10/23/14 6:00pm
10/23/2014 6:00 PM
Amberlynn (left) and Lyn Fountaine posed for photos at Lyn's graduation this year, just two days after her father was injured in the fire. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Amberlynn (left) and Lyn Fountaine posed for photos at Lyn’s graduation this year, just two days after her father was injured in the fire. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Four months after a fire destroyed the Fountaine family’s home in Northampton, friends and neighbors are coming together to raise funds through a Chinese auction and dinner event called “Love Thy Neighbor.”

One day before the event, the dinner has already sold out of nearly all 250 of its $50 tickets. (more…)

06/01/14 7:00am
06/01/2014 7:00 AM
Dillon Realander, 2, of Riverhead helps construct a fairy house. His sister Summer, 5, is in the background. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Dillon Realander, 2, of Riverhead helps construct a fairy house. His sister Summer, 5, is in the background. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Peconic Community School hosted a fundraiser at Hallockville Museum Farm on Saturday afternoon to benefit the school.

Kids and their parents enjoyed the music of Brady Rymer and the delicious pizza from Rolling in Dough Pizza Truck. (more…)

05/24/14 12:00pm
05/24/2014 12:00 PM
Spelling bee champion Sarah Bowe, center, with second-place winner Beth Motschenbacher, right and third-place winner Carol Cryzwinski. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Spelling bee champion Sarah Bowe, center, with second-place winner Beth Motschenbacher, right and third-place winner Carol Cryzwinski. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The first-ever spelling bee was held at the Jamesport Meeting House on May 23 and it was a smashing success.

Nearly two dozen people of all ages took part in the competition, which will benefit the upkeep and restoration of the historic Meeting House.

Sarah Bowe took home the trophy for first place, followed by Beth Motschenbacher in second and Carol Cryzwinski in third.

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04/07/14 3:09pm
04/07/2014 3:09 PM
Jimmy Punda of North Shirley aboard his 1971 VW trike custom-built "toy." (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Jimmy Punda of North Shirley aboard his 1971 VW trike custom-built “toy.” (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

For the third year in a row, Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter rolled out motorcycles and classic cars in town to raise funds for a new animal shelter.

After being held downtown by the Peconic River last year and at Calverton Links the previous year, Hogs & Hot Rods Rock the Shelter fundraiser was held in the Splish Splash parking lot in Calverton Sunday afternoon.

Sponsored by Splish Splash to benefit the nonprofit started by Denise Lucas, the festival featured a car and motorcycle show, vendors, and live music.

Ms. Lucas started her effort to move the Riverhead Town Animal Shelter in September 2011.

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02/07/14 12:01pm
02/07/2014 12:01 PM
WADING RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO | Firefighters combat the fire that destroyed the Dalecki family's home on Michael Lane.

WADING RIVER FIRE DEPARTMENT COURTESY PHOTO | Firefighters combat the fire that destroyed the Dalecki family’s home on Michael Lane.

Neighbors and friends of a Wading River family have raised over $10,000 to help them get back on their feet after their Michaels Lane home was gutted in a fire earlier this week.

The home of George and Jean Dalecki caught fire just after midnight Tuesday while the couple were inside, Wading River Fire Chief Mark Donnelly said. Their house, cars and personal belongings were all destroyed.

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11/21/13 1:09pm
11/21/2013 1:09 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Angie and Keith Palladino with their newborn son, Joshua. The six-week-old boy died Wednesday.

COURTESY PHOTO | Angie and Keith Palladino with their newborn son, Joshua. The six-week-old boy died Wednesday.

An online fundraising effort to help support the parents of a 6-week-old baby boy who died this week has raised more than $3,000 in its first day.

Joshua Caleb Palladino was born on Oct. 8 to Angie and Keith Palladino of Aquebogue after a healthy pregnancy, said family friend Jamie Galloway. But Joshua was hospitalized after complications from childbirth left him fighting for life, she said.

“None of this was expected at all,” Ms. Galloway said.

Joshua was taken to Stony Brook University hospital, but died Wednesday night. An online fundraiser through GoFundMe.com was set up by Ms. Galloway to help Ms. Palladino, who works at North Fork Radiology, and Mr. Palladino pay for medical costs and funeral expenses.

“With both of them being out of work, being with him, with the medical bills and everything else, they’re going through a tough time during the worst time of their lives,” Ms. Galloway said.

In less than a day, the outpouring has been “mindblowing,” she said. Nearly 80 donors have given $3,085 to the cause as of Thursday afternoon.

Ms. Galloway said that the Palladinos deserve all the support they’re getting.

“[Angie] and her husband are both beautiful people,” she said. “They always give when they can give to help people.”

For more information about the fundraiser, including how to donate, visit the campaign’s GoFundMe page.

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05/18/13 6:14pm
05/18/2013 6:14 PM

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Demitri Hampton’s memory was honored Saturday at a fundraiser for a scholarship in his name.

More than 200 people packed into Robert Ludlam Park in Riverside Saturday afternoon to help raise funds for the college scholarship created in memory of a young Flanders man who was killed in a home invasion earlier this year.

The DQH Memorial Picnic benefited the DQH Scholarship Fund, and included a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, music, food and raffles.

The scholarship was set up this spring to honor Demitri Hampton, a 21-year-old college student who was shot and killed in January.

The DQH scholarship Fund was founded by Mr. Hampton’s relatives and will be awarded to Riverhead High School students who are looking to attend Suffolk County Community College, where Mr. Hampton was a student.

More than a dozen teams entered the tournament, donating about $300 in total to the scholarship.

The event also received gifts from Tanger Outlet Center, Riverhead Ice and other businesses, family and friends for the raffle, said Mr. Hampton’s stepfather Theodore Trent.

“They just all volunteered,” he said. “We really didn’t’ have to go asking.”

Wendy’s fast food restaurant in Riverhead has also agreed to give 10 percent of their dinner profits on the third Thursday of every month to the scholarship fund, said Juanita Trent, Demitri’s mother.

“We’re just so blessed,” she said.

People can donate to the scholarship fund by mail at DQH Scholarship Fund, 57 Maple Avenue, Riverhead NY, 11901.

psquire@timesreview.com