03/30/12 12:42pm
03/30/2012 12:42 PM

Ellen M. Griffin died March 28 at her home in Riverhead. She was 90.

She was born Feb. 16, 1922, in Manhattan to Catherine (Rooney) and Michael Coen. She was a manager at New York Telephone in Riverhead and belonged to Telephone Pioneers of America and Ladies of the Moose.

Family members, who called her Nanny, described her as the strongest, toughest and most loving woman they knew. They said she enjoyed knitting and gardening.

Ms. Griffin is survived by her sons, John and Michael; her daughters, Catherine Griffin and Ellen Pantaleo; her grandchildren, Michael, Amy and Kathleen; and her great-grandchildren, Tyler and Cayden. She was predeceased by her siblings, Margaret, Catherine, Michael and Joseph.

Visiting hours will take place today, Friday, March 30, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead. A service will be held Saturday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church in Riverhead, Father Larry Duncklee officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

This is a paid notice.

03/30/12 12:00pm

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Proceeds from the event will benefit Christopher Timpone, a 9-year-old Aquebogue boy who recently beat a rare form of bone cancer, and Michael Hubbard, who was seriously injured in a gel candle explosion last May.

Teachers and school staff competed Thursday night in a sports-themed fundraiser to raise money for two Riverhead students in need.

“Crazy Sports Night,” sponsored by the PTO Executive Council, featured eight teams of school administrators and teachers facing off in scooter races, a 3-point basketball shot competition, a hula hoop chain, a tug-of-war and more.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Christopher Timpone, a 9-year-old Aquebogue boy who recently beat a rare form of bone cancer, and Michael Hubbard, who was seriously injured in a gel candle explosion last May.

High school principal David Wicks served as head referee, and Doc Greenberger and Lorene Custer were the Master and Madame of Ceremonies.

The event was inspired by a similar fundraiser at Eastport-South Manor High School.

Check out Barbaraellen Koch’s photos below:

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