Hello, everyone! Before I start with upcoming events I would like to send a huge thank-you to Pastor Keith Indovino for Hope Day, which was a huge success! It was wonderful to see the neighborhood united, laughing and having a great time. Local resident Lauren Evers Cariello brought her pony, Bam Bam, all dressed up in rainbow colors and flowers. He was a huge hit with the kids, as were the rides, games, cotton candy and popcorn. Thank you to all the volunteers who came down and helped.
I want to personally wish the Corwin family a big congratulations on the birth of their third daughter. Awesome mom, Jasmine Corwin, informed me that baby Elsie Marie Corwin arrived early on May 18. She will now join in the Corwin family celebrations of May birthdays. Welcome to the world, Elsie Marie, and congratulations to the entire Corwin family. God bless you.
Well, the warm weather is certainly making the strawberries show their happy little faces. Yes indeed, local strawberries are ready and they are delicious. Like I’ve said before, don’t hesitate to throw them in Ziploc bags and toss them in the freezer for later use. They last all winter long and are simply tasty any time of the year. Make sure to get them while you can from our local farm stands and farmers. They surely appreciate your business.
Kent Animal Shelter and PetSmart Charities will be sponsoring a spay and neuter clinic called “Precious, Not Parents ” during June at the shelter. The cost is $20. It is safe for puppies and kittens under 6 months old — as young as 8 to 10 weeks — to be spayed/neutered. Many people wait till their pets are older but their risk of getting pregnant becomes greater each day. You must mention “Precious, Not Parents” when scheduling your appointment: 631-727-7797.
A very happy birthday to my buddy Gene Sendlewski, who will celebrate May 31. Your family and friends wish you a happy, fun day, Gene.
That is all for this week. I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. I hope you remembered the reason why we celebrate this holiday. Thanks to all who have served our country and kept us safe. We truly appreciate your sacrifice.
Be safe, be happy and I shall talk to you next time. Bye.
Contact Calverton columnist Cheryl Pelis at [email protected] or 631-827-2803.
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.
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.
I’d like to welcome Kathy Kruel, columnist for Flanders, Riverside and Northampton. I’m looking forward to reading your column, as I’m sure so are many others. Good luck to you, Kathy, and enjoy writing.
Hello! 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.
Kiddie Academy in Wading River recently held its annual Trike-A-Thon in conjunction with Trike/Bike Safety Awareness Week.