11/16/11 2:00am
11/16/2011 2:00 AM

Caroline and Frank Stepnoski recently visited their son Robert and his wife, Lori, and granddaughter Amelia at their new home in Austin, Texas. While there they toured the University of Texas School of Architecture, where Robert works as a senior systems administrator. They also visited the Alamo and River Walk in San Antonio. On their return to Austin they stopped in Cibolo to see Chuck and Kathy (Tuthill) Faulk and their three children, Daniel, Thomas and Rachel. Caroline and Frank enjoyed every minute of their trip and can’t wait to see their family again.

The Woman’s Club of Riverhead will turn l00 years old in 2012. For many years the club has awarded annual scholarships in the arts, music, education and science. One of their main goals is to locate as many of these winners as possible so that they can catch up with them on where they’re living and their achievements. If you know the whereabouts of any winners please call Doris Scuder at 727-0345 or write to 150 Prospect Place, Riverhead, NY 11901.

The Teen Department at Riverhead Free Library is collecting food and clean bedding for both the Kent and Riverhead animal shelters for the month of November. That will surely get some tails wagging. Our furry friends need to be loved so please help this great, worthwhile program.

Riverhead United Methodist Church will be having its annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be jewelry, baked goods, a white elephant table, a collectibles corner and a silent auction. Soup and sandwiches will be available for purchase beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is free so stop by the Parish Hall and say hello to the members who will be working and also to Jeanine Zeltman, church secretary. Hope to see you there.

Living Water Full Gospel Church in Riverhead invites all to join them for “Desserts and Testimonies” on Thanksgiving eve, Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. Bring your favorite Thanksgiving dessert to share and celebrate the holiday together. For more information, call 722-4969 or visit lwfgc.org.

LWFGC also presents “A Night in Bethlehem,” a 60-minute interactive experience of Bethlehem and the Christmas Story on Sunday, Nov. 27, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. While there you can visit Santa Claus’ North Pole living room and have a free picture taken. This event is free for the whole family. For more information call 722-4969 or visit their website mentioned above.

Belated happy 12th birthday to Autumn Worth, a sixth-grader at Pulaski Street School, who celebrated Nov. 10.
Happy birthday to Danny Lorenz, who turns 30, on Nov. 17; Christopher Chew (who turns 10), Ann Slavonik, Bob Ball, Butch Taylor, Ray Kwasna and my daughter Kim (who turns 26), Nov. 18; Joe Colontuoni, Shawn Rosko and June Stevenson, Nov. 19; Brice Schoener, Marianne Krupski and Mary Allen, Nov. 21; and Katie Bogdanski, Conrad Dabrowski and Michael Schoener, Nov. 23. Hope your day is extra special.

Happy anniversary to Debbie and Warren Fischer on Nov. 21. Be sure to celebrate.

The News-Review office will be closed on Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25. That said there will be an early deadline for next week’s issue, which will be published Wednesday, Nov. 23. Any news/information you’d like to share with the community needs to get to me by 8 o’clock tonight. Thanks in advance!

jberezny@optonline.net

11/14/11 1:00am
11/14/2011 1:00 AM

The holidays will be here before you know it. I can almost smell the stuffed turkey in the oven and the creamed potatoes and gravy on the stove. The leaves have turned their most brilliant color, on display for us to admire, and families are looking forward to spending time together.

Since the offices of Times/Review are closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, the paper will have an early deadline. If anyone has SWR news to share for the next issue, please email me by tonight, Thursday, Nov. 17.

Happy birthday to my nephew Frank, who celebrates on Nov. 17; to my son, James, who will turn 27 on Nov. 18; and to Ron Pepino, who will celebrate on Nov. 22. Ron spent much of his early life in Wading River and now has a Ph.D. in atomic physics.

Wading River resident Larry Pepino has something more to be proud of besides his youngest son, Ron. His oldest son, Chris, is an award-winning filmmaker and has a new prize-winning documentary that will be shown to audiences in New York at noon on Nov. 19 and 20 at the Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival in East Hampton. “Inside the Perfect Circle: The Odyssey of Joel Thome” is described as a unique documentary that charts the journey of a brilliant composer after he suffered a debilitating stroke. Through music therapy, the conductor/composer is able to reclaim his mental and physical capabilities. Among the movie’s recent awards are: Audience Award and most inspirational documentary from the 2011 DocMiami International Film Festival and best short documentary film from the New Jersey Film Festival.

The star of the film, Joel Thome, performer Martha Mook of the Scorchio Quartet and producer/director Chris Pepino will be present for a question-and-answer session after the East Hampton showings. For more information on Joel Thome, go to insidetheperfectcircle.com.

Enjoy the beauty of the trees before the leaves drop, and be well until we meet here again next week.

Etag5@optonline.net

11/13/11 4:18pm
11/13/2011 4:18 PM

Riley Avenue Elementary School held its annual Halloween parade and, as usual, it was great. The kindergartners, first- and second-graders marched about in their spooky and fun costumes while students in the third and fourth grades participated in a walkathon in the back field and raised over $9,000 for the Trinca family. What a great job these kids did. Congratulations to each of you.

The morning program at Riley is holding its 12th annual Thanksgiving food drive. If you would like to help feed local families in need you can do so by dropping off donations of canned or dried goods — gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. Grocery store gift cards are also welcome to help purchase turkeys. I know times are very hard but a little extra here and there is so much appreciated.

Photo makeup day is Friday, Nov. 18, for those students who missed out the first time. The highly anticipated Thanksgiving break will start Nov. 23, with the children returning to school Monday the 28th. Have some fun, sleep late and maybe cook a turkey.

Riley continues to emphasize the importance of hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes to help minimize germs being spread at the school. That said, student attendance has been good. Keep up the good work!

Happy birthday to Betty Fox at Dr. Bach’s office who celebrated on Nov. 16. All your family and friends — especially the little ones — and everyone here at Dr. Bach’s wish you a very happy birthday, Betty.

The Leonid meteor showers will take place after midnight tonight, Thursday. This is a great show to see but this year seems it will be a little weaker than those in the past. The best time for viewing is a few hours before dawn. Look toward the northeast skies and see what you can find.

There is an early deadline for my column for the Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) issue. If you have any news for me, please get it to me by tonight, Nov. 17, so that I can send it in by Friday morning. Thanks!

The local scallops are here and they are so good. It looks like they’re less abundant this year so get yours while you can. Don’t be afraid to freeze them. We do it all the time and are able to cook them well into the winter. Don’t wash them, just put them in a freezer bag and you’ll be good to go.

Till next week, enjoy whatever weather Mother Nature decides to give us. It surely has been different each week. Take care, be safe and I shall talk to you next time. Bye.

cpcolumncal@aol.com

11/07/11 6:39am
11/07/2011 6:39 AM

I mentioned this to you last week but this announcement is very important. Please keep Aquebogue resident Christopher Timpone and his family in your prayers. Christopher, 9, is a fourth-grader at Aquebogue Elementary School who was recently diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a pediatric form of bone cancer. He is an amazing kid.

Christopher’s cancer is treatable with intensive chemotherapy, surgery and/or radiation therapy. Unless you go through this type of crisis in your own family or with a close friend, it is difficult to comprehend the life changes that happen. These kids are great blessings and the difficulties that surround their disease is a great challenge. Many people assume that the only expenses involved are medical, which may or may not be paid by health insurance. There are many more expenses involved. Wear and tear on the car, gas, parking and co-pays can be very costly. It’s difficult to work when you have a child with a life-threatening illness, and so your income can be negatively affected. Thankfully, the local community has organized a fundraiser to help the Timpone family. I urge you to support this family in the midst of their crisis so that they can focus on caring for all their children, especially Christopher.

A fundraiser for the Timpone family will be held at Eagle’s Landing at Calverton Links Golf Course Thursday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. The evening includes a walk-about dinner, cash bar, raffles and a chinese auction. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Please make checks payable to Courage, Strength and Faith for Christopher, P.O. Box 894, Shoreham, NY 11786. If you are unable to attend, please consider sending a donation to the fund at the above address.

Congratulations to the Aquebogue School students of the week for October. Kindergarten: Sean-Michael Payton, Rosy Veliz-Velez, Jena Binkis, Sydney Woychuk, Eamon Erdman, Gianna Cortez, Markus Meza-Grigg, Kimberly Cerafico, Brandon Carter, Samantha Davis, Jackson Redmond. First grade: Jimmy Osorio-Oliva, Patrick Guice, Kwame Banks, Michael Gagliano, Angelo Confort, Rachael Hubbard, Melissa Veliz, Lauren Melvin, Brianna Thompson, Nicolas Santiago, Jamir Anderson, Nicholas Bahamon, Jayden Kayte, Brianne McKay, Mikayla Scott, Courtney Reynolds, Jamirah Brown, Christian Aguilar, Carlos Tejeda. Second grade: Evan Cila, Daytwon Spruill, Kathryn Donohue, Logan Swenk, Donald McKay, Jose Francisco-Bartolome, Sage Boivin, Deontae Sykes, Olivia Goodale, Rileigh Frend, Nora Connelly, Matthew Formisano, John Gross, Marcus Brown, Johnathan Trent, Jaxson Rubio, Makayla Brown. Third grade: Angela Tejeda, Rayzhene Childress, Chloe Williams, Noah Straus, Roberto Nicolas-Gutierrez, Madison Stewart, Odalys Mayen, Aidan Griffiths, Tori Bloss, Island Chavez, Angelina Mitova. Fourth grade: Aiyanna Brown, Natalia Ruszkowski, Rebecca Bassemir, Gina Bassemir, Ryan Atkinson, Ben Cutrone, Emma Panciocco, Kateryn Mendez, Jagger Rubio, Lydia Bilski, Nadia Rebentisch, Ingrid Garcia, Justin Dicks, Nick Koukounas.

11/07/11 5:18am

Friday is Veterans Day, so we’d like to thank all of those who are serving and have served the United States in one of the highest callings that exists: protecting your country. Whatever branch of service it was, whatever uniform you wore, we thank you for your dedication and sacrifice.

The people in the Shoreham Civic Organization are dedicated and community-minded individuals. Michelle Belsky notified us that the next meeting of the SCO will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Leisure Glen on Randall Road. Master planner Dr. Lee Koppelman will speak about the Route 25A Corridor Study and the future growth of the area. All meeting information is available online at shorehamcivic.com.

Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Dr. Steven Cohen and the Board of Education will discuss “How Schools Work” at the next Community Forum planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the high school library. They want all SWR residents to know that your participation is welcome and encouraged.

What a pleasure it was to watch the Shoreham-Wading River girls volleyball teams play this year. They had a great season and went farther than teams have gone in the past six years. Although it’s true that Hampton Bays knocked the varsity girls out of the playoffs, it could very easily have been these special young ladies representing SWR for the league title. Congratulations to Maddie, Chelsea, Emma, Jess, Christine, Loren, AnneMarie, Holly, Tori, Alyssa, Bobby, Leighann and Kelly. It was great to watch you. Good luck to the seniors moving on to college. What a fine job the coaching staff did, too — varsity Coach Winkler and Assistant Coach Metcalf.

The SWR High School Theatre Club put on a great production of “Beauty and the Beast” last weekend. The audience gave a standing ovation for the cast that included Haylie Kinsler, Eric Lopez, Bryan Antonoff, James Meier, Stefan Ringer-Benigno, Sean Mannix, Molly Benincasa, Laura Logan, Eric Steiger, Kyle Brown, Cathy Testa, Rachel Lohrius, Kristen Suarez, Michaela Aliperti, Kerri Beacon, Taylor Burgess and Michelle Wern, as well as the chorus and orchestra. Everything from the music to the costumes and acting was done exceptionally well and the actors were obviously enjoying themselves as they worked their craft. Congratulations to all for their fabulous contribution to “Beauty and the Beast.”

Mother Nature has been dishing out some absolutely spectacular days for us lately. Enjoy them and the fine community in which we live, get involved and be well until we meet here again next week.

10/26/11 4:00am
10/26/2011 4:00 AM

Happy Halloween weekend, friends and neighbors. Can you believe the end of October is here? What that means to me is winter is breathing down my neck, which I’m not happy about because I hate being cold.

The Friends of The Big Duck will hold its next general meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center. Refreshments will be served. Do join them and bring a friend! You can also follow what’s going on at the Big Duck at bigduck.org. Special thanks go out this week to all those who helped make their classic auto show a success!

Belated happy birthday to Joseph Lennon, who celebrated Oct. 21, from his mom, Debi, his dad, John, and his daughter, Miranda. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

Happy anniversary to Debi and John Schadecker, who celebrate 21 years of happy marriage Oct. 27. Get well wishes also go out to Debi, who’s under the weather at the moment. Enjoy your day as much as you can. By the way, you’re right Debi, you can celebrate your anniversary any day. Just get well first and then party!

Happy birthday to my brother Jim Zaleski, who celebrates Nov. 5, from all of us, your wife, Denise, and your children, James and Charlotte. “Harley Cat” even says “meow.” Hope you enjoy your day, “little” brother.

I was saving the worst news for last so here it goes. Brace yourselves. After receiving an inquiry about the 2011 fall cleanup in Southampton Town mentioned in my column last week, I called the town directly and asked what exactly is going on since their website is kind of confusing. Well, those age 73 and over must call 728-3600 to receive a voucher for the town to pick up loose leaves in front of their home. For all others, all leaves must be bagged in paper or biodegradable bags. They will not pick up loose leaves so don’t put them in front of your home. Here is a quote directly from the town website: “Residents Self-Haul Program: All residents under the age of 73 will be required to either self haul, or hire a contractor to self haul on their behalf, loose leaves only. No more than eight (8) cubic yards will be accepted per household. Residents must have a voucher and list of dropoff locations within the town to self haul. Contact the Southampton Town Highway office at 728-3600, ext. 2585, for details.”

Please be safe while driving on Halloween Monday since all the little ghosts, goblins, princesses and ninjas will be running around. Have your children carry flashlights, make sure they only go to homes that have their porch lights on and remind them never to enter anyone’s home.

Be safe, my friends. Call or email me with any news you’d like to share.

10/24/11 5:00am
10/24/2011 5:00 AM

Happy Halloween! This is my second-favorite holiday. I love everything about it, from the pumpkins to the candy corn, it is all good. I hope each of you has a great time.

Let’s keep up the great work in donating those warm coats, jackets, vests, gloves and mittens to Riley Avenue Elementary’s before-school childcare program. All sizes are needed and your help is very much appreciated. This is the program’s 12th year and your help is needed now more than ever.

Everyone is settling in quite nicely at Riley, and all are having a fun learning time. Parent-teacher conferences will be held Nov. 8, which means school will be closed that day. School will also be closed Veterans Day, Nov. 11, to honor the men and women who have served or are currently serving to protect our country’s freedom.

Diana and Ray Cheshire’s annual company from Germany returned this past summer. Their daughter Bonnie Roth, son-in-law, Engelbert, and sons, Liam and Matthew, had another great visit. They enjoyed many trips to the beach, fished and truly had a great Long Island summer. The Roths, along with their daughter, Chloe, who lives here on Long Island, also ventured to Niagara Falls and Cornell University and spent two nights in Allegheny with former Calverton residents Diane and Warren Voegelin. We can only imagine how two kids from Germany answered their teacher as they were asked, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” Hmm, “We just went to the USA and Canada.” So cool. See you all next year!

I have a cute fish pond at the farm with seven feeder fish in it that I bought last year. Let me tell you that they are now the size of sharks. I just brought them home for the winter as the pond is not deep enough for them to survive in. My buddy Gene and I scooped them out (all but one but we’ll get him yet) this past weekend. You should’ve seen the looks on the frogs’ faces. You could see the annoyance in their eyes.

OK, happy birthday to my cousin Larry Taylor Jr. (Oct. 26), and Joey Quinn (aka Abbott), and myself (Oct. 28). I wish us all a very happy birthday. I love you both and hope we all have very perfect days.

That is all for this week. This is my last week at the farm stand for 2011. Speaking for all farmers, I pray next year is a better one. Take care, be safe and I shall talk to you next week. Bye.

10/20/11 3:00am
10/20/2011 3:00 AM

Diane Marie wrote this week with the results of the pumpkin- and vegetable-carving/decorating contest at the Riverhead Country Fair. “The weather was nice and there was a good turnout of contestants,” she said. “It never ceases to amaze me how creative people can get with pumpkins and vegetables.”

Katie Dunn of Wading River took Best of Show for vegetables. Other local winners (all from Wading River) for decorated pumpkins are (by age category): Aidan Tobin, third place, ages 5-6; Ciara Tobin, second place, ages 9-10; Renee Dunn, second place, 14-18; and Lisa Fritz, third place in the adult category. Congratulations to all our carvers and decorators who are both clever and creative.

Speaking of fun fall places, happy birthday to Kathi Gentile of Wading River, known as “Mama Fink” of Fink’s Farm. I don’t know anyone who is as hard-working and good as you, Kathi. Hope Oct. 18 is really special this year.

What do ‘Rocky,’ “The Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” all have in common? The answer is: They all have strong characters that deserve sequels. In keeping with that idea, the Shoreham-Wading River girls volleyball team, which raised $1,000 at a car wash last week at Advance Auto Parts in Rocky Point, then raised over $3,000 for breast cancer services at their Oct. 13 Dig Pink volleyball game at Shoreham-Wading River High School. Pink ribbons, balloons and streamers lined the gymnasium walls to welcome the crowd, along with signs reading, “Support the Fighters, Admire the Survivors and Honor the Taken” as the SWR Lady Wildcats faced Babylon.

Partway through the third game, SWR Coach Winkler announced that Emma Houlihan had just scored her 600th “kill” point in her SWR volleyball career, a record that will undoubtedly go down in SWR history. SWR defeated Babylon in three games, 25-12, 25-13, 25-15. All of the money raised goes to the “Side Out Foundation,” a volleyball organization that raises money for breast cancer awareness.

‘Coach Winkler and Metcalf, along with the varsity and JV volleyball teams, did an amazing job getting donations, selling baked goods and having raffles all to raise money,” said team member Michelle Mallardi. Michelle wants to thank the community and everyone who contributed with helping to raise money. The community applauds the effort of the teams and wishes them the best as they continue down the path of this exciting and most successful volleyball season. “May the force continue to be with you.”

Enjoy the fall festivities and the feeling of helping someone in need. Be well until we meet here again next week.