTC color guard presented the colors and two cadets demonstrated how to fold the flag correctly during the flag-folding ceremony. Torn and tattered flags were collected and given to VFW Commander Eugene McSherry, who spoke about the proper disposition of flags. The fifth-grade classes at Pulaski Street School were the guests and each student was given an American flag pin. The program ended with the raising of the flag and singing happy birthday to Old Glory.

Happy wedding anniversary wishes to Pat and Charlie Bloss on June 27; Joe and Doreen Wilk (their 30th), June 28; Steve and Terry Kulhan (their 25th) and Maureen and Bill Sanok, June 29; and Joanne and Mark Anasky (their 20th), June 30.

Happy birthday to Donald Oliver IV (who turns 10) on June 24; Lenny VanVliet (who turns 14) and Richard Cahill (who turns 76), June 25; Bob Inzalaco, Jan Niewadomski, Skip Zagorski and Chris Fischer, June 27; Joanne Krajewski, Franny Davis and Kathleen Densieski, June 28; Kevin Kulhan and Missy Edwards, June 29; and Tom Galka and Nacara Turpin, June 30. Hope your day is extra special.

Get-well wishes to Nina Campbell and Gene Downs. And to Richard Cahill, who is currently residing in Westhampton Care Center, get-well wishes to you from all your family and friends.

Congratulations to the 2010 high school graduates. Be sure to follow your dream.

06/24/10 12:00am

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Councilman George Gabrielsen and his daughter Kristina paint “The Viking,” Mr. Gabrielsen’s entry in the cardboard boat race.

Riverhead will be playing host to a regatta on the Peconic River this weekend, though most boats are expected to flood or capsize and the ones that make it will most likely be thrown out following the race.

That’s because they’ll be made of paper.

The Riverhead Business Improvement District is sponsoring the town’s first cardboard boat race Sunday. The festivities kick off at 10 a.m.

The rules are simple. All boats must be made using only cardboard, duct tape and paint, but plastic or wooden oars are allowed. All boats must have a name and all participants must wear a life jacket. Other than that, anything goes.

A quick search for cardboard boat races on Youtube.com yields videos of everything from cardboard canoes to corrugated kayaks to Viking ships made out of refrigerator boxes.

Contestants will enter the river via a floating dock behind the East End Arts Council headquarters. They will have to row to a predetermined point and back, as quickly as possible.

There will be no monetary awards for crossing the finish line first — the most coveted prize Sunday will most definitely be bragging rights — But the first-, second- and third-place winners in the 15-and-under category, the single-boater category and the “anything goes” category will be awarded trophies. Awards will also be handed out for the prettiest, ugliest and most creative boat, among other categories.

There will be live music, face painting and free popcorn, said Ed Densieski, a former Town Board member who came up with the idea for the race. There is no fee to attend the event. “We’re trying to make it as easy, fun and simple as we can,” Mr. Densieski said, adding that he abided by the motto KISS — keep it simple, stupid.

Kevin Zaneski, who, along with Mr. Densieski, sits on the race committee, said organizers are hoping the event will bring some foot traffic to the riverfront.

“You can’t just sit on the sidelines and complain,” he said of the blighted downtown.

Riverhead Town Board member George Gabrielsen, who also helped organize the event, said judges will include Town Board members John Dunleavy and Jodi Giglio, Deputy Town Supervisor Jill Lewis, Mr. Gabrielsen’s daughter, Kristina, and the councilman’s brother, Carl Gabrielsen.

George Gabrielsen said he’s planning to sail down the Peconic River in his boat, “The Viking” with Town Supervisor Sean Walter. He said he was inspired to enter the race because his family, who claims Viking roots, were Scandinavian ship builders.

He said he will not test out his boat, which sits atop two duct-tape-covered cardboard pontoons, until race day, but he’s confident his vessel